Fall’s Most Unexpected Trend: Masks
The fall menswear shows were filled with political commentary, and unrest. Designers used their presentations to work out frustrations, some were eloquent; some were blunt. And for some, it was deeply personal. Masks may be personal therapy or just the thing to illustrate our discomfort. A catharsis through aesthetics. Face-shrouding accessories turned up at Undercover, Robert Geller, and Christopher Shannon, accentuating the rebellious spirit of the their Fall collections. Walter Van Beriendonck, Agi & Sam, Facetasm, Christopher Shannon, Craig Green, Kenzo, Robert Geller, Z Zegna, Undercover.
At Rochambeau, they emerged as inmates running the asylum, their faces obscured with masks dripping with paint as they pranced and paraded about, mocking and taunting the models and audience alike. Robert Geller adopted the protest theme that coursed through so many of the European counterparts and sent out models clad in his version of protective gear: purple camouflage overcoats, flame-red satin trousers, neoprene face masks. The clothes reflect a feeling of unrest, and face masks are a call to action — to protest.
There Were a Few Unexpected Accessories: Masks