Bridal masks spark a debate
Traditionally, the ghoonghat or the veil was the protectionist gear in a bridal ensemble. However, for the postCovid-19 bride, it’s not just about matching her jewellery or shoes to her outfit, but also a designer mask. With the lockdown eased and bridal inquiries pouring in, designer masks seem to be the new wedding essential with an array of brands showcasing them in vibrant prints, sequins and appliques. While designers Rohit Bal, Namrata Joshipura, Payal Singhal, Rimple and Harpreet Narula and Shivan and Narresh have introduced a range of masks reflecting their label’s core insignias, there are design houses like Rahul Mishra, who’re only making them as per bridal requests. However, there’s a debate raging over the pricing of these masks and their statement-making appeal, which according to some, trivialises the seriousness of the health scare. Also, some style mavens opine that they’re in bad taste and brides should opt for a medicated mask instead.
Designer Suneet Varma says, “It’s obnoxious. The pandemic is severe and you have to respect the gravity of the situation. I’d suggest wearing a medicated one.”
Designer duo Falguni Shane Peacock are offering complementary masks with every bridal purchase. “If you’re opting for a beautiful outfit and coordinating it with a clinical or an austere looking mask, how would it look? Your wedding picture will be there with you for a lifetime. I believe that every element of a bridal outfit has to be perfect,” says Falguni.
Designer Rahul Mishra sees masks as a key bridal utility and not a frivolous statement. He says, “I’ve made some printed masks, which are reusable. It’s better than the disposable medical ones, which cause environmental hazards. Bridal masks become part of one’s ensemble. Designers should ensure that masks are not just a wrapping fabric across the face.”
(From top) A designer mask by Rimple Harpreet Narula; Rahul Mishra and Falguni and Shane Peacock