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Gothic Splendor

by habituallychic

10 . 31 . 11
I have a love/hate relationship with Halloween.  I love the fun aspects and of course the candy but I hate the slutty costumes that have become the norm.  It’s also too bad that you rarely see elegant and chic Halloween decorations.  This spread of D.L. & Co. appeared in an old House & Garden magazine and is still one of my favorite Halloween features.  I posted it in 2007 and it still looks good today.  Bergdorf Goodman even used it as inspiration for windows that complemented the magazine photos. When I have a house someday, I’m definitely using them as my inspiration.  Happy Halloween!

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  1. atticeyewear.blogspot.com October 31, 2011 | 12:53 am

    True Splendour…Great Images

  2. Al October 31, 2011 | 1:32 am

    Awesome post! Love these gothic and spooky photos. Really gets you in the mood for Halloween 🙂

  3. BluBabesCreate October 31, 2011 | 2:08 am

    I agree about the costumes! Anna Quindlen wrote an excellent article alluding to this aspect a few years ago. Thanks for the stand on that one Heather!

  4. Glamour Drops October 31, 2011 | 2:45 am

    Exactly how Halloween should be – I think. Darkly elegant, not gory at all. The images are amazing, and were perhaps ahead of their time?

  5. Brillante Interiors October 31, 2011 | 4:23 am

    I am with you on this, Heather,I truly dislike most of Halloween, tacky, disgusting, even offensive at times but you made me love it with these gorgeous images. Thanks!

  6. Swizzle October 31, 2011 | 6:34 am

    I definitely agree with the costuming! I believe Halloween should be more of a time where friends and family should spend some quality time cooking up some delicious treats, decorating their home beautifully (like the pictures you provided) and have some good fun together. Not going around dressed like filthy creatures and sluts, and knocking on stranger’s doors for lollies. Thank you! ^^


  7. CD October 31, 2011 | 12:20 pm

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  8. CD October 31, 2011 | 12:33 pm

    WOOOOOO! Halloweeeeen! Bergdorf Goodman windows are always superb no matter what the theme. They sort of recall fragments of the concept of André Malraux’s “museum without walls” or in fact “the musée imaginaire.” Thanks Habitually Chic.

  9. Marcy October 31, 2011 | 12:52 pm

    These images look just as fresh today! D.L. & Co. is fabulous.

    I featured your blog at stylesson today. And congratulations on recently being featured in The Telegraph!

  10. Splendid Market October 31, 2011 | 7:58 pm

    Glamourously ghoulish…

  11. lifeloveandluxury November 1, 2011 | 12:40 am

    Spooky yet elegant. I’m absolutely loving this post! Why settle for cheesy plastic decorations when gorgeous-ness like this lurks about!