The spookiest event on the social calendar has finally arrived and time is running out for you to find the perfect Halloween outfit. Instead of going down the regular sexy bunny or vampire route, why not be creative and emulate some of the most notable musicians of 2014? Allow our handy list to inspire and guide you, allowing you to truly stand out this October 31st.
Sia was one of the most talked-about pop producers this year with her anthemic Chandelier making waves on an international level, thus putting the Australian singer, and her trademark blonde bob, on the map. Immortalised by the likes of Lena Dunham, Hilary Duff and Maggie Ziegler of Dance Moms fame, it seemed as though everyone was keen to go platinum in honour of the influential songstress. Follow their lead and pop into your local wig shop to get the shortest, blondest, fringiest blonde bob on offer to wear this Halloween. If you really want to pull out all the stops for this costume, go the Ziegler/Dunham route of taking on the role of Sia by picking someone to party in your place so you can stay home to finish a bag of candy corn as they pretend to be you, pretending to be Sia. How meta is that?
Pro: Blondes have more fun.
Con: If you enlist someone to party in your place à la Lena Dunham, you won't be partaking in any of the fun.
Miley Cyrus is always one to make it into the headlines but her glamorous 'outfit' that premiered at the Alexander Wang after party gave TMZ writers enough icy fodder for days. Show off your Joseph Pilates-sculpted body to the whole world, with a couple of nipple pasties for a touch of modesty, and stick some of your Mum's vitamins onto cat's eye glasses for good measure. Don't use Inner Health Plus or anything like that, 'cos that shit's expensive. Enlist a party partner to pose as Miley's most infamous muscle to make your costume that much more
Pro: What better time to brush up on your twerking skills?
Con: Weather in October can be fickle and those ice cream pasties won't be providing you with too much warmth. This may illicit elicit two large scoops of fripples.
Recreate the second most famous picture in the world, succeeded only by the Mona Lisa itself, by enlisting the help of your partner and your favourite subtle smiling, third-wheelin' friend. Word on the street is that Queen Bey got herself some Grimes-style bangs today so better get those scissors out while you're at it.
Pro: You'll be highly topical and will also get to be Queen Bey for a night.
Con: No one can truly pull off this look other than the Queen herself. But you can at least try your best.
If you're up for a wild night come Halloween, why not replicate the stylings of party girls Elliphant and MØ from their One More music video? Do this by donning yourself, and your BFF, in head-to-toe Adidas, teaming funky slides with a pair of socks, slapping on some Geisha-style makeup and poking a pair of chopsticks in an oriental bun. Go that extra mile and attach LED light strips to your shoes for true dedication to the project.
Pro: Looking like badass, Scandinavian bitches.
Con: May induce drinking, vomiting, kissing, peeing in streets and other types of reckless behaviour (unless you consider this a 'pro').
There are Two Weeks to go until Halloween which means that time is running out for all the best costumes to be shipped from the US. Why not save the time, and the shipping costs, and emulate the captivating appearance and innovative stylings of London artist and producer, FKA Twigs instead? Simply head to your local chemist for a toothcomb and a jar of gel, smack on some maroon lipstick and pierce your nose septum for the full Twigs treatment. Completely nail the 'baby hair' style currently #trending amongst future RnB producers with the handy video tutorial below.
Pro: Save wearing your heart on your sleeve by wearing it on your forehead instead.
Con: Finding a Twilight treat like Twig's current BF, Robert Pattinson, to accompany you for the night might be a bit tricky.
If you don't know QT, it's high time you familiarise yourself with her. Born from the collaborative project of enigmatic producers and PC Music-promoters, A.G. Cook and SOPHIE, this "sparkling future pop sensation" is a fake figurehead of sorts who perfectly blends the genres of K-Pop, electrotonica, chiptune and trance, all before rolling them into a pile of sugar and glitter. Cutesy and kitsch, she's the perfect way to honour both past and future with her nods to both '90s fashion and millennial ideologies.
Pro: Reliving your holographic-wearing days of the '90s.
Con: You'll be hard-pressed finding any drunkards traipsing around Oxford St who will actually understand your costume's significance.
Halloween is all about mystery and disguise, so what better way to fulfil this than to replicate the likeness of the enigmatic producer, SBTRKT? Instead of carving a custom mask out of wood, unless you have time for that kinda thang, we've designed a replica for your convenience, to print out, tie elastic through and place onto that face of yours. Download here.
Pro: The mask will be your key to anonymity.
Con: Good luck trying to drink out of this thing.
London pop songstress, Lily Allen, graced our shores for this year's Splendour in the Grass, and brought along with her a plethora of outfit inspirations. With pinky purple hair, a colourful neon top and bottom combo and a Unif blotter kimono, she was a display of all things tight and bright. Emulate her style with an oriental kimono, her very own line of fake London-inspired nails and a tube of hair dye of desired colour. Also honour Sheezus's penchant for emojis with a pair of bikinis or any other suitable item of that ilk. Feel free to take cues from her SITG set design by dragging along a giant, blow-up baby's bottle for the night.
Pro: You get to show off that really great London accent that you seem to pull off really well after having a few too many.
Con: Fake nails + giant, inflatable object = tears.
When Kanye West embarked on his Yeezus tour in Australia this past September, he amazed, inspired and enraged his fans, and the greater public, with his mesmerising performances and supplementary rants and on-stage antics. His shows consisted of minimal set design and props, with one of the most captivating sights being the slew of embellished masks that Yeezus adorned throughout. While these Maison Martin Margiela-branded, 2,400 crystal-embellished masks may be a little too Haute Couture for a raucous event like Halloween, you're only a packet of Spotlight-sourced, plastic rhinestones, a glue gun and a balaclava away from emulating the Messiah himself.
Pro: Inflate your ego for the night and blame any infractions on Yeezus. However, just be sure not to offend any people with disabilities in the process.
Con: You may be mistaken for a menacing, albeit fabulous, robber.
Mirror the look of this fiesty feline pop star with a pair of cat ears and a giant, fake, clip-in ponytail to make up for what you lack in the height department.
Pro: You'll fit in with all the other 'sexy cat' costumes on October 31.
Con: You must remain on your (more flattering) left side for the duration of the night.