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20 Halloween costumes inspired by the recent runways

From Margiela's charming veiled tangueros to Louis Vuitton and Rodarte's vampires

20 Halloween costumes inspired by the recent runways From Margiela's charming veiled tangueros to Louis Vuitton and Rodarte's vampires

Halloween 2021 is coming soon. Even in such a complicated period, exorcising fear by dressing up can be fun, whether we're challenging the pandemic to go trick-or-treating or we stay at home eating candy in front of Netflix with family, boyfriends and roommates. To find the right inspiration and elevate the style of our costume we just need to take a look at the recent Fashion Months. Brands and designers love exploring the dark side of fashion and bring on the catwalk charming veiled-faced tangueros like Maison Margiela SS21 collection, romantic vampires like Louis Vuitton did in its SS22 show or Rodarte did in its FW20 show, ethereal aliens like Haider Ackermann, creepy red-eyed freaks like Balenciaga or witches with silver hair like Erdem.

So, why not play for one night? Let's take glitter, dark lipstick, eyeliner, khol and powder and become witches, demons, vampires and ghosts, choosing between these 20 Halloween costumes inspired by the recent runways.


LV SS22: Art Noveau Vampires

Nicolas Ghesquière brought to the runway a mash-up between Marie Antoinette, cult silent movies and the Ziegfeld Follies. Louvre's Passage Richelieu was turned into a sort of portal for time travel in which crinolines and lingerie, 1920s dresses and tuxedo jackets, leather trench coats and denim coexisted. The inspiration for Louis Vuitton's new collection is the same one that suggested to Guesquière the costumes for the HBO series Max Irma Vep, an adaptation of the 1996 film of the same name starring Maggie Cheung that was itself a remake of Les Vampires, a 1916 silent horror classic. Why not re-watch both movies in an LV SS22 style outfit on Halloween night?


Noir Kei Nonomiya SS22: Black Swans 

Noir Kei Ninomiya, Comme des Garçons' Rei Kawakubo's favorite designer, revisits black and its shadows as a metaphor for the ephemeral power and beauty of the things that are all around us. The result is a collection of tulle and organza pieces that recalls the outfit of a dark ballet company. The Black Swan mood is perfect to replicate for the night of October 31.


Simone Rocha SS22: Les Enfants

In the creation of her latest collection, Simone Rocha took inspiration from her recent maternity, turning all the pain, joy and sleepless nights into a series of dresses with exaggerated hips, full of lace and studded with jewels and pearls. The key item is the collar, oversized and embroidered, recalling both the Edwardian style and the baptism or first communion dresses. The look is completed by crystal tiaras, handbags, hairpins full of pearls and hair gathered in scenographic braids.


Richard Quinn SS22: Strange Flowers

Quinn dresses models in floral prints and silhouettes that look like giant roses, sunflowers, lilacs and anemones. The result is strange, but perfect for Halloween, poised between a children's cartoon and a lysergic journey of Alice in Wonderland. For those who want to face the night of the witches with a more sunny and fun mood, but without renouncing to a touch of weirdness.


Burberry SS22: Woodland Creatures

Riccardo Tisci plays with the symbol of the brand: the trench coat. He deconstructs and rebuilds it, experimenting with silhouettes and adding a sexy twist that we find in the rest of the collection. The garments have bold details such as exaggerated bangs or oversized sleeves, but also abstract prints and eccentric accessories. The most unusual? The Bambi's ears.


Maison Margiela SS21: Veiled Tangueros

Maison Margiela presented the SS21 collection with S.W.A.L.K. II, an evocative video directed by Nick Knight starring a group of dark tango dancers with faces covered as the veiled marble statues of the neoclassical tradition. The images depict a disturbing and beautiful crew of tangueros that looks like the glamorous version of the Addams family.


Rodarte FW20: Vampire Wives 

For the FW20, the Mulleavy sisters showed in the evening at St. Bartholomew's Church in New York City. An evocative and dark atmosphere reflecting well the inspiration of Rodarte's collection: Bram Stocker's Dracula directed by Francis Ford Coppola. The elements required to replicate this look are 40s dress, dark lipstick and headpieces with flowers and veils.


Haider Ackermann FW20: Chic Aliens

Haider Ackermann's genderless universe, with its sleek and conceptual fashion, brings alien creatures on the catwalk that look like a hybrid between the icy heroines of Alfred Hitchcock's movies and the huge-headed character played by Lisa Marie in Tim Burton's Mars Attacks!. If you want to copy one of these looks remember to wear a total black or total white outfit, to erase the eyebrows, make the skin as pale as possible and recreate the huge hairstyles as best as you can, maybe with the help of extensions or a wig.


Gucci FW20: Rock Pilgrims

For the FW20, Alessandro Michele chose to take the backstage of the show onto the catwalk, presenting the audience with the most extreme level of inclusiveness and a collection full of Fellini's echoes. Among the many characters in this Gucci collection, the "Rock Pilgrims" are perfect as Halloween inspiration: big hats, black dresses, cross necklaces, white collars (seasonal must-have) and lace gloves.


Dries Van Noten FW20: Dark Fairies

Dries Van Noten is the king of contrasts, one of the few designers able to mix different, opposite, almost kitsch elements, turning them into beauty. Besides the clothing, the FW20's attention is drawn to the models' make-up, inspired by those Serge Lutens created between the 70s and early 80s. A lively and hypnotic palette: eyeshadows, lighter, blurred outward in the upper eyelid and under the eye, mixing grey, pink, mustard and sky blue. Sam McKnight, echoes the same play of colors for hairstyling with the roots of the hair dyed in fluorescent colors such as lime green, crimson red, blue and purple.


Marni FW20: Alice in Wonderland

In the FW20 season Francesco Risso plays creating clothes with patchwork of waste fabrics to give life to a psychedelic version of Alice in Wonderland, with models with faces covered with gold and silver dust.


Erdem FW20: Silver Witches

Cecil Beaton and his beautiful portraits of glamour and worldliness of the 20s and 30s are the protagonists of Erdem's FW20 collection. If instead of the classic spooky mood you want to opt for a more sophisticated look, you can replicate the silver waves and Jazz Age dresses (but revisited in a contemporary key) created by Erdem Moralioglu


Bora Aksu SS21: Nurses

Bora Aksu reinterprets the current health crisis in a fashionable way, inspired by the nurses of the First World War. The result is surprisingly romantic, with transparent dresses, full of ruffles and embroidery.  Choosing to replicate one of these SS21 looks for Halloween can be a good idea to exorcise the fears we are experiencing and insert the use of the mask in style. Aksu has proposed it in sheer fabric, to let you see the lips painted in blue and fuchsia, but, if you want, you can choose to wear the surgical mask and print it on a simple lipstick kiss. 


Anna Sui FW20: Goths

The nocturnal glamour according to Anna Sui is that of horror of the 60s and 70s like Blood and Black Lace and Daughters of Darkness: Victorian and feminine silhouettes, black patent leather dresses with lace sleeves, lurex, sequins and Liberty style prints. The makeup is by Pat McGrath: burgundy lipstick, smokey eyes, perfect and pale skin.


Yohji Yamamoto FW20: Dramatic Ghosts

Corsets, crinolines and fin dé siecle shapes meet punk. The make-up made of graphic signs around the eyes and black lipstick applied only partially is perfect for Halloween. 


Rick Owens SS21: Masked Warriors

In a live streaming show from Venice, Owens presents his "Cyber warriors" in cotton poplin jackets, capes, leather garments, frayed shorts, veils, boots and masks. An elegantly dark hybrid between Metropolis and Mad Max.


Balenciaga FW20: Demons

Demna Gvasalia reflects on the role of humanity and climate change with an apocalyptic set and shelter-dresses designed to protect us during the end of the world. Bodywear, coats with squared silhouettes, latex capes and jackets full of thorns that are ideal for Halloween.


Junya Watanabe FW20: Rockstar

Junya Watanabe pays homage to Debbie Harry from Blondie in her FW20 collection and brings a rock star with heavy and smudged make-up to the catwalk who wears hybrid dresses, animal prints, leather garments, fluffy skirts and fetish harnesses.


Moschino FW20: The Marie Antionette 

Marie Antoinette in Harajuku girl version. Jeremy Scott, creative director of Moschino reworks sumptuous princess dresses and crinolines with a contemporary twist given by miniskirts, cuissardes, denim and pastel colors. A fun tribute to the world of Lady Oscar.


Thom Browne FW20: Creepy Bunnies

For the FW20, Thom Browne opts for an extravagant Noah's ark that parades in the surreal atmosphere of snowy woods. Easy and interesting to copy the couple's looks: school girls striped skirts and blazers to wear with veiled masks that cover the eyes and have rabbit ears.