Yes, it sounds like a headline from the Onion
, but London-based Department store Debenhams released a statement to the press with the following lead-in: Debenhams has announced that formal dining may be under threat as mismatched crockery is becoming more popular.
Ed Watson, spokesman for Debenhams' said, "It's a Mad Hatter's approach to formal dining. Young people are turning their backs on one of the last surviving forms of etiquette dating from the Victorian period."
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Photo: Wedgwood Renaissance Gold Dinnerware at Bloomingdale's