A preview of the week’s best buys and fashion news...
Debenhams are blowing out the candles to mark 200 years on the high street. Grab a piece of retail history with the Limited Edition Collection from its Designers at Debenhams family. Must-have coats, eveningwear and handbags come in limited supplies, priced from £39 for a purse. The Debenhams 200 Collection is available at online and in the Meadowhall store.
Downton Abbey is dominating far more than our Sunday night viewing. It’s heavily-influencing the autumn-winter party scene. Expect lavishly-beaded, slinky gowns cut Twenties-style, and accessories ranging from longline necklaces to bejewelled headbands. The feathered band pictured looks like it cost a mint, but it’s at the below-stairs price of £15 from a collection starting at just £10 at Miss Selfridge, available his month.
Poppies have new fashion appeal for Remembrance Day. Replace your paper poppy with a bling brooch, glitzy ring, lapel pin or necklace. Kleshna’s sparkly red designs start from £12.99, available at www.poppyshop.org.uk or www.kleshna.com, with 15% from each sale going to the Royal British Legion Trading Limited, which gives its taxable profits to the Royal British Legion.
Has the spare tyre been bumped off in favour of statement accessories? Many young female drivers use their car as a second wardrobe, according to a survey by www.breakeryard.com. Half of female drivers aged 18-25 claim to keep extra clothing, accessories and make-up in their vehicle ‘in case of an emergency’. The top five items found in ‘wardrobes on wheels’ include make-up, tops, dresses, shoes and hair accessories, with the average value of each moving closet estimated at around £205.