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Bugle bead dress, £565, by Hakaan, houseofhakaan.com; rose-bud sandals, £705, by Nicholas Kirkwood, 5 Mount Street, London W1, 020-7290 1404

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We Love: Burberry - Ahead of the curve with all things digital, Burberry has released exclusive tracks in collaboration with Brit bands to launch its new eyewear collection before hosting gigs around the world next month too. burberry.com

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Lace top, £1,110, by Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, 5 Portobello Green, London W10, 020-8968 1542; silk skirt, £927, by Rochas, from Joseph, 16 Sloane St, London SW1, 020-7235 1991; earrings (worn throughout), £320, by Prada, 16-18 Old Bond St, London W1, 020-7647 5000

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Jacquard long pants, £485, Satin stretch shirt with lipstick scarf, £510, and glam soft mohair boxy caban jacket, £1,020, with acid Mongolian scarf, £1,500, all by Gucci, 18 Sloane Street, London SW1, 020-7235 6707; stone ring, £180, by Erickson Beamon, 38 Elizabeth Street, london SW1, 020-7259 0202

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