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A Fabby Halloween: Heroin Chic

It was the mid-90s and Kate Moss was the face of Calvin Klein. She and model James King (the blonde pictured below) were the poster children for the waifish, drug-addicted look that is "heroin chic." Pale shiny skin, dark circles under the eyes, messy hair, black clothes, and an affected bored look were all over fashion magazines of the time. In fact, it became so prevalent that President Clinton felt the need to decry the fashion industry for glamorizing heroin.

Throwing together some scuffed-up motorcycle boots, ripped and holey tights, a little tank dress, and a pea coat — all in black —is easy as pie. Ring your eyes with red and smudgy black, keep the hair bedhead-y, and wear some long fingerless gloves to cover up those imaginary track marks. Make sure you don't forget your handy dandy tourniquet and ciggy case. Voila! You're fashion at its worst...or best, depending on who you talk to!

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MisterPinkNoTip MisterPinkNoTip 8 years
ITA minaminamina!
MisterPinkNoTip MisterPinkNoTip 8 years
ITA minaminamina!
BeautyEditor BeautyEditor 8 years
There's something so sexy about the scruffy chic look. I know I may be a few years late, but I think I may try it.
minaminamina minaminamina 8 years
Okay, this is a little ridiculous - my two best girlfriends have been in and out of rehab since high school for heroin. My best guy friend died of an overdose my senior year. My best friends father died of a heroin overdose when he was just a little boy. I'm not sitting here sobbing about it. Yes, drug addiction is a terrible thing, blah blah blah blah. Why isn't anyone freaking out because of the Mrs. Mia Wallace proposal costume that fab posted? She was a cokehead, right? Everyone just take a deep breath - heroin chic does not mean "Heroin is chic," it means, "bored-ass skinny models who chain smoke and might do drugs." That's a pretty fun costume idea. Not the most original, but pretty fun.
minaminamina minaminamina 8 years
Okay, this is a little ridiculous - my two best girlfriends have been in and out of rehab since high school for heroin. My best guy friend died of an overdose my senior year. My best friends father died of a heroin overdose when he was just a little boy. I'm not sitting here sobbing about it. Yes, drug addiction is a terrible thing, blah blah blah blah. Why isn't anyone freaking out because of the Mrs. Mia Wallace proposal costume that fab posted? She was a cokehead, right? Everyone just take a deep breath - heroin chic does not mean "Heroin is chic," it means, "bored-ass skinny models who chain smoke and might do drugs." That's a pretty fun costume idea. Not the most original, but pretty fun.
LeninaCrowne LeninaCrowne 8 years
Geez Fab.Thanks for glamourizing heroin and drug culture to the thousands of readers of this blog, especially the young girls.
LeninaCrowne LeninaCrowne 8 years
Geez Fab. Thanks for glamourizing heroin and drug culture to the thousands of readers of this blog, especially the young girls.
Kkkkkkkkkkk Kkkkkkkkkkk 8 years
In general my bad taste barometer is off the scale, but even I think this is in bad taste, so that tells me all I need to know. Referencing a look that was big in fashion is one thing, but accessorising with "a handy dandy tourniquet" means that you are not dressing up as a "fashion moment" but are you dressing up as a drug user. To me that's about as hilarious as dressing up as a cancer patient. And look, I have my handy dandy portable drip stand with me in case I need a top up chemo treatment. Yay, isn't halloween fun?If anyone's thinking of going with this costume you should think about how small you'd feel if someone came up to you and told you their brother died of a heroin overdose...
Kkkkkkkkkkk Kkkkkkkkkkk 8 years
In general my bad taste barometer is off the scale, but even I think this is in bad taste, so that tells me all I need to know. Referencing a look that was big in fashion is one thing, but accessorising with "a handy dandy tourniquet" means that you are not dressing up as a "fashion moment" but are you dressing up as a drug user. To me that's about as hilarious as dressing up as a cancer patient. And look, I have my handy dandy portable drip stand with me in case I need a top up chemo treatment. Yay, isn't halloween fun? If anyone's thinking of going with this costume you should think about how small you'd feel if someone came up to you and told you their brother died of a heroin overdose...
mabess mabess 8 years
I can't decide whether carrying a tourniquet around on Halloween is a bad idea or not. A part of me thinks it's kinda cheeky and clever, another part of me thinks it's in bad taste, and the last little bit thinks it'd be more fun carrying around a bag of powdered sugar (with just a tad sprinkled around the nose.) Halloween's all about pushing the envelope for some people. We dress up as murderers and monsters and mock public figures openly, why are drug users off limits? (And Fab's whole point is that the costume isn't about being a drug user, but is about the heroin chic style anyways!)
mabess mabess 8 years
I can't decide whether carrying a tourniquet around on Halloween is a bad idea or not. A part of me thinks it's kinda cheeky and clever, another part of me thinks it's in bad taste, and the last little bit thinks it'd be more fun carrying around a bag of powdered sugar (with just a tad sprinkled around the nose.) Halloween's all about pushing the envelope for some people. We dress up as murderers and monsters and mock public figures openly, why are drug users off limits? (And Fab's whole point is that the costume isn't about being a drug user, but is about the heroin chic style anyways!)
Pepper Pepper 8 years
This is all very wrong.
Pepper Pepper 8 years
This is all very wrong.
fashiontoronto fashiontoronto 8 years
I agree with Meg23 and MisterPink
MisterPinkNoTip MisterPinkNoTip 8 years
I really don't see why people are offended by this at all. 'Heroin-chic' was really big in the 90s. Would you rather the look be called 'waif-like'? It's more of a street style anyway. I personally love the look, and I just don't understand the problem. A certain style of dress is not promoting or encouraging people to do drugs. I agree that junkies are no good. This look has absolutely <i>nothing</i> to do with that and bears no resemblence to actual junkies.That said, I don't think this would make a good halloween costume...
MisterPinkNoTip MisterPinkNoTip 8 years
I really don't see why people are offended by this at all. 'Heroin-chic' was really big in the 90s. Would you rather the look be called 'waif-like'? It's more of a street style anyway. I personally love the look, and I just don't understand the problem. A certain style of dress is not promoting or encouraging people to do drugs. I agree that junkies are no good. This look has absolutely nothing to do with that and bears no resemblence to actual junkies. That said, I don't think this would make a good halloween costume...
dogsbody01 dogsbody01 8 years
Absolutely disgusting!There's nothing chic about drug addiction!
pollypo pollypo 8 years
I think that Fab's apology was warranted, since shooting up heroin isn't fodder for a halloween costume, but given that she has appologized (and very graciously), maybe it's time to calm down?
Meg23 Meg23 8 years
This is getting out of control. Fabsugar did nothing wrong posting this. People dress as a lot worse things. This look was a huge part of fashion and this is a fashion site. I'm sorry to anyone who has had time in their lives where drugs caused them pain because they did drugs or family or friends did. The best thing you can do is to learn from it and grow into something better.
Rugelach Rugelach 8 years
I don't know what to say other than when I read this I started crying. This hurt me. Ow. Maybe I have no sense of humor. Maybe it is hormones. Maybe it is because this Halloween it will be my one year's clean date from heroin or cocaine and it has been on my mind a lot. Junkies suck. They are not sexy or "cute". I can say this because I was one. I was disgusting and I'm not ready to laugh about it yet. Be mindful where you wear an outfit like this. People don't want to be crying on Halloween.
lecolt45 lecolt45 8 years
I love this. It's how many of the girls at my school dress. I prefer to mix this look up with more Woodstocky pieces though, so I have my own look.
Meg23 Meg23 8 years
Fabsugar, you don't have to apologize. Klar, I completely agree with your statement.
Fashion Fashion 8 years
Hi! I apologize if I offended anyone, I picked this look because it dominated fashion for a good part of the 90s, not to promote drug use. The look is most recognizably termed as "heroin chic," which is why I referred to it as such, and I picked the tourniquet as a prop for no reason other than to give a clue about the costume.I hope that helps, and please continue to voice your opinion!xo
Fashion Fashion 8 years
Hi! I apologize if I offended anyone, I picked this look because it dominated fashion for a good part of the 90s, not to promote drug use. The look is most recognizably termed as "heroin chic," which is why I referred to it as such, and I picked the tourniquet as a prop for no reason other than to give a clue about the costume. I hope that helps, and please continue to voice your opinion! xo
tati33 tati33 8 years
ooooo the Forever 21 Peacoat I like!!
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