I’m Bjork for Halloween!
My original idea was to, achem, be a dominatrix, but NO ONE seemed to get it. I really wanted to do it up and look completely intimidating and subversive, and of course the fetishistic looks from Dolce & Gabbana’s runway made my idea come together even more…well of course all of this made sense in my head. However most people were like, “Yeah but all girls just end up going the slutty route.” No, not slutty cop. DOMINATRIX, hello! “No, no see, it’s meant to subvert the whole slutty costume thing and….ugh nevermind.” Halloween is, after all, an opportunity to be something you’re not, and I think there would have been something wickedly funny about being a dominatrix for Halloween in Washington of all places.
BUT, as of Friday all I had was a riding crop and spiky bracelet — both of which I bought in Ohio, of all places — and I couldn’t even find the bracelet in the jumble of unopened mail and clothes that is my room. Still can’t find it, actually.
Then on Saturday morning my friend Matt unearthed the Bjork costume, which he made & wore for a Halloween party he threw two years ago and thought he lost (we joked that someone desperate for a drag races costume had broken in and stolen it). I have loved Bjork for years and years. In fact, it was Post that was playing when, armed with only a learner’s permit, a key to the family van and a craving for ice cream, I drove to the next town over to Baskin-Robbins, narrowly avoided a speeding ticket but still managing to make a small dent in the van’s bumper. Which I subsequently removed completely from the car, banged out with a hammer and reattached, and the ‘rents were none the wiser.
Um, hi mom! (They read.)
Anyway, it was Bjork’s rule-breaking, category-defying spirit that inspired me then and inspires me now when I think about what I love about fashion, Halloween, life.
A satin skirt is surprisingly work-appropriate when paired with something simple and classic like a black turtleneck, and an outfit like this would work well for that “thing” you have after work. She found her Prada (I think!?) shoes on ebay, and the skirt is from Ann Taylor. She had just been shopping at Filene’s Basement (also where she found her Italian leather bag).keep looking »
If you’re still at a loss for a costume for tomorrow night, here’s a sampling of Washington’s Saturday night revelers for inspiration, including Frida Kahlo and her man Diego Rivera, an oh-so-Washington dick in a box, and one very tall Transformer in shoes that would give Naomi Campbell pause.
Tomorrow I’ll post what I’m wearing for Halloween this year and some more Halloween costumes from around town.