StyleOnTheCouch Loves: L.K. Bennett by Caroline Issa

This week in London has been a busy one!  One of the highlights was a preview of the new SS13 collection of clothing and footwear from British brand L.K. Bennett and their exciting collaborating with Caroline Issa, fashion director of Tank Magazine.  A capsule collection of shoes and bags inspired by Caroline’s trips to Thailand, hot neon colours with embroidery, oriental flowers and pom poms (see image below, top left) make for a delightful spring in your step come summer.  The shoes in particular are very much in keeping with Issa’s personal style aesthetic – Issa was born to in Montreal to a Chinese mother and a half-Lebanese, half-Iranian father and is very much a multi-cultural beauty.

The capsule collection of shoes – including shoe boots, ankle-strap stilettos and kitten heels – and two handbags styles, will be launched in February next year.

Below: spring summer 13 clothing from LK Bennett:

The L.K. Bennett team sure know how to put on a great launch event and the preview evening involved copious amounts of champagne, tasty nibbles and lots of education from their team of designers who were on hand to answer questions (I learned that the creation of a perfect court shoe is quite a meticulous process at the brand!)

I walked away from the event with a lovely gift of the Emmaline shoulder bag, seen here in light rose shade.  The smaller sister of the brand’s signature bag Emma, Emmaline is a classic bag in a simple shape with flap-over front and some lovely double strap detailing.  The perfect tote for my morning out in Notting Hill when I took these photos, it is available in black, grey, tan and pink from the L.K. Bennett website.

Image above: the new spring summer collection – far left, the Flora heel which captured the attention of myself and fellow blogger Anna of South Molton St Style, who immediately wish-listed the shoe.  Costing 185 GBP, Flora will be available in January.

Below: the Emmaline:

Many thanks to L.K. Bennett for a wonderful evening and to Anna for these pictures.  Watch out for L.K. Bennett by Caroline Issa early next year.

Wearing: Carvela Kurt Geiger ‘Stop’ heels; Timo Weiland skirt, Topshop top and Emmaline bag.

The Psychology of Colour: Blue

When I was a teenager I asked my parents if I could paint my bedroom blue.  They complained it was too ‘cold’ a colour, but I think blue actually has quite a calming feel – good for a place you sleep in (I argued my point*).  Blue has a natural, restful feel (most of the earth’s surface is blue, the sky is blue…) and rather interestingly uniforms are often blue, so it’s also quite a reassuring colour.

There is another side to blue – we can get ‘the blues’ or feel sad and ‘blue’ and too much blue might be seem as uncaring, clinical and aloof.  Since I like my fashion with a side of contradictions, I’m going all out blue with this outfit.  And I can honestly say I love the outfit in this post.  I adore the combination of blue hues I’m wearing with a splash of tan and gold (the latter helped enormously by these amazing heels from Coye Nokes I don’t want to take off!)

Both my jeans and my shirt here are from Gap, who I often turn to for every day casuals.  Gap’s spring mood boards promised sunshine, warmth and easy breezy days, unexpected colour and clean, retro silhouettes and their new collection is just that.

Not wanting to be too casual, these Coye Nokes heels lend a little bit of glam to the look. Only just seen around my neck is my chunky gold necklace from Reiss and I’m carrying my perfect-for-spring scallop edge satchel from ASOS.

Calming, cooling and sedate; brilliant, electric and intuitive – how does blue make you feel and how do you wear it, Blog Reader?

Wearing: Heels from Coye Nokes; Satchel from ASOS; Oxford shirt and jean leggings from Gap. Belt from Dorothy Perkins; Necklace from Reiss.
Photos by the amazingly talented Lydia Hudgens.

*in-case you were wondering, my room was painted blue and my parents agreed with me (in the end) that it was a nice colour.