Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Get The Halloween Look

DC Editor Adam writes…

Are you dressing-up for my Halloween Ghost walks? Today I'm looking at the famous monsters of movieland from a sartorial perspective. In part one I looked at Dracula and his trademark cape, today the Wolf Man, Frankenstein & The Mummy join us on the catwalk…




The Wolf Man

Committing Double Denim: I don’t care if you ARE The Wolf Man, you can howl all you like, but it’s just a BAD look.


In fact, maybe that’s WHY he’s howling so much. How would you feel if you had to wear a work shirt and denims combo in public? Unless you’re theatre director Sir Trevor Nunn, of course. Doesn’t seem to upset him too much. Or the Marlboro Man.


And at least Sir Trev’s beard is neater.  Which brings us to the hair




Talk about spine chilling. What size of hat would go over such a barnet? 14 and 15/16ths?




The Wolfman and the legend of the werewolf features in this archive episode of the London Walks Podcast…





If you are getting into The Wolfman look for Halloween, then you should definitely check out London's best theatrical makeup shop the old Charles Fox in Covent Garden - now Kryolan City London at 22 Tavistock Street. Find them here…






The Mummy

I will be VERY impressed to meet a walker in full-blown Mummy costume on one of my Halloween ghost walks. In fact I'd go so far to say that if I do meet a Mummy bandaged from head-to-toe, then I'll give her or him a free walk to compensate for the HOURS it would take to get the look just right!



From a sartorial point of view, however, it's not a good look. Drab drab drab. Can The Mummy accessorize? Cufflinks, perhaps? In Scarob beetle blue? Or even, instead of bandages, why not add a few stocks or cravats to the mix?



The Mummy features in this archive episode of the London Walks Podcast…










Frankenstein’s Monster



Here, our model shows the customary two YARDS of cuff

 


What the…? 


The sleeves, dear boy. It’s not a good look. And it bothers me twice over because it reveals a lack of thought behind Doctor Frankenstein’s otherwise perfectly reasonable scheme of playing God and monkeying about with mortality.


When digging up the bodies and killing the victims for their bits, couldn’t the lazy Doc just have kept the clothes, folded them neatly and put them to one side ready in preparation for the moment when he threw the lever and the monster walked? It’s just bad planning.


And the shoes? Eeeew. Don’t start me. Clumpy barely begins to cover them. Worse even than City types on the tube wearing a suit and (gulp) training shoes. O! The horror…



Here’s Boris Karloff (pictured above) in action…






Karloff's Frankenstein is one of the topics discussed in this archive episode of the London Walks Halloween Podcast. Listen here…







Join me on the Ghosts of the Old City Tour this Halloween. I'm leading the tour on Tuesday 30th October & Saturday 3rd November. Book here…







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