Walter Van Beirendonck Explores the Uncanny Valley With Its Mesh Face Morph Masks

Fresh from FW22’s “Otherworldly” runway show.

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Walter Van Beirendonck‘s runway shows are utterly otherworldly, and for Fall/Winter 2022 this description couldn’t be more fitting. Not only was the collection actually titled “Otherworldly,” but plenty of the works this season stepped into the uncanny valley, largely disturbing and uncomfortable because of the pieces’ semblance of humankind. Nothing screams this more than WvB’s Mesh Face Morph Mask, which was found in multiple looks on the runway and is now finally available to buy.

The winter-ready accessory is made entirely from mesh, mixing polyamide with elastane to make sure it can stretch over the head and sit correctly on the face. This is important because, on the mask, you’ll find a print of someone’s face — split into the upper part of one’s face and the lips by themselves.

Walter Van Beirendonck’s signature “W” emblem graces the rear in a giant red letter form, sitting alongside a small tag to let everyone know this is, of course, a WvB design. Little else is going on, but then it doesn’t really need to as the designer has dialed up the absurdity with his offering of one of this season’s hottest accessories — the balaclava. Only here, your eyes are also covered.

Take a look at the divisive Walter Van Beirendonck Mesh Face Morph Mask above, and pick it up now from Dover Street Market New York for $255 USD.

In other news, Moncler has teamed up with Poldo Dog Couture to keep your four-legged friend looking fashionable.

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