Essentials: Averyl Oates, Buying Director, Harvey Nichols

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Classic pieces from designers such as Stella McCartney (www.stellamccartney.com) and 3.1 Phillip Lim (www.31philliplim.com) 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 (www.balenciaga.com). Similarly, I can't imagine being without my Alaia heels (right, www.harveynichols.com).

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 (www.rodarte.net). Jil Sander's summer collection was also really strong; particularly the cropped, tailored bolero jackets and chiffon dresses in bright, full colours (www.jilsander.com). 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 (www.bottegaveneta.com).

A current beauty favourite is the Real Hair range – finally haircare that serves the same purpose as skincare; the intensive masque is amazing (www.realhair.co.uk).

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 (www.escentirc.com). My monthly microdermabrasion treatment with Dr Barry Cohen at Beyond Spa is a fantastic boost (www.beyondmedispa.co.uk).

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

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