Every so often in the name of fashion research I like to check out the odd nightclub to see what is trending. Back in the early 1980’s the New York City gay nightclub scene heavily influenced Madonnas image and musical style which later filtered to the masses. Many of the most ICONIC cutting edge fashions we are familiar with today first originated in various clubs across the world. 

In short – if you want to be ahead of the fashion curve it makes sense to get out every now and again to see what looks are on the verge of emerging. Many well known designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui, Betsy Johnson and Halston have made it publicly known that their collections have been inspired by the nightlife. 

Last night I had the pleasure of attending Hollowseve at the Rain Ultraclub located on Water Street in Vancouver BC. Kamantha Naidoo, otherwise known as the Health Babe was one of the event organizers. 

Cultural critics often complain about the commercialization of Halloween. They are quick to point out that the popular aesthetic of Halloween has evolved from scary to a surreal pastiche of mini-skirts, low-cut breast revealing shirts, and skintight cat-suits. In essence, they complain that the commercialization of Halloween has resulted in it becoming overly SEXUALIZED.


Yes indeed it is true, the popular aesthetic of Halloween has been overly SEXUALIZED. However, it is important to point out that Halloween has become increasingly important from a fashion perspective for a number of reasons. First, Halloween is one of the only nights of the year that permits people to exercise a huge degree of freedom and creativity in their apparel selection. Second, Halloween is one of the only nights of the year that does not necessitate nor prescribe conformity in our apparel selection. Lastly, Halloween is one of the only nights of the year that rewards aesthetic risk-taking. 

I firmly believe that society as a whole would be better off if we rewarded fashion risk-taking and creativity more –  rather that the ubiquitous logo brandishing which has become all too common. I believe that if we were truly free to exercise creative and artistic freedom on a daily basis we would be able to relate to one and other in a more genuine way. 

Last night as I observed the creative apparel selections assembled by the young men and women attending the Hallows Eve event at Rain Ultraclub I felt reassured that the future of fashion was in good hands. Sure, there was the odd catsuit and obligatory breast baring outfit. However, the breasts were eclipsed by free-spirited artistic apparel selections which added to my immense enjoyment of this evening out on the town.