One thing is for sure: Masks are everywhere, from the most protective KN95 masks to the flimsy blue surgical masks to all different handmade cloth masks, we are wearing them.
On 4 May 2020, Italy ended its 2 month confinement (the longest so far in Europe) and started partial deconfinement - although people are allowed to finally go out, they almost have nowhere to go: the bars and restaurants are still closed, the cinema and theatre are still not open...and people have to wear masks on public transport, in stores or even just on the streets if it's difficult to maintain safe social distance(How to know?)
Besides Italy, more than 50 countries including Spain and Portugal have made wearing mask compulsory (except noticeably UK) to slowdown the spread of coronavirus.
WHO may still think it's unnecessary for people with no symptoms to wear masks, but if one look at how the coronavirus has been behaving in Asian countries like China, Hongkong, South Corea where people are used to wearing mask even before the outbreak, and European countries where almost nobody even do, it's not hard to make your own decision: Wearing masks definitely helps, although we do not how much.
Scientists in different countries have agreed that it will be at least one year to 18 months before any vaccine can be developed, and a new study reveals that the coronavirus has mutated and appears to be more contagious now, which means the vaccine may not be as effective as we hope when it's finally available.
So we'll be wearing masks when we are not home in the foreseeable future, whether we like it or not.
And besides, if we make enough effort, the masks not only can protect us, it can also decorate us, like other accessories such as sunglasses, scarves, even giving us a sense of mystery, when we walk around with mask that blend in with our outfits.
Fashion changes because we are tired of what we wear, but also because something in our life style has changed. The accessories like hats and gloves were out of fashion because we did not need to wear them anymore.
Now, will face masks become fashion because we need them, or because we are used to wearing them after we do not need them?
Kate Middleton blue silk jersey knit wrap dress by Issa London for her engagement announcement with Prince William
On 16th November 2010, Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their engagement to the media, and Kate chose a blue wrap dress by Issa London for the photocall at St James’s Palace.
We are thrilled with the engagement news and I’m very happy that she has chosen to wear Issa today. She is a very pretty and lovely girl.”
Kate’s dark blue Issa wrap dress is knee-length with a v-neckline and bracelet-length sleeves. The dress is wrapped at the waist with a belt and the skirt falls in soft pleats. She paired the dress with a pair of suede pumps and her blue engagement ring which used to belong to Princess Diana, mother of Prince William.
The unfortunate Kate effect:
After Kate wore the now iconic blue wrap dress, it was sold out in 24 hours. Daniella Helayel, the owner of the company only had a small team and found it difficult to keep up with the demand, plus the small company was already on the verge of a financial crisis and the bank refused to help.
Helayel's friend, Camilla Al-Fayed bought a 51% stake in her company, but in 2013, Helayel left the company due to the increasing stress. Two years later, in 2015, Issa London closed its doors for good.
In 2016 Daniella Helayel made a 14-piece collection for Monsoon, which also included a similar Kate-inspired wrap dress.
In spring 2017, British luxury department store House of Fraser acquired Issa London. They relaunched the brand exclusively in August of the same year. The first collection draws inspiration from Issa London’s archive, including a copy of Kate Middleton's wrap dress. But the new dress is made of much affordable viscose which sells for only £99, comparing with the original Issa dress made of silk jersey selling at £430.
The classic Issa wrap dress in royal blue is the ultimate wardrobe staple, taking you from day to evening with ease. This ultra flattering shape with V cross front neckline and long sleeves is belted at the waist and sits just above the knee. Fabricated in the brands’ signature silk jersey.