Debenhams A/W Press Day 2013/4 – so much variety

It was in a new venue, but the Debenhams press day was as glamorous as ever, showcasing a range of beautiful evening wear, gorgeous winter coats, and a great range of accessories. All the designer ranges were there in force, with Jonathan Saunders, Jenny Packham and Julian MacDonald, amongst others showing that Debenhams persists as a destination you must visit when you are looking for serious occasion dressing.

This being the Autumn/Winter collection, there was a real emphasis on that perfect dress for party season. 1930s bias style dresses were juxtaposed with 1950s floral prom styles. Meshing and net details were in abundance, whilst interesting prints featuring larger than life diamonds and gems were also a feature. Interestingly, no one colour dominated, this was a full palette of shades that ranged from monochrome to the pinks that would have made Schiaparelli smile.



Coats and Seperates


Kate and William arrive in the Solomon Islands

Kate and William left Malaysia yesterday to continue there Far Eastern tour with a trip to the Solomon Islands. This meant more changes of clothing for the Duchess, these with a cool tropical feel. As usual, the Duchess looked effortlessly stunning, and also showed that she is not adverse to a wardrobe change at the last minute.

Kate arrived in the Solomon Islands in a dress that was sure to excite fashion fans all over the UK. The choice of Scottish designer Jonathan Saunders was one that Kate watchers had been hoping she would make for some time, a hot designer known for his fabulous use of colour and print. The Evelyn dress combined geometric print in turquoise and green with cool cotton fabric. Kate teamed this with a small, cream coloured hat which was reminiscent of styles worn by The Queen in the 1950s, but I think this was something she could’ve left off – it was not really needed and wasn’t a great match for the dress.

Jonathan Saunders Evelyn cotton dress

Jonathan Saunders Edition at Debenhams


Jonathan Saunders/EDITION

Jonathan Saunders/EDITION

Kate’s second look was very impromptu, but non the worse for it. She had been given a beautiful silk batik print dress by her hosts and had loved it, and so had decided to wear it for the evening reception and gala given by the Governor General of the Solomon Islands. The dress was from a local Island store called ‘Print’

I love that Kate wore this dress, just perfect for a tropical evening in a stunning location. Strapless printed dresses are still everywhere on line, and if you are planning an Autumn break, these are perfect for warm evenings under the stars or covering up after a day on the beach.

Get the Look – Strapless floral prints

Rosie Frill Detail Maxi Dress

Amanda Floral Print Bandeau Maxi Dress

Hollie Rose Print Bandeau Maxi Dress £20



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.