Reasons to Be Fearful took place on the night of Halloween 2015, as the successor to Reasons’ summer festival, Reasons to Be Cheerful.
Their aim was to capture the vibe of the summer event, which was no mean feat without the sunshine, but they went all out with the theme and brought as many of their creative partners on board as possible.
The event was run in collaboration with Snowbombing, as part of their launch party series. In turn, Reasons will be hosting a stage at their event in Austria, next April. Watch out for that.
There was also the small matter of an all-star line-up, which included 2manydjs, James Zabiela, Huxley, Scratch Perverts, Rodney P, Shepdog and Marc Roberts – a selection of artists that would have drawn a crowd, anywhere in the world.
Luella Rockerfella were on the scene to check out the style of party goers…
Left & Right | Name Chantal Sabrina Quiniou Age 26
Chantal was part of CNS – Central Nervous System – a group of creative individuals doing the cloakroom, make up and generally providing good vibes. The inspiration behind her outﬁt was Frank from the movie Donnie Darko, with a Glamorous twist. The skull mask she created was inspired by Damien Hirst’s diamond skull art. The photo doesn’t do justice to how perfectly sculpted the crystals were placed on Chantal’s face. Top marks for creativity.
Left | Name Sebastian Kiernicki Age 37
Sebastian, another member of the CNS room, was inspired by the Fritz Lang movie, Metropolis, for his Metropolis-inspired she-robot costume, the character’s name in the movie is Maria. He also feels inspired by past collections, especially Thierry Mugler autumn/winter 1995.
Right | Name Jean-Pierre Roulson Age 28
Jean-Pierre is also part of the CNS crew. The concept for his outﬁt was a ‘dead’ Marie Antoinette inspired Lady of the Night, giving the vibe of femme fatal but androgynous at the same time. All topped off with a leather vest, naturally. Jean-Pierre explained that the outﬁt was created around the key piece, the wig and most of it was from the charity shop or Amazon. I totally felt the dead Marie Antoinette with perhaps a twist of live Lady Gaga!
Left | Name Daniela Jakodova Age 22
Daniela was also part of the CNS crew, which she tells me was formed from a love of the arts and self-expressionism across any platform you can imagine, from makeup artistry to creative writing, from fashion styling to event management. The concept for her outﬁt was Dia de los Muertos and the look was a candy coloured sugar skull. The pastel colours, glitter and crystals also showed Daniela’s candy sweet personality!
Right | Name Arturo Bandini Age 27
Another CNS gang member, Arturo, based his outﬁt on the ‘Reasons Town Theme’ and was a wicked-manifold style. Arturo wanted to be as naked as possible, maximum silhouette, like a steak on a white plate with a Virile zebra mask which came together in a camp tongue kept between camouﬂaged lips. Arturo’s outﬁt was the scariest, especially as he had the intelligence to pull of the perfect murder!
Left | Name Joëlle Agathangelou Age 21
Joelle looked smoking hot whilst in keeping with the Halloween theme! She was inspired by Lady Gaga’s character in the hit TV series American Horror Story. If I were to describe Joelle’s look I would say gothic glamour with a touch of allure. Joelle’s sheer overlaid dress, bow tied silk belt, lace gloves and black Doc Martens rocked.
Right | Name Joe Mcevoy Age 24
Joe’s costume was eye catching and very close to Jim Carey’s actual character from the 90s movie The Mask. With the 90s genre continuing to gather a massive subcultural following, this outﬁt is on point. The detail of the facial expressions were very eerie.
Left | Name Gemma Swietlik Age 32
Gemma had attended a party where the theme was zombie bikers, which I think she totally nailed, and was inspired by a character with the same name – Gemma in the TV hit show Sons of Anarchy. She wore leather-look trousers from New Look, which for the high street were amazing quality, and could have been mistaken for designer. The biker boots were from River Island and ﬁtted the theme very well!
Right | Name Wayne Townsend Age 52
Wayne’s look was impressive and showed that he had put a lot of effort into his outﬁt. He described the concept of his outﬁt as ‘Apocalyptic Zombie’. I felt a touch of anarchist dead biker, especially with the calf-length, leather biker boots and matching leather jacket, with anarchy and skull patches.
Left | Name James Springthorpe Age 27
James described the concept of his outﬁt as a ‘scally’, which is a northern term for a ‘Chav’ – a term used to describe a particular stereotype in the ﬁrst decade of the 21st century by the British mass media, to refer to an anti-social youth subculture in the United Kingdom. James wearing Lockport boots with Adidas tracksuit bottoms, Burberry cap, tracksuit jacket and gold link chain was deﬁnitely a resemblance of the anti-social youth subculture!
Right | Name Jason Dodd Age 47
Jason expressed his passion for Ministry of Sound in the 90s and stated that the most important thing about his outfit was that he was in disguise, as his kids were also at Reasons, raving! Jason’s boots are vintage red wings from New York, his t-shirt came from the pop up Halloween shop in Jersey, and his jeans were Armani. His favourite designers are Pal Zileri and Armani.
Left | Name Michelle Kent Age 25
How Michelle managed to look seriously hot and deadly at the same time is impressive. Her face paint and contact lenses really added to the creativity of her outﬁt. The concept for her outﬁt was ‘Zombie Geisha’, which she completely nailed right down to the shoes and the chop sticks in her messy bun hairstyle. The dress was stunning. Top marks for effort and style.
Right | Name Oli Nightingale Age 27
Oli’s costume took effort and certainly got a lot of attention from other ravers! It took some serious dedication to the Halloween theme as dancing in the full outﬁt in the main DJ room would have been hot. Oli described the concept for his outﬁt as ‘Arabian Zombie’. I deﬁnitely think this costume showed a reﬂection of his fun loving nature.