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Frill seekers: Give your look a Victorian twist

From high necklines to lace-up booties, fashion has fallen head over heels for all things Victoriana this season, says Katie Wright

While many an autumn/winter collection mined a Seventies vein, elsewhere designers delved further back in history in search of inspiration.

None more so than Giles Deacon, whose barely-lit catwalk hosted an eerie parade of pale-faced, black-lipped beauties in swathes of black satin, pussy-bow blouses and wet-look black leather.

Chloe and Louis Vuitton took up the Victorian mantle in Paris with puff-sleeved blouses and lace-trimmed frocks.

Now the high street has gone gaga for gothica, but the question is, how do you pull off such gloomy garments?

Fear not, here are some of the best buys to help you unleash your inner Victoriana vixen - and we promise you that there are no bustles required.

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