Monday, 25 January 2010

Principles by Ben de Lisi

For Spring Summer 2010 Debenhams were delighted to relaunch Principles,one of Britain's biggest and best-loved brands back on the high street, with internationally renowned designer Ben de Lisi at the creative helm. The collaboration is hugely anticipated by customers all over the UK, with Debenhams experiencing overwhelming customer demand for the brand's return. Thousands of searches have been made on their website and store staff have been inundated with enquiries. There are approximately 5 million loyal Principles customers in the UK, so Principles by Ben de Lisi is finally a destination on the High Street for them to shop once again. Under Ben's creative direction, Debenhams is moving the brand back to what it is celebrated for; a timeless, modern collection with a designer twist aimed at the discerning fashion lover. The price position will be lower than before without compromising quality or style. Distilling the essence of the Principles signature style, Ben has taken classic pieces and reworked them to create a collection of elegant day and weekend wear that can easily be dressed up for evening or worn in the office. A dominant monochrome and navy colour palette is punctuated with a bold injection of scarlet, electric blue and yellow. Geometric stripes and kaleidoscopic prints are used playfully on softly structured tailoring, separates, shift dresses and dress cots. Star products include the classic belted tipped mac, cropped boxy jackets, pleated skirts cut just above the knee, and cool linen Capri pants. Crisp cotton poplin shirts and loose fit silky tunics feature border prints and delicate appliqué florals. The Principles by Ben de Lisi collection will hit stores in February 2010 and be made up of 106 pieces of weekend, smart day, occasion and eveningwear as well as a comprehensive petite offering of 46 pieces, complimented with handbags and accessories.{productsuniverse_d1_designers}%2Fcategories%3C{productsuniverse_d1_designers_18661}%2Fdesigner_group%3E{ben20de20lisi}&langId=-1&sfn=DESIGNER&storeId=10701&pn=1

Monday, 4 January 2010


You don't have to be a member of the literary set or be in show business to look like a celebrity in 2009.  It's "lighting up" time on the High Street and online stores have made it easy for us common folk to join the glitterati for the festive season. Ultra glam pop stars like Cheryl Cole, Kylie, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Katie Perry, Pixie Lott, VV Brown, La Roux, Little Boots and Alexander Burke have brought some extra sparkle to our lives wearing a host of quirky outfits and accessories with embellishments such as glass tiles, coloured beads, frogging, oversize zips, studs, discs and sequins . Dresses, tops, tights, shoes and cocktail rings in jewel tones are still top sellers if you prefer to make a more demure entrance in "Precious Partywear". If you're not quite sure what colours fit the brief then be inspired by these vibrant stones Amethyst, Emerald, Garnet, Ruby, Sapphire and Topaz. Diamonds are, of course, still a girls best friend and a pair of diamond stud earings will complete any outfit. Floaty, frilly, fringe, tassel and net details also feature strongly as well as girlie frocks in nude or Blush tones as seen on Aleshia Dixon, Dannii Minogue and Holly Willoughby. The 80s V-shape vibe continues with painterly masterpieces, graphic designs , asymetric dresses and sharp shoulders on sequin jackets, spencer jackets and waistcoats. An LBD is always in vogue and has been a classic wardrobe staple for decades. LBD style icons include today's No1 Fashionista, Victoria Beckham, and Audrey Hepburn, star of the 60s movie "Breakfast at Tiffanys" (©FFS 18/11/09)