Fashion panel offers food for thought as Ladies Lunch raises £20,000

6 March 2012

I dress for my peers, for women. I want to look stylish-not necessarily sexy. There is a definite disconnect between what is stylish and what is sexy.

A panel of fashion experts, including TV personality Lowri Turner, joined 130 guests to help Norwood raise £20,000 at its annual Ladies Lunch yesterday. The event was organised by the Charity’s Food & Thought Committee, and was held at Haven Bistro & Bar in Whetstone High Road. The popular venue generously sponsored the event, allowing all proceeds to go directly to Norwood to help the thousands of people with learning disabilities, and children and families in need who rely on its life-changing support.

The question of ‘who do women dress to impress?’ was hotly debated amongst the afternoon’s panel, which included fashion and media experts Amanda Bernstein, Hannah Swerling, Abigail Radnor and Lowri Turner, who moderated the discussion. Hannah Swerling, commissioning editor at Elle Magazine, shared her own perspective: "I dress for my peers, for women. I want to look stylish-not necessarily sexy. There is a definite disconnect between what is stylish and what is sexy."

Abigail Radnor, Editorial Assistant at The Times Magazine, added: "It’s okay for girls to get excited about looking good. It doesn’t mean we can’t be about other things too, and I don’t think that attitude should be undermined."

The discussion concluded with some advice from personal stylist Amanda Bernstein, who shared her top three tips on dressing to impress: "Firstly, dress for yourself and your body shape. Remember to dress for the occasion, and thirdly, make sure your outfit is always age appropriate!"

The event also featured a raffle, with over 25 prizes including a one night stay for two people with breakfast at the Corinthia London hotel, Oskia Skincare products worth £200 and a Tresor Paris bracelet and earing set.

Jessica Levy, Events Fundraising Manager at Norwood, said: "On behalf of Norwood and the Food & Thought Committee, I want to thank the panel for their extremely entertaining insights into the world of fashion. I’d also like to thank The Haven for hosting the event, to everyone who donated raffle prizes, and to our guests for helping us to raise so much money. Thanks to their support, Norwood can continue to provide a vital safety net on which so many vulnerable people rely."