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Stylist and photographer Helen Berkun shops at art and fabric supply stores like Dick Blick and Vogue; last year, the Riverwoods suburbanite snagged an inexpensive tuxedo shirt from the boys’ department to help her channel Karl Lagerfeld. This year, the motorcycle babe is going as a “magical biker unicorn.”
Ravenswood resident and publicist Liz Kores says that the right wig “is the difference between everyone recognizing your costume and your having to explain it a dozen times.” Kores heads to Wigs and Plus in Wicker Park to finish her look, and she also shops at Resham’s on Devon Avenue for “inexpensive jewelry and incredible textiles.” Break a leg: Kores as a killer Black Swan.
Shown here as Foxy Brown, food writer and Ukrainian Village resident Audarshia Townsend models her Halloween costumes on strong, outspoken women with presence. Her high-low shopping strategy takes her everywhere from the wig shops and thrift stores of Wicker Park (where she got this red leather jacket for $20) to the NARS counter at Barneys (where she paid $60 for her makeup).
For stage makeup that takes costumes to the next level, Corri McFadden--shown here as a fetching skeleton--heads to Kryolan on Halsted Street. “Leave it to the professionals,” says the owner of eDrop-Off, the Lincoln Park luxury consignment boutique. “They can transform you into anything you can possibly think of.”
No one?s going to win a costume contest in a generic Little Bo Peep outfit that she got for $25 at a Halloween superstore on the fringes of Lincoln Park. (Trust us.)
Now is the time to start assembling this year?s costume. And if you want to take home the prize money--or at least score some creative cred--think beyond recent awards-show scandals and the obvious (but, okay, gorgeous) Gatsby getups.
There?s always someone at the party whose costume puts everyone else?s to shame.
Meet five Chicago women who steal the show every Halloween--and learn their tips about where to shop and what to wear.
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