Fady Armanious leads the sartorial splendor of mask wearing during the pandemic, seen here in a Christy Lynn mask, carried by Tootsies. He has more than 20 in his collection. (Courtesy photo)
Dermatologist to the stars Dr. Jenny Segal on holiday in California (Instagram photo)
Patricia Quirino, Todd Fiscus, and Ceron grocery shopping at Central Market. (Instagram photo)
Reagan Howard and finance Alex Bregman volunteering at Houston Food Bank. (Instagram photo)
Shelby Hodge in a creative mask by artist Debra Linse, multiple layers, tight fit, fab fabric.
Tootsies' Fady Armanious in a mask by RoKi Design carried at the popular retailer. (Courtesy photo)
Y. Ping Sun & David Leebron, president of Rice University. (Instagram photo)
Interior decorator Randy Powers on assignment in Aspen. (Complimentary photo)
Clare Fontenot-Gray models her Debra Linse fashionable mask. (Courtesy photo)
Fashion masks in the time of COVID-19
Fady Armanious dons a commissioned mask by artist James Goldcrown. (Courtesy photo)
Phoebe & Bobby Tudor cocooning in Nantucket (Courtesy photo)
Fashionista and shoe designer Joyce Echols sports a black mask. (Instagram photo)
Anesthesiologist Dr. Yvonne Cormier in her protective masks which she dons for her hospital work. (Complimentary photo)
Fady Armanious dons a mask by his partner Bill Baldwin's sister, Mickie Baldwin Ross, for a road trip. (Courtesy photo)
Astro Lance McCullers Jr. works out in a mask. (Instagram photo)
Amanda Mills, center, and friends celebrating July 4. (Instagram photo)
The glamorous Debra Linse in one of her embellished floral masks and floral headband. (Courtesy photo)
Derek Blasberg, New York magazine writer, author and columnist, delivers food to the hungry on his birthday. (Instagram photo)
A collection of pandemic fighting masks belonging to Fady Armanious
Sara Speer Selber (Courtesy photo)
Fady Armanious in Christy Lynn mask (Courtesy photo)
Professional photographer Priscilla Dickson (Selfie photo)
Shelby Hodge in a mask by Debra Linse (Courtesy photo)
“The first thing people see when they look at you is your face, which today is a mask,” says Tootsies creative fashion director Fady Armanious, who boasts an arsenal of two dozen high-style face masks in his nod to COVID-19 precautions. “Your smile now becomes your mask.”
And with that, the pressure is on for fashionistas to step it up when it comes to donning a mask, something that Armanious says is THE accessory of 2020 much like fabulous handbags and shoes are perennial must-haves.
“You want it to work with your outfit. You want it to pop,” he notes.
This fashion tact could be the ultimate in making lemonade out of lemons as wearing masks becomes a mandate in many quarters.
Noted for his personal sartorial splendor, Armanious’ trove includes masks crafted from Hermès and Oscar de la Renta fabrics by RoKi design, which creates designer-fabric masks with matching headbands. Also filling his stash are Tootsies black and white logo masks from Accel Lifestyle; colorful masks from Furloughedfancies, Mickie Baldwin Ross and Christy Lynn — and a colorful commissioned piece from artist James Goldcrown.
“We want it to work for us. We want it to breathe. We want it washable and we want it easy to wear,” Armanious says of the must-have mask.
Beyond Armanious’ penchant for fashionable masks, PaperCity is also taking a look at creative mask wear across the landscape of Houston notables and in a one-off we include New York based writer, editor and author Derek Blasberg, who spent his birthday volunteering with the New York food bank. We also include anesthesiologist and Best Dressed Hall of Fame member Dr. Yvonne Cormier in her protective hospital gear, just for something more meaningful.
While there are numerous Houston artists creating masks, a personal favorite is that of Debra Linse, whose floral fabrics and careful design make hers a popular resource along with her floral headbands a la Frida Khalo.
Take a look at Houston’s stylish masked crusaders: