Protection against viruses, but make it fashionable.

The most popular accessory in London fashion week is not a Barbie-sized bag, but fashionable facial masks amid widespread panic by the coronavirus.

Although cloth facial masks cannot exactly help prevent the spread of the virus, it has not prevented the stylish citizens from using them for shows anyway.

But these are not their common masks of the variety of surgical hospitals. The fashion flock is giving its own twist to the accessory with ornaments to show a bit of personality. An assistant outside the British Fashion Council (BFC) Show Space show was wearing one decorated with arrows, while a couple of women wore pastel versions.

An assistant of London Fashion Week.
An assistant of London fashion week.PA images through Getty Images

The BFC expects London fashion week attendance to decline this year due to the coronavirus, Reuters reports. Chinese designer Yuhan Wang opened LFW, but tells Reuters he had to reduce his appearance due to delays caused by the virus. Six Chinese brands have canceled the shows in Paris fashion week, Women & # 39; s Wear & # 39; s Daily reports, and the next fashion weeks in Beijing and Shanghai that were scheduled for March have been postponed.

Marina Ingvarsson during New York Fashion Week on February 12.
Marina Ingvarsson during New York Fashion Week.fake images

London is not the first city where facial masks have become the fashion accessory. Several attendees at New York Fashion Week covered their mouths last week, including stylist Marina Ingvarsson, who wore a minimal black facial mask outside the Michael Kors show. The trend was so prevalent during NYFW in 2018 because of flu concerns.

The streets are not the only place where facial masks have appeared. Designers Phillipe and David Blond presented many of them during their Monday parade for the Blonds, which included dazzling, ornate and feathered performances. Yalan Li de Blancore also included a white mesh made during his show.

In New York, facial masks have also become difficult to obtain. Most stores have reported that simple surgical masks were sold as of January following the increase in cases of coronaviruses in the United States. Prices have also skyrocketed in online stores like Amazon, as shoppers even collect masks for their pets.

In China, where the coronavirus originated, more than 5,000 new cases were confirmed in a single day, according to officials. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that the total cases of fatal disease in the US. UU. It is now 15 as of Thursday.