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Ever since the one and only Alexander McQueen made the skull his signature, skulls have become beloved by fashionistas and design mavens. We can spot a gold McQueen skull on a sandal or a scarf or a cufflink from across the room. We love skulls for being ancient but now modern, classic but badass, and a little mystical. Skulls have made their way onto everything… clothing, jewelry, home accessories, even cell phone cases! However, without the right sophistication, this trend can quickly go from haute to Halloween. Done correctly, it is the ultimate rebellious-chic fashion statement. Done wrong, its a nightmare!
I fell in love with this Ankasa pillow because it’s so NOT every other skull thing...instead of being black and white or rhinestone or studded, and trying to cram every trend into one moment, it goes back to the basics. Thick natural undyed linen backs block-printed gold skulls, a traditional Indian fabric printing technique done by hand. The scale of the print is small and subtle and not in-your-face, and the symmetry of the pattern keeps it tame and not busy. The low rectangular shape can be mixed in with an assortment of pillows in other sizes and patterns on a sofa or bed, or used alone on a side chair, and will add just a touch of mischief in a totally elegant way. I love the mix of the simple, earthy linen and the dash of gold glamour, which allows this to really go in any setting, from funky and casual to sleek.
Skull perfection. :)