Seeing as how most A-list stars get to dress up for a living, whether on stage or set, it’s not really surprising that they all embrace Halloween with immense gusto.
Designers are just as fond of theatrical costuming – you only need to look at at Couture Fashion Week offerings from earlier this year to see some outfits that would make absolutely sterling haute couture Halloween costumes, if only you have a celebrity-sized budget. Take Schiaparelli’s A/W ’14 collection – full of gothic chic, witches’ hats and stylised gore…
The velvet dress with blood-dripping heart combined with the arrow-pierced witch hat could well be the last word in haute couture Halloween costumes… as could some of the gothic Gaultier pieces from the same event.
Those with Hollywood starlet-sized budgets do often go to extreme lengths with their outfits around October 31st. Take Heidi Klum, who spares absolutely no expense for her efforts. She hosts a party in NYC every year and always goes to town! Our favourites were her Goddess Kali in 2008…
And last year, where she haired some SFX makeup artists to transport her 40 years into the future. Brilliant! We, of course, love her use of a classic string of pearls – just goes to show a fabulous pearl necklace will see you through till old age and beyond, whether it’s real age or not.
Such big-name parties naturally attract the most in-demand celebs wearing the most fashionable halloween costumes. Take the sizzling Iggy Azalea dressed as THE most ice-cold fashionista in literary history – Cruella De Vil.
Obviously the evil anti-heroine tries to skin Dalmation puppies to make her clothes, but Iggy’s gone for the Houndstooth trousers (buy similar ones by Stella McCartney at Harrods) and a live Dalmation instead. And pearls again – obviously we noticed the multi-strand pearls a little bit.
Of course, you can’t go wrong with lots of black, and a long, Morticia Addams-esque gown is a halloween wardrobe staple that you can accessorise year after year.
Liv Tyler, who’s currently starring in supernatural series The Leftovers, wore this velvet gown, covered in silvery glittering trails, but a plain black velvet gown such as Oscar De La Renta’s divine one (£6,295 at Net-A-Porter) could be adorned with artifical spider webs… as long as you have a super strength lint roller handy for afterwards.
But what about the haute couture models themselves? When Carine Roitfeld, former Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Paris, threw a Halloween party in 2011, most of the guests were models and designers. Costumes varied between genuine haute couture that had been adapted for the occasion, as seen on Anna Dello Russo, who wore a Giles spring/summer 2012 red swan headpiece and a strapless Alberta Ferretti black gown…
And Natalia Vodianova, who had a kind of virginal vampire victim vibe going on in her outfit, but ultimately made very little effort in looking Halloween-y…
And the hostess, who epitomised Halloween with her Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci dress with zombie make-up and a truly horrifying ladder in her black seamed stockings!
There’s one final idea we’d like to offer, if you would like to explore the ultimate in fashionable Halloween costumes this year. You could, as TV host Dermot O’Leary and his wife Dee Koppang did, go as a fashion designer themself. With the trademark strangling, starched collar, black suit and shades, it can only be the legendary Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld and his cat Choupette, who, he apparently declared last year, he would marry if only it were legal. Truly horrifying.