Apparently, nothing says spring 2019 like overlaying a runway mannequin’s face. Catwalks throughout Europe have been stuffed 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 fashions down the runway sporting red-and-black printed masks with matching bodysuits and jackets and club-kid-ready lace-up clodhoppers. At Erdem, fashions evoked the glamorous magnificence of the Victorian period in ornamental 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 artistic director Jeremy Scott re-imagined the balaclava, sending a totally masked mannequin sporting a nude onesie and ruffled tape measure boa down the catwalk. A male mannequin at Philipp Plein wore a bear-y cute black-and-white face masks with a sequin American flag bomber jacket and lace-up leather-based pants.
On the Parisian runways, fashions at Ann Demeulemeester floated down the runway in ethereal layers of black, white and rose, their faces coated with swatches of sheer web material. In the meantime, at Vivienne Westwood, a mannequin channeled her interior intercourse kitten in a corseted LBD with a bubble hem, platform boots and shredded disguise.
For all of the fearless fashionistas wanting to save face come spring, that is the pattern for you.