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Saint or sinner – which would you rather be? Happily, this season, you don’t have to choose, thanks to some extremely covetable clothes that combine the gently demure with the tantalisingly seductive. Think form-caressing lace tops with church going-worthy high necklines; long-sleeved white dresses with thigh-skimming hemlines…

productsBG (3)This week’s cover star, actress Eva Mendes – who dreamt of being a nun as a child, but is now known for having Hollywood’s most enviable curves – is the perfect poster girl for fashion’s new sinful saintliness. In Divine Beauty, she talks about her private and public worlds, and plays the innocent provocatrice in exquisite lace and sheer dresses by Valentino, Moschino and Dolce & Gabbana.

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“I live in a PROTECTIVE kind of BUBBLE that I have created for myself. I literally lose my ABILITY to speak”


Photographs by DAVID BELLEMERE                                                                             Styled by TRACY TAYLOR                                                                                          net-a-porter.com