OK, before my desk is swamped with letters of complaint about how much these gorgeous clothes cost, let me explain. Real Life deserves a little luxury once in a while and this week's fashion is exactly that. This summer's evening wear is complete fantasy. Sheer tulle dresses that can, of course, been worn with a slip; silk georgette scattered with tiny diamantes in the palest shade of grey. Pale pink worn with cream is a fine combination, but make sure it's the right shade of pink or you could end up looking like a fondant fancy. The fabric and attention to detail are what make these clothes cost more than your monthly salary. Still, they're worth saving up for. The dress by English Eccentrics could be a perfect alternative to the meringue-style wedding dress. Its simple romantic silhouette would make a bride look like a princess but without all the fluff. Go on, treat yourself.

Main pic, opposite: Pale grey silk georgette dress (sizes 8-16), approx pounds 700, to order, Helen David English Eccentrics, Liberty, 214 Regent Street, London W1 (tel: 0171 284 2525).

Clockwise from left:

Cream top with tulle neck (sizes 8-14), pounds 165, Alessandro Dell'Acqua, Selfridges, 300 Oxford Street, London W1 (tel: 0171 629 1234). Pink muslin skirt (sizes 8-14), pounds 85, Red or Dead, 43 Neal Street, London WC2. 85 King Street, Manchester (tel: 0114 273 7827).

Peach silk taffeta dress (sizes 6-14), pounds 1,150, Donna Karan, 19 New Bond Street, London W1 (tel: 0171 495 3100). White shoes (sizes 31/2-7), pounds 145, Ernesto Esposito for Russell & Bromley, 24-25 New Bond Street, London W1 (tel: 0171 629 6903).

Blush cotton net dress (sizes petite-large), pounds 350, Ghost, 36 Ledbury Road, London W11 (tel: 0181 960 3121).

Cream pleated crepe top (sizes petite-large), pounds 150, Ghost, 36 Ledbury Road, London W11 (tel: 0181 960 3121). Pink chiffon/organza skirt (sizes 6-14), pounds 2,390, Donna Karan, 19 New Bond Street, London W1 (tel: 0171 495 3100).

Styled by Zoe Brown.

Photographer assisted by Jason Poyser.

Stylist assisted by Natasha Hayman.

Make-up by Sharon Willmore using Cosmetics a la Carte.

Hair by Rudi at Windle using Bumble & Bumble (tel: 0171 497 2393).