Apparently, nothing says spring 2019 like covering a runway model’s face. Catwalks across Europe have been filled with eye-catching, eyebrow-raising face coverings, from veiled beekeeper headwear to balaclavas.
In London, avant garde designer Gareth Pugh paid homage to his late mentor, punk stylist Judy Blame, sending models down the runway wearing red-and-black printed masks with matching bodysuits and jackets and club-kid-ready lace-up clodhoppers. At Erdem, models evoked the glamorous elegance of the Victorian era in decorative brocades and layers of lace and satin topped with a grandiose assortment of haute, elaborately veiled headwear by milliner Noel Stewart.
In Milan, Moschino’s creative director Jeremy Scott re-imagined the balaclava, sending a fully masked model wearing a nude onesie and ruffled tape measure boa down the catwalk. A male model at Philipp Plein wore a bear-y cute black-and-white face mask with a sequin American flag bomber jacket and lace-up leather pants.
On the Parisian runways, models at Ann Demeulemeester floated down the runway in airy layers of black, white and rose, their faces covered with swatches of sheer net fabric. Meanwhile, at Vivienne Westwood, a model channeled her inner sex kitten in a corseted LBD with a bubble hem, platform boots and shredded disguise.
For all the fearless fashionistas looking to save face come spring, this is the trend for you.
By Bree Bonagofsky