NEW YORK — If designers can get freaky on the runway, it’s frightening to think what happens on Halloween. WWD asked some members of New York’s fashion flock to reveal their all-time favorite costumes. Responses ranged from an inexplicable insurance salesman to a sexed-up Dorothy — with Peter Pan, Paris Hilton and a couple of hula girls thrown in for good measure.

“Chiquita Banana, because it’s appealing and fun for the kids and sexy for my husband.”
Kimora Lee Simmons, Baby Phat

“My best Halloween costume was last year, when I was Paris Hilton.”
Betsey Johnson

“In 2002 at Heidi Klum’s bash, I was a Sixties bunny. I wore a Courrèges white jacket and pinned a tail on it, along with white jeans and bunny ears.”
Alice Roi

“People always compare me to Peter Pan, and Traver definitely has the dark mystery of a pirate, although he’s not quite as sinister as Captain Hook.”
Richie Rich, Heatherette

“In 1975, I joined the Halstonettes: Halston, Pat Cleveland, Alva Chin and Elsa Peretti. We all dressed up as Playboy bunnies except Halston, but I’m sure he wanted to. This year, I’ll be an insurance salesman — suit and tie with shinny shoes, a trilby and sunglasses.”
Stephen Burrows

“Last year, I was a Sixties Pan Am flight attendant, which went over well while trick-or-treating with my Cinderella daughter, and then later at Heidi Klum’s party.”
Rachel Roy

“My favorite costume, then and now, is anything store-bought — because all I ever cared about was the candy, anyway.”
Bryan Bradley, Tuleh

“Pocahontas. I wore it for several days leading up to Halloween. This year, I’m going to be a sexy penguin. I saw the movie [“March of the Penguins”] and now I’m obsessed with them.”
Vivia Ferragamo

“At this year’s Halloween ball to benefit Central Park Conservancy, we had a table of kings and queens as diverse as Elvis, Richard Simmons and 15th-century royalty — my husband and I bridged the gap by being a Fifties prom queen and king.”
Nicole Miller

This story first appeared in the October 31, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

“Halloween is the perfect time to do whatever you feel like in terms of costumes.”
Alexandre Herchcovitch

“When I was in my 20s, I [I wore] a fantastic mermaid tail my sister found. The tail still lives on, since every year someone in my design studio borrows it.”
Nanette Lepore

“Being naked, sandwiched by two thick foam mattresses that are burnt at the edges — I was the toast of the town!”
Kai Kuhne, Myself

“Samantha and I dressed as hula girls when we spent Halloween in Hawaii. We wore bikini tops, leis and grass skirts.”
Charlotte Ronson

“October 2003 was [daughter] Ava’s first Halloween, and since she is our ‘wonder child,’ we thought Wonder Woman was a perfect costume for her.”
Cynthia Steffe

“Growing up in England, I didn’t have that sort of thing. But here, I’ve been told it’s a big deal. My 13-year-old son thinks that being a gangster like Al Capone would be really cool.”
George Sharp, Ellen Tracy vice president, design

“Edna Mode from ‘The Incredibles,’ but dressed as Elvira.”
Brian Reyes

“Sexy-sweet Dorothy from the ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ I designed a great outfit made of a plaid dress — with cleavage — and wore Robert Clergerie iridescent red satin sandals. It was so good, I’m thinking of being Dorothy again this year!”
Araks Yeramyan, Araks

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