Face Masks Are Getting A Fashion-Forward Twist At NYFW

This story was originally published on September 15.

On Imitation of Christ-wearing skateboarders in L.A., on models in Anna Sui’s dollhouse, on crystal-embellished beings in the land of Libertine — everywhere we look during the first digital New York Fashion Week are face masks, each one more stylish than the last. Not that we are entirely surprised: Face masks are one of this year’s most used accessory, after all. So much so that, over the last few months, designers have taken to vamping up the protective items with gemstones, bows, flowers, and chain accessories. (Louis Vuitton is currently selling a $961 LV Monogram face shield.) So, naturally, when Zero + Maria Cornejo debuted a quilted, navy blue mask on Monday, we knew it’d be one of many to come.

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At the Venice Film Festival the actor Tilda Swinton pulled out an ornate gold design face mask and wore it on the red carpet, just like she would have with a statement clutch bag or a must-have piece of jewellery.

The mask was not entirely pandemic-approved – on Instagram the designer James Merry said the custom-made piece was inspired by “stingray skeletons, seaweed and orchids” – but it was symbolic of a bigger shift: the world of high fashion is finally allowing itself to embrace the coronavirus face mask.

Last week also saw Lady Gaga light up the static VMA awards show with a parade of highly fashion-conscious masks. There was the bubblegum pink one from Cecilio Castrillo (a muzzle which resembled the facehugger from Alien), a horned one from Lance Victor Moore, a futuristic one designed by Smooth Technology and then when accepting an award

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Kentucky Derby 2020 fascinators and face masks are making a fashion statement

While the Kentucky Derby has a new date, the festive fashion that comes along with it will still be in full swing — but with a slightly different flair.

This year’s horse races will take place on Sept. 5 and 6 as opposed to the original postponed dates originally slated for May. However, fans will not be in the stands during the races and events will be held at reduced capacities along with outdoor reserved seating.

Attendees will also be donning face masks in addition to their Derby style as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are still highly recommending for them to be worn to help further stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. With that, many top milliners have created stylish options to accompany the headdresses usually worn during The Derby.

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Olivia Palermo Wears Silk Scarves as Face Masks and Mixes Chic Prints For Quarantine Street Style

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As the face mask becomes necessary and mandated in many cities across the U.S., influencers and celebrities are finding creative ways to wear the face coverings. Just look at Olivia Palermo. She has proved that she is up for any fashion challenge and has been making style statements with her face masks this entire summer. Brands are getting in on the health trend, too, by creating stylish options in different fabric, prints and designs.

While many people are opting for the traditional cloth or surgical-types masks, Palermo has chosen a silk scarf as her face mask on multiple occasions. For example, the entrepreneur has been spotted wearing Le Scarf’s striped silk-twill scarf in beige and black that retails for $100. Last week, Palermo paired the scarf with a $1,460 Moncler Zinzolin parka coat and Nike Air Max 270 sneakers.

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