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The 5 best fashion icon Halloween Costumes

Published 10/23/2013 by

You’ve got just over a week to plan your kick-a*s Halloween costume. May we boldly suggest retiring your sexy cat/witch/flight attendant for 2013? We’ve got 10 of the best fashion-icon inspired Halloween costumes to impress your crew this boo-day. From everyone’s favourite fashion week front row fixture to the street style snapper that started it all, take your pick. Each one is sure to earn you bonus points and extra (mini) Snickers bars…not that anyone in fashion has ever eaten one of those.


1) Karl Lagerfeld : The shades behind Chanel, father to fashion feline Choupette

Karl Lagerfeld - Refinery 29

Karl Lagerfeld – Refinery 29

What you will need:

- Black shades (bonus if they are Karl’s preferred aviator silhouette)

- Black jacket, with satin trim for the truly committed

- A white dress shirt with a high button up collar

- A black tie

- Finger-less moto style gloves (an Uncle Karl non-negotiable)

- Lastly, the pièce de résistance either a white pony wig or some baby powder to go white for a night!


2) Anna Wintour: High Priestess at Vogue and front row centre at any fashion event that matters.

Anna Wintour -

Anna Wintour –


What you will need:

- Dark over-sized shades (the bigg’a the bett’a)

- A conservative yet fashionable frock (fitted but not body-con, small scale prints) that hits just below the knee

- A collared jacket, with or without a fur collar

- A jeweled statement necklace

- A shiny bob wig without a (synthetic) hair out of place

- Cultivate that poker face, it’s key.


3) Bill Cunningham: Photographer for the New York Times style section and a true pioneer of street style snapping.


Bill cunningham -

Bill cunningham –


What you will need:

- Beg, borrow, steal (but not really) an SLR camera

- A blue painters smock or in a pinch a blue hoodie

- Some khaki coloured trousers

- A white button front dress shirt

- Prepare to be asked to take everyone’s picture that night…


4) Grace Coddington: Creative Director at Vogue and the real/runaway star of the September Issue.


Grace Coddington - Fashion Gone Rogue

Grace Coddington – Fashion Gone Rogue


What you will need:

- First and foremost, red tresses. If you’ve gott’em great. If not, find yourself a big, bold, luscious mane of a wig in carrot top orange.

- A minimalist overcoat or a menswear style suit in black, red or royal blue

- Converse chucks

- Complete your Grace look with a stuffed cat. Or real if you’re ambitious.


5) Jenna Lyons (below left with a J.Crew doppelgänger): Executive Creative Director at J.Crew and style muse to millions.


Jenna Lyons - Refinery 29

Jenna Lyons – Refinery 29


What you will need:

- Rock a sleek low pony. If you can’t wig~ it up.

- A blue denim jacket

- A jewelled statement necklace

- A striped, nautical style shirt

-Trousers cut to perfection just above the ankle

- Sleek trainers or low cut Converse sneakers

*When in doubt consult a J.Crew catalogue for appropriate styling.


Happy Haunting Fashion-Spooks!





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