Refinery29 pumpkin-carving parties probably don’t look like the ones you normally attend; instead of scary stencils and candy corn, our supplies more resemble the sales floor at M&J Trimmings.
To prove our point — and get into the spirit of gourd season — we had our most crafty staffers dress up their own jack-o’-lanterns in the runway’s finest trends — from Anna Dello Russo-inspired gold filigree accents to 3.1 Phillip Lim’s superhero motif. Trust, these pumpkins are so good, we’d take any of ’em over a horse-drawn carriage any day (ball or no ball!).
“Anna Dello Russo For H&M” — Chloe Daley, editorial production assistant
“I had way too much fun piling on the bling. At one point I, contemplated a fifth pumpkin for the collection, but had to tell myself to settle down. My only regret? Alas, I didn’t make a giant cherry!”
“The Crown Jewels” — Ida Hariri, assistant photo editor
“The gemspiration for this pumpkin (or punkin?) was the range of glittering Marigiela masks at the fall ‘12’s couture show. I used an old stocking to cover the face of my pumpkin and then got to work with the hot glue gun. I may just use the other half of the supplies to bedazzle my bike helmet.”
“Super Pumpkin” — Willow Lindley, fashion and beauty assistant
“I may have missed the boat on that 3.1 Phillip Lim sweatshirt, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t have a little Ka-Pow for Halloween! I painted the pumpkin and attached cotton ‘smoke.'”
“What A Stud” — Christy Kurtz, senior photo editor
“Since I’ll never be able to afford a real It bag, I decided i should at least have an It-pumpkin. I went for the Mulberry Zigzag Bag we called out in oursatchel roundup as my inspiration. To make it, I painted the pumpkin black and then stuck pyramid nailheads and red pushpins in to get the studded effect.”
“Sarah Boo-ton” — Christy Kurtz, senior photo editor
“It’s always fun to do a pumpkin based on a crazy fashion week trend, so I went with the crazy bee keeper hat from Sarah Burton’s Alexander McQueen spring 2013 show. Added bonus — the hat fits on my head so it can double as a Halloween costume.
“Glitter Gash” — Laura Miller, assistant photo editor
“Mine was inspired by the Prabal Gurung Spring ’13 blood-drip nails, and to make it I just covered the top of the pumpkin with Elmer’s glue and let it naturally drip down. Then I sprinkled red glitter on it a few times to make sure the glitter was really dense in color. I just let it dry overnight, and it was ready to go!”
“What better way to dress my fashion pumpkin than in Prada! Prada’s fall ’12 collection was rife with gorgeous geometric patterns and colorways and I thought this orange-black-white combo was especially fitting.”
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