"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth." Oscar Wilde. (He must have had Second Secrets on his plurkline.)
My friend JDiva Ophelia - or as I call her when I'm being flippant "The Lady of the Domino" has run the store Masquerade Parade since 2006. Her work just keeps getting better and better, and she's come up with a great idea for Halloween. She's selling boxes of masks in ten - all transfer, so you can hand them around at your parties. This one is the Bat in Silver, there are several different styles both femme and masculine. And the brand new release from Allegory Malaprop of Schadenfreude suits it perfectly I thought, a redux edition of last year's Strigoi suit.
I am loving all over this, the cartoony bat motif extending to the lapels of the jacket, and the sculpty bat tie nestled at my throat. It's just too me for words. I wonder if I can bleach it white though...?
The top hat comes with, and you get several jacket options as well. I was fluttering around in this all day pretending to be one of my childhood heroes. Not admitting who it was though - one! One recalcitrant vampire! Ha ha ha haaa....
This is another of her new items, the Bloody Death Mask. I was an instant fan of this, it amplified my Bowie-itude by ten as soon as I put it on. Yes, that is an actual concept with universal degrees of measurement. Look it up.
If you know me at all, you'll know that I'm a sucker for a tuxedo. Any well made suits really, but this Fifth Anniversary Tux from Swafette Firefly of SF Designs made me drool as soon as I saw the ruby red of the brocade. And vampire saliva is corrosive, so to do everyone a favour I laid burning tracks to the store to grab this. It wasn't till the next day that I realised I now had the most win combination EVER with this mask. This suit also comes in gold and sage.
Even better than this is the fact that the shoes are included, a terrific pair of crimson and black loafers. My first ever tuxedo came from SFD, and at least seven of them since. I think they are yet another one of the stores that's been around so long people forget that they exist, and are making great clothing that just keeps improving. Congrats on hitting five years, Swaffette.
So here's two options for the men if you are considering going to a high end Halloween ball. It's sad that we don't get any leeway under the famous Slut Rule, but hey.. if you turn up looking this good then you may get some benefit from it after all, right?
Additional credits - Hair in the top is Space Fairy by Curio, and Fusemelon eyes. Hair in the second is Xs Seph. And the skin in both is Den Dou Saburo.
P.S - if you want more opportunity to laugh at me than I normally give you, Achariya featured me in her Halloween series today.