Sunday, 31 October 2010
So it's Halloween...the derivative from my native Scottish, All Hallows Even. We're good at spooky things in Scotland. We're all Macbeth and Burns' Tam O'Shanter and humongous castles in the middle of nowhere and eerie grey light and just general dourness. Unless, off course you involve 'the drink' and then, for us, the party begins and we're there to the wee small hours with humour, gaiety and mad frolics. So v typically like Halloween then.
Actually, I prefer our Scottish/UK version to the sanitized Americanised version that seems ever to be winging its way to the UK. If I see another supermarket aisle of orange and black with fake ghouls, I may throw up. Halloween is traumatic for those with a modicum of taste. It gives every orange peel skinned girl with a muffin top the chance to wear pink fairy wings, deely bopppers and, if you're really lucky, a matching pink tutu. Or, you may encounter the 'I'm actually a sexy minx' types (oh, not you're not. Really) who shove on a nurse or maid PVC uniform from Ann Summers and some cheap hold ups and think it instantly means 'sex appeal'. Wrong, wrongitty, wrong. Then there are the bad vampires, the Elviras with dirty hemmed, unclean, long black skirts and the inevitable off white, sheeted ghosts. Egads. It's really too much. Perhaps we should just leave it to the children.
Fleur de Guerre's Don't Dali With the Devil event to celebrate All Hallows Eve, what are you going to do? Short of a Schiaparelli gown or shoe hat (as appeared in the opening scenes of one of my favourite movies, 'Brazil'), what do you wear?
This was made all the more pressing and confusing as I attended an amazing lecture last weekend, 'Paris: City of Marvels - Surrealism and its Enemies' by Sotheby's James Malpas at the Victoria and Albert museum, followed by Roja Dove's amazing insight into 1920's and 1930's fragrance in Paris at this time. You see, I really do take this 'themed' task seriously. It isn't just all, 'let's jot along to Tesco and grab a naff outfit'.
For hair, I experimented with Sebastian Microweb fiber which is a remoldable, supple, texturiser that creates silky definition and weaves a 3D weightless Microweb into your hair - very Halloween. However, this may have been a step too far. Nothing to do with this innovative product and more to do with my ham fistedness with hair styling. Better to use on another occasion. I tend to do 'tousled' quite well.
What do you think of the finished look?
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