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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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