Sunday, July 17, 2005

Flights of Fantasy

Another trend for this Fall: Feathers and Plumes
Seen on the dresses at Balenciaga, as boas in Cavalli, feathers are here - scraped, shaved, twisted, curled, chopped and burnt and coloured.

Kylie recently took to the stage on her extravagant Showgirl tour with a massive blue and white plumaged tail sticking out of her pert posterior. Her sexy peacock act is in line with fashion's current interest in our feathered friends.

Designers have bedecked bags, jewellery and hats with feathers, along with avian and plumage motifs. Muicca Prada has led the flock in feathered finery - her Spring/Summer collection was inspired by "birds for happiness, for courage, for beauty and strength". The collection featured pheasant feather hats, peacock plumes on skirts and appliqu├ęs of abstract birds. Other designers were not far behind - Dolce and Gabbana teamed safari shirts with tulle and feather skirts, Cavalli hemmed dresses with ostrich plumage, and Marni opted for homespun, crafty embroidered birds.

Even Camilla Parker Bowles wanted to feel free as a bird on her wedding day with her somewhat precarious Philip Treacy fountain of feathers.

[From Virgin]

And for Fall, more glamourous feathery offerings:

Boas were big at Roberto Cavalli with his pairing of elegant evening gowns with glamourous boas, perfect for the socialites and their hoity-toity functions.

One of my favourites because of its wearability is this lovely Little Black Dress by dressmaker genius Alber Elbaz at Lanvin. So simple and chic and a breath of fresh air from the glittery black frocks everyone else is donning. Ahhh, a must-have.

I'm a big fan of Balenciaga but his feathery pieces this Fall just fail to impress me. It looks awkward covering only the top half of a non-descript dress and I think the wearer would look even more awkward walking around in this feathery chunk. (like a bird died on her chest!)

Compared with the Lanvin dress, this Monique Lhuiller one has the feathers placed on the bottom for the prom-night, red-carpet dramatic effect. Very girly and sweet and the feathers don't overpower the dress.

Very glamourous at Michael Kors with this silver evening gown. Another for the socialites.

Unlike the previous pieces, the feathers on this dress at Dolce and Gabbana take up the entire outfit. I love the little silver bow belt but this dress looks more good on the runway than on the racks. The peacock-like cluster of feather at the top is just too much for me.