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Bonmarché has not exactly been known for its cutting-edge style in the past but that could be set to change with royal couturier David Emanuel’s Christmas collection for the chain.

Bonmarché has not exactly been known for its cutting-edge style in the past but that could be set to change with royal couturier David Emanuel’s Christmas collection for the chain. Emanuel, best known for designing Princess Diana’s wedding dress, says: "I am very excited to add my designer touch to the Bonmarché collection and to be reaching all ladies across the UK for the first time." Beaded Mesh Dress, £50.

Evoking memories of the necklace candies bought with your pocket money in the corner sweet shop, Jo Heckett’s jewellery collection is sweeter than sugar. This necklace features five porcelain beads threaded onto a sterling silver chain. The top half is a standard link chain, while the lower section is a piece of slinky chain, allowing the beads to move freely. Choose from candy-coloured beads, almost good enough to eat, or sophisticated ivory, £38 www.joheckett.com

Beautiful AND ethical – Ciel’s Jasmine-style organic hemp silk dress will take you from cocktails through dinner to dancing. Fitted shiny hemp silk dress with full skirt and deep plunge V neck with ruched front detail, £220 from www.ciel.ltd.uk

Add an element of rock chick to that party prom dress with these strappy caged sandals by Bourne. Leather with a slim heel, they feature Bourne’s trademark "B" on the heel. £88.09, from ASOS (www.asos.com)

For the best night's sleep on cold winter nights – these are the ultimate luxurious bed socks. Made from 90% British alpaca, they are hard wearing and cashmere soft. £32 from www.perilla.co.uk

Per Una’s tassel beaded bag is perfect for festive parties. Big enough to fit your lipstick, mobile and credit card in with enough sparkle for Christmas. £35 from Marks and Spencer.

 

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