I really like don't like Halloween:
a) its dark, gothic, sinister..........everything un-Fred
b) my phobia is prosthetic makeup / rubber masks / fake wounds / fake blood.........anything joke shop makes me want to vom
Therefore I normally boycott the celebrations.
But this year I got a distress call (Batman beam into the night sky, if you will) from Henry Holland needing a helping hand with his installation at this year's Browns Halloween party. Rosy Nicholas jumped on board to collaborate and the two of us cracked out a grave yard for his mail-order brides in less than 24hrs. I had great fun creating cute bats (just can't help myself.........try and make something scary, and it just turns out CUTE) whilst Rosy whipped up headstones for Henry's slogans.....
"WHO'S AFRAID OF THE DARK MARC BY MARC"
"I'D GO TO HELL FOR A PIECE OF CHANEL""I LOVE THE BONES OF STEPHEN JONES"
"BITE ME WITH YOUR FANG ALEXANDER WANG"
The party was held in an amazing massive semi-derelict auditorium next to the Shepherd's Bush Empire. Browns had fitted the amphitheatre out with dozens of beautifully carved pumpkins glowing in lines down the stairs. In the main pitt was a small yurt type tent where bands performed including Wolfgang & Marina And The Diamonds. Other designers who took over a space for display were LPGP who filled a bath with blood and David Koma who created a Batman chain mask on a mannequin to adorn one of his sexy beaded mini dresses. Although it was difficult to spot who was who through the costumes and cosmetics, I found shoe designer Atalanta Weller in this very impressive bird fascinator and Kim Howells in a NOKI number. Henry's "scissor-hands" get-up was good but the prize for best look goes to Dorothee of Cooperative Designs whose immaculate attention detail in her Dorothy Wizard of Oz costume was complete with Toto in a basket and ruby shoes...........although her black eye was perhaps a questionable addition.
* Top Tip from the night - Atalanta shared her beauty secret with me in the ladies room - for the best black eye, ditch the kohl and instead apply mascara by dabbing the wand all around one's eye