I love skulls. Skulls, skulls, skulls. And going hand in hand with that, I also am completely taken with all things Alexander McQueen. The man, the myth, the legend. Putting aside my bitterness at not yet being the owner of an iconic McQueen scarf, YET, I am fascinated by the power of what really is such a basic item. In celebration of ten years of the McQueen skull-print scarf, equally bizarre artist Damien Hirst is teaming up with the label to rework the classic and create 30 exclusive designs for sale. Whaaaaaat?! Here's the thing...collaborations like this can go one of two ways. It can be pure brilliance and everything you want it to be. Or it can be a complete let down and disaster that does zero justice to all involved.
But I have to say...seeing the sneak peek and hearing the inspiration...I'm impressed. Very impressed. What nutty Mr. Hirst has done is really inject some life back into something tried and true. He hasn't tried to reinvent the wheel here but rather really taken into consideration what McQueen's may conjure up and explore. Inspired by Dante's Inferno, prints are hyper symmetrical and geometric while highlighting elements of nature that fit the McQueen aesthetic. Butterflies, spiders, unusual insects. All put together to hint at the signature skull. Absolutely stunning. Nor for the faint of heart.
The capsule collection comes out mid-November and I want all 30 styles to magically appear on my doorstep. With one of the old faithful McQueen skull scarves thrown in there for good measure, of course.
(Images c/o McQueen)