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Not Smoke and Mirrors--Skulls and Mirrors
By Sidney Shuman
Here are three imaginary, nostalgic, and otherworldly fashion trends the mainstream retail world snatched from the now diseased but forever remembered designer, Alexander McQueen:
1. Skull Accessories:
All of the scarves, rings, hats, gloves, and dresses that you see with skulls scattered about are inspired by the late Alexander McQueen’s dark aesthetic. He not only created a dark, romantic image for his couture designs, but designed scarves for mainstream fashion.
2. Mirrored prints:
This trend has been spotted in many designers’ collections and has now trickled down to mainstream stores such as Target, H&M, and Forever 21. The first to do it, however, was McQueen. Many of his mirrored prints were shown in the Savage Beauty at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2011 and have inspired many designers since.
3. Victorian and military inspired jackets:
Meshing the structure of a military jacket with that of a Victorian corset brings about beautiful fashion that was first displayed in couture by McQueen and has trickled into mainstream fashion to be worn with anything from a well-made dress to denim shorts.