With the CDC recommending combining a cloth mask with a medical mask for maximum COVID-19 protection, designers from L.A. to Italy, including Tom Ford, Louis Vuitton and Trina Turk, are offering fashionable options.
Face coverings continue to top the list of must-have accessories for 2021, especially with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Feb. 10 recommendation to combine a cloth mask with a medical mask for maximum COVID-19 protection.
MSNBC’s Tiffany Cross, Kerry Washington, inaugural poet Amanda Gorman, and Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg are among the names who have worn double masks recently. Washington tweeted on Feb. 3, “I’ve been rocking the two masks (and a face shield!) while directing @insecurehbo. And it’s the WAY TO GO! #twomasksisbetterthanone.”
Cross, host of MSNBC’s The Cross Connection with Tiffany Cross, tells THR, “Wearing two masks not only limits the travel of my own aerosol, it also provides an extra filter for what I’m inhaling. I don’t see a lot of people during this pandemic but for the few people I do encounter — from the crew in the studio to grocery store staff — I want to treat their health with the same precious delicateness I treat my own. Also, I live in Washington, DC ,and the city is very scenic so I love to walk miles at a time. The winter months bring some cold weather, so a double mask is great for keeping my face warm as well.”
Here are 12 offerings from designers in everything from signature logo prints to remnant fabrics to maximize sustainability.
CFDA x Mara Hoffman
A three-mask set in organic cotton by New York- and U.K.-based designers (including this Hoffman print) with a portion of proceeds benefitting the British Fashion Council’s Foundation Fashion Fund and the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s diversity, equity and inclusivity programming; $18, bagofethics.org
Through their label The Great, L.A.-based stylists and designers Emily Current and Meritt Elliott are crafting double-layer cotton masks from remnant fabrics. With every purchase, one is donated to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center; $12, at The Great, West Hollywood, and thisisthegreat.com
The New York-based designer’s mask set of five seasonal prints directs $10 from each purchase to pandemic research at UC Berkeley’s Innovative Genomics Institute and the Tory Burch Foundation, which raises funds to advance women’s empowerment and women entrepreneurs; $35, at Tory Burch, Beverly Hills, and toryburch.com
The Lylah mask is made in L.A. of floral-embroidered lace and features a pocket opening for a filter; $42, tadashishoji.com
Tonal non-medical mask is made in Italy of jersey knit with the Tom Ford logo in silk jacquard; $95, tomford.com
The Stretch Techno lined mask in Sherbert Blossom is made in L.A. and features a removable matching neck strap; $35, blackhalo.com
Zorah mask in Boca Chica Floral Duponi print is made in the U.S. of remnant fabrics in cotton, viscose and Lycra; $24, at Trina Turk, Palm Springs, and trinaturk.com
Virgil Abloh’s LV Friends mask features playful illustrations on Louis Vuitton’s iconic Monogram print and comes with a matching bandana and drawstring pouch; $490, louisvuitton.com
House of Bijan
Designed in Beverly Hills to match the label’s tie prints, Bijan’s limited-edition silk masks are handcrafted in Italy and come with two washable liners; $465, at House of Bijan, Beverly Hills, and bijan.com
Made in L.A., this all-cotton mask is crafted in the Tuileries print that’s become popular with Lhuillier’s bridal clients; $25, at Monique Lhuillier, L.A., and moniquelhuillier.com
Ivory and black cotton-knit mask is made in France and features the Balmain monogram; $295, balmain.com
Katie May Neu
Jennifer Lopez has been spotted in the sequined Disco Ball masks made in Los Angeles by this bridal designer; $26, katiemay.com
A version of this story first appeared in the Feb. 17 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.