Why settle for a plain blue mask when you could have a fabulous designer mask? That’s the question many fashion designers have been asking. From 2021 prom dresses that will have matching masks to masks complete with satin and ruffles, designers know that for the foreseeable future, the right mask will be the perfect finishing piece for your outfits. Here are some of the designers we’re watching.
Tokyo Twiggy is an Indianapolis-based fashion designer. Her mask designs, all made from custom textiles, are colorful and fun–plus, they’re reversible! All of her masks are machine washable and come up over the nose as well as cover the chin, making them as safe as possible. And, paparazzi alert: one of her mask designs was recently worn by Fern Mallis, the creator of New York Fashion Week!
For those needing a little bling, there’s Michael Ngo. His masks are very popular right now, with many of his designs adorned with Swarovski Crystals. Proceeds from his mask sales are also being donated to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and other nonprofits. We love supporting a good cause! Looking for something less shiny? He has solid color masks made from reversible Neoprene, as well. Speaking of paparazzi, Lady Gaga has been spotted wearing his masks on several occasions!
Plus-size designer Courtney Noelle creates beautiful masks that are fully lined and include a filter pocket for extra protection. Each mask is unique, and most designs are reversible, aside from the sequin and canvas ones. Her masks are colorful, affordable and can accompany any number of outfits.
International clothing and accessory label Akris offers masks made from the softest Swiss cotton poplin and are nicely tailored to fit your face securely. They come in a variety of colors that will compliment any wardrobe nicely and all Akris masks are washable and breathable–score! In addition, their masks have adjustable bands for a more comfortable fit. Another charitable tie, Akris donates 50% of all mask sales to The Children’s Defense Fund.
Cynthia Rowley’s masks are as classic as her brand. With botanical prints, solids with floral details, and filter pockets, these masks will have you in style through the Fall. All of Cynthia Rowley’s masks are washable, 100% cotton, and have elastic ear loops. Trend alert: she even has a tie dye print!
Studio 189 is creating masks with the intent to help make the world a better place. They are intentionally providing masks, gowns, and other PPE to medical professionals, creating jobs in communities needing more work, and repurposing excess fabric that would otherwise be lost. All masks are made with washable cotton and many are made using bold African wax prints.
Along with a line of masks for women and children, SONSON’s focus is the gentleman. In prints that coordinate with their ties and pocket squares, SONSON has created an array of affordable yet stylish masks to accompany any mood. All masks have three layers and elastic straps.
Duckie Confetti produces a range of accessories, including masks. Made with two layers of fabric, Confetti masks are made from breathable fabric, lined, washable, and adjustable. Choose from a variety of designs ranging from practical to bold–chambray, houndstooth, animal print sequin and more.
rag & bone
rag & bone has contoured masks in a variety of upcycled fabric weights ranging from cotton to linen, and even offers packs of three to ensure you have a mask for every occasion. In addition, they donate proceeds to different charities – and they are currently donating to NAACP. In the past, they have supported City Harvest and Campaign Zero.