Admit it — the swine flu is completely freaking you out. You lie in bed at night with visions of Outbreak playing in your head. You fear the day you'll have to wear a space suit out-of-doors to protect yourself from the disease of the pigs that is sweeping the globe. Okay, okay, we'll stop. Remember, health officials say the flu is no cause for alarm. Just concern. Well, we noticed a few folks in this city who were so concerned they strapped masks over their faces for their morning commute. The generic kind you might see a doctor wear. But you extra-cautious folk need not be unfashionable in your attempts to shield yourselves from pig flu. The Japanese do some amazing things with face masks. And labels like John Galliano and Junya Watanabe have shown coverings for the face on the runway. We compiled a selection of fashionable (and fun!) ways to guard against swine flu in the slideshow.
You can get the Maskore in Japan. The company suggests "teaming up a velvet party dress with a jewel-studded mask, wearing a pretty pink mask for a shopping date, or dabbing a little soothing aroma oil on your mask before heading out for a hectic day." We told you masks were fun!
Hat by Aminaka Wilmont
Aminaka Wilmont showed this during Barcelona Fashion Week. Wear it slightly askew, and your face and mouth are covered. And if you don't want to look too weird, you can just wear it as a hat.
Masks by Mint Designs
These masks appeared on the runway at Japan Fashion Week. The patterns are sure to add pizazz to any outfit.
Louis Vuitton, Spring 2008
So these are somewhat too porous to be effective, but you could always line them with Saran wrap or wax paper.
Get Well Soon Masks
Another Japanese creation, these are supposed to make mask wearing "more cheerful and funny while still serving its purpose." But maybe wait a bit before you wear the pig one. Now is probably too soon.
This appears in April's i-D. How did they know?
Viktor and Rolf, Fall 2006
These even cover the eyes! Again, Saran wrap required to be effective.
Maison Martin Margiela, spring 2009
Martin Margiela had the right idea for spring 2009. If things get really bad, fashionistas will be scratching each other's faces off for these things. And if things get really, really bad, that white box is great for extra protection.
John Galliano, Fall 2008
Surely these won't make anyone around you more scared than they already are.
Junya Watanabe, Fall 2008
Slightly bulbous, but at least they make a statement.
Junya Watanabe, Fall 2007
This collection reminds us of the people who are more prepared for the swine-flu outbreak than anyone -- the best electronic-music duo in history, Daft Punk.
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