It’s Halloween, and you’re plum out of ideas. Quick, time to get creative. Do as many celebrities do: Dress up in a crazy outfit to get attention — and ink.
If you’re a star follower, Lorne Lucree, Rickys NYC marketing manager, has some ideas. The Lincoln Road store has a so-called costume-concierge service, starting at $25 that pulls together outfits and accessories as well as styles makeup and hair. Here are a few of the hottest requests the store’s been getting of late:
Kim Kardashian is not going to go away, at least in the short term. Last year, the big thing was re-creating the so-called upholstery dress she donned while pregnant at the Met Ball. “That was terrible,” complains Lucree. “She looked like she was blending into a couch.” Now that Kardashian’s famous figure is back, women can don a tight wrap dress, light wig and tremendous engagement ring. “She’s a curvy lady so feel free to add padding anywhere you want,” adds Lucree.
Lady Gaga is all about the shock and awe: “Her thing is that she’s always half-naked, right?” Lucree asks of the singer who heard complaints about her barely there seashell bra and panty ensemble on UK’s X Factor Live Monday. Customers have already asked for replicas. One even asked for the white box in which Gaga encased her head when entering the VMAs. “It seems [revelers] want to be really tongue in cheek, ironic or ultra relevant,” says Lucree. “We call it thinking outside the bag.”
More sad than funny, another big Halloween-party ticket, according to Lucree, is Amanda Bynes, who remains in rehab for mental health issues. Bynes’ look is pretty uncomplicated: “teased out blonde wig and a small dog on your arm.”
Mimicking Miley Cyrus’ VMAs get-up is a gimme, but not that original, given that Paris Hilton, Crystal Harris and Joan Rivers have gone that route already. Tongues out! That said, the store carries the “twerk finger,” as well as a teddy bear iron-on and wig with two tiny buns.
As pop culture watchers would expect, dearly departed Breaking Bad lives on. “We’re getting a lot of last-minute calls asking for Walter White paraphernalia: “Rock candy, orange jumpsuits, the smart glasses,” reports Lucree.
Reality stars are another theme, especially those wild and crazy Duck Dynasty dudes. Going as the bayou dwellers is a cinch. Grab up beards, camouflage attire and a few beer cans.
If you didn’t hear about the Fifty Shades of Grey casting shakeup, then we’d like the address for the rock you’re living under. Ab-tastic males can take on the role of bondage-happy businessman Christian Grey by doing a heck of a lot of sit-ups as well as throwing on your nicest suit and tie (undone). Have a riding crop handy?
Tim Tebow may be a man without a team, but his flock never forgets. Rickys football-loving customers are channeling the God-fearing NFL-er by painting religious verses on their faces, as well as black under-eye face paint. Easy and cost-effective.
“Regardless of what you choose, you kind of have to make your costume your own,” advises Lucree. “What matters is that you made it look like you gave it some thought and that it’s fun.”