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Solid Steel Tips: A Halloween Costume Guide for Those NOT Trick-Or-Treating
Here’s the thing about our practicality guide; Halloween is inherently impractical. From the old All Hallow’s eve traditions of slaughtering livestock as an offering to the deceased, all the way up to modern day orange buckets filled with candy corn bound to rot your teeth, there’s not a whole lot that’s practical about Halloween.
But that doesn’t mean that it’s not a whole lot of fun. Unfortunately Halloween ranks up there with Saturday nights in Vegas and your 21st birthday as nights where you have a pretty much 4 in 5 chance at losing your cell phone 32 seconds after leaving your house / getting into a fistfight with a cabbie / catching a cold and/or The Clap.
With age comes wisdom (and antibiotics!), so click through the jump to arm yourself with some Solid Steel Tips on how to awesomate your outfit and practicalitize your costume. And unlike that David Bowie space slut costume, this guide is one size fits all – guaranteed success with any and all getups.
“Creeper!” The Full-Sized Kermit Costume
That’s exactly what I would be yelling at the dude wearing this costume.
Would you give this frog a high-five or punch him in the face?
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Summer Glau being cute
If you were checking our Twitter updates, you would’ve seen that Armand and I were able to catch the last day of WonderCon at the Moscone Center. The day was filled with comic books, video games, cosplay, Q&A panels, and pretty much anything you’d expect from the nerd underground. I always wondered what it would be like if I ever went to a comic book converntion, which I guess isn’t the same now that the concept of nerd has been commercialized and made “cool” by the movie and video game industry. But still, it was an interesting experience and I’m sure if I knew exactly what was going on (I was basically clueless to what was supposed to be super-popular), I’m sure I would’ve received 20 times my money back. There was, however, one lady that made the convention extremely worth it (amongst all the other things that contributed, of course.) That lady was Summer Glau, who was promoting Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. This girl can make a man melt.
I was also unaware of how many former celebrities set up booths at an event like this. Off the top of my head, I saw WWE Diva Dawn Marie, The Honky Tonk Man, The big scary dude with a nail in his head in Happy Gilmore, the voice of Jimmy Neutron, and the voice of Tommy Pickles. And they all charge $10 for a photograph with them!
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Q&A
Friends in the same places.
Whenever I watch HBO’s Entourage, I never understand Turtle’s “jorts and a New Era” look. If I un-suspend my suspension of disbelief temporarily, and really believe that Turtle is a prime cohort in an A-Lister’s entourage, then why can’t they get him to dress better? Isn’t image everything in Hollywood? Would anyone really dress like a 28-year-old 13-year-old on purpose, in real life?
Then I ran across this picture of Kanye and his crew/entourage/semi-famous friends. (I think that’s Kid Cudi in there somewhere, I don’t know)
Now, individually, I really have no problem with ANY of these guys or the outfits. Man purses, bubble vests, and even the obnoxious leopard print – I friggin’ LOVE it. The problem is, if you saw these guys roll up to a spot together, what would you think? Aside from the fact that they look like Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five got hit with a couture comet, I can’t help but feel that, all at once, these looks are just too much.
Which brings me to a bit of a dilemma. If I had an entourage filled with well-dressed people, would I be okay with our collective style making us look like a live action cartoon? Or would I have to be the style fascist and ask them all to tone it down a bit? Maybe I’d have to keep a schedule, where I get to wear denim and leopard one day, and Cas gets to wear his shiny disco fever shirt another day (Closeteers, I PROMISE you will see Cas in that shirt one day)?
What do you think? Let me hear it, Steelies.
Bollywood Doesn’t Do Squalid
Steel Closet lover, Dale Hrabi of The Daily Beast, put us on to his recent interview with Slumdog Millionaire costume designer, Suttrat Larlarb. The Steel Crew has actually been following Slumdog Millionaire for quite some time now, as it has been gaining a lot of traction in the media and public relations departments lately. Many are already saying that the movie, which takes place in Mumbai and was recorded using digital camcorders, is up for Academy Award contention. The press has gotten to the point where Ici is getting put off by it, but it’s sure to be a movie worth our attention.
The interview itself is actually very intriguing. Larlarb held a position of making sure the costumes accurately depicted a third-world environment only to find out later that Bollywood does not do third-world in their films. On some level, it makes sense. If you or your country are going to be filmed on camera, you wouldn’t want to look soiled and poverty-stricken. However, for Larlarb, the costumes would not do this rags-to-riches story justice if there were no rags involved.
The biggest obstacle was her local Bollywood collaborators’ obsession with razzle-dazzle spectacle—rather unproductive when you’re recreating the shit-stained reality of beggars who have, at best, a glancing acquaintance with sequins. Bollywood doesn’t do squalid, she discovered, or even rumpled. “If I wanted someone’s sleeves rolled, “ she says, “They’d fold them up in perfect symmetry.”
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