Debenhams celebrates 200 years

If you have been inspired by the gowns featured on the Emmys red carpet, then you may be interested in today’s post.  High-street stalwart Debenhams is celebrating its 200th birthday this year (yes, that’s double century!) and to mark the occasion is releasing an exclusive limited edition Designers at Debenhams collection. The pieces hit store in October, however the pre-order waiting list is now open, so if you’re dreaming of donning a shimmery maxi-dress this Xmas then you’d best get on that list.

Stylitz Debenhams Limited Edition Butterfly by Matthew Williamson dress

Printed maxi-dress, £150, Butterfly by Matthew Williamson for Debenhams

Long time Debenhams collaborators John Rocha and Jasper Conran have both designed pieces for the collection alongside boho-lover Matthew Williamson and K-Mid favourite Jenny Packham.  Speaking of our future queen (and if it’s full on glam that you’re craving) then this sequinned showstopper from Julien Macdonald may tickle your fancy.  It is also remarkably similar to a recent dress worn by Kate to her first post-baby event.

Stylitz Debenhams Limited Edition Star by Julien Macdonald dress

Sequinned dress, £199, Star by Julien Macdonald for Debenhams

Kate in Jenny Packham at  inaugural Tusk Conservation Awards at the Royal Society in London - Sept 2013 - Image - PA

Kate in Jenny Packham at the inaugural Tusk Conservation Awards at the Royal Society in London, Sept 2013 (Image: PA)

The collection comprises of eight garments – four evening dresses and four coats – and a selection of homeware and leather accessories.  Prices range from £12.50 for plates to £299 for the stunning scarlet Jenny Packham floor-length gown – guaranteed to make you feel like a princess.

Stylitz Debenhams Limited Edition No.1 Jenny Packham dress

Red satin gown, £299, No.1 Jenny Packham dress for Debenhams

However, if you require something a little more practical then perhaps this white faux-fur trimmed fit-and-flare coat will suit (I did say a little more practical).  This rouses my Slavic roots and channels an inner Anna Karenina – cue image of self skating round a deserted frozen lake in snowy Russia.

Stylitz Debenhams Limited Edition J by Jasper Conran coatWhite faux-fur trimmed coat, J by Jasper Conran for Debenhams


Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina


Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina costume for Vogue Oct 2012 (Image: Vogue)

If late 19th Century literature isn’t your thing, then opt instead for this on-trend furry cocoon coat from H! By Henry Holland or this chic Hepburn-esque lace A-line dress by Rocha. John Rocha.

Stylitz Debenhams Limited Edition H by Henry Holland coat

Boucle coat, H! by Henry Holland for Debenhams

John Roch..

Lace midi-dress, £150, Rocha. John Rocha for Debenhams

To join the list, email and be sure to get your orders in early.  A modern day Cinderella doesn’t need a fairy godmother when she has a waiting list and email to hand…

Limited Edition Collection from Designers at Debenhams launches in October, but you can pre-order now by emailing

Main holding image: Lace midi-dress, £150, Rocha. John Rocha for Debenhams

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