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Don't be surprised if you find fetish-style intimates and strappy leather playsuits underneath your Christmas tree this year.

The Telegraph reports that bondage-style lingerie, inspired by stage outfits worn by Lady Gaga and Rihanna, has become this season's top trend when it comes to buying intimates. London department store Selfridges tells the paper that the average lingerie spend is up by 20 percent, with customers going for more daring brands like Agent Provocateur and Myla.

Other purveyors of bondage-inspired bras, panties and playsuits are young British designer Nichole de Carle, Dutch designer Marlies Dekkers (who counts Beyoncé, Katy Perry and Nicole Sherzinger among her fans) and French designer Maxine Wattam. And this risqué bedroom dressing doesn't come cheap, with prices for Wattam's elaborate embellished pieces reaching $4,600.

Helen Attwood, Selfridges' head lingerie buyer, explained the trend: "This winter S&M has gone couture. Gone are the days of bondage lingerie looking more back-street than Bond Street. To keep up with demand for lingerie with serious edge, we're about to launch our most expensive erotica yet. Sales of the sexiest designs of lingerie are already up 50 per cent and we predict that this Christmas won't be white. It'll be black silk with a leather trim."

Get into the spirit by checking out pics from the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2010.

Meanwhile click here to learn how to make your own lingerie.