Masquerades always look like a blast in the movies. They're opportunities to really dress up and, yes, escape into a character for an evening. Wearing a mask has a way of aiding that experience. This year, UNICEF Next Generation is focusing its annual masquerade ball on all things celestial and cosmic, which guarantees it to be a playground for all things witchy. But that doesn't mean you have to channel a celestial being. There's a witchy vibe for everyone—and a mask to go along with it, too. Ahead, you'll find four inspiration looks to get your creative juices flowing for, say, your own masquerade this year. You know, the one you've always told yourself you'd throw but never have? This is the year to do it.
And, if you're in Los Angeles on October 27, get yourself some tickets to the ball! They're available here. We'll see you (and your mask!) among the stars.
Hello, you ethereal being! What does your third eye show you? What's in store for the night? This is your opportunity to channel your inner Lungs-era Florence Welch with stacked jewelry and a cape. Float through the party like the mage you know yourself to be. Are those tarot cards in your clutch? Could be! Who's down for a reading?
Matches Fashion, Ancient Greek Sandals, $200, available at Matches Fashion; Lauren Ralph Lauren, Cape Gown, $195, available at Bloomingdale's; Jacqueline, Moon And Star Shape Hair Clip, $9.99, available at Witch Chic; My Diva's Closet, Celestial Masquerade Mask, $29, available at My Diva's Closet; EXPRESS, Set Of Four Embellished Geometric Rings, $34.90, available at EXPRESS; Urban Outfitters, Snake Chain Layering Necklace, $34, available at Urban Outfitters.
Go ahead and get dark, friend. Cast some spells, hold a seance, and show off how skilled you are at pairing lace with leather. A masquerade always needs its dark princess, and you're more than happy to rise to the occasion. Remember, this isn't just a phase. It's a lifestyle.
Kill Star, Grave Digger Skull Handbag, $89, available at Kill Star; Dark In Closet, Punk Rave Black Gothic Retro Lace Rope Dress, $73.95, available at Dark In Closet; Luxury Divas, Womens Black Vintage Lace Fancy Wedding Wrist Gloves, $15, available at Luxury Divas; Heavy Red, Charlatan's Lace Mask, $42, available at Heavy Red; UNIF, Choke Boot, $172, available at UNIF.
Alright, we get it: You live for fashion and right now, fashion is wide silhouettes mixing with a slouchy-chic mentality. The more you dress like an editor, the better. The real fun begins with the mask, which you definitely took out on a loan from a PR friend. Hey, this is your chance to wear something similar to Philip Treacy's iconic designs, and you're not going to waste it. They don't call his work fascinators for nothin'.
Heidi Lee, Parasol Skeleton Hat, $500, available at Heidi Lee; Wildfang, The Chastain Long Blazer, $78, available at Wildfang; Jeffrey Campbell, Eliot Platform Oxford, $64.97, available at Nordstrom Rack; Vince Camuto, Solid Bow Neck Blouse, $34.60, available at Jet; ASOS, Leather Soft Foldover Clutch Bag, $40, available at ASOS; Off Season, Clew Jumpsuit, $298, available at Opening Ceremony.
Glam Rock Witch
A little shine and some neon make this look the party girl's go-to. What can you say? You love to turn heads and start conversations. One statement piece paired with (relatively) subdued accents, like patent booties, goes a long way. Ditch the mask in favor of face-covering Elton John-inspired sunnies.
HERO/BLACK, Neon Sleeve Bomber, $390, available at VFILES; Pretty Little Thing, Sequin Open Back Jumpsuit, $79.16, available at Pretty Little Thing; Marciano, Widow Ankle Bootie, $198, available at Marciano; a-morir, Bleach, $250, available at a-morir.