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The witching hour approaches

Devilishly gothic - the theme of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli for Valentino as part of the Fall-Winter, ready-to-wear 2013 fashion collection, during Paris Fashion week

Devilishly gothic - the theme of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli for Valentino as part of the Fall-Winter, ready-to-wear 2013 fashion collection, during Paris Fashion week

Cancel your appointment with the fancy dress shop this Hallowe’en.

The high street has all you need to channel Gothic glamour - minus the gimmicks.

The autumn/winter catwalks turned to the dark side this season with Givenchy, Gucci and Valentino all going devilishly dramatic with lashings of black.

Think ‘Hallowe’en hot’ rather than ‘Hallowe’en not’.

Witch, vampire, black cat or even pumpkin - picture your favourite costume and wear an elegant interpretation.

Unlike fancy dress, these outfits will bewitch well past October 31.

So get ready to spellbind in style...

When the witching hour approaches no pointy hats or broomsticks are required to create a look that’s dark, brooding and full of witchy charm.

Stick to a top-to-toe black palette for dramatic effects and avoid mixing in Wicked Witch of the West green at all costs.

Black can look harsh without a flash of flesh to soften things up, which is why ‘peekaboo’ or sheer fabrics are ideal. Cast a style spell by wearing black cobweb knits by day and Victoriana lace by night.

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