Friday, April 11, 2008

Skull and Bones

From Left: Vivienne Westwood Swarovski Crystal Bone Bracelet, $345; Alexander McQueen Silk Chiffon Skull Scarf, $205; both at net-a-porter.com

Apparently, the skull and bones motifs are like stubborn stains that won't come out, no matter what harsh cleaning agent you apply. While I understand that many still link both icons to rock-and-roll aesthetics, they are hardly cool. The constant reminder of death (and the stereotypical short lives of the rockers that sport them) is discomforting and too goth for my taste. You might as well wear a long black hooded robe and sport a scythe to match. There are enough reminders on TV of our short lives; let us leave fashion out of it.

2 comments:

miss cavendish said...

You're right: there is something troubling about sporting "death" as a fashion symbol. And the prices--for that much money I'd want something that endures.

riz said...

I agree, when is this going to be over! When it first came out, i thought this motif was striving for irony. but i don't think it succeeded...