In the 2004 film Mean Girls, Lindsay Lohan’s character uttered the now-famous line that helped re-define Hallowe’en for a new generation: “Hallowe’en is the one day you can dress like a total slut and nobody can say anything about it.”
The same thing could be said about goth fashion, too. Hallowe’en is the one day of the year when you can dress like Elvira without people thinking you’re either a depressed freak or headed to a Fangoria convention.
Goth fashion is a bit of a contradiction in terms, since it often strives to make an anti-establishment, anti-fashion statement, what with all those shredded leggings, pagan symbols and all that black velvet, leather and latex.
This creates a problem for designers who take this underground niche seriously, and for women who view dark looks as more than just a costume. For them, looking grim isn’t just an expression of some inner suffering, it’s bloody beautiful.
One of the most interesting young American designers following this path is the Philadelphia-based newcomer Sophi Reaptress.
The wonderfully named Reaptress graduated from the Moore College design program and launched her label two years ago, initially specializing in printed black tights. She continued to add new, punkish apparel pieces until she suddenly came up with the BIG idea that should put her on the fashion map: a sleek black witch’s hood.
This is a killer signature piece for the label, and Reaptress has adapted it in many ways: in oversized sweaters, tunics and now — believe it or not — as part of an organic cotton crop top with leather trim. A perfect addition to your Hallowe’en ensemble, or maybe a night of binge-watching American Horror Story.
Sophi Reaptress recently unveiled a small fall collection the make use of her various hood styles, paired with her edgy leggings. You can find her hooded looks in small, pointy variations or deep versions that drape over your head and hide your face.
All orders are custom-made and reasonably priced: the Witchy crop-top starts at $60, hooded sweaters begin at $60 as well, and the long Reaper drape sweater is $160.
Try pairing one of these beauties with a Pentagram harness set from Hopeless Lingerie to create a truly chilling effect.
You can buy Sophi Reaptress designs from her webshop and from the Toile Atelier in Philadelphia.
Here are some looks from her recent photoshoots.