Designers at Debenhams – going from Strength to Strength

It’s latest advert boasts of ‘The unrivaled collection of Designers at Debenhams’ and,  seeing the new ranges, and how more and more designers are producing collections for the brand, the claim really is hard to beat. Debenhams continues to be a shopping destination par excellence, the place where you can truly find an outfit for all occasions, and the new collections are simply too hard to resist.

Debenhams is a destination for all ages and caters for so many different style. H! By Henry Holland is young, fun and has a slightly edgy feel, whilst Betty Jackson Black produces the sort of sophisticated work wear  that appeals to professional women. Jenny Packham evening gowns offer red carpet glamour without the red carpet price, whilst we have elements of the bohemian in Matthew Williamson Butterfly. And that is just the tip of the ocean, with a name-call that highlights the brightest and the best of British fashion, including the Editions designers Preen and Jonathan Saunders.

There are just so many fabulous pieces from the Designers this season that I decided to create my own Fashion-Mommy edit picking out some of my favourite things, a lust-list for the new season.

Take a look and let me know what’s on your shopping list for Autumn/Winter 2013.

Ben De Lisi nails the sexy pencil skirt for Principles

Ben de Lisi Designer natural animal ponte skirt

English Heritage at its best with Rocha John Rocha – shades of Luella Bartley.

Rocha John Rocha Designer brown tweed

Warm winter florals from Preen Editions

Preen Edition Designer red floral dress £68

Vintage Lady Diana style knitwear from H! By Henry Holland.

H! by Henry Holland Designer green sheep farmyard fairisle jumper £28.80

Elegance and bling from Julian Macdonald…this might be Strictly dancing off the shelf this season…

Diamond by Julian Macdonald Designer magenta embellished maxi dress

Great Gatsby retro styling from Butterfly from Matthew Williamson

Butterfly by Matthew Williamson Designer black embellished dress £68

The classic tan bag from J by Jasper Conran

J by Jasper Conran Designer Tan Zip Detail Grab Bag £47.20

The wear everywhere black dress from Betty Jackson Black

Betty Jackson Black Designer black asymmetric draped jersey dress £44




Idealo Spring Dress challenge

A few weeks ago an interesting email popped into the fashion-mommy inbox. It  came from online comparison site Idealo and it asked the question would I be interested in taking part in the Idealo Spring Dress Challenge?  As I live in dresses, rarely wearing anything else, I wanted to find out more.

The premise was simple, selected bloggers were asked to search the net for a dress under £100 that they really liked, and then test drive the dress in order to produce a review, producing  a comprehensive list of the best Spring dresses around. Idealo would supply the dress of your choice – the blogger had the really difficult task of wearing it! Obviously, this was a challenge I was happy to take on.

I decided that I wanted to find a really wearable dress that could take me from daytime to evening. It needed to be both flattering and comfortable, something that I could add heels to and wear for a smart occasion, but would also allow me to chase after a rather active three-year old who is often faster than Usain Bolt over the laminated floor dash.

The dress I chose came from Designer at Debenhams collection, and more specifically, from Betty Jackson Black. I’m a huge fan of Betty Jackson, and find her collection for Debenhams often taking up space in my wardrobe. This particular dress seemed to match all my criteria.

Betty Jackson.Black £60.00 Purple chrysanthemum print jersey dress click to visit Debenhams

The dress in question is the Purple Chrysanthemum  printed jersey dress. The first thing I love about this dress is that it is jersey, which means it is ultra flattering, it moves when you move rather than against you, and it stretches – allowing you to have that  yummy pudding after a rather big lunch. I loved the elastication at the waistband which gave this dress real shape, whilst the pockets added a 1950s feel to the dress. And then there is the print. This dress is just so pretty in real life, the flowers add a real springlike edge to the dress that contrasts neatly against the deep purple.

I absolutely love this dress and find it really easy to wear. The jersey is slightly thicker than I expected which made it more flattering – it didn’t cling to ‘lumps and bumps’. This is a dress I would definitely recommend. I’ve dressed it up with heeled Mary Janes, but tomorrow I will be wearing it with loose hair, sandals and a straw basket to give it a more dressed down, daytime look.

With thanks to the Idealo team for inviting me to be part of the Spring dress challenge.

Some more fab Spring dresses

Oriental Print Midi Dress Price: £55.00 

Pink Floral and Stripe Dress Price: £42.00 

50s Dahlia Dress £85.00 

silk paradise palm print dress £100 click to visit Oasis


Evans Animal Print Dress Price: £45.00 

NEPA – Lace detail dress 



Debenhams Spring/Summer 2012 Press day – Betty Jackson and Jasper Conran

Part two of my Debenhams round-up, and the focus moves onto Betty Jackson Black and J by Jasper Conran. These are designers who I consider to be style classicists, they have tried and tested formulas which they adhere to, producing beautifully wearable clothes that take you from every occasion, from everyday workwear to gloriously dressy summer weddings. Here are some of my favourite items from Spring/Summer 2012.

Betty Jackson had a pretty mixed bag for Spring/Summer 2012. There were bold, block colours, and vibrant prints, floaty trousers and structured utility style dresses. Long pleated maxi skirts were worn almost student style with baggy knitwear.If there was a theme running through, it seemed to be purple, Betty’s colour of choice.

Jasper Conran presents a collection that could’ve been influenced by the 1950s style of Grace Kelly, and would be fabulous for her modern-day counterpart, Kate Middleton. This is a collection that is all about the dress, a mixture of full-skirted designs, and tighter figure hugging numbers. Mustard is a key shade running through the collection, which I must confess is one of my favourites.