With all the hubbub in France over the burkini ban. We’re just happy to live in a country where you can wear whatever you want to the beach. Even if it’s something like this:
The facekini first hit the beaches of Qingdao a decade ago as a way for Chinese aunties to protect their fair skin from the sun’s damaging rays while swimming in the ocean. The swimwear first gained international attention during the summer of 2012, and has popped back up each summer since then, to fascinate foreigners and frighten small children.
But, there’s at least one person working to raise the facekini to the ranks of high fashion. Last week, Zhang Shifan unveiled her colorful designs for the “6th generation of facekinis”
Like last year, Zhang has taken inspiration for her designs from masks and costumes worn by performers in traditional Chinese operas.
Also, she has designed a line around ten of the world’s most endangered species. Guess that panda suit has now gone out of season though.
No matter how many generations that Zhang designs, it’s hard to believe that facekinis will ever catch on anywhere but China. Though it did make its editorial debut in 2014 in the CR Fashion Book, a magazine started by the former Editor in Chief of French Vogue.
Unfortunately, facekini season is coming to a close, but we’re excited to see what next year has in store.
[Images via Tencent]