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Keira Knightley and Julie Christie inspire winter's key fashion accessory, with sales up at John Lewis, M&S and River Island

With bitterly cold weather setting in across Britain, the Cossack hat is shaping up as winter 2012's high street fashion hit. The style made glamorous by Julie Christie in Doctor Zhivago, and more recently by Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina, is doing swift trade across the UK.

John Lewis says sales are up 36% year-on-year, and 320% in the last three weeks as temperatures have plummeted.

Marks & Spencer has also noted a significant uplift. Compared with last winter, sales of black Cossack hats have quadrupled, while purple, a new colour for 2012, is also performing well.

Sales are also rising at shops targeting younger people. River Island's Cossack styles have almost sold out while sales of faux fur items at online retailer Asos have also increased.

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