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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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