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Welcome to autumn/winter '13 - and the unrivalled collection of Designers at Debenhams.

If you keep an eye on the latest trends, follow fashion and the must-have items are your must-shop thing, then you've come to the right place. This issue of Debenhams magazine is your not-to-be missed guide to the latest collections from our big name designers - and the trends they're turning to for new season style.

From wild animal print to minimalistic monochrome, our Designer Issue presents the new collections to covet, style tips from the designers themselves and a detailed round up of who's who at London Fashion Week - Henry Holland even gives us the inside scoop.

And, if you have your finger firmly on the fashion pulse, you might already know about the latest additions to our designer portfolio, Todd Lynn and Patrick Grant. We sit down with both designers to get to know them a little more.

There's more to life than fashion (but only just) so we know you'll want us to take you through the beauty trends we spotted on the catwalk for autumn/winter - we've got the perfect palette for new season suggestions. As for the little ones, we take a look at the overall styles to shop. Check out the kids' section and you'll see what mean...

A new season and a life made fabulous with the unrivalled collection of Designers at Debenhams.

Straight from the catwalk and into your wardrobe, our Designers at Debenhams have set the tone for your autumn/winter style.

From the need-to-own jacket to the must-have colour, here we present your fabulous new season trends...

Bring some warmth to
the coldest of days, with
sophisticated berry tones
a must for winter style.

You'll be a rebel with a very
stylish cause in twee tartan
skirts with layers of leather,
breaking all the fashion rules.

From the darling of daytime chic, to evening party queen and statement
stylista, we tracked down the stars who are working the trends.

This petite presenter knows
how to get noticed, perfectly
demonstrating how a little animal
instinct can go a very long way
in the fashion stakes.

A New Girl on our fashion radar, we
love how sultry the actress looks in
her black shift dress with vibrant red
pattern detail. Never mind saying
it with flowers, this look simply
screams standout style.

Anyone who says fashion is for
girls, clearly hasn't seen the
supermodel work her boy-inspired
tux - to unisex acclaim.

Over the last few months, the eyes of the world have been well
and truly fixed on Britain. We had Murray lift the trophy at
Wimbledon, our very own Froome took the lead in the Tour
de France and the Duchess of Cambridge delivered a bouncing
baby boy.

Exciting stuff but, for Debenhams, all of the above pale in
comparison to September's main event - London Fashion
Week, with our Designers at Debenhams flying the flag for
Cool Britannia.

Paris, Milan and New York have long been regarded as the hot spots for
chic collections and catwalk couture, while London's 'thing' was to explore
the quirky side of fashion. In recent seasons, however, there appears to
have been something of a shift taking place... with London moving front
and fashion centre.

Editor for US Vogue, Anna Wintour, told ITN productions at LFW in
February 2012 her views on London designers:

"London has become so much more grown up, more glamorous
and polished. We have come here in the past for the street chic
and eccentricity... they seem to have turned in a much more
polished and glamorous direction. I think they are really
aiming for global attention - which is what they deserve."

Looking at the various collections from our Designers at Debenhams, we
couldn't agree more, with LFW having attracted even more big names in
the year gone by. Stay focused on LFW this year and you'll see what we
mean. Here, Debenhams magazine profiles the names to watch and the
collections to covet...

While everyone else is focused on our sporting giants and the little royal
baby, here at Debenhams we're more excited about the jewels in our crown,
with a host of designers taking to the catwalk at L FW this September...

Exactly one year ago, design duo Thornton and Thea Bregazzi of Preen made a grand return to London Fashion Week after six years showing in New York - proof that London is now where it's at. While original collections were inspired by iconic British periods, Preen today is the epitome of classic, sophisticated cool. We can't wait to see what the duo have in mind for SS14.

Known for his vibrant prints, Jonathan Saunders will no doubt bring a burst of colour to proceedings. Always one of the hottest tickets in town, the Jonathan Saunders show will no doubt make us start thinking about the label's upcoming SS14 collection for EDITION at Debenhams - something bright beyond the winter horizon.

New to EDITION from October '13, Todd Lynn's LFW show will no doubt leave us feeling impatient for his upcoming Debenhams launch. Known for his signature androgynous tailoring style, we can't wait to see what this self-confessed lover of black suggests for summer.

We love Marios Schwab for his contemporary style that makes a statement. Known for his beautifully cut, modern silhouettes, the Greek-Austrian London-based designer will be showcasing his SS14 collection - can we expect more of those glittering maxis loved by many a red carpet-bound celeb?

His H! by Henry Holland collection at Debenhams is, in a nutshell, fun, funky and fast fashion. Always bang-on-trend, the Henry Holland aesthetic was hugely evident in the motif tees, animal patterns and eye-catching prints showcased in his SS13 range for Debenhams. What will SS14 bring? His House of Holland collection might give us a clue.

Always a talking point of LFW, the Matthew Williamson show attracts many a famous face - well it is to be expected, after all Sienna Miller is one of the designer's best friends. Matthew's first freelance job out of Central Saint Martins was with Marni, followed by Monsoon and Accessorize. No wonder his signature style is feminine and fabulous - no matter the season.

We love our RJR.John Rocha label for its relaxed, contemporary look and luxurious feel - thanks to the designer's love of Irish linens. Dublin based, RJR.John Rocha will come to London to show his SS14 collection - and we'll be there to report on what's in store.

If it's anything like his last collection - or his designs for Debenhams - it won't disappoint. A British fashion stalwart, Jasper Conran has been a fixture of LFW since it first began - meaning he knows a thing or two about how to work the catwalk crowd. A classic, quintessentially British designer, his J by Jasper Conran collection for Debenhams promotes the same cool, crisp, understatedly stylish chic.

He may design clothes for the little ones - with TV presenter and good friend Donna Air - for Debenhams, but at LFW Markus Lupfer is a big deal. We're pretty sure we can expect jersey tailoring, quirky prints and graphic embellishment (huge for his kidswear line at Debenhams), with many a celebrity taking a sneak peek.

Pearce Fionda are new to LFW this September, but they've been occasionwear favourties at Debenhams for many years. Renowned for sophisticated, elegant eveningwear, we can't wait to see how the design duo pull out the stops for this, their glittering debut.

Our womenswear editor, Lizzie Lunn, popped into Henry Holland's studio in the run up to LFW to find out what a typical show day is really like; the lack of sleep, 3am fittings, front row celebrities, a lack of models and the ever-present threat of mayhem...

A typical show day for Henry may actually start the day before - if he hasn't been to bed. "Often we are still doing fittings and casting models until 2am or 3am and, sometimes, we may not get any sleep at all."

If he has managed to make it to bed, after probably only a couple of hours sleep, Henry heads back to his office and oversees a few last-minute fittings and castings. With each Fashion Week following so closely on from the next (London follows New York, preceding Milan then Paris), selecting the right models can be the last thing to fall into place. Designers have to wait for the girls to arrive in London from New York, with Henry telling us, "If I have ten out of fifteen models in place by the night before, I'm doing well."

With the models fitted and collection packed and ready to go, the House of Holland show is transported to the venue. Here hair and make-up begins, mood boards are checked against the styling and last minute tweaks are made as friends and family mill around and take a sneak peek.

With about ten minutes to go, production give Henry the go-ahead that all is ready and the models are lined up. The lights are brightened, the music turns on and the show begins. "We start working on each show about six months in advance," Henry explains. "Then 8 minutes later it's all over."

After the show it's straight into press interviews, as friends and family come backstage once more. The collection is packed up, returned to the studio and then, says Henry, "We go to the pub."

Friends who accompany Henry to the pub will no doubt have been front row and centre for catwalk viewing, with celebrity sightings at a House of Holland show something of a regular occurrence - but any celebrities present are friends, not publicity. Henry explains,"For me, it's all about the clothes."

So what will ensure Henry enjoys a few drinks? Following the show, Henry says he measures the event's success based on how he feels about the collection. "I mainly judge a show based on how I feel. If I am happy and proud and everything looks the best it can look, then that's what matters... but a nice review always helps."

Of course, it wouldn't be Fashion Week without a fashionable party or two, with Henry's next port of call the official House of Holland 'do'. We asked Henry if he merely stops by to put in an appearance, or stays well into the night? "Oh I stay all night. No point throwing a party if you're not going to enjoy it." Quite.

House of Holland will show the spring/summer 2014 collection at 6pm on Saturday 14th September 2013. Venue TBC.

Now showing on a screen near you, our latest TV ad reveals the latest autumn/winter collections to revamp your wardrobe and update your style.

Not seen it yet? Here we invite you to watch the ad, shop for the new season and generally make life fabulous - only with the unrivalled collection of Designers at Debenhams.

Meet our designers and find out what they have in store for us for us in autumn/winter '13.
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Autumn/winter '13 sees a fabulous new addition to the Designer at Debenhams portfolio, as we gear up to welcome Todd Lynn to the EDITION concept. A Central Saint Martins graduate, Todd spent much of his early career working with Roland Mouret before starting his own label in 2006, soon attracting attention for his signature androgynous tailoring style.

Launching this October with a 12 piece collection comprising outerwear, knitwear and leather and denim separates, Lizzie Lunn caught up with the man himself to talk style inspiration, designer copycats and fearless fashionistas...

Hi Todd, we're loving that you've joined the team at EDITION. We hear you're good friends with our very own Henry Holland - did he offer any words of wisdom when the opportunity came up to collaborate with Debenhams?

I've known Henry for a long time - in the fashion world you all 'kind of' know each other. He didn't really give me any tips but there were lots of little things - there are always a couple of questions you want to know. I think from most people I spoke to it sounded like such a great team, a nice working environment. It should be fun - and it is.

Did you ever think a more commercial line was something you'd want to work on?

I think the thing that I like about working with high street collaborations is the idea that I can bring my identity to a wider customer base. Fashion shouldn't be exclusive, it should be for everyone. I think that's the great thing about working with a company like Debenhams, they can bring a high fashion identity to a broader customer base.

Back to the new collection - how would you describe the Todd Lynn aesthetic to the Debenhams customer?

The woman who wears my product is fearless. She wants to look great, but doesn't feel she has to fit into a mould - she's quite happy to wear a tuxedo when everyone else is wearing a party dress. At the end of the day the most important thing about fashion is when you put something on, how it makes you feel on the inside.

How has designing for a commercial market differed from how it works with your main line? What have you learnt during the process?

I think you have to tick a few more boxes when you are designing for a broader customer base. When I'm working on my own it's all about the identity of what I am trying to do and say. With Debenhams it's more about trying to convey my identity so that the customer will understand it and feel it's approachable - I think that's the most important thing, to make fashion that the customer understands, is curious about and want to partake in, rather than something that is so catwalk they don't feel it fits into their life. This collection bridges the gap between commercial and catwalk.

You studied on the prestigious MA at Central Saint Martins under esteemed professor Louise Wilson, with alumni such as Jenny Packham, Matthew Williamson and Marios Schwab - fellow designers in the Debenhams portfolio. The course is legendary for its intensity and the talent it produces - how was the experience for you?

St Martins is torture. Would I do it again? No. Am I glad I did it? Absolutely. It's one of those things where it's amazing to go through, but it's not easy. Louise is incredible. Having worked with students in colleges, it's quite amazing to see other teachers try to emulate what they think is her technique. She doesn't even know what her technique is. That's just the way she is and it works - I think her track record speaks for itself. It's crazy when you look at something like London Fashion Week, the amount of designers who have come from her, it's insane.

After CSM you worked for Roland Mouret, 'inventor' of the famous 'Galaxy' dress. Mouret recently spoke out on his disapproval of how the high street produces mass items based on catwalk designs. What is your take on this? Do you feel designer collaborations, such as your own with Debenhams, provide a solution?

For sure. I think that when the high street does collaborations and works with designers, that's probably the right way to do it. It's a fine line. If I wrote a song that sounded like someone else's they would sue me. There's inspiration and there's a mood of the times... then there's copying and they're very, very different things. For me, the EDITION collection is not a copy of what I do, it's not a lower priced version - it's something that was created for Debenhams.

Tell us a bit about Todd Lynn, the person. What inspires you to design?

A lot of things - the first thing I think about is the world we live in and what's around us, how we're affected by things like the news, economics, art and everything from music to galleries. I like being creative and it's part of the creative process just seeing what's happening and what's around. I like to react to what's going on.

Can you tell us your personal favourite pieces in the collection?

It's a capsule collection so everything's there. You've got your leather jacket, you've got your coat, dress, jumper... I always love a leather jacket. I think a leather jacket is a staple that goes with everything, including a party dress.

How would you like to see the Todd Lynn/ EDITION range develop in the future?

I think the evolution will be building on the capsule collection and adding more categories. Seeing what people react to, seeing what people like and adding more challenges. People that I know who have seen the range have been intrigued and pleasantly surprised that it's more forward than what Debenhams has done before - so maybe it's new territory. We'll have to see and find out.

As we get ready to leave summer behind, it's not all doom and gloom. Now is the time to update your make up bag with all the latest make up must-haves. Whether it's a new lippie, a fabulous eyeshadow palette or a bright nail polish, we have the hottest products that are bang on-trend for Autumn/Winter 2013. It's also time to start thinking about vamping up your skincare routine for the season ahead. Colder Autumnal days can play havoc on your skin but with my top tips and advice you can face the chill with a wonderfully hydrated and radiant complexion.

Update your look with the latest make up trends that have emerged straight from the catwalk.

This season go for bold lips as seen on the catwalk shows of Carolina Herrera and Diane Von Furstenberg or opt for pretty and soft petal stained lips as seen at Derek Lam, Dior and Prada. Matte lips are here to stay but this time try creating ombre lips (two-toned) applying the colour and diffusing from the inside.

Nothing quite says sophistication than a pop of red to the nails. This bold and glamorous hue ranging from blood red to scarlet, crimson to maroon and anything in between is a sure fire way to give plainer winter outfits a pop of colour.

Make sure all eyes are on your eyes this season. Designers such as Anna Sui gave the flick a new twist whilst Dior added silver liner to create a modern 60s look. For a more dramatic look add a scattering of glitter as seen at Chanel and House of Holland or decadent metallic shades as seen at Jason Wu and Gucci.

For a lady-like look with a fresh-faced finish, look to the likes of Victoria Beckham, Chloe and Stella McCartney who created a 'no-make-up' look for a more natural and radiant finish. However, opt for a black eyeliner to create a skinny top lash-line or smudge below the lash line for a subtle smoky eye.

Punk it, Grunge it, Smudge it... this season smokey eyes are given a more rock n' roll feel as seen on the catwalk shows of Tom Ford, Erdem and Roksanda Illinic. The key is to take your eye liner and keep blending and smudging until you get a look that is dramatic, sexy and oh-so sultry.

It is important to change your skincare routine for every changing season. During the summer the air is more humid so you get more moisture in your skin. In the winter time air is drier and therefore you need a heavier moisturiser and a much more intensive skincare routine that for day and especially at night.

I highly recommend investing in serums, night creams and eye creams as well as a hydrating moisturiser for best results. The reason being, it's not just the cold weather that dries out your skin but everything else that goes with winter including central heating and air conditioning.

I'm lucky that my skin is 'normal' but as soon as winter hits I can really notice the difference. My skin becomes really dry, itchy and tight so I make sure I'm well armed with some powerful skincare saviours to keep those irritating symptoms at bay.

Look out for moisturisers with wonderful hydrating properties. The rich formulations will work hard to boost skin's moisture so your complexion looks fresh and radiant. Take the new Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ by Clinique, the new formula has a 54% improvement in skin's barrier strength which is great for the changing season as it locks in moisture.

Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing lotion+, Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Moisture Cream SPF 30 Clarins Vital Light, L'Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Face Cream, Origins Make A Difference Plus Rejuvenating moisturizer and Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream.

During colder climes your skin needs an extra moisture
boost and this is where a serum comes in. Serums are
infused with powerful hydrating properties that will
help to make your skin look and feel healthier. You can
use under and over your moisturiser. For best results use
under your night cream and wake up to wonderfully
nourished skin that is incredibly smooth and supple.

YSL Forever Youth Liberator, Clarins Double Serum,
Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Daily Serum,
Guerlain Super Aqua Serum, Lancome Genefique
Youth Activating Concentrate, Clinque Repairwear
laser Focus.

A night cream is a heavy-duty moisturiser with a rich
formulation that works hard to stimulate collagen
production and improve hydration whilst you sleep.
The best time for skin to repair itself is at night so invest
in a powerful night cream to help accelerate the
repair process.

Bobbi Brown Intensive Night Cream, Origins High
Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral-Enriched Renewal
Cream, L' Occitane en Provence Precious Night
Cream, Sanctuary Active Reverse Peptide
Replenish Night Cream.

It is strongly advised to wear moisturisers and make
up with SPF sunscreen all year round. Just because it's
winter the sun can still cause damage to the skin.

Bobbi Brown Intensive Night Cream, Origins High
Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral-Enriched Renewal
Cream, L'Occitane en Provence Precious Night
Cream, Sanctuary Active Reverse Peptide
Replenish Night Cream.

One of the most common skincare concerns over
the winter months is dry, flaky and chapped lips. It's
important to keep lips highly hydrated throughout
the day. If you're sat at a desk or out and about,
keep a handy lip balm with moisturising properties
close at hand.

Estee Lauder Futurist Age-Resisting Makeup SPF15,
bareMinerals Original SPF Foundation, Clarins Super
Restorative Day Cream SPF20, Clinique Even Better
Skin Tone Moisturiser SPF20.

Not a lot of people know this but it is important to change your
foundation as well as your skincare regime during winter. As your
tan starts to fade your skin will become noticeably paler so it's
important to get the right shade match to accommodate the
change in skin colour. For the winter look out for foundations
that have hydrating properties, SPF's and to give lack-lustre skin
a more radiant finish you might want to consider swapping your
matte foundation for a more dewy foundation. Always look out
for foundations with SPF for extra skin protection all year round.

bareMinerals Original SPF Foundation, Estee Lauder
Doublewear Stay-in-Place Make up SPF10, MAC
Cosmetics Pro Longwear SPF10 Foundation, Diorskin
Forever Flawless Perfection Fusion Wear Make up SPF25,
Clarins Illusion Natural Radiance Foundations SPF10.

I caught up with Noella Gabriella, Director of Product Development & Treatment at Elemis who ran me through her top skincare tips and recommendations.

The change of seasons can really affect the skin and the body. Extreme cold, hot or humid weather can cause various skin complaints like acne, irritations and dry patches and even make some existing skin conditions worse.

Cold climates can be tough on skin, striping moisture and causing dryness and cracking. Use hydrating moisturiser to combat this such as the Elemis Skin Nourishing Body Lotion to replenish and soften the skin and for the face I would recommend the awardwinning Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream which can improve hydration and moisture levels by up to 45%.

Dry weather can also be problematic causing skin conditions such as eczema to flare- up, keep under control by soaking in the Elemis Skin Nourishing Milk Bath to sooth the skin, but just avoid the bath water

The UK has enjoyed amazing weather this summer but we all
know it's going to end at some point and the rain will return.

But rather than get caught out,
get a stylish umbrella and trendy
belt now. So when you're juggling
with an umbrella leaving one
spare hand at least you'll look
cool as you try to remain dry.

During this summer the weather has been amazing. But, being British, we know the next rain cloud is never far away.

But who says you can't look stylish as others soak?

Alan Cumming, the Scottish-born star of The Good Wife and countless other television and cinematic successes also took on the task of performing a oneman show of Macbeth on Broadway earlier this year to well-deserved acclaim. His rain coat is simple, smart and is the perfect final layer for any outfit.

Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick rarely looks out of place on the red carpet. This rain coat with belt tied around it looks cool without leaning towards being shielded from a cloudburst. This proves that you don't have to be wet to be a hit.

The recently-retired Sir Alex Ferguson made wearing a rain coat synonymous with the success of his last football club, Manchester United. The wily Scot made David Beckham a modern-day celebrity and created a dynasty that may never be repeated.

Don't call it a comeback.
Denim is back and striding to the top.

But why are they designed the way they are? We tell you all you need to know about jeans.

SELVEDGE

Is the term used for the selffinished edges of fabric. They keep the fabric from unravelling or fraying. The selvedge's themselves are the result of the fabric's creation. The phrase itself comes from the merging of the two words 'self' and 'edge;.

RIVETS

Riveted jeans were devised by Levis Strauss (of Levi's fame) and Jacob Davis. They applied copper rivets to reinforce points of stress surrounding pocket corners and the bottom of the fly.

STITCHING

This is used to attach the different parts of the jeans as one. Companies use stitching to stand out from competitors by using different threads, colours or styles.

FLY

A fly, usually comprising of buttons or a zip, is frequently used to conceal an opening over the groin of the trousers or to keep a pocket secure. The fly means the jeans are easier to put on or take off.

LINING

The lining can be made from numerous materials and, again, is used by brands to differentiate themselves from competitors. The more expensive the jeans, the better the lining is likely to be.

DETAILING

This is where many brands choose to use elaborate designs (including stitching) to make themselves more visible in-store and also on the wearer. Detailing can range from delicate embroidery to extravagant use of diamonds etc.

If you think Derby and Oxford are just places on a map, think again.

Let us give you some quick and simple explanations to make you shoe-savvy in the blink of an eye and show you examples so you can walk and talk with confidence.

This is a type of leather with a napped (the raised, fuzzy surface of certain types of cloth) finish. Due to its textured nature and open pores it makes a great contrast to chinos or a nice focus if worn with rolled up jeans.

Read our exclusive interview with Debenhams latest menswear designer.

Awarded the Menswear Designer award at the British Fashion Awards in 2010, Grant is known for his work with Norton & Sons and also E.Tautz & sons.

His latest collection will see Hammond & co. launch in September as Grant becomes the latest, high-profile name to join Designers at Debenhams.

We spoke to Patrick in between publicity shots for the new collection.

Debenhams magazine: Hi Patrick, how are you?
Patrick Grant: I'm very well thanks.

DM: How has the photo shoot gone today?
PG: It's been great actually. Well this is the first time
we've had almost all the collection together at one time.
It's been fantastic to see it all on a great guy that we've
worked with before, Chris.
It's been a joy, it looks superb and I'm super happy.

DM: With this being a collection for the
high street, would you say this is a gamble
on your part?

PG: You do an awful lot of work, and I've worked with
a lot of the design teams - who have worked incredibly
hard to put all of these little details and the tiny details
and tiny touches into every little thing.

DM: And how are you feeling about the
collection as we edge closer to its launch?

PG: It's a real joy. You have in your head a sense
of the aesthetic of the brand as a whole. Hammond
& co has the history and sporting legacy to it. And
its really heart-warming to see it styled. It looks
just the way I thought it would and I couldn't
be more pleased.

DM: How have you approached
this collection coming from your
Savile Road background?

PG: I think there are so many people who enjoy
the aesthetic of both Norton & Sons and E. Tautz
& sons. But those are both expensive lines.

But I think there are a lot of guys who want to
dress in this way who like that Savile Row, St
James, Jermyn Street attention to detail, colours
shapes and attention to details.

This is for all of those guys. There isn't a lot of
choice at the less expensive end of the high street.
It's hard to find clothes this good with this level of
attention to detail.

DM: And what are your thoughts on the
menswear scene at the moment?

PG: Guys are dressing in a more interesting,
considered, layered, colourful way. All the pieces
here work with that new found, more tailored,
smarter aesthetic.

Menswear has taken off massively. London's
menswear particular with the stand alone shows in
the calendar. Menswear is a big deal now.

DM: How would describe this collection?
PG: This is line for men who take a real care in
their appearance. Not just when they're dressing
up but also when they're dressing down. There's
as much attention to the casual pieces in the line
to the most formal pieces.

The shape and position of the notch on the single
breasted suit, we took just as much time
over the collar on the rugby shirt. The lineage
runs through all of it. I'm very proud to have
my name on it.

DM: Finally what are your hopes
for Hammond & co?

PG: think the really nice thing about this
collection is my great belief that you should dress
well and appropriately for every occasion.

If you're at work in a meeting, at a wedding,
in a beautiful restaurant or out with somebody
special. It feels right to wear a suit, a tie, a
beautiful top coat.

But also if you're going to a country pub with
your pals on a Saturday afternoon to watch the
rugby and hang out and drink beer. You still
want to look good. I'm happy to dress in a number
of ways and with a few keys pieces you can cover
these different occasions.

DM: Patrick, thank you very much and the very best of luck for the future.

As one of the world's leading swimwear brands Speedo knows a thing or two about making a splash and staying on top.

With top swimmers like Kerri-Ann Payne, Michael Jamieson and former World and Commonwealth gold medallist Karen Pickering involved, it's no surprise it's remained afloat.

We look at its great swimwear and have an exclusive Q&A with four-time Olympian, and Speedo ambassador, Karen Pickering MBE.

Debenhams magazine: What was it like representing Great Britain at such a young age?
Karen Pickering: In 1986 at 14, I went straight from the GB junior team to the GB senior team. It was a huge change and I had to grow up quickly and learn to take care of myself. But it was also very exciting and I can still remember receiving the letter to say I'd been picked for the team. I was so shocked and happy!

DM: What was the worst thing about being an elite swimmer?
KP: Getting up so early for training! Before 5am, six mornings a week.

DM: ...and the best thing?
KP: So many things! The travel, the competitions, the banter, the great feeling of swimming well and winning, amazing team mates, the pride of representing my country and getting to do what I loved every day.

DM: What would be your advice to any youngster with an interest in swimming?
KP: You can't get around the hard work needed. Practice the little things such as starts, turns and finishes all the time and always try to have perfect technique no matter if it's the warm up, swim down or main set.

DM: Describe being
involved with Speedo...

KP: Having been with Speedo as an elite swimmer it is perfect to still be working with them but with a different focus now. I'm very passionate about using swimming to get fit, toned and to lose weight and Speedo shares that passion. They always were and still are a great company to be involved with.

The new Debenhams Home
catalogue is bigger than ever
before and features more than
2,000 lines.

It features all of your favourite and
fabulous Home designers plus our
latest Editions designers - Abigail
Ahern and Vicki Elizabeth.

It also includes inspiration for living/
dining/bed/bath rooms, kitchens,
and showcases our electricals and
furniture ranges.

They may only be small, but that doesn't mean they
won't have a big love for fashion...

Pretty in pink, with animal
instincts and warm little mittens
- she'll fall in love with designs
that are sure to warm her heart.

They can choose from coats of many colours, shapes and styles, thanks to the boyish charm of our new season range.

Big for girls in autumn/winter '13 dungarees
are, overall, the must-have item to invest
in. Paying homage to vintage Olsen twins,
modern-day girls should look to Little Mix
for ways to work it.

Update their wardrobe with the key pieces in kidswear, as tiny trends make a big impact on their new season style.

Boys will tick every box in the fashion stakes this season when they - literally - check out the latest trend. As for style inspiration, there's only one direction to go...

Always centre stage for fashion, our Debenhams diary gives you a sneak peek of what goes on behind the scenes.

We're super excited to announce that Dinny
Hall, one of our favourite jewellers, has joined
forces with Simply Silver to create a beautiful
new range... Simply Dinny.

Exclusive to Debenhams, this beautiful
collection delivers modern, elegant and timeless
pieces - definite must-haves for AW13.

To celebrate we're giving one lucky reader the chance to
win a beautiful bangle and necklace set - worth £100.
All you have to do to be in with a chance to win is visit
the Debenhams blog and enter your details.
It's that simple.

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