Happy Friday, y'all! If you're a big do-it-yourself-er and are in the market for a heavy-lifting Halloween costume you can get cracking on NOW, might we suggest going this year as Lady Gaga? Mother Monster is not only well-versed in the world of high fashion (who else would the House Versace trust to bring "THAT dress" back??), she's also a couture connoisseur, dreaming up more daily one-off ensembles than there are days in a year. Lady Gaga is the kind of pop star Halloween was made for, and we at MTV Style are obviously subscribers to her every move, making us the perfect fit to unpack her iconic looks for your All Hallows evening. Put your paws up, roll up your sleeves, and be prepared to get a little dirty. Your Mother Monster Halloween hack starts now!
1. MEAT DRESS REPRISE
Dress like Lady Gaga for Halloween.
Photo: Getty Images/American Apparel/Walmart/Foster's Fun Shop
Gaga made The Meat Dress a household name back at the 2010 Video Music Awards, which may make you think it's played. BUT Gagaloo brought the beef frock back this year for her current Born This Way Ball tour and in an updated (also, WAY easier to replicate) strapless version with a bullett belt! Get a similar look yourself by nabbing up a strapless cotton/jersey dress with a bit of a flared skirt. Print close-up photos of raw meat onto a TON of sheets of iron-on transfer paper. Follow the directions on the packaging and adhere the sheets to the dress - the paper will also make the flouncy skirt a little more rigid like Gaga's. Slip on a bullet belt at the waist of the dress, a pair of fishnet heels, and you're ready to go!
+ Dress: Cotton Spandex Jersey High-Waist Skirt ($34.00)
+ Belt: Bullet Belt ($5.99)
+ Iron-On Transfer Paper: Epson Iron-On Cool Peel Transfer Paper ($14.62)
Feel that crisp chill in the air? Yep, that's fall. Along with the autumnal turning leaves and apple cider, that means *drumrolllllll* HALLOWEEN SEASON IS UPON US. We've put together a long series of solo AND group costumes *brushes shoulders off* that will roll out this month as we approach All Hallow's Eve, and we're kicking October off with one of our favorite ones yet: a One Direction group costume!! Wrangle up your four best friends and start divvying up who's going to be Harry, Zayn, Liam, Niall, and Louis, grab a 5-pack of Hanes Tagless white tees, have everyone (except whoever's being Louis) dig up their favorite pair of khakis (or cop these $19.75 ones from Aeropostale if you're REALLY committed to the boy band uniformity), and check out what we've rounded up for you below for the rest!
Dress like Harry Styles for Halloween.
Photo: Getty Images/Spirit Halloween/Abercrombie & Fitch/ASOS/Walmart
Nailing the signature One Direction hair is CRUCIAL for the proper execution of this group costume, so grabbing wigs and not being afraid to style them appropriately are key factors to getting this right. Harry is unofficially "The Preppy One," so get his look with a crested navy blazer (this one is definitely more of an investment piece, but you can also pin a patch on this Forever 21 blazer for a similar look that's much more affordable) and line the lapel with white electrical tape for that fresh contrast piping. Grab your white tee, khakis, and red lo-top Chucks, muss up your hair to perfection, and you're ready to go!
+ Wig: Leading Man Brown Wig ($18.99)
+ Blazer: Blair Blazer ($140.00)
+ Shoes: Red Converse All Star Ox Trainers ($70.36)
+ Tape: 3M White Electrical Tape ($13.87)
One of Laura Willis' expertly styled costumes for Target.
If you're a vintage fashion fiend and have ever visited New York City, there's a good chance one of your first stops was Screaming Mimi's in NoHo. The eclectic village boutique offers expertly curated vintage wares making it one of those stores that you enter and leave three hours late in a euphoric fashion daze. And that's just for most of the year. If you're planning a trip to Screaming Mimi's, as the name might suggest, the best time to go is around Halloween. The shop's owner, Laura Willis, is the queen of Halloween, and decks out the bright exterior of her shop with heart-stoppingly elaborate window displays that would put the winner of any costume contest to shame. It's only natural, therefore, that when Target was looking to add a little stylish flair to their Halloween lookbook they would enlist Willis, and that she, in turn, would create amazing, totally prize-worthy costumes from just what the store already had in their stock.
Pauly D, Vinny, and The Situation dressed up for Halloween.
Photo: Getty Images/WireImage
Halloween may be over and stores may have already started switching out the ghoulish black and orange in favor of wax cornucopias and bushels of tinsel, but that doesn't mean there isn't still a LOT of action to rehash from the night before while you rehabilitate from your scary movie marathon hangover and/or sugar coma. Chief among these obviously being the costumes of our Jersey Shore dudes, Pauly D, Vinny, and The Situation, proving that the Shore girls aren't the only ones to go all out for Halloween. Ranging from simple to balls-to-the-wall dedicated to eyebrow-raisingly classy, these boys did us proud last night with their excellent display of holiday spirit. Always ones to stir the pot, though, we want to make things a little more interesting by pitting their ensembles against one another.
Snooki, Leslie Mann, and Kim Kardashian in their Halloween costumes.
Photo: WireImage & Leslie Mann's Twitter
It's Halloween! On a Monday!!! What's so awesome about this and triple exclamation-worthy is that all of the CELEBratory parties happened this weekend (to allow for sleeping-in while still in your superhero makeup or sexy leopard Snuggie, a'la Snooki in Vegas), and now our toiling, tricked-out fingers can TREAT you with the finest of Halloween costume roundups. From the Mexican food-catered environs of Kate Hudson's Palisades party attended by everyone from Leslie Mann dressed as Kreayshawn (SHE AIN'T BASIC) and Nicole Richie as JLO to Glee parties featuring Lea Michele as a white swan and Amber Riley as Nicki Minaj. Among the more colorful costumes, Kim Kardashian was a flame-haired Poison Ivy and Mandy Moore was utterly unrecognizable as a hair metal rocker. But what about Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and all the rest of the celebrity gang? Right this way my pretties, MWAAAA HAAAA HAAAAA!
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Nicole Richie as Jennifer Lopez with Joel Madden, and Kelly Osbourne as Jennifer Lopez with Joan Rivers.
Photo: Courtesy of Nicole Richie and Kelly Osbourne's Twitters
There's something so alternate universe-y about celebrities dressing up as other celebrities for Halloween that sends our minds into an obsessive tailspin. Enter Nicole Richie and Kelly Osbourne costumed as two eras of Jennifer Lopez. Sure, normies like us dress up like presidents and popstars left and right and something something people are people, but it feels, to us at least, very much like if you dressed up as that kid from your Spanish class or the dude who swipes your card at the gym. That isn't to say it isn't awesome or hilarious (holy EFF Joan Rivers as a cig-toting Suri Cruise) or the resemblance isn't uncanny, it just makes our heads a little itchy.
Gettin' Nail'd at Figure 19 hosted by Rita de Alencar Pinto, Left by The Illustrated Nail, Right by Naomi Yasuda.Photo: Chloe Beck
Halloween is so close we can almost TASTE the candy corn-laden sugar coma that awaits us around the corner! Hopefully you've already secured your vestments for the weekend and the ACTUAL holiday this Monday (though, if you still haven't yet, we've cooked up some Halloween costume ideas for you), and all that's left are the final finishing touches to your ensemble: hair, makeup, and NAILS. Y'all know how all over this nail beat we are, so when we heard Rita de Alencar Pinto was hosting a Gettin' Nail'd Halloween party, we
put down the pint of Americone Dream cleared out our schedules and ran over! Rita, BTW, is rocking the the full-on committed All Hallow's Eve nails to the left complete with vampires and tombstones and Frankenstein courtesy of The Illustrated Nail's Sophie Harris, who was at the party churning out masterpiece after masterpiece all night. Also at the party were the uber-talented and acclaimed Fleury Rose (who did MY nails) and celeb nail artist Naomi Yasuda (who's behind the deliciously autumnal studded eggplant mani on the right).
Heidi Klum gets her Halloween costumes fitted.
Supermodel Heidi Klum is notorious for pulling out all the stops for Halloween. Known for her cooky costumes and MAY-JOR parties, it's no surprise that the ever-dedicated Klum got fitted for her two All Hallows' Eve ensembles over a MONTH ago (while we, on the other hand, are still scrambling to put together the pieces of ours). Only just now, though, are we able to gaze upon the almost finished product. On the left Heidi looks straight out of the Bodies Exhibit in a full body catsuit costume she's dubbed "The Visible Woman." The hand-painted muscle striations are only half-finished here, and we can only IMAGINE the bananas makeup job that is sure to top off the look.
Klum also gives a sneak peek of her second Halloween outfit: a hairy gorilla suit, complete with fanged tooth caps. This look isn't complete yet either, but that large-eared skull cap promises another nearly unrecognizable makeup transformation. We can only hope that the dark manicure, thumb rings, and friendship bracelet arm party will also somehow remain incorporated. While, sure, we're kind of used to seeing Heidi looking out of this world, whether she's scantily clad walking the runway in her skivvies and ginormous wings or dressed to the nines looking positively unreal alongside her hubby Seal, it's still a (welcome) shock to see her get so into the holiday in such fantastic garb.
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Nicki Minaj showing off her assets at the Billboard Music Awards.
Last week we set you up with some KILLER ways to cop Nicki Minaj's signature style for Halloween, but let's be honest here, folks. We all know the most important part of ANY Nicki costume is dat butt. We suggested these fine derriere enhancers, but since they start at around $30, that can be a pretttyy expensive toosh commitment. Luckily, the NY Daily News spotted a Nicki Minaj costume tutorial video that suggests you *gasp* stuff diapers down your back side. A-HA! How did we not think of this before? YouTube gal Erika'Chalon describes her Barbz-out ensemble and says, "What's the secret? Diapers! Just stuff them in and use five. You can make it as big or as small as you want." So brilliant and soooo much cheaper. Let's give it up for Erika'Chalon, y'all. *slow clap*