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Of the Moment: Skull and Bones

When Damien Hirst’s exhibition Beyond Belief opened in 2007 at White Cube in London, its memento mori centerpiece caused quite a stir. "For the Love of God," a life-size human skull cast in platinum and embedded with 8,601 diamonds, quickly stole the show, generating considerable buzz. Since then, skull imagery has become increasingly trendy; it’s one part classic, one part decadent, and two parts mysterious. In addition to iconic pieces such as the Fornasetti plate, we’ve included some refreshing and recent interpretations of the skull, with fresh forms and surprising colors. In fact, because the silhouette of a skull is so powerful, it isn’t easily overwhelmed, making it the perfect medium for constantly changing design.

1. Bottle Stopper Skull: $12; Urban Outfitters | 2. Alexander McQueen Silk Burgundy Scarf with Skulls: $270; INA | 3. Jolly Lovie blanket: $270; La Lovie | 4. Tiny Skull Studs: $30, Bing Bang | 5. D.L. & Co. Skull Candle Snuffer: $35; Unica Home | 6. “Remember That Thou Shalt Die” Plastic Stacking Skull Chair, part of the Nouvelle Vague à Milan exhibition | 7. D.L. & Co. Skull Cased Candle: $115; Barneys | 8. Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Fall 2011 RTW |

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