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As every woman knows, buying a party dress at Christmas is one of Life's Great Joys. Purely frivolous, totally self-indulgent, worn into the ground for one season and then (be honest now) abandoned at the back of the wardrobe, the party dress is probably the most enjoyable purchase of the shopping year. The only problem is choosing from the dizzying array of designs on offer. To help, we asked Lizzy Shepherd of `Frank' magazine to select the best of this year's models, from classic velvets and Little Black Dresses to the very `now' metallics and reds. All you have to do is flex that credit card, and party.

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Shopping: Check It Out; Debenhams

These days, it is hard to think of a high street shop that has not persuaded a high-profile fashion designer to spruce up its image and give its products the alluring sheen which only a designer logo can bestow. Dorothy Perkins, Principles and Evans are all at it. But, top of the heap is Debenhams, which has been launching increasingly impressive "designer" collections since 1993 and has, this year, set designers loose on homewears.

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