Dallo Spazio is not a personal style blog and never will, but once in a while I like letting my readers step into my closet, where anarchy rules. I don’t like following trends, I hate style handbooks and all those “experts” who tell you what to wear, as if you were a life-size doll and not a person with her own taste (good or bad) and passions. In the early 2000s I had a different attitude, especially when it came to it bags, but now I’m at a point in which I could easily bury the whole world of fashion with a huge “whatever”. Besides my everyday style, which is not as flamboyant as it used to be some years ago, there are special occasions in which I still have fun with fashion; one of these is Halloween. In Italy it’s an imported festivity, but it has always had a peculiar meaning to me. As a die-hard lover of all things creepy and as a long-time pumpkin carver, the last day of October represents a pause from the ordinary, a moment to devote to mystery and imagination.
This Halloween B and I were invited to a children’s party; as soon as I got the invitation, I started thinking about the costumes we could wear. Traditional Halloween costumes are boring and predictable, so I decided to opt for something unusual and totally spooky.
This is me in front of the mirror just before leaving to the party. I don’t have any full-figure mirror at home, so you can’t see the whole outfit, which included a short-sleeved sweater, a black slip, a long black chiffon dress with floral print worn on a pair of black leggings. As you can see from the picture, I also wore long pearl necklaces as bracelets, a paisley-printed black veil on my face and a flower crown. I’m sure you’re wondering what kind of costume is that, right?
B and I dressed in the same way: she wore a H&M abstract-print dress over a pair of jeans and a long-sleeved wool sweater. The accessories were – again – a veil (red this time), a flower crown and beaded bracelets. How cute are the pics above? B wanted them to be taken with her holding her favourite stuffed toy 🙂
Veils, crowns and mismatched clothes: these were the main features of the spectacular Fall 2010 collection by Meadham Kirchhoff, which served as the main source of inspiration for our costumes. The collections of the London-based designing duo are usually packed with references to the 90s, but this collection in particular summarizes many things I love of that decade, combined with the eerie touch of veils and crowns. The models on the runway wore paper crowns on their veils, but I decided to devote some time to a super-easy DIY project and did our flower crowns – I carefully watched Petra and Tavi’s video tutorial and came up with beautiful crowns. I’m so proud of the final results!
My crown is pretty similar to hers: I used the same fabric orchids, plus red satin and velvet ribbons and a tiny plastic bat. I’m not good at DIY but these were so easy to make! All you need is a headband, fabric flowers and other decorations and a glue gun. In the Rookie video tutorial Petra and Tavi used a cool pink glue gun, while I got one from my father – an old style which was not that easy to use, but I made it.
Halloween is not complete without a jack-o-lantern, a carved pumpkin with a candle inside which is thought to chase ghosts away. I used to carve pumpkins from our garden but this year I bought one; the ones we have on our garden have a very thick rind which is practically impossible to carve. October 31st was a hectic day for me, as usual, so I didn’t have much time to devote to carve the pumpkin; I’m pretty satisfied with the final result, especially when it comes to the mouth full of fangs 😉 Scary, right?
B and I spent our evening watching old Casper episodes, which we love so much. My favourite is To Boo or Not to Boo?, where the friendly ghost takes part into a Halloween party dressed as… himself; there he finally meets a friend, a cute fellow ghost called Lou. I had planned to watch Hocus Pocus, too, but I ended up spending the rest of the evening writing blog posts.
How did you spend your Halloween night? I know many Italians don’t like this festivity because it’s not part of our culture, they perceive it as the nth symbol of the American cultural colonization and as a huge hail to the Devil. I don’t like the idea of spending Halloween as a simple occasion to get dressed and go out to party (well, I never go out to party, as a matter of fact), because I think the real spirit of the festivity means focusing on its deeper meaning – the end of summer, a moment to think about the cycle of life. Do you agree?