Halloween is indisputably, without a doubt, one of my all-time favorite holidays. I think of it as the official launch party to the fall season. Plus, there’s something so sexy about dressing up as an alter-ego, and seeing everyone else in their costumes of choice, whether they be sinister, comical, cheeky, or (my preferred genre) slutty. Because of the great importance I place in said holiday, however, there is always, always immense pressure to come through with a brilliant get-up. And I always, always succeed. Hey, some people choose to overachieve in work or art or academics–my specialty happens to be Halloween. Gotta be good at something. Nevertheless, the pressure can get intense, especially in this final stretch of time before the big night.
That’s why I was so enthused to walk into Screaming Mimi’s (382 Lafayette Street, 212-677-6464) last Friday only to find THE BEST COSTUME SELECTION EVER. The buyers of the vintage boutique cull this veritable treasure trove from all over the globe, according to Nicollette Santos, the store’s Head Buyer. “We go all over the United States and beyond (to find our costumes), cities, backwoods, sea to shining sea,” she told me enthusiastically with a wide, disarming grin. “It’s a big mish-mosh of one-of-a-kind rare vintage pieces and new costumes that we build with vintage accessories to make every ensemble really unique.”
It’s Halloween Heaven in there, seriously. And apparently, I’m not the only one that thinks so. Apparently, clients such as Chloe Sevigny, Trudie Styler, Karen Elson, Theodora Richards, Tatum O’Neil and model Alyssa Sutherland have all constructed their costumes there in years past. In fact, when I was in there shopping away with photographer extraordinaire Brandon Perlman (the man behind all the photos you see here), Lauren Hutton herself came in and purchased a hat.
I took it upon myself to try on several costumes while browsing, and when I asked Santos which her favorite was, she immediately replied, “The Matador costume because it reminds me of the Alexander McQueen runway from fall ’08.” The petite buyer, who cites such luminaries as Alaia, Vivienne Westwood, Yohji Yamamoto, and Comme des Garcons among her preferred designers, spends vast amounts of time combing the runways all year long in order to keep the store’s merchandise relevant.
What do you think I should dress up as this year? Costume choices below.