Beauty, Costume, Fashion, Pop Culture

Halloween 2014

Cruella de Vil

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I decided to spare just one…

DSC_0011OK, I know, I know. I did it again: I disappeared for almost a month. I’m a bad, bad blogger! Or just consistently fashionably late, depending on how you look at things. But I hope this year’s Halloween costume will make up for my online absences. (I’m also sorry I didn’t post pictures of my costume sooner, but I can’t have been the only person who spent yesterday nursing a hangover…) I seriously do have lots of cool projects and collaborations in the works, so I appreciate your patience.

Anyone who’s known me for at least twenty minutes knows that Halloween is my favorite holiday. It gives fashion lovers a special chance to get really creative, and while so many girls like to play princess, this year I decided I should honor a villain on the one night we openly celebrate sin. I chose Cruella de Vil because she’s not just an iconic female villain, she’s also a fashion icon, determined to commit a heinous crime in order to achieve a fabulous style statement. Whenever I put together a costume, I try to use as much as possible from my own wardrobe. This year, it started with a dress that had been sitting in my closet gathering dust and making me feel guilty for over a year. I bought the black and white maxi dress, complete with shoulder pads and a dramatic slit, on a whim at one of LF’s infamous sales. Obviously it didn’t cost much, but I got home and thought to myself, Where did I think I would wear this? My prom years are far behind me, and my calendar isn’t exactly marked up with galas. But when I saw it hanging next to my shag coat, an LF purchase that I’ve worn constantly for three winters, my Cruella vision suddenly became clear, and the rest just fell together.

I’m obsessed with Eddie Borgo’s odd yet simultaneously minimalist jewelry, and this choker was on my wish list for months before I made it mine. The fact that the sleek, glamorous necklace happens to somewhat resemble a dog collar was an ever-s0-appropriate coincidence.

For Cruella’s signature red lip, MAC Cosmetics made my Halloween dreams come true with their Rocky Horror Picture Show collection. Rocky Horror is a Halloween cult classic film, and one of my personal favorites. Like so many MAC lipsticks, the Rocky Horror reds are smooth, rich, and flawless—and totally sold out. Special shout out to a special friend who helped me get my hands on these coveted colors!

The finishing touches for almost any Halloween costume are easy to get online. eBay and the Party City website have all the Halloween essentials, and even the more unusual accessories, as long as you don’t wait until the last minute. A significant other who loves you enough to wear a full dalmatian suit? That’s a little harder to find.

Photos by Brooke Appe & Annie Goldman

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Cat & Mouse

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_DSC9707 - Version 2Vintage Euro Disney tank, vintage Levis denim & leather studded jacket, Carmar jeans, Jeffrey Campbell ‘ZOMG’ platform sneakers, H&M purse, lime sunglasses from Planet Blue.

As I stated in my Globe interview, I’ve been drawing a lot of summer inspiration from the wardrobe in the 1992 movie White Men Can’t Jump. I love the sort of West coast-cool, sporty-grunge vibe. This vintage Mickey Mouse top, cut much like a basketball jersey, oversized denim and platform sneakers make just one of my many outfits ideas that have stemmed from this classic flick. (I may or may not have recently purchased tie-dye mom jeans…) The red lips and pussy purse add a fun, feminine touch.

Photos by Lev Avery-Peck

 

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The White Witch

1Q1A8546My need for and obsession with this hat started with my recent, late-in-the-game American Horror Story binge (—not Pharrell). I absolutely fell in love with the wicked, Stevie Nicks meets Nasty Gal wardrobe in the third season, American Horror Story: Coven, in which Stevie Nicks actually makes a few appearances, portraying a fictional version of herself also known as the ‘White Witch.’ Not since Addams Family Values had I felt so spooky-style inspired, so I ordered this hat, and reached for my favorite T by Alexander Wang dress, my Sandro booties, and MAC lipstick in ‘Violetta.’ I thought, who better to emulate the White Witch than the palest girl on the blogosphere?1Q1A8548Then I wore this outfit while I was visiting my parents in Palm Beach and, as if by magic, my mother and I stumbled upon this vintage YSL necklace, the missing piece that would complete my whole bewitched look. A piece like this—a piece of fashion history, really—is hard to find, but there are two women from a group called The Silver Fund who come to the famous Worth Avenue in Palm Beach once a year with a jaw-dropping collection of vintage costume jewelry. When I saw this necklace, I felt a cosmic connection to it, like when Louise finds her magical amulet in Teen Witch. (If that reference means nothing to you, there was a hole in your childhood.) Though the basic elements of this outfit really only scratch the surface of Stevie Nicks/AHS-inspired fashion, the necklace takes it to a much more mystical place…and I’m absolutely going to test its ability to make my girlfriends freestyle against their will.1Q1A8553

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