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Fabulous Feathers – How to wear this Hot Trend!

Fabulous Feathers – How to wear this Hot Trend!

Feathers … Marabou, Ostrich, Peacock .. all eye-catching and certainly in big demand by High Street and Bridal Designers in 2012. I personally LOVE the texture and detail feathers have on a design. They add depth, drama and also have another benefit – they keep you warm! Birds have feathers not only for lift so they can fly but also as a natural hot water bottle!

Since the beginning of the year, Feathers have been making a huge impact in the fashion world and have been worn by many celebrities as a desirable embellishment to their evening gown of choice.

Evan Rachel Wood in ‘Gucci’ at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards.

(*Image credits : Getty Images – for more info see Fabsugar.com)

Evan Rachel Wood wearing ‘Gucci’ at the 2012 Golden Globe awards demonstrates how to wear Top to Toe Sequin and Feathers. I think she was able to pull off this dramatic look by keeping her hair and makeup reserved and to a minimum otherwise it would have been overkill ( just too much Bird!)

Feather accessories were a choice made by many back in the ‘Old hollywood glamour’ days of the 1930’s! Take the iconic Marlene Dietrich in ‘Shanghai Express’ for example. The epitome of early Hollywood glamour and demonstrating the dramatic effect feathers can have on a look to full effect!

Marlene Dietrich as Shanghai Lilli in Shanghai Express.

(*see more images at domestic blogess blog)

Chanel showcased a similar look on the 2011 catwalks – a beautiful Silk Tulle Organza coat with Feather Collar and Sleeves. This is a beautiful piece – but you have to be daring to wear it ( or be Mila Kunis!) who donned it for the front of W Magazine promoting the 2011 award winning film ‘Black Swan’.

Mila Kunis in Chanel 2011.

(*Image sourced from W Magazine 2011)

Ralph Lauren also demonstrated in his Fall 2012 Collection, at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, the dramatic impact Feathers can have on an outfit. This piece really has the ‘Wow’ factor and is not for the faint hearted! I LOVE the mix of black and gold in this design 🙂

Ralph lauren Fall 2012 Gold and Black Feather Bolero.

(* image credits : Getty Images)

In the celebrity world, feather creations have been and continue to be everywhere. I think the key to pull this look off with out the potentially doomed look of a dead bird is the rule ‘less is more’ – the feathers should be the focal point and all the other accessories should remain minimal. A little feather ‘Va Va Voom’ goes a long way – so wear wisely and sparingly!

Katy Perry got it spot on at the MTV Music awards 2009. The nude tones gave a subtle edge to her normally ‘over-the-top’ fashion choices and she paired the Jenny Packham number with glossy lips and Louis Vuitton ballet inspired heals that picked up the tones in her hair. I like this playful use of feathers and demonstrates how the younger demographic can adopt this look without appearing too mature.

Katy Perry In Nude Jenny Packham Feather Creation.

(* read more on Mystyle.com )

Prabal Gurung had feathers in abundance in the most recent collection display. I love this look – incorporating the feather trend and the peplum that has been so popular in so many designs in 2012.

Prabal Gurung Runway.

(* Image Credit : Marcus Tondo/GoRunway.com – see more of Prabal Gurung’s Fall 2012 ready to wear Runway collection on Style.com)

Feathers, of all descriptions, have been HUGE in the world of bridal design and here are a few of my personal favourites.

Three different styles of Bridal Gown with Feather Detail.

From right to left :-‘Jim Hjelm Minidress with Sequin and Feather Embroidery, Lian Carlo Italian Silk and Organza Tulle Gown with a Feather Tulle Skirt, Matthew Christopher Romantic Tulle Gown’ ( for more beautiful images from Spring 2012 Bridal Fashion Week see Martha Stewart Weddings)

All of these examples have just enough detail but not too much to overpower the shape and design of the dress. The Short Mini is perfect for the ‘Partying’ bride who is ready to do the Mambo for their first dance!

I am a huge fan of this Valentino Tulle and Sequin dress from their Red Collection. It is perfect for the alternative bride or a bride getting married for the 2nd time. It’s understated yet still has delightful detail and a feminine feel – right up my street! This is the sort of dress ( could work as a 1920’s Flapper Style) that would work with a feather accessory.( You can find this dress on NET-A-PORTER.com to purchase)

Red Valentino Embellished Tulle Dress

Maybe one of our Marabou Stoles in Champagne would give this dress an added texture and Vintage Vibe.

Marabou Stole in Ivory

Here our WW Marabou Stole is shown in Ivory but can be made in Champagne as part of our bespoke, made to measure, service.

The perfect addition to a little LBD you have hiding in the back of your wardrobe would be our Marabou Feather Bolero. This would be perfect to give a plain dress a makeover and some extra ‘OOMPH!’

Black Marabou Bolero by Wonderful Wraps.

I think the most important trick with this years penchant for Feathers and Feather embellishment is to make it THE focus and just add touches – either it be your dress, or accessorize with a wrap or bolero or have the feather touch in the shoes that you choose. Ill leave you with these beauties .. but be sure of one thing – Feathers are here to stay and will always remain a classic addition to your wardrobe collection 🙂

Manolo Blahnik Feather Shoes.

(* Image sourced from shoeperwoman.com )