Essentials: Averyl Oates, Buying Director, Harvey Nichols

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Classic pieces from designers such as Stella McCartney ( and 3.1 Phillip Lim ( feature heavily in my wardrobe.

Fantastically cut trousers or dresses are indispensable staples that never date. My Balenciaga Lariat bag has served me well; the leather is beautifully soft and it works with so many outfits ( Similarly, I can't imagine being without my Alaia heels (right,

I love Zooey Deschanel's adventurous, eclectic look and also Gwyneth Paltrow, who manages simple stylishness without looking like a fashion victim.

In my work I see talented designers all the time but this season I have my eye on the Mulleavy sisters, who produce the breathtaking dresses behind the Rodarte label ( Jil Sander's summer collection was also really strong; particularly the cropped, tailored bolero jackets and chiffon dresses in bright, full colours ( Even though it's summertime, I am already looking forward to the autumn collections and Bottega Veneta's trench coat is definitely on my wish list (

A current beauty favourite is the Real Hair range – finally haircare that serves the same purpose as skincare; the intensive masque is amazing (

I've also been wearing Escentric's Molecule fragrance for quite some time now and I have never worn anything that has been commented on so much ( My monthly microdermabrasion treatment with Dr Barry Cohen at Beyond Spa is a fantastic boost (

And lastly, I have always been a firm believer in the power of accessories and this is definitely the season of the statement necklace.