Scare Tactics

The Fashion Flock Gets Ghoulish for Halloween


Courtney Love and Michael Stipe, at the Beatrice Inn.
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Tinsley Mortimer and Margherita Missoni, at Bungalow 8.
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Carlos Mota and Allison Sarofim, in the West Village.
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New York's streets have been chock-a-block with Halloween revelers the last few days, but nowhere was the costume drama more intense than at a trio of fashion fêtes. V Magazine threw a book party for its cover girl, Courtney Love, and her new tome, Dirty Blonde, at Paul Sevigny's new-again club, the Beatrice Inn, on Tuesday. Rogan Gregory turned up as the Grim Reaper on stilts, and Texas-born Julie Gilhart of Barneys New York sported a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader outfit, but the evening's best, and certainly most photographed, getup belonged to mag co-founder James Kaliardos. The Chanel makeup artist went as Karl Lagerfeld, and he had all the trimmings—from the powdered white ponytail to the black patent camellia to the chin-grazing collar. "Karl actually gave me one—I asked his permission to go as him—but I couldn't find it, so I made this from paper," Kaliardos said. Love, who arrived late and Treo-ed more than she mingled, came sans costume, but she fit right in among the fashion types. Her black dress? "It's Rochas," she said.

Over in Chelsea, Fabiola Beracasa, Tinsley Mortimer, Arden Wohl, Lydia Hearst, and the newest siblings on the scene— Valentine and Olga Rei—had booked Bungalow 8 for a private bash. On the guest list were the Costello Tagliapietra boys, who came as matching Paul Bunyans; Vanity Fair's Alexis Bryan, who went as a wood nymph; and Margherita Missoni, in dominatrix gear. Lauren Davis and her fiancé Andres Santo Domingo's April nuptials were the impetus behind their deceased bride and groom costumes. Of his Snickers Bar look, artist Tom Sachs said, "I made this 45 minutes ago." He was busy passing out chocolate bars when Donna Karan and her sizable posse—all in leather and chains—headed next door to Bungalow owner Amy Sacco's debauched party at Scores West.

Some of the evening's ensembles had already debuted on Saturday at Allison Sarofim's annual shindig, which attracted the likes of Matt Dillon, Rose McGowan, and Josh Lucas. This year, Sarofim turned her West Village townhouse into The Garden of Earthly Delights à la Bosch and greeted her guests dressed as Eve, complete with a live boa constrictor. "It's a rental," she said nonchalantly of her serpent sidekick. "I found him on the Internet."
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