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Alexander McQueen's iconic skull print scarf
by Ian Lee

Q I have been contemplating buying Alexander McQueen's iconic skull print scarf (below) since the designer died in February. But not only is the scarf pricey, it is also sold out here. Do you have any suggestions on how to achieve the same look for less?

A It is not surprising that McQueen's signature fashion accessory has sold out here.

English luxury department store Liberty reported a 1,400 per cent sales surge for the label's accessories and a sell-out of its signature skull print scarf just hours after news of the designer's death broke.

Skulls have been an integral motif for McQueen, whose creations were inspired by his fascination with death. Since the skull print scarf was launched in his spring/summer 2003 collection, celebrities like Johnny Depp, Nicole Ritchie and Cameron Diaz have donned this fashion must-have.

You still have some time to consider if you want to shell out $500 for the genuine article. On Pedder, which stocks the label's accessories here, will bring in the brand's new fall/winter skull print scarves next month.

While nothing beats the real deal, there are various high-street inspired versions that will not bust the bank.

Australian label Rubi has a pink skull print scarf going for $5 but you can buy it only if you purchase another item at the store.

Alternatively, English retailer Dolly Dagger's online store ( stocks three variations of skull print scarves. There is a micro print available in red, black and white; a large skull print in white and red; and a black and white version with skulls and cross bones. Each is priced at &pound10 (S$20.50).

The same site also stocks skull-shaped earrings, bracelets and necklaces by iconoclastic American designer Tarina Tarantino, which come in candy colours and adorned with Swarovski crystals. Prices start from &pound25.

Over at the men's section of Zara, you can also find a nautical-inspired top with a large central skull print. The design comes in various colours and costs $39.90.

Otherwise, head over to English online retailer Asos ( for a graphic skull print vest that is on sale for &pound12 from the original price of &pound25.

This article was first published in Urban, The Straits Times.

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