Debenhams Press Day

Once upon a time, In the heart of Bloomsbury, there was a fashion fairy tale known as the Debenhams Press Day. A fairy tale that all who loved fashion wanted to be a part of, filled with sumptuous gowns, glorious heels and bags that I would frankly swap a handsome prince for. In addition, beauty fans were treated to a sneaky look at all the newest brands that will be on offer next season, and all who attend leave with a voucher to enjoy a treat from Debenhams latest range, ensuring the fairytale has a happy ever after.

The Debenhams A/W 2012 collection scores High in the glamour stakes. The Number 1 Jenny Packham collection is full of bias cut beaded dresses that have their inspirations in both the new Great Gatsby movie, and 1930s stars like Jean Harlow and Constance Bennett. These dresses scream old Hollywood glamour and are just full of timeless, exquisite pieces. But other Debenhams brands are not left behind in the glamour stakes, with Debut, Ben de Lisi and Julian McDonald all producing dresses of sublime quality, fit to grace any red carpet event.

The new Editions designer range continues to impress, especially the handbag range from Jonathan Kelsey which will be on everyone’s shopping lists come Christmas.Roksanda Ilincic’s neat tailored dresses also score high marks for style, and now have the Middleton factor too, making them another new season must have.

Other standout pieces were the very Art Deco black and gold accessories from H! by Henry Holland,which also reminded me of 1970s Biba, and the cute 1960s neutrals and cute cat prints from Red Herring. I also ADORED the Star by Julian McDonald collection which is full of stylish, classic cocktail hour dresses that my wardrobe wants and needs.

All in all, a lip smackingly gorgeous collection which will leave you longing for the days when it hits Debenhams stores. This is a collection based on classic style, rather than transient here today, gone tomorrow fad fashion.


Debenhams Press Day – Part 1 – Henry Holland and Ben De Lisi

Just before Christmas I was lucky enough to be invited to my first Debenhams press preview. I’m a great fan of Debenhams,particularly loving their designer ranges, and so this was a really exciting opportunity to see what the likes of Jasper Conran, Betty Jackson, Roksanda Ilincic and Preen were going to be offering for Spring/Summer 12. I can honestly say that my eyes were delighted by all the collections that I previewed. So I am going to organise them into little post treats where you can find out about my favourite pieces from each collection.

First  up is H! by Henry Holland. I’m not usually a fan of Henry, I find his designs to be a little off the wall for my liking, and often taking influence from the 1980s, probably my most detested style decade. So I was really impressed with this collection which takes its influence from the 1950s and 1960s, with a host of really pretty dresses in  a mouth-watering palette. This is still a young collection, but it is so fresh and pretty it is sure to win Henry a whole host of new fans.

H! by Henry Holland £40.00 Cream flower border dress click to visit Debenhams

Next up is Ben De Lisi for Principles. One of my favourite Brit designers of all time (Kate Winslet in exquisite red at the Oscars always comes to mind) Ben has revitalised the Principles brand, particularly with his Mondrian inspired pieces. This season the bright oranges and blues are still there, but yellow takes centre stage, teamed with grey for forties inspired looks, and soft mint green for the most romantic of dresses. A key design is the Great Gatsby inspired orange and white leaf print shift, which is absolutely beautiful and perfect for tapping into Boardwalk Empire inspirations.