At last year’s annual HAUTE HALLOWEEN costume party, we hired Matt Vee of 2 Shoes Photo to set up his photo booth to add a fun element to the evening. Our guests arrived in such creative costumes: Karl Lagerfeld, Mrs. Fox, Daft Punk, Batman, the Big Lebowski, a hunter + deer, Maleficent, the list goes on! Here’s a snapshot of some of HAUTE HALLOWEEN!
We can’t wait for this year’s HAUTE HALLOWEEN! Check out more of our costume ideas here!
Photo by Steve McCumber, makeup by Ashlee Bullinger-Nabua
Last fall I had the pleasure of modeling a Day of the Dead costume and teamed up with stylist Erick Skarownski and makeup artist Ashlee Bullinger-Nabua to create the look.
Ashlee and I researched different sugar skull designs on Pinterest that we liked and then printed out our favorites to reference. We took different aspects of each sugar skull to create our very own design, integrating sparkles and press-on gems into the final product.
Photo by Sean Gumm
My friend Patrick Vong was my vampire cohort for the photo shoot.
For years Maleficent has risen to the top of my Halloween costumes and this year I finally executed it. This costume was certainly my biggest undertaking due to the creation of the headpiece.
Horn headpiece — bonus points for handcrafting your own! I made mine and finished it within 30 minutes of my Haute Halloween party
Green contacts — the lighter and yellower the better
Feather choker — repurposed from my Raven costume last year
Black lace shirt
Black corset — borrowed from my friend Kim (this was her custom made wedding corset. Girl is badass.)
Staff with crow atop — I made mine with a piece of black bamboo, a plastic ball, black gaffer’s tape, and a black crow purchased from Michael’s
Edgy rings from Forever21
Black skirt — or black dress
Bonus: Nude manicure with red on the inside of the nail a la Adele at the Grammy’s
Photo: Entertainment Magazine
Richard Darbonne is a talented Seattle portrait photographer I work with who suggested we do a portrait session after he saw my Malefiselfie on Instagram — “My heart stopped when I saw it,” he said. Richard created an environment with light that really highlighted the drama of Maleficent’s persona. “This light was especially crafted for you,” he told me when I sat down on set. “I tried to get other people to sit in, but it didn’t work.” It required the makeup and light and dark drama of the costume.
This is an award-winning costume as well! On Thursday I won Best Costume at the zulily Halloween party for this Maleficent costume. When announcing the best costume, our Studio Director said, “I can see your horns from here!” As my friend Charity said, “You won Halloween.”
Watch for a forthcoming detailed post on the making of the Maleficent horns.
Show & Tell
Did you dress up as Maleficent or pull together a costume from your closet? Leave a link in the comments, post a photo on our Facebook page, or hashtag #costumesinyourcloset on Instagram. We’d love to see your costume creation!
Fashion provides plenty of iconic costume ideas, and German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld is one of the top choices. It’s a simple men’s Halloween costume choice — if you have a black suit and tie, you’re most of the way there!
White collared shirt
Black suit (borrowed from Sean — thank you!)
Gaudy tie clip and cuff links (tip: use women’s jewelry!)
Black fingerless gloves
Bonus accessories: white fluffy cat or white fan
Karl loves his cats. Photo: Harper’s Bazaar
How perfect is Erick as Lagerfeld? When it came to embodying Karl, my clothing designer/stylist friend Erick was my first pick. He has the carriage, confidence, and dare I say cockiness to pull it off. Karl would be proud.
Show & Tell!
Did you dress up as Karl Lagerfeld or pull together a costume from your closet? Leave a link in the comments, post a photo on our Facebook page, or hashtag #costumesinyourcloset on Instagram. We’d love to see your costume creation!
Photographer & Photo Editor: Sean Gumm Karl, Stylist & Makeup Artist: Erick Skoronski
Art Director & Makeup Artist: Sarah Ward
For a quirky, easy Halloween couple’s costume, consider going the Wes Anderson route!
Costume Components for Margot
Smoky, brooding eye makeup
Brown fur coat (borrowed from Heather — thanks!)
Striped polo shirt or dress
Skirt or jeans
Costume Components for Richie
Athletic headband and wristband
Neutral colored blazer
Blue polo with white blazer (we layered a collared shirt under a blue polo for the same effect)
Lana is a stylist and model I work with with her stunning bone structure and gaze and she came to mind for a perfect Margot Tannenbaum. Add her boyfriend Josh to the mix as Richie and we had a perfect couple’s costume!
Show & Tell!
Did you dress up as the Tannenbaums or pull together a costume from your closet? Leave a link in the comments, post a photo on our Facebook page, or hashtag #costumesinyourcloset on Instagram. We’d love to see your costume creation!