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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!

 

Flu mask: Masked in Flight by Sruli Recht: via Pleatfarm.comFlu mask: Masked in Flight by Sruli Recht: via Pleatfarm.com

 

 

2.  The Color Changing Flu Mask

Design by Swedish textile student, Marjan Kooroshinia, this mask is printed with thermochromic ink so it changes colors as your breath gets hotter or cooler.  Hmm.  (via)

 

Color changing flu mask: ©Marjan KooroshiniaColor changing flu mask: ©Marjan Kooroshinia

 

 Color changing flu mask: ©Marjan KooroshiniaColor changing flu mask: ©Marjan Kooroshinia

 


 

3.  Swine Flu Face Mask With Matching Bikini

An Australian ad for the latest swine flu wear... (via)

 

Protect yourself from swine flu: Image via Weekly Times NowProtect yourself from swine flu: Image via Weekly Times Now

 

 

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.

 

Zippered Flu Mask by Samira Boon: ©Samira BoonZippered Flu Mask by Samira Boon: ©Samira Boon

 

 

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.  

 

Get Well Soon Rodent Flu Mask, Samira Boon Studio: ©Samira BoonGet Well Soon Rodent Flu Mask, Samira Boon Studio: ©Samira Boon

 

Get Well Soon Seal Flu Mask: ©Samira BoonGet Well Soon Seal Flu Mask: ©Samira Boon

 

Get Well Soon Jaquar Flu Mask, Samira Boon Studio: ©Samira BoonGet Well Soon Jaquar Flu Mask, Samira Boon Studio: ©Samira Boon

 

 

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...

 

Sling Couture Flu Mask - Blue With Logo: ©Sling CoutureSling Couture Flu Mask - Blue With Logo: ©Sling Couture

 

Take me with you!

Sling Couture Flu Mask - Palm Trees: ©Sling CoutureSling Couture Flu Mask - Palm Trees: ©Sling Couture

 

Fantastic accessory for holiday parties!

 

Sling Couture Flu Mask - Red Glitter: ©Sling CoutureSling Couture Flu Mask - Red Glitter: ©Sling Couture

 

 

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."

 

Designer flu masksDesigner flu masks

 

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.

 

Louis Vuitton flu mask (?)Louis Vuitton flu mask (?)

 

These Yves Saint Laurent Flu Masks may be for real, but they are strictly a fashion and fantasy statement! (Cool, huh?)

 

Yves Saint Laurent Flu MasksYves Saint Laurent Flu Masks

 

8.  Mint Designs Flu Masks

Mint Designs really did create this beauty...

 

Flu mask by Mint Designs: via Dirty Pretty ThingsFlu mask by Mint Designs: via Dirty Pretty Things

 

And this ape flu mask is made of a synthetic fabric called SMASH and can be press-formed into any shape! (via

 

Flu mask by Mint Designs: via Pleatfarm.comFlu mask by Mint Designs: via Pleatfarm.com

 

Flu mask by Mint Designs: via Pleatfarm.comFlu mask by Mint Designs: via Pleatfarm.com

 

 

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)

 

Designer flu masks: via Cairo HypeDesigner flu masks: via Cairo Hype

 

 

*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!