Halloween in My Closet: Part 5: Natasha Fatale

by jennine on October 29, 2008

One of my all-time favorite cartoon villains was Natasha Fatale.

She was sexy, funny, foolish and had a wickedly cool accent. Part of me wanted to be She-Ra, but the other part, the brunette part related more to Natasha Fatale. The spy in 60′s cartoons Rocky and his friends, and the Bullwinkle show. She was the smarter assistant to fellow spy Boris who were always trying to get Bullwinkle. For those of you who may not remember her, or didn’t grow up with the Bullwinkle, I think people born in the 80′s might be too young to be affected, the Bullwinkle show was a fun and quirky cartoon, but it really didn’t have the staying power as Bugs Bunny.

Today, is Part 5 in my Halloween series, of costumes found in my closet. So far, I’ve been a sailor, a can-can girl, a circus ringleader, and  a 60′s housewife and today Natasha Fatale, all with little or no additional cost. From now until Halloween, I’ll post a costume made mostly of the the clothes I already own. Of course I’ll need accessories, but while we still have time (3 days) I’ll only post accessories you’ll actually be able to acquire before Halloween. Towards the big day, I’ll work entirely with my own pre-existing wardrobe.

Fatale Essentials

It’s kind of hard to be a cartoon… especially a vintage cartoon. You may have to rely a bit on gestures and accents, and to play the character a bit.  I saw the interpretation with Rene Russo, and I must say, she’s gorgeous, but I like the tube dress better. Cartoons tend to have a very simple wardrobe, so I don’t’ have much going on here..

Here are the essentials for this costume: A purple tube dress. If you’re near an American Apparel store,  you can get a purple tube dress though online you can only get it in the bandeau style, which can easily go into strapless. I know in the image here she’s wearing spaghetti straps, but sometimes she doesn’t wear straps. Her shoes and lipstick changes a lot, sometimes she wears purple shoes, or black, lipstick sometimes red sometimes purple, sometimes black. I decided to try to be more monochromatic, because that’s more cartoonish.

The Result

Here is my deviant look… although, it may be less deviant than when I was trying to look wholesome.

Additional Natasha tips….

The hair..Since I already have short bangs and shoulder length hair, i decided to just leave my hair natural. Though If I were to really do this, I’d straighten the top half, and curl the bottom half. Since I don’t have black hair, a wig might be an option.

The Makeup… I just went heavy on the liquid eyeliner, and used purple eyeshadow … and dark lips with a black gloss to go darker. I also applied baby powder to my skin to be a bit more pale. As I don’t have dark skin, nor is it fair either, so I tried to lighten it, as Natasha is very fair.

Props... Here is where I would suggest getting a male partner to go on in on you with this… I could use Rocky, but he’s like a foot taller than me and thin. Not like short and stout Boris. All he would need is a black hat and a black trench, and you could even drawn on a scraggly mustache. Put on your accents and it’s a complete costume!

So now we’re coming down to the final days before Halloween… I can only post a TWO more so please let me know if there is any one you have a burning desire to see!

Halloween in My Closet:

  1. Circus Ringleader (second by Nikki) DONE!
  2. Sailor (done! click here to see!)
  3. Natasha from Bullwinkle & Friends (second by Anna, and Cammila)
  4. Can-Can Girl DONE! (second by Kate and UND)
  5. Pirate or …
  6. a Founding Father… same base costume as Pirate.
  7. The Mad Plaider
  8. Beetle Juice (second by Violetville and Cecile)
  9. The See’s Candies Girl (only makes sense in California… but Jeanne would like to see it!)
  10. Evil Babydoll (second by Mette)
  11. 60’s Housewife (second by Aidan and Voletville )
  12. An East German DDR protester (may be offensive… but Tres Plus Cool would like to see it)
  13. A superhero (Margot would like to see this)
  14. Dawn Davenport (suggested by Imelda Matt)
  15. Cat Lady (suggested by shopfair second by Casey)
  16. A retro flight attendant (suggested by Heather)
  17. Barbara Feldon as “Agent 99″ (suggested by Cecille)
  18. ????
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Noël October 29, 2008 at 9:25 am

I am loving your costumes! I vote for Beetle Juice next…

jennine October 29, 2008 at 9:34 am

thanks! oh yeah… i think beetle juice is going to have to be one of the next two!

lisa kiddo October 29, 2008 at 9:35 am

I loved her too!! when I saw you were doing this i got really excited, loved it! my vote for the last two costumes are Beetlejuice and a retro flight attendant. I think the flight attendant will be a another fan fav. like the housewife and beetlejuice will just be plain cool.

Casey October 29, 2008 at 11:31 am

This is so fun! :D I used to watch Bullwinkle *all* the time when I was a kid… This brings back so many memories. ;)

jennine October 29, 2008 at 11:42 am

Bullwinkle was one of my favorites! I’m glad I’m not the only one who love him!

@lisa… of course, flight attendant might happen, though I’m thinking I’d like to do the superhero, even if only one person requested it….
beetlejuice for sure!

Market Publique October 29, 2008 at 12:26 pm

An adorable and original costume! I love it!
And thanks for becoming a Market Publique fan on Facebook, Jennine! So proud we have your support!

Mothra October 29, 2008 at 3:08 pm

A fine bosom.

Cecile October 29, 2008 at 3:36 pm

Oh girl! How do you do to look always beautiful in all your clothes? Really, you are lovely and I happy to virtually know you

K-Line October 29, 2008 at 4:14 pm

I’m wanna see cat lady.

aimee October 30, 2008 at 2:54 pm

I have been wanting to dress up like the Childlike Empress from The Neverending Story!! I have a white dress which will work, but do you have suggestions for making a headpiece/hair/make up? I have some cheap pearls which might work? thank you!!

jennine October 30, 2008 at 4:27 pm

aimee… oh she’s the loveliest child around… have you been to fashion toast? i think rumi is going to do this

SwanDiamondRose October 31, 2008 at 5:22 pm

omg you ARE Natasha! you do the vamp thing really well. every time i see you a bit 50s, the do’s or clothes, i just love it. you would look so great in a 50s or 50s style fitted skirt-suit!

jacky d November 5, 2008 at 4:27 pm

wow, looks simple and very sexy !

goa india holidays March 27, 2009 at 11:49 am

love your costumes!

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