Bridal masks spark a de­bate

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTCITY - Man­ish Mishra man­ish.mishra1@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.”

PHO­TOS: AMAL KS/HT AND IN­STA­GRAM

(From top) A de­signer mask by Rim­ple Harpreet Narula; Rahul Mishra and Fal­guni and Shane Pea­cock

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