Trendspotting | Femme Fatale

As Halloween approaches, fun and surreal costumes are beginning to emerge in stores. While some prefer to transform themselves into gruesome demons and zombies from head to toe, I believe it doesn’t have to be so dramatic. Instead, you can borrow that mysterious aura from a vampire or witch and turn yourself into a sexy, drop-dead gorgeous femme fatale.

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1. Alexander McQueen FW14 | 2. Valentino FW14 | 3. Alice + Olivia FW14
4. Roberto Cavalli FW14 | 5. Vera Wang FW14 (Images: Vogue UK)

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6. Maison Martin Margiela FW14 | 7. Monique Lhuillier FW14
8. Stella Mccartney FW14 | 9. Versace FW14 | 10. Elie Saab FW14 (Images: Vogue UK)

The femme fatale archetype is not only a muse for Halloween apparel, but for the fashion industry as a whole. While luxury brands such as Alexander McQueen, John Galliano and Valentino often carry a hint of goth in their designs, it’s not difficult to spot dark lace, velvet, leather, corsetry, crimson details and skinny silhouettes in many designers’ latest collections.

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11. Alberta Ferrati FW14 | 12. D&G FW14 | 13. Anna Sui FW14
14. Marc by Marc Jacobs FW14 | 15. Vivienne Tam FW14 (Images: Vogue UK)

Makeup-wise, the rise of enigmatic styles used by singers such as Lorde and Lana Del Rey have made pitch-dark hair, cat’s eyes, scarlet lips and pale complexions more popular than they used to be.

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Makeup inspirations from Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Dita Von Teese and Michelle Phan (Images: dailymail.co.uk; verycd.com; Dita’s Facebook page; Michelle’s Facebook page)

Sometimes all it takes is a little imagination to make a lethal look work. The first step is to explore possibilities: Do you want to be Harley Quinn, the Black Widow, Carrie or Maleficent? Study their signature features and distill them into a few accents in your outfit. Here are some of fashion items that may give you ideas.

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16. Chloe SS15 | 17. Diesel Black Gold SS15 | 18. Givenchy SS15
19. Yohji Yamamoto SS15 | 20. Saint Laurent SS15 (Images: Vogue UK)

One-Piece Dress

A red bodycon dress with black stilettos and side-swept hair looks poisonous, while a red peplum suit with black lace and a vintage brooch reminds you of some weird receptionist in a haunted mansion. A matte black shift dress can be the uniform of a modern witch, and tartan never fails to give that mysterious grunge appeal.

Top

Sheer blouses in crimson, scarlet or black offer that seductive allure without being too pretentious. It’s better if the blouse features feminine details such as a choker neckline, ruffles, lace, a lace-up back, a keyhole front or other cutout designs. Animal print is yet another option for those who prefer prints over plain looks.

Bottom & Shoes

Black leggings and tights are the easiest options aside from figure-hugging skirts in knee- or floor-lengths. Opt for these leggings with cobweb or cat motifs at the knees if you wish to lean towards a more light-hearted style. Pair with glossy Chelsea or lace-up ankle boots.


Accessories

Get something versatile that you can wear on non-Halloween occasions – a pair of earrings with red-hot lips, a red leather satchel, a corset belt or even a lock of amaranth hair against a black canvas.


Makeup

Choose between cat’s eyes or ombré smoky; the former flatters a long face while the latter allows for more shimmer and colors. Contact lenses in lighter shades such as pale green or aquamarine create contrast between the dark eyeliner and make you look even more vampy.

If you’ve grown tired of blood-red lips and nails typical of wintry makeup, why not invest in scarlet or black? Use the lip liner to define and enlarge your lips.