Monday, July 13, 2009

Masks

Maison Michel bunny-ear lace creation for fall 09

Masks are popping up on many of the fall 09 runway shows. The dramatic and elaborate masks at Valentino’s couture show are by far my favorite. The models look like walking pieces of art. The designs are very delicate and nature inspired. There’s something very provocative about the perfect mask. A mask can hold great power. You can hide who you are or become someone new. I love how in command the models appear at the Jean Paul Gaultier show. The fishnet masks are simple, but daring. I wish women would wear masks for more occasions other than to masquerade balls and costume parties. I can just envision a woman wearing a simple black sheath and a black mask to a dinner party. I think it sounds quite pretty. Check out a previous post on Audrey Hepburn's lace mask. I think a beautiful mask is just as alluring as a great pair of heels.

Valentino






Jean Paul Gaultier





La Perla macrame mask

Georgetown Tobacco in D.C. carries beautifully crafted Venetian Carnival masks. I find these ones positively exquisite. I especially love the 2nd one with the dotted black lace.












Etsy, a go-to source of all things great, has some wickedly beautiful handcrafted masks. From Victorian to Goth to simple lace creations these masks are guaranteed fun.

sweetruin on etsy





norakaren on etsy

kvodesign on etsy

TotusMel on etsy




(runway photos courtesy of style.com)

17 comments:

Kristen Sara said...

These make me think of that beautiful scene from Phantom of the Opera when everyone is wearing exquisite masks! Beautiful!

Style Redux said...

Kristen Sara- Thanks for stopping by. I love Phantom of the Opera. Glad this post reminds you of it!

Style Redux 2 said...

I adore the first bunny ear lace one and the dotted swiss from Georgetown Tobacco.

Cupcakes and Cashmere said...

i love the idea of masks...they're so mystical and eerie all at once. thanks for your comment...i bought my lemon-inspired plates at crate & barrel (on sale!).

Style Redux said...

Style Redux 2- Those are my favorites too.

Style Redux said...

Cupcakes and Cashmere- I'll definitely have to visit Crate & Barrel soon. And thank you for commenting- your blog is always a great inspiration.

Jill said...

I just love masks. I find them incredibly sexy. I "made" all my guests wear them at my last New Year's Eve party.

little augury said...

Great post- I noticed this too,especially in the couture pics on style.They are phenomenal. la

Style Redux said...

Jill- Haha. Well I'm sure they looked positively stylish and even thanked you for it.

Style Redux said...

little augury- Thanks. I'm quite taken with masks as you may have noticed.

Sanity Fair said...

Gosh - those first few are so like the Audrey Hepburn one!
The little veils remind me of something that always bothers me - why do brides even bother with veils anymore? I love the gorgeous look of a veil, but brides never WEAR the veil anymore (i.e. over the face). It's just perched on the head - might as well be a hat. I don't get it. I've heard photography as the excuse, but a really sheer veil doesn't obscure the pictures. And for the formal shots you don't wear it anyway. I'm just lost.

Sarah Klassen said...

These are stunning and mysterious - love the look. I think the mask that the redhead is wearing is my very favorite. Simple and pretty. Wonderful, wonderful post!

Style Redux said...

Sanity Fair- I agree with you about brides and veils. I personally find it outdated... I'd rather wear a fabulous hat or a stunning hair piece courtesy of Jennifer Behr if I ever say I do.

Style Redux said...

Sarah Klassen- Thanks so much. The redhead looks even more sultry with her mask.

Nora said...

Oh my,my,thanks so much to add my little mask in between all this glamour! I feel completely flattered!

Style Redux said...

Nora- It was a pleasure to share your mask. It's beautiful.

sweetruin said...

Thanks for including my masks! I also love the 1st lace bunny ears!!
Kathe from sweetruin.etsy.com