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Debenhams'designers boost its performance

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Parties: Beth burns up the art world

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Fashion: Here comes the fuzz...

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Shoulders barge back into fashion

Big shoulders are back. The fifth day of London Fashion Week yesterday confirmed a major trend of the week, and potentially the season. The only consolation for people who remember them with a shudder from last time around is the variety of shapes. There's more to the look than Alexis Colby or Melanie Griffith in Working Girl.

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Parties: In fashion fantasyland

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<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/09/house-of-hollan.html" target="_blank">London Fashion Week: Henry Holland</a>

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Campbell's charity show brings light relief to fashion week

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Henry Holland: Northern light

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