Protect Yourself With A Funky, Fashionable Flu Mask... Achoo!
No babe worth her buns is going to wear a regular industrial or surgical face mask to avoid getting the flu. While those may perform better than the fashion flu masks, they really mark you as an old fuddy duddy. Here are some really cool flu masks for fancy and funky occasions, and we even found some that are FDA approved!
1. Sruli Recht's Masked In Flight Flu Mask
Iceland designer Recht has constructed his masks from folded laser cut parchment. The Masked in Flight is what you would call flu mask plus, as it is equipped with an air purifying filter, but also includes a sleep mask, sound-reduction ear covers, and a hinged eye mask! (via) Recht has designed this model and three more which will be available on his website for sale in May. Check them out!
2. The Color Changing Flu Mask
3. Swine Flu Face Mask With Matching Bikini
An Australian ad for the latest swine flu wear... (via)
4. Samira Boon Zippered Flu Mask
Of course, it was the Japanese who started this whole designer flu mask craze. But the Zippered Flu Mask was designed by a Dutch-born textile designer of Japanese descent - Samira Boon. This one is kind of sexy too! The Get Well Soon Zipper Mask is available from the Haran Museum.
5. Samira Boon Animal Snouts 'Get Well Soon' Flu Masks
Samira Boon Studio's Get Well Soon flu masks are the most artistic, I've seen - at least of the ones that are wearable.* As far as I know, the 9 animal snouts, including a goat, gorilla, and a tiger, are only available to purchase from the Hasan Museum.
6. Sling Couture Flu Masks
Sling has received approval from the FDA and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health for its Sling Couture Flu Masks, so they're not just "pretty faces." Sling has designed 9 flu masks for women and 3 for men. Here are a few of my faves...
Take me with you!
Fantastic accessory for holiday parties!
7. Fabled Top Designer Flu Masks
I'd be amiss if I didn't share this photo with you... even though I think it was photoshopped... but I am not able to find these on the designer's websites, or elsewhere. But I have seen knockoffs of a Louis Vuitton; the real ones, according to my source, are made of "Italian leather, Egyptian cotton, and the finest Kentucky charcoal."
For some reason, Louis Vuitton seems to have the most flu mask publicity but, to date, there is no verifiable evidence that they ever existed. Even the photo below is said to be a hoax.
These Yves Saint Laurent Flu Masks may be for real, but they are strictly a fashion and fantasy statement! (Cool, huh?)
8. Mint Designs Flu Masks
Mint Designs really did create this beauty...
And this ape flu mask is made of a synthetic fabric called SMASH and can be press-formed into any shape! (via)
9. Random Flu Masks From Cairo
Yes, they're in all over. These are not necessarily designed by Egyptians, I just found them on a Cairo blog! (via)
*The most artistic flu masks are created by illustrator Yoriko Yoshida, but they are to be admired for their beauty as illustrations, not 3-D masks. Alas! See Steve's blogs, Flu Masks Lined With Ostrich Antibodies Fly Off Shelves and Eight Surgical Masks to Survive Swine Flu in Style for more flu masks.
Keeping you posted!
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