Women's spring fashion, "from desk to dinner"

A model shows off a dress from L.K. Bennett's spring 2011 collection in London, April 13, 2011.
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L.K. Bennett's Annick Gorman
L.K. Bennett's creative designer Annick Gorman poses with spring merchandise in London, April 13, 2011.
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This story was written by Caitlin Alexander.

As if the sunshine wasn't enough reason to be excited about spring's arrival, fashion designers are doing all they can to make the year's brightest season even brighter for working women.

British fashion house L.K. Bennett teamed up with InStyle magazine on Wednesday to host a runway show at their London flagship store, showcasing women's spring office wear. This year, it's not just about looking nice during the day.

InStyle's executive fashion editor Jaye Thompson says this spring, retailers are cultivating collections that translate "from desk to dinner" -- functional and appropriate garb that carries a dash of nighttime flare.

L.K. Bennett Model in Leopard Dress
A model shows off a dress from L.K. Bennett's spring 2011 collection in London, April 13, 2011.
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Annick Gorman, L.K. Bennett's creative director, believes an enhancement of femininity in office clothes can make the day-night transition possible.

"It's about femininity and being sophisticated," says Gorman.

Her spring collection chases this multifunction ideal with bright colors, prints, florals, polka dots, lace, and dresses... lots of dresses. Two of L.K. Bennett's dresses already have waiting lists.

In the U.S., L.K. Bennett fashions are available in some Bloomingdales and Nordstroms. The company is slated to open its first stand-alone store in Chicago this spring.