Julien Macdonald to open Newport Debenhams store

Posted on Tuesday 6th October 2015
Newport Debenhams

Image of the new Debenhams store in Friars Walk


Renowned Welsh fashion designer Julien Macdonald, is set to officially open the hotly anticipated new Debenhams store at Friars Walk, Newport on Thursday 12 November.  

Julien has dressed some of world's biggest stars including Kylie Minogue, Naomi Campbell, Beyoncé and Selena Gomez and is famed for his high octane glamorous designs. His best-selling Star by Julien Macdonald collection for Debenhams takes influence from his catwalk collections but is adapted for the high street shopper.

To celebrate the new store opening in Newport Julien Macdonald and Debenhams has partnered with the University of South Wales, where Julien is an Honorary Fellow, to launch a competition to uncover a rising star of fashion design.  

Debenhams will be offering fashion design students the unique opportunity to win an internship, plus a £500 Debenhams gift card.

The students have been tasked with creating a six piece capsule collection for Star by Julien Macdonald embodying Julien's own creative and glamorous aesthetic.  Julien and a special judging panel will choose a winner that will be announced at a special event at the new Debenhams store on 11 November and one winning outfit to be displayed within the Newport store in 2016.

The store's newly appointed manager, Clare Filer, commented: "The team are thrilled that such an internationally recognised designer with roots in Wales is coming home to officially launch the new store.

"The students at the University of South Wales have been given a very exciting task and we cannot wait to see the finished results and display the garment proudly within our store.

"We are proud to be opening a store at the Friars Walk development in Newport and be part of the massive regeneration that is transforming the city. We cannot wait to welcome all our new customers into the store on Thursday 12 November."

Irene Dee, Course Leader for Fashion Design at the University of South Wales, said: "We are delighted to be working with the iconic names of Debenhams and Julien Macdonald to mark the opening of Friar's Walk. The competition will give our talented students the opportunity to work on a live brief."

 "We centre our teaching of Fashion Design on the realities of the industry, and have constant engagement with employers. This latest partnership is the perfect chance for our talented students to show future potential employers what they can do.

"We aim to raise their expectations and their ambitions to achieve mastery in their discipline, and I am sure that their competitive spirt will shine through in this competition."

 The new store will showcase Debenhams' exclusive designer ranges from fashion designers such as Jasper Conran, Ben De Lisi and of course, the stylish collection from South Wales native, Julien MacDonald.


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