Supermodel Heidi Klum has been dubbed the “Queen of Halloween” thanks to her extravagant costumes and annual invite-only party, which continues to be one of the hottest tickets around.
She has been embracing the spirit of the holiday for the last 16 years, hosting a yearly bash that includes spooky decorations, elaborate costumes, and plenty of surprises.
From her transformation into an elderly woman to a full-blown butterfly costume, Klum never ceases to shock guests with her get-ups — and this year’s Jessica Rabbit costume proved no different.
We got the chance to attend the coveted event and see what it was like on the inside, from the unbelievably intricate costumes to its long list of celebrity attendees.
This year’s party was at Lavo, a trendy nightclub in Midtown Manhattan.
Here’s what happened inside.
We arrived to the red carpet around 8:40 p.m., and VIPs started coming in at 9. Designer Marc Bouwer, who has been coming to Klum's celebration for years, was one of the first to arrive. Bouwer and his guest were both decked out in insanely lavish gold shimmering costumes from head to toe. We immediately knew we were in for some crazy costumes that evening.
Christian Siriano, designer and winner of 'Project Runway' Season 4, showed up early on with boyfriend Brad Walsh. The two were dressed as Picasso paintings, adorned in painted faces and picture frames.
According to Siriano, the costumes took about a week to create, even with a team of interns to help sew and put them together. Though Siriano's outfits were tricky, he referred to Klum as 'an artisan' in the Halloween world.
On the left here is Jay Manuel, makeup artist and director of photo shoots on 'America's Next Top Model,' dressed as a samurai. June Ambrose, celebrity fashion stylist and costume designer, is on the right, wearing an elaborate geisha costume.
Manuel had the same designer who created Lady Gaga's gloves for the new season of 'American Horror Story' make one-of-a-kind gloves for his costume, complete with sharp nails. 'This is the one night I get to go crazy,' Manuel, who has been coming to Klum's party for five years, said to Business Insider.
Singer and songwriter Tinashe, who wore a Snoop Dog costume, told Business Insider she wanted to 'bring the West Coast' to New York City for Halloween. She added that she had to go all-out with her getup since Heidi is known for setting the bar really high. This was Tinashe's first year being invited to the party.
Actress Diana Guerrero from 'Orange Is the New Black' and her guest were dressed as Tina Belcher and Bob from the cartoon show 'Bob's Burgers.' 'Halloween is my favourite holiday by far,' Guerrero told us. 'I absolutely love seeing the crazy costumes Heidi's party always brings out, and it's always fun to see people dressed as 'Orange Is the New Black' characters.'
Her fellow 'Orange Is the New Black' costar, Jackie Cruz, and her guest were decked out as Priscilla Presley and Elvis Presley. 'I love Elvis' music and style,' Cruz told us. 'I get my costume custom-made every year to make sure it stands out.' Her favourite Klum costume was the elderly woman getup she donned in 2013, which also happened to be the first time Cruz met the supermodel.
Dacha Polanco from 'Orange Is the New Black' was also present with her stylist. She was dressed in a 'Pretty Woman' costume, which, she told reporters, caused 'several wardrobe malfunctions earlier in the day.' The 'Orange Is the New Black' stars would be sitting at a reserved table inside.
As celebrities arrived outside of Lavo in their cars, paparazzi would jump to try and grab their photo before their red carpet walk. Here, Irina Shabayeva, who was the winner of 'Project Runway' Season 6, flashes a shimmering Vegas-inspired look.
Many of the attendees were models, like couple Hailey Clauson (left) and Jullien Herrera (right), who dressed as pirates. Clauson, who picked up her costume from a Gothic shop, said she predicted Klum might be dressing as Amber Rose. 'I love coming because of how realistic Heidi gets with her costumes ... it's like full-on movie magic with her,' Clauson said to reporters.
Model Nina Agdal was also there in a neon blue superhero-inspired costume, complete with a battery-powered star belt. 'Heidi nails it every time, but you have to bring it yourself, otherwise you're not getting let in,'Agdal said.
Model Emily Ratajkowski really committed to her Marge Simpson costume, wearing a blue wig and covering herself in yellow paint.
Actor Kyle MacLachlan and wife Desiree Gruber were also in attendance. Gruber joked she had wanted to dress in a hamburger costume but ended up going with this look instead. MacLachlan said that he's been coming to this event for almost 15 years.
Later in the evening, singer Nicole Scherzinger arrived in creepy, cat-inspired makeup, complete with striking colour contacts. The actress seemed somewhat frantic, rushing inside to the event.
As we waited for the final celebrities to arrive close to 11 p.m., we heard that Jennifer Lopez and Heidi might arrive at the same time. First, Jennifer Lopez graced the red carpet in an elegant skeleton outfit and piercing contacts.
Before we knew it, a single spotlight turned on, music started to play, and Heidi herself appeared from between two curtains, dressed in a Jessica Rabbit costume. Dancing and singing Jessica Rabbit's famed 'Why Don't You Do Right' song from 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit,' Klum danced around the red carpet as the crowd watched in excitement.
'Jessica Rabbit is definitely an icon and I always try and find someone that people will know and recognise,' Klum said to reporters as she described why she chose the costume. She decided on the getup eight months ago and even went into a studio to record her version of the Jessica Rabbit song.
Klum explained that it it took most of the day to put the costume on (from about noon until her arrival at the party), and that it takes about an hour and a half to take it off. Since it was so difficult to put on, Klum had to wing her dance performance, as she couldn't practice in the costume beforehand.
As we entered through the celebrity entrance of the club, we were surprised by frightening decor on the walls. 'The Twisted Twins' -- Sylvia Soska and Jen Soska from GSN's show 'Hellevator' -- greeted guests, cackling, 'Welcome to Heidi Klum's Halloween party, ready to play?'
As we made our way down the corridors, we were surprised to see two little girls dressed in ghostly makeup following us down the halls.
Inside, Klum gave one more performance of her version of 'Why Don't You Do Right' before giving the floor to DJ Questlove.
But some celebs like the cast of 'Orange Is the New Black' and Ashanti, who was dressed as a Smurf, could be spotted sitting at tables on the dance floor.
After midnight, the event turned into a club night that was open to those who had bought tickets, which cost from $60 to $175, with a minimum of $2,000 for bottle service. Around 1:30 a.m., the club started getting packed.
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