By Caroline Ferry
The month-long spring/summer show schedule often leaves us feeling slightly confused. By the time it rolls around, we’ve just temporarily archived our warm weather clothes and dusted off
favorite knits. Then — boom! — we see next season’s runway offerings, and just like that, we’re wishing we could fast-forward through the next six months.
Not this time, though. Fashion Month has come to a close, and it turns out the designers have offered up some instant gratification with outfits that serve as serious Halloween inspiration. Some did it low-key, limiting the supernatural happenings to crafty hair and makeup. Others — we’re looking at you, Thom Browne — went in hard; the designer’s show closed with a unicorn operated by two male models.
If you’re going to engage in Halloween dress-up, let next season’s collections be your guiding light. From the traditional to the sublimely sinister, here are 11 of the best runway looks that serve as solid costume inspiration. Here’s to playful escapism and a healthy dose of humor.
Wednesday Addams, reimagined by
Ashish. Layering a crisp white button-up under your old faithful party dress (bonus points for something glittery!) will pack a similarly jazzy punch.
For many of us, the number one childhood career fantasy was gymnast. With figure-skating as a side hustle. Live your dreams via
Gucci ‘s encrusted bodysuit, best served with an equally-as-shiny jacket (your silky embroidered bomber will do just fine) and those all-important nude tights. Confidence is key here; don’t let the costume wear you.
House of Holland’s space cadet costume is actually easy to recreate, especially if you have a silver mini dress on-hand. Accessorize with some bits and bobs left over from last summer’s festivals — fluorescent sunglasses, a patterned fanny pack, sports socks (easy), and your most extra(terrestrial) sliders. Add one single earring and some bright white nails to match your chalk-colored spray-dyed ‘do.
At first glance it seems so sweet — a pretty little prom dress with big ol’ chandelier earrings. Look closer, though, and you’ll notice the goodie two-shoes vibe fades as strings of spiderweb-like crystals spill over witchy pointed ankle boots, matched with some high-shine opera gloves.
You’re a vision, so why not go as a work of art? Enter Ashley Williams’ nudie portrait dress. First, pin your favorite art nudes (call us traditional, but we recommend Michelangelo’s David on repeat) all over a white shift dress. Then dust off your Tevas. If you’re lucky enough not to be wearing a pink wrist cast right now, then we reckon this look works without.
Scary bride is always a winner, Halloween or not. At Alexander Wang’s #WANGFEST, the look was nightie-meets-corpse bride. Underwear was all-important, so find some stockings from the back of your underwear drawer. And instead of your standard veil, get the cigarette smoke-effect ‘No Smoking’ headpiece by Stephen Jones.
Dolce & Gabbana’s Queen of Hearts is most definitely one for the glam girls. If you can’t get your hands on the real deal, simply grab some Sharpies and trace a repeat pattern from your nearest deck of cards onto a plain summer dress that would otherwise be destined for clothes heaven.
A skeleton costume is classic; timeless, if you will. Give yours a Thom Browne spring 2018 update with your hair and makeup. Cover that visage in silver glitter for some sickly sparkly mystery, comb those brows, and you’re hot to trot.
If you like your costumes to coincide with popular TV show releases, then Louis Vuitton’s ode to
Stranger Things, season two has you covered. This one is really straightforward — literally throw an official merchandise T-shirt over whatever you happen to be wearing that day. Et voilà.
Sometimes an abstract costume is more trouble than it’s worth, and the prospect of explaining how clever your concept is all night feels exhausting. Avoid confusion by taking a page from Ashish’s book and just spell it out. Source a not-too-expensive plain black sweater, dig out your trusty glue gun, and prepare to get crafty with some buttons and sequins.
Elaine The Love Witch was probably the most overlooked movie character of 2016. Not for Clio Peppiatt, though, whose collection was an homage to the sexy but quite scary fictional magic maker. One for the retro lovers, this dress-up is simple: LBD, chunky costume rings, serious false eyelashes, lashings of baby blue eyeshadow (the ’80s are very in right now), and whatever you do, don’t skimp on the backcombing or blush.
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