Despite/In spite of...
To my knowledge, ‘despite/in spite of’ can be followed by either a noun/noun phrase or an -ing, but I’m not sure whether I’ve written the following sentences correctly. Please kindly let me know.
1) Despite/In spite of so many clothes bought, Debbie still wants to buy more.
2) Despite/In spite of there being a lot of clothes in her wardrobe, Debbie still wants to buy more.
By the way, if sentence 2) is grammatically correct, can someone please tell me whether ‘there being a lot of clothes...’ is a participle clause?
Thanks in advance!