Fashion Wrap: Halloween Costumes For Fashionistas, Katharine Hepburn's Style & More!
23rd OF October 2012
Getting ready to dress yourself as something out of the ordinary for Halloween? RESCU has some tips and tricks for the most fashionable costumes around...
Halloween Costumes For Fashionistas
You'll need: a midi-length dress, faux fur (possibly splashed in red to represent PETA), gigantic sunglasses, a bob wig, a frosty expression.
This costume is for everybody who's ever wanted to tell people their outfit is horrible. Whisper indignantly that all the people at your party are without style and require more fur. Carry a champagne glass for more impact.
You'll need: a tuxedo, a neck bow, white gloves, immense sunglasses and white powder for your ponytail. Extra points if you carry a kitten or a fan.
This costume is good for the fashionistas who'd like to look masculine as well as elegant - and give inflammatory quotes at every possible opportunity. Make sure the hair is perfectly elevated - work a 1940s style pompadour if you have a crop.
The Olsen Twins
You'll need: a like-minded friend, as many gigantic dresses/kimonos/oversized coats as you can drape, sunglasses, long blonde hair and a cup of Starbucks.
Want to go out with a mate, even one who looks nothing like you? This is the costume for you - and all the layers will keep you toasty if the night gets a little cold.
You'll need: a pompadour dark wig, immense jewels, cat's-eye eyeliner, a beauty spot, the most extravagant evening gown available
Old-school glamour doesn't come any more extravagant than the late Liz. Make sure you get her trademark blue eye shadow and voluminous up-do. Extra points for an imitation Burton-Taylor Diamond or violet contacts for your eyes.
Katharine Hepburn Fashion Exhibition Opens In NYC
Katharine Hepburn was one of the icons of the 1940s, for her game-changing masculine style.
Now a New York exhibition has opened honouring her contribution to chic.
The New York Public Library, which normally focuses on high-culture fare, has launched a gigantic retrospective of Hepburn's style, including costumes, clips from her films, and her personal wardrobe - as well as amazing gossip from behind the scenes.
Hepburn was one of the first women to wear trousers publicly - causing a massive scandal. She was famously eloquent about it- when Barbara Walters asked if she even owned a skirt, she snidely responded "I do, yes - I'll wear it to your funeral".
The exhibition also reveals that studio executives actually hid her trousers in an attempt to stop her wearing them, desperate for her not to ruin her image.
She got them back by threatening to walk around the studio lot completely naked until they were returned - and by stripping to her underwear to prove she was serious.
The masculine tailoring caught on, with millions of women in wartime donning chic trouser suits and impeccably fitted suit jackets.
Why was she so influential? The curators of the exhibition say it's because she was one of the first famous women to declare that fashion could be comfortable rather than constrictive.
Among the things on display? Her wedding dress from the play The Lake, and costumes from The Philadelphia Story, The African Queen and many others.
Alas, her four Oscars - still one of the highest amounts ever won by a single actor - aren't available to look at.
Hepburn, who died in 2003, had one of the best and most influential wardrobes in the 20th century. If you're in New York and love yourself some masculine tailoring, go pay her homage.
Image: Katharine Hepburn.
Red-Soled Shoes Legal Battle Is Over
It's one of the biggest fashion legal battles in recent years - but now both parties have declared a truce.
YSL and Louboutin have been slugging it out in court over their right to produce red-soled shoes. Louboutin insisted it was a trademark, and YSL countered that you couldn't trademark a colour (their own shoes were entirely red, including soles).
Now YSL have decided it's not a worthy cause. They've withdrawn their suit, but are still squabbling about exactly what that means.
Louboutin have cried victory, insisting that this means they can protect their trademark with impunity and YSL doesn't have a leg to stand on, so to speak.
YSL, however, have insisted it isn't a triumph, and that the courts had so far agreed with them in their right to sell all-over scarlet shoes.
Legally the case has been a headache for everybody - not least Martha Stewart, who confessed to InStyle that even though she's one of Louboutin's biggest customers, she hates the red sole, and (with Louboutin's permission) paints it black.
Louboutin is still angry that red stick-on soles are available on the internet for people to 'fake' Louboutin heels - but that's another story entirely.
Personally RESCU loves red shoes - soles or otherwise - so we're glad that two of our favourite shoe labels have resumed the peace. For how long? Who knows!
Image: Louboutin heels.
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