WEEHAWKEN, N.J. (PIX11) – This year, Americans are expected to spend some $3 billion on Halloween costumes. If you’re among the crafty, a costume is no more than a trip to the dollar store.
However, for the creatively impaired it doesn’t come that easy.
For those who have the trick-or-treat spirit but nothing else, costume designer Carmela Lane is at their disposal.
The Weehawken-based designer has been working around the clock, putting the final touches on one-of-kind creations for a slew of New York City venues including Marquee and PH-d at Dream Downtown.
She also takes on private clients, building elaborate, jaw-dropping costumes that would put your run-of-the-mill pirate to shame. We’re talking to you Mayor de Blasio.
"Halloween is a big for children but I feel adults are enjoying it more every year,” Lane told PIX11 News. “I have people who start planning 3-4 months before Halloween and they just start calling me, read to tell me what they want to be for Halloween.”
Lane is a big believer of picking a costume that works with your shape and figure, a memo some downright ignore year after year.
“I always try to explain to the client what would look best for your body. You need to understand the [environment] of the place you’re going,” she explained.
“You don’t want to be wearing a very skimpy outfit if you’re going to be walking around. And if you do want to wear this skimpy costume – you need to be aware that people will look at you.”
One tip Carmela does offer up: use common sense when picking out a costume. Its advice a few party goers decided not to take this past weekend as they opted to dress up as disgraced NFL player Ray Rice and his battered wife.
The costumes went viral for all the wrong reasons.
“You can definitely create an amazing costume on a low budget without offending other people,” Lane said.
Lane charges a $325 consultation fee for her services. That amount is later applied to the costume itself.
To get more information about Carmela Lane’s costume design, visit her site.