Monday, October 20, 2008

Runway Costume Inspirations!

As Halloween approaches, many of us are in dire need of a costume idea other than “Caribou Barbie” (complete with flute, pageant sash, and hunting rifle, of course!).

Designers, perhaps unwittingly, provided plenty of fabulous dress-up options.

At right: Night of the Living Dead at Rick Owens
First photo courtesy Other runway pictures via except where noted.

Batgirl Luella

Supergirl Sonia Rykiel

Flapper Jesús del Pozo, via Spanish Vogue

Dominatrix Matthew Williamson

French Maid Paul Smith

Schoolgirl J-C de Castelbajac, via Paris Vogue

Cowgirl Hermés, via

Punk Rocker
Anna Sui


Surfer Dude Michael Kors

The Headless Horseman Maison Martin Margiela

Greek Goddess Temperley London

Chiquita Banana Junya Watanabe


John Galliano

Princess J-C de Castelbajac, via

Hula Girl Louis Vuitton

Chauffer Loewe

Buckingham Palace Guard John Galliano

Credit Card Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, via


Rick Owens

Big Bird

Sonia Rykiel

Witch Luella

So darlings, what are you (or your kids) planning to dress up as this year? What was your fave Halloween costume of all time? CC must admit, she has the Sarah Palin suit and glasses all ready...


issa said...

the credit card dress is hilarious..

Emily said...

i love how all of these looks take normal costumes that are typically more sexual and make them creative and beautiful! i love the french maid...looks nothing like the little number i wore in college :)

La Belette Rouge said...

Love-love-love this post!! I want to be Hula girl or big bird. :-)

Crave said...

wLove the Greek Goddess inspiration! Perfect - I'm going as Cleopatra and in the midst of making my dress!

Nina said...

I really like your blog and wanted to say I'm adding you to my blog roll. Hope you don't mind. :D

ps: I love that pink hair. I want pink hair someday!


MakeupByRenRen said...

lol wow some of those are definitely costumes on the runway...i have no idea what i'm going to be yet!

rachel said...

great post! thanks for helping out with some stylish costume ideas!

I have a costume in mind, but we'll see once the 31st rolls around... ;)

♥ R

Sharon Rose said...

Hi there-I so love the dominatrix and flapper looks!!

Kat said...

they're all so great! can't decide what's my favourit dress ;)

Jess said...

They are all so funny!
I especially like the schoolgirl one. She's actually smiling for a change.
But such a volume of clothes to choose from. I'm certainly swinging towards the credit card!

Frenger. said...

amazing haha!:D
love the batgirl!

Juxtaposition Design said...

This was such an awesome post! I'm really geared up for Halloween.
As for costume, my boyfriend and I are being The White Stripes this year. I'll be making my Meg White half of the deal a little sexier, white skirt, red American Apparel ruched front bra and a white zip up over that.

MollyCake said...


hahahahaha, perfect.

drinkupthefashion said...

this post was so creative! great job. oh, and in my first entry for my blogspot i mention redcarpetfashionawards as one of my favorite fashion blogs, yours is one of my favorites as well (honestly, i'm not sucking up). before i commented you from my livejournal (dorqq) but now i can comment from my blogspot (

Lisa said...

we don't have Halloween in South Africa ! Well it is somewhat recognized, but no one dresses up. crazytown.

i love the dominatrix!

my favourite Halloween was i think grade 1 or 2- when I was PUNK! it was awesome.

happy halloween hunting.

MR style said...

rick owens show was just brilliant and timeless ! i love it

Dana (MODAna) said...

you know with all the lame stuff I have I was totally gonna go for a dominatrix halloween
and then i remembered I live in Israel where we don't celebrate Halloween

fashion herald said...

headless horseman and hula girl, please! and the witch is adorable.

Savvy Mode SG said...

hhhaaa with the big bird dress. gucci made a yellow fur jacket years ago with the same big bird idea. while my friends were on the floor rolling with laughter, the sa was telling me with a straight face how great i looked.
anyway, i want to be the greek goddess... : )

chauss said...

fabulous and fun post!!!!!!!!!!

Nina said...

i have no idea what to be for halloween. karl lagerfeld was one idea. haha

~alison said...

My favs are the Superman dress and the credit card! I love it!

Doll legs said...

Big bird!!ajjajajaja,This halloween I'm gonna be a black fairy(made by me Not the typical black fairy costume).Very fun post!!xoxoxo:)

glory said...

me encanto la tarjeta de credito, muy buenas ideas

Lil Midget said...

Ah halloween! Too bad we don't celebrate it here in Australia.

I love the dominatrix outfit..Rawr! The headless horseman cracked me up. Pretty cool! And Chanel in the chauffeur and the school girl outfit are great too :)

ashleigh said...

i'm always a fan of the flapper! but we are not big on halloween over here.

i thoroughly enjoyed the credit card though haha.

urbanita said...

There are some looks very funny!

Songy said...

This has been utterly entertaining, CC. I'm with you on 'office' outfit but I went crazy today wearing a pair if skin tight jeans with high heel sandals.. scandalous.


hwahaha...loving this post CC. I don't mind being the Chiquita Banana this year... Damn Pineapples costume last year was a disaster! I got splinters all over my body! ;)

Madame Dior said...

all of your choices are genius! Especially the big bird ensemble, i couldn't stop laughing, however, i wouldn't mind dressing up as a princess, that dress is very strange yet interesting =]

LucyinStLou said...

Love the sexy flapper! I will be a flapper this year as I am every year.

Fleurr De Lux said...

what a cute post!!! i'm going as an old fashioned harlequin clown a la goldfrapp! that is if i get around to sewing my costume. . .

Isa said...

I wanna be a SuperHero! Nice outfits!



Susanna-Cole said...

Oh these costumes (or outfits really) were so fun to look at! And I don't really celebrate Halloween but I do love costume parties! Next time I attend one I think I'll finally cave and be Galadriel from Lord of the Rings: (well you've probably seen the movie, so you know what I'm talking about, but included a picture, just in case ;)) because ever since the movies, I often have people go, "You know... you really look like a elf from Lord of The Rings!" I think it's the super fair skin and long blonde hair and what not... but anyway, would be a pretty easy look to do! :)

Ok wow, rambling here aren't I? ;)

Thanks for your sweet comment! :)


poeta fit, non nascitur said...

Harharharhar! you're crazy, you know that! hmm... tough choices..
the credit card is very tempting..

but i think i'd do the pirate! that sounded dirty! haha! i want the pirate hat!

S said...

haha credit card is hilarious...I should SO do that!
I'll probably end up as a vampire...I do vampire every ear for Hallowe'en...what can I say, I'm boring :)

Penny said...

haha!!! i love these ideas! it's going to be a very fashionable halloween!

Hunters Glory said...

Pure greatness.
Your post of the month!


Stompface said...

oh these are awesome.
It makes me want to dress up so badly!

thanks for your nice comments too sweet.

Diabolina 3.1 said...

you are amazing. so i am thinking of being coco chanel or karl lagerfeld or maybe both. thoughts?

Wana Sambo said...

these runway costume inspirations are whoa! nice blogbtw!! wanna trade links?

Blood Roses said...

that vuitton maribou dress is gorgeous! also ive never been a massive matthew williamson fan but im liking that black pvc!!

Missa said...

What a fun post! My plan is to dress up as a little girl from the 60s or 70's and dress my one year old daughter up as my Holly Hobby doll :)

My mom made me a pretty cool Raggedy Ann costume when I was about 5, also one of my favorites was when I dressed up as the Daryl Hannah character in Kill Bill with the nurse uniform and the eye patch.

♥ Marta ♥ said...

Costumes are always fun and exciting ... so I suppose that's a positive to see them on the runway :)

Sasi said...

The Dominatrix and the Hula Girl ae my fave ones ahah!

YuriNakamura said...

Fascinating Outfits their all so gorgeous.
sweet post.

Jennifer said...

Good info on costumes inspiration. I was so pleased to find this information today!

Freya ♥ said...

Loved the schoolgirl lookl but my favourite was Paul Smith, He's fantastic, and (if he's telling the truth) My stepdad used to own a clothing shop just over the road from him and they were friends! But if that's true, who knows!?
Great post, loved it! :)