11 Halloween Costumes Ideas Straight From Haute Couture

Paris Haute Couture is a spectacle not unlike Halloween — over-the-top costumes, too many parties to go to in too short of a time frame, lots of gift bags that are all treat, no trick. So for the 99% of us who aren’t buying hundred-thousand dollar hand-beaded gowns, the biannual event is really a great time to start brainstorming costume ideas. Last year, we had Gigi Hadid as a bouquet at Moschino, this year we have butterflies straight from Valentino couture.

There’s a lot that can be gleaned from haute couture that isn’t as prominent during the other fashion weeks: the makeup is bolder, the styling is more daring. The looks that come down the runway span from being unbelievably fantastical to almost possibly practical if it weren’t for a multi-thousand dollars price tag. So if we can’t have the real thing, we can improvise — even if it’s just for one night. Come October 31, wear lots of hairspray, find a chic overcoat, and let your imagination run wild. At the end of the day, Halloween is all about confidence — and obscure runway references that only your most fashion-minded friends will get.

Gym Class Parachute  – Ralph & Russo

The greatest joy of our childhood, now in costume form!

Tomorrow Morning – Viktor and Rolf

Can we all agree that some kind of comforter/sleepwear costume is always the goal for Halloween?

Crossing Guard – Maison Margiela

Have your friends be the pedestrians and you’ve made a group outfit!

Girl Who Loved Horses In Middle School – Jean-Paul Gaultier

We all knew that girl who loved horses so much in middle school it extended beyond her pony pencil case.

Bioluminescent Algae – Iris Van Herpen

The natural occurrence that dominated our Instagram feeds for like a day.

Fantastical Pink Butterfly – Schiaparelli

A mask is an automatic costume win. Be the caterpillar for all of October and emerge as a butterfly on the last day of the month.

Bridal Catalogue Model – Dior

All you need is a satin dress and ribbon choker and you’re the girl from that catalogue you flipped through when searching for a prom dress.

Your First Throw Blanket – Alexandre Vauthier

We all have that blanket: the one your friends used when staying over at your apartment. It weathered some spills and pilled too quickly and was almost 100% some type of animal print.

Can’t Be Bothered – Giorgio Armani Privé

The laziest costume of the bunch. In fact, you don’t even have to cross your arms to show your disdain for Halloween! Plus, it’s enough of a distraction so nobody sees your real arms reaching for the bowl of Cheetos.

Chic Art Collector – Valentino

Great conversation-starters: How you hypothetically have a Frank Stella hanging over your mantelpiece; how Andy Warhol is overrated; how you discovered the best artisanal craftsman at your local flea market.

Lampshade – Guo Pei

It only makes sense that you are the lightbulb at the center of the lampshade because of how good an *idea* this costume is.

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