iStyle: Birds of a feather: Plumed outfits
Fashion is all a-flutter, with plumes to be found adorning everything from dresses to handbags this season, says Emma Akbareian
Wednesday 13 November 2013
Party season is almost upon us, so to ensure you don’t get lost in a sea of little black dresses, look to the plumes of our feathered friends for a little added va va voom. From Twenties’ flapper- inspired headpieces to Vegas showgirl get-ups there’s no shortage of references for feathery fashion.
Feathers, like any embellishment, are ideal for adding decoration – they create texture and add an element of ornamental detail to an outfit. However, they don’t carry the same weight as heavy beading, which gives plume-laden outfits an altogether much lighter appearance.
There are, of course, a couple of minor downsides to consider. Moulting is a key factor, as is the cost of the specialist cleaning such pieces often require.
Plumage cropped up in various guises on the runways for autumn/winter. At Alexander McQueen, the interpretation was typically dramatic – an opulent duck and ostrich feather coat covered an embellished evening dress in angelic white.
Understandably, this is a look that will sit on the extravagant end of wearable for most. Erdem Moralioglu took a more restrained approach, pairing a black feather pencil skirt with a contrasting pastel-pink top.
Avoid the look of a strutting peacock by not mixing in too many colours. Generally speaking, black is quite safe, but if you’re going to pick a bold colour, ensure you mix it in with more neutral accessories. The use of feather as trims on garments or accessories is a far more restrained way to sport the look without risking the Big Bird effect.
It’s not just clothing that has been getting a feathery makeover. Ciate nails launched a feather manicure set earlier this year. The process of setting a feather between layers of nail polish is not nearly as fiddly as it sounds, so won’t leave you all of a flutter.
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