Fashion Month, one could argue, is very much like Halloween, in that participants can be very deliberate about planning what to wear. For many street style-hungry bloggers and editors, the more costume-y the wardrobe, the better — and the more likely you are to get photographed by Tommy Ton or Phil Oh. That fashion figures are so deeply obsessed with Halloween is no coincidence, of course, and we at Fashionista began brainstorming our own unique, eccentric costumes weeks in advance.
This year, we decided to do what we do best: Channel 12 of the industry's most prominent fashion icons (and anti-icons) for our own costumes, which we're sharing with you here. From Iris Apfel to Harry Styles to your stereotypical menswear editor, we left no celebrity or trend behind. Scroll through below to see our take on 2015's fashion-friendly Halloween costumes — just be sure to send us a picture of your own interpretation if you, too, decide to sport one of these next week.
Iris Apfel is the world's most fashionable octogenarian, and in addition to having a very recognizable (and thus easily imitated) look, the woman also knows a thing or two about comfort — which is why, in addition to oversized round glasses, big chunky necklaces (preferably in turquoise) and lots of bangles, you can also get away with wearing a cozy turtleneck and comfy jeans on Halloween night. Add an embroidered jacket or big furry coat, some embroidered smoking slippers and drum up some good jokes.
Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington is easily recognized for her mane of red hair, which makes for a good costume. She also favors wide-leg black trousers, silver hoop earrings, leather slip-ons and — when she isn't in head-to-toe black — a cobalt blue silk top, coat or blazer.
With his blue worker's jacket, white shirt and khakis, New York Times style photographer Bill Cunningham is one of the most recognizable — and beloved — figures in fashion. You, too, can be beloved if you add black shoes, a camera and a bike.
Rick Owens's Human Backpack
Should you not have the courage to ask your friend to serve as the human backpack structure that paraded down Rick Owens's spring 2016 runway, never fear: Babybjörn and American Girl have you covered! While Owens's sheet-like ready-to-wear pieces are a bit pricey for most Halloween purposes, they're easy enough to replicate with intentionally wrinkled linen bedsheets. Keep your hair tousled, makeup pasty and eyes downcast for a deeply spooky look.
As far as his personality is concerned, Harry Styles flies from a tender, exquisite butterfly to a gyrating, hair-flipping sex machine — but his wardrobe is much easier to pin down. Rare is the occasion in which this 21-year-old pop-rocker steps out without his Paige Denim skinny jeans, as is also the case with his '70s-era tunics and statement-making fedoras. He's popularized the Chelsea boot, too, favoring styles (heh) with glitter and hardware both on and off the stage.
Saint Laurent Runway Model
Perfect for prom queens who've spent the last seven years in the front row of a Battle of the Bands competition, Saint Laurent's so-called "grunge tiaras," which dominated the house's spring 2016 runway show, can transform any Courtney Love-friendly ensemble into a bona fide fashion costume. Pair sequined, itty-bitty Going Out Dresses with rain boots, fishnet tights and a leather jacket, and you're well on your way to becoming the next Hedi Slimane muse.
There are so many ways to channel Rihanna, but the most comfortable look to emulate might just be the pink puffy Giambattista Valli dress she wore to the Grammys. Achieve the same look by layering tulle skirts of different lengths over each other, over a strapless top. Be sure to layer those skirts over as many petticoats as you can get your hands on. There's no such thing as too much volume. Finish it off with a simple low bun and a smug smile.
Street Style Star
The key to dressing like a street style star is remembering that more is more. Rachel Comey's frayed "Legion" jeans are a style blogger staple, as are the personalized Marieclaire St. John blouses — because what's more photog-friendly than a personalized item, preferably embroidered with one's hashtag for maximum likes? A loud faux fur coat is essential, as is a kitschy purse, or two! Or three! Finish the look off with a big unique necklace, crazy sunglasses, a wildly overpriced keychain, a flashy ear cuff and last but not least: Stan Smiths. Voila! Blogger chic.
André Leon Talley
André Leon Talley's signature look doesn't require many elements. The closest thing to his custom caftans is a graduation robe. Cover the neckline with a fur stole for added luxury and don't forget his futuristic wrap-around sunglasses.
Gucci's Alessandro Michele
It's no secret that the Fashionista team harbors a great affection for Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele. That affection is rooted in professional admiration for the delightful and assertive new direction in which he's taken the house, but it's reached fangirl levels thanks to his gorgeously languid hair, his Renaissance-era office and his cozy fisherman sweaters. If your ideal Halloween involves staying in and watching movies by the fire, Alessandro is the man for you.
You want to look like a menswear editor for the night? Good move. They are the original peacocks, and showing off is what Halloween is all about, right? We're going for menswear editor: Four Pins edition. It's easy. Just shop your way through Four Pins until your bank account's drained, your head hurts, and you're seized with an unbearable need to share your feelings about Yeezy Season 2.
While a layperson may not recognize this costume, those in the know will immediately see what you're doing, and they will respect you for it. You know in your heart that it's the correct move. You know that its truest delivery is all in the walk. Godspeed.