High End Halloween | Spooky Style from fashion designers

Over the last few years, we’ve been working hard to build up our archive of fancy dress ideas for people on a budget. Say you didn’t HAVE a budget, though. Say money was absolutely no object when it came to finding a Halloween costume, and you could buy whatever you wanted. Say you were a fashion victim, for instance. What would you buy? Well, luckily fashion designers have come to our rescue YET AGAIN (where would we be without them?), and so, with our tongues inserted firmly in our cheeks, we proudly present some fancy dress ideas from high-end fashion designers. (And yes, we DO realise the designers in question aren’t marketing these as “Halloween Costumes”, they’re just hopping on board the spooky train and hoping it’ll sell: our question is, WILL they? And who to? )

We’re starting off with…

Fancy Dress Ideas from Charlotte Olympia…

fancy dress ideas from Charlotte Olympia

pumpkin clutch, £395 | Trick or Treat slippers, £495 | fangs clutch, £995 | bat-print pumps, £545

No one does Halloween like Charlotte Olympia. Well, no one except Rick Owens, that is, and we don’t think he’s actually TRYING to scare us. This year, the Queen of Quirk brings us creepy accessories galore, in the shape of jack o’lantern clutches and slipper shoes, to bat-tastic pumps and a fang-tastic (sorry, we can’t seem to help ourselves) handbags. The fang clutch in the centre of the image is £995 alone, and the other items start at £395, which seems like quite a lot for what is, essentially, novelty wear.  Have you ever wanted pumpkin-themed feet? Now’s your chance!

An actual “fancy dress” from Vika Gazinskaya

designer fancy dress

dress, £1,925

It’s a wizard’s costume. OBVIOUSLY. All you need is a pointed hat and you’re good to go. Of course, given that the dress is £1,925, we shudder to think how much the hat would set you back…

McQ Alexander McQueen brings The Birds up to date…

Alexander McQueen birds sweater

McQ sweater, £205

Halloween is the perfect time to indulge in a spot of classic Hitchcock. This McQ sweater takes all of the fuss out of your ‘The Birds’ inspired costume. And most of the fun, now we come to think of it.

Halloween handbag from Olympia Le-Tan

Dracula bag

Olympia Le-Tan ‘Dracula’ bag, £1,035

Olympia Le-Tan’s book bags are a fashion classic. This Dracula clutch is released just in time for spooky season, and will “only” cost you £1,035!

So: spotted any high-end Halloween items out there? Think the high prices are scary enough on their own? Tell us about them!


  • October 15, 2013

    Rock Hyrax

    The Olympia Le-Tan ‘Dracula’ bag reminds me more of Bender from Futurama than anything else. Which is not a bad thing…

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  • October 15, 2013


    I thought the $60 I spent on my book clutch was high, but I see it was a steal in comparison.

    If I make a wizards costume out of iron on moons and stars and an ugly old dress, can I say it is designer-darling? Who would that dress look good on?

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  • October 15, 2013


    I actually really like the Birds sweater, and the bat pumps come to think of it. Neither of them seem strictly Halloween to me. Of course, neither of them seem affordable to me either so probably not going to be wearing them…

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  • October 17, 2013


    The pumpkin clutch looks like it could be a nice art and crafts class project for fourthgraders. Boys get to make a dracula-inspired pencil case if they don’t want a clutch. Honestly, for 395 pounds the craftmanship is rather poor – uneven seams and all. Daylight robbery, I’d say.

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