It’s not fancy dress, it’s dress fancy

Neo-Victoriana, velvet supreme and big cape energy - check out BURO.’s haute Halloween looks - without a costume in sight


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Halloween party dressing: we have a complicated relationship. One that has us rushing to the costumiers on Shaftesbury Avenue on October 30th and sulkily handing over too much cash for a catsuit (that's definitely too small), ‘creepy’ contact lenses and fake blood…because you never know when you might want fake blood, right? Oh, and let’s not forget a Morticia-style wig that will inevitably get discarded after 30 minutes of wearing - and ‘gramming. It's now two hours before the party and you're fretting it's not freitgeist-y enough. Though, if this is your niche: WAGatha Christie. For those of you who want to make a spell-binding entrance on All Hallows' Eve - without the panic of having to plan a full fancy dress outfit – check out BURO.'s fast-track to high-drama dressing you’ll actually be able to wear again, and again.


mARC JACOBS Crystal-embellished tulle bolero jacket, £3,665

When in doubt, a high-octane cover up is worth every penny. Feathers! Tulle! Velvet! Crystals! The cape crusaders are out in full force. See Gucci, Givenchy and Dundas for inky velvet interpretations - or go hell-for (vegan) leather for a Matrix do-over. All about Big Sleeve Energy? Marc Jacobs’s crystal-embellished tulle bolero jacket is on my wish-list. It also happens to be Ashley Olsen’s recent choice of wedding guest drapery – sold.


DUNDAS Crystal-embellished velvet cape £2,596.08


Dark Romance

Want to nod to the macabre and still look absolutely fabulous? A floor-skimming dress from cult-favourite The Vampire’s Wife is well worth the investment. Part Victoriana, part 70s throwback - think maxi hemlines, lots of ruffles, metallics and velvet. Rising New York-based label Batsheva also serves up some impressive punk prairie looks. The vibe? Think a grown-up version of Christina Ricci’s party gown in Casper.


the vampires wife, THE TOTAL MAYHEM DRESS, £1,295

Le Smoking 2.0

If separates are really not your bag, the tuxedo dress is your one-stop way to channel black tie glamour with a 1980s twist. The modern update: avoid overly boxy silhouettes, seek out a satin peak lapel and dare to bare with sheer tights, a la Saint Laurent and street-style favourite Rotate.


Saint Laurent silk satin-trimmed wool mini dress, £2,595, Net-A-Porter


BURO.’s pick of the cult classic movies to stream on Halloween.

Psycho – Netflix

The Woman In Black – Amazon Prime

The CORPSE BRIDE – Amazon Prime

Suspiria – Amazon Prime

images i casper Sejerson, shutterstock

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