Heels & Picks: Zombie fashion trends

Oct. 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

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BY ERIN SMITH / Special to the Star-Advertiser

Halloween. The time of year when the leaves start to turn, a crisp cold fills the air and stuff like soup and hot chocolate helps get you through the darkening days.

Some of that is relevant to my island home of Oahu, some is not. The days are getting darker more quickly, it’s raining more where I live in Kailua, and as any well-bred Canadian chick will do when the air turns chilly, I have been making soup like a boss in the cottage I share with my boyfriend Trouble.

Happy Halloween Heels & PicksSure, fashion abounds during Halloween. Costumes — mostly skimpy ones here in the tropics — are integral to pretty much every event. But rather than focus on the outfits this year, I thought we’d check in with an actual class of ghoul to see what they’re wearing this year.

Zombies. We love them, pop culture is currently fixated on them, and everyone has an extra few cans of soup and Spam in their cupboard these days in the event there is a zombie apocalypse. Right?

So what are the current trends in zombie fashion? High waisted pants? Florals? Are THEY wearing ankle boots?

I decided to take it to the blood-soaked fields to find out.

On Saturday, Oct. 26, my boyfriend and I packed our SUV with friends Jay Oliveira and Meghan Thibault and headed to Gunstock Ranch on Oahu’s North Shore. We saw a sign about a “Gunstock Zombie Hayride” and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to take a look at current zombie fashion trends.

Wanting to make a good first impression with my new zombie friends, I packed both a hoodie and leather jacket in our backpack for the outing.

“What are you putting in here?!” T asked. “It weighs a zillion pounds.”

“I’m just not sure which jacket I want to wear on the hayride.” I said.

T is used to this type of conversation and silliness. It’s pretty much how I roll.

We drove to the North Shore listening to iTunes radio’s Halloween station. Bypassing the usual Halloween song choices, iTunes blasted tracks with a clever nod to Halloween, including “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder, “Pet Cemetery” by the Ramones and “Abracadabra” by the Steve Miller Band. It really set the mood for being eaten by zombies in a field.

When we pulled up to Gunstock Ranch, the parking area was far into the property and the air was already quiet and eerie. They had the usual fall treats, hot chocolate and cookies you could buy. We grabbed some shortbread and piled onto a wagon pulled by a tractor, and sat down on hay bales.

Happy Halloween Heels & PicksThe tractor engine roared and we set off with plenty of humans for zombies to snack on. As we went along, we started to hear some grumbling, some growling and BAM!! A zombie jumped on the side of the wagon right in front of me and lunged at my face. I screamed and pressed into T’s chest.

I was still alive, but if I kept burying my face it was going to be hard to figure out what these zombies were wearing.

Zombies were tearing down fences, popping out horrifyingly from holes in the ground and eventually swarming our wagon by the dozen, pounding on the rails and screeching in our faces. And while I shrieked, ducked, giggled and clung to my boyfriend, like a good fashionista I was able to take in the zombie’s look for fall this year.

It’s really a mix of the masculine and feminine — utilitarian brown pants for the men, creepy torn up white nightgowns for the women. Dirt is definitely a part of the look, ground in and caked on, a definite nod to the “Derelict” look by Mugatu in the movie “Zoolander.” Those zombies are so hot right now.

As for their general styling, the hair is generally down, full of tangles and has a close attention to detail; a twig here, some fallen wet leaves there. Makeup is pale with dark circles under the eye and rather than a going with a bold red lip. The zombies are going with red blood pretty much everywhere.

I know you are probably wondering if our group of four made it through without being bitten and eaten. It was a close call, especially when our wagon was swarmed and the snappily-dressed zombies were crawling at us from all angles, but I’m happy to report that we all made it out alive. Those tractors really have some hustle in them when you need it.

Will the zombie look of fall 2013 translate well on the runways in Paris? It’s hard to say. But if we arm the front row of the fashion shows — usually a collection of celebrities — with crossbows, we may be able to find out.

Happy Halloween everyone!
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Erin Smith is a singer and guitarist who performs as a solo artist and with Maui-based Na Hoku Hanohano Award-nominated band The Throwdowns. Born in Canada, she moved to Hawaii in 2004 and now resides in Kailua. Contact her via e-mail or follow her on Twitter.

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