Another type of mask

There’s a lot to see at fashion week. Blink (or scroll too quickly) and you’ll miss the details: the bagfuture sunglassesfork jewels. Over the course of the month, we’ll highlight things we’ve seen that surprise or delight us.

Y2K fashion is back. It has been returned. That’s why the skirt is low again runway and funny hairpins are on the throne TikTok.

Butterflies, naturally, are part of the back story. Who can forget the beaded, almost butterflyless top that Mariah Carey wore on the red carpet in 2000? Is not Dua Lipa, Olivia Rodrigo or Saweetiewho used to wear recreated versions of classic designs.

But here’s what Piotrek Panszczyk, a founder of Area, reminded us this week, presenting his butterfly-filled collection: These bugs are coming back.

“There is something surrealist about the butterfly,” he said. “We really started thinking about the 1920s”, when butterfly motifs were popular with artists like Erte and French couturier Paul Poiret.

The Area’s aesthetic is beautiful, sexy, and almost always encrusted with crystals – Simone Biles wore the nearly 100-pound Area cloak to the Met Gala in September – and in Mr Panszczyk’s hands, that’s how butterflies are treated. They were giant buckles on belts of gold chains; a hem cut on black hot pants; a rainbow bib, inspired by Emanuel Ungaro crop top worn by Miss Carey, with matching bottoms.

The collection’s standout butterfly, Mr. Panszczyk said, is in the form of a masquerade-style mask made of 350 hand-cranked crystals. Worn like surrealist eyeglasses, this mask extends beyond a person’s face by a few inches. It’s so big and bright that it can turn the wearer’s head into a neon sign – something that allows her to cover her face while shouting, “Look at me.”

It’s no surprise that the collection is inspired by showgirls: performers meant to be seen but never actually seen.

The crystal mask is also a reminder, that masks are not always the protective, filtered and mandatory type. At another time – like 100 years ago – they were decorative, fun, just for show. Another type of mask

Fry Electronics Team

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