The year 2019 has blessed us with an abundance of memes, sensational scammers, and viral celeb moments—all ripe for the picking this #SpookySzn. ELLE.com is here to help you win Hallowmeme with our complete guide to costumes for people who love the Internet.
Who is Anna Delvey?
Her real name is Anna Sorokin, but she’s better known as the SoHo Grifter. Last year, Jessica Pressler penned a New York Magazine piece exposing the scammer claiming to be a German heiress with a $67 million trust fund. In reality, Sorokin was a master con artist from a lower-middle-class family in Russia, who faked her way into Manhattan’s highest social circles and bilked restaurateurs, hoteliers, and socialites out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. One of her victims, former Vanity Fair photo editor Rachel DeLoache Williams, revealed in an interview with ELLE.com that Sorokin had “done her research” and “knew the right language” to fit in with the city’s elite. DeLoache Williams also assisted in a sting operation to catch Sorokin, who was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison in May.
You should wear this costume if…
You got Anna Delvey on our quiz, “Which Scammer Are You According To Your Sign?”
How to get it:
Sorokin had her own trial style-consultant (yes, really), a former Glamour magazine staffer named Anastasia Walker, who offered us insight into her client’s now-infamous courtroom appearances earlier this year. The looks—which included a sheer black Saint Laurent top paired with Victoria Beckham trousers, and a plunging Michael Kors shift dress—were so popular they even garnered an Instagram account. “I really tried to focus on classic silhouettes and classic pieces in general,” Walker told us. “It is mysterious chic, and although it’s getting a lot of media attention, this is still her real life. People have made comments that she doesn’t take life seriously, but to me black is just a strong and powerful color. It’s serious.”
In nearly all of her trial appearances, Sorokin donned her signature thick Céline frames and black choker necklace.