"Fashion often becomes very interesting in difficult times," Kaiser Karl Lagerfeld recently told The Daily Beast in a cool piece called Haunt Couture on how the rag trade loves to channel (chanel?) the glamorous Dark Side. A fabulous historical example occured in (where else) France, where the glitterati of the day transformed Reign of Terror jitters into ultra chic Victim's Balls; the only partygoers admitted were those who had been closely related or married to someone who had died via guillotine. At these events, the accessory of choice was a symbolic skinny red velvet necklace, while tresses were typically worn high on the head or gamine'esque short and choppy to mimic the shorn locks of the victim - le toilette du condamne ensured that one's coiffure didn't get in the way of the blade. So popular were these affairs that local party animals even resorted to forging the necessary papers to gatecrash.