Airport swag in Corona times … Shamaeel Ansari’s ‘MASQUER-AID’

Months in self-isolation have lead the world to experience severe bouts of wander lust. Road trips have been trending with a lot of people hopping into their cars and heading off to scenic locales. But what if one wants to travel by air? A lot of us can’t sit in cars for extensive hours and you have to leave on a jet-plane in order to visit international locales.

And while slowly, steadily, international travel is opening up, the coronavirus continues to be a threat – which means that ideally, one has to mask up and dress like an astronaut in order to avoid infection.

Celebrity airport looks these days … you can still tell that that’s Yashma Gill because of those beautiful eyes! (via Yashma Gill, Instagram)

It’s taken the fun right out of dressing up for the airport. And celebrity airport looks are hardly setting trends. Everyone – the famous and not-so-famous – are bumbling about airplanes in unwieldy suits, festering underneath face masks and only recognizable by their eyes.

In such drab, dreary times, designer Shamaeel Ansari’s fashion-savvy version of PPE suits do catch the eye. A faction of Shamaeel’s business has always depended on exports and the ‘Masquer-aid’ collection has been a hit with the designer’s foreign clients.

PPE but make it fashion! Shamaeel’s ‘MASQUER-AID’ is made-to-order according to client’s size and color requirements

It’s PPE, with a fashionable spin! The designs comprise of technical fabric stitched into fully protective PPE armor, grip pants, gloves, head cover, shoe covers and masks. The masks, stitched with breathable fabric and certified filters, come with nose pins.

It’s a collection that does have travel in focus – the accessory of choice in the fashion shoot features a trolley bag. I can also see the clothes working well in crowded meetings and conferences where you may want to look good but also stay safe.


Airport swag … in Corona times

Of course, one wishes that the coronavirus would just go away and PPE suiting wouldn’t be such a necessity. For now, though, Covid continues to loom upon us. And when the going gets tough … the tough can at least look good.

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