Stylish Halloween Costumes: Famous Fashion Icons

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Stylish Halloween Costumes: Famous Fashion Icons
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Want to stand out from the crowd this Halloween? Follow in the footsteps of fashion icons who embody trend-setting and risk-taking to the highest degree. To create a costume that’s one-of-a-kind, make one of these men or women of the fashion world your muse.

Karl Lagerfeld
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Karl Lagerfeld

Chanel's head designer and creative director has an intimidating and chic style that you can easily recreate. His signature look is attributed to his black-and-white palette and high, starched collar. The best part about this costume is that these classic pieces may already be in your closet. You’ll need black pants, black shoes, a white collared shirt and a black jacket or blazer. Top the costume off with a low ponytail sprayed with temporary grey-colored hairspray or a wig. Don’t forget square-framed sunglasses and black, fingerless gloves.

Anna Wintour
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Anna Wintour

Command the room as Wintour commands the fashion world by emulating her this Halloween. You’ll need a statement trench, nude open-toed heels and a slip dress. A statement necklace that hits above the collarbone is a must – make sure that it sparkles, and don’t be afraid to layer two or three. Accessorize with the October issue of Vogue and the biggest, dark sunglasses available.

Bill Cunningham
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Bill Cunningham

Make fashion history with this costume that’s as original as Cunningham’s street style photographs. Start with tan pants or slacks and a collared shirt of any color. Tuck in the shirt and add a classic belt. Finally, don the two key pieces that really make the costume: A cobalt-blue jacket (unbuttoned) and a camera with a strap slung diagonally across the body. Want to truly imitate Cunningham? Use a real camera or Polaroid to snap photos and capture the memories of Halloween night.

Cara Delevingne
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Cara Delevingne

Want to opt for a comfortable yet stylish costume? Delevingne’s quirky style fits the bill. Must-have elements to capture this Londoner's look include bold brows, a graphic tee, a beanie and plenty of goofy faces. Use an eyebrow pencil in a shade slightly darker than your natural brow color to create her signature eyebrows. Then grab your favorite graphic tee, a fun beanie and dark skinny jeans to complete the look.

Andre Leon Talley
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Andre Leon Talley

The former editor-at-large for Vogue has larger than life style. Dress up as Talley for Halloween by combing a sweeping, floor-length coat with a fedora. Add flair with anything faux fur -- a vest, scarf or shrug are all possible options. Stay true to Talley with finishing touches such as leather gloves and dark sunglasses.

Iris Apfel
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Iris Apfel

Fun and funky, this voice of fashion makes for a colorful and eye-catching costume. Start by finding a pair of eyeglasses like Apfel’s unforgettable round frames. Wear colored or two-toned pants paired with a kimono-styled jacket in any color. As for accessories, less is not more for this costume. Pile on necklaces of all shapes, colors and sizes, add rings and stack bangles on both arms.

Grace Coddington
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Grace Coddington

No time for elaborate costume shopping? Use what’s already in your closet to make a simple but no less iconic Grace Coddington costume. Use a white or black long-sleeved crewneck and black pants in any style for the base. To achieve Coddington’s signature hair, use semi-permanent dye in a fiery red hue, or buy a wig to perfectly match Coddington’s locks. Already a red-head? Get the texture by starting with wet hair and making tiny braids all around your head. Let dry, flip hair over and brush through for volume like Coddington’s.

Kate Middleton
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Kate Middleton

Looking for a couple's costume? Be royalty for the night and dress as style icon Kate Middleton and her husband, Prince William. For Kate, pair a short-sleeved, polka-dot dress in a simple, flattering cut with classic pumps in cream or nude. For William, wear a dress shirt in a hue that compliments Kate’s dress, dark corduroy pants, a brown belt and a watch. If you’re committed to going all-out, wrap a baby doll in a white blanket to represent little Prince George.

Daphne Guinness
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Daphne Guinness

Looking for a challenge this Halloween? Even for veteran costume creators, Guinness’s bold and unique style is a daring experiment, but the payoff is completely worth it. For this look, start with a colonial-style blouse. Layer a fitted, black blazer on top, making sure the ruffles are visible. Add ruffled cuffs by sticking cream-colored tissue paper into the jacket sleeves and secure with safety pins. Use a blue ribbon as a feminine choker necklace, and wear silver drop earrings. Sheer black tights and black heels complete the look. Have some extra time? Get Guinness’s distinctive ‘do with a blonde wig and use dye or a black permanent marker to create the fashion icon’s black stripes throughout.

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