A Feathered Farewell to Oscar de la Renta
The fashion industry lost one of it’s greatest on Monday October 20th 2014; Oscar de la Renta. The legendary designer is known for dressing Hollywood starlets, First Ladies and most recently designed Amal Alamuddins’ wedding gown when she married George Clooney. His fashions were feminine and flooded with pure elegance. Here is our tribute to Oscar and his “Feathered” designs from over the years.
“I don’t really know how to do casual clothes.”- Oscar de la Renta
Are you looking for the perfect Halloween costume? Something a little scary and sassy? Today’s DIY will transform just a few items into a show-stopping costume! This Maleficent Inspired DIY Collar would pair perfectly with our new Maleficent inspired Wings to create a full costume. If you’re not feeling crafty, you can purchase this very same collar with no hassle–HERE!
Strung Feathers (Black Hackle works nicely!)
Needle & Thread
Ribbon or Cording
STEP 1. Cut two rows of feathers about one inch smaller than the circumference of your neck.
STEP 2. Glue the two strips of feathers together using fabric glue.
STEP 3. Cut two strips of fabric slightly longer (about an 1.5 inches) than the feather strips and about 1.5 inches wide.
STEP 4. Fold over the edges on both fabric strips at about a quarter inch and iron down.
STEP 5. Place a strip of fabric on either side of the feather strip, sandwiching it in-between. Pin everything together and sew each side together. Finish the ends by turning the fabric in ¼ inch and sewing down.
STEP 6. Insert grommets in the ends of the fabric strip.
STEP 7. Embellish the collar with interesting ribbon, trim, jewels, or buttons. Or, if you’d rather, leave it as is.
Love our Maleficent Inspired DIY: Cursed Collar? For more DIY feather crafts please visit our HOW TO page on our Blog The Feather Girl!
Nifty Balloons is making a statement with Feathers
The Feather Place is pleased to announce our Featured Artists and Designers program; Showcasing the highest quality artistry and designs created with our feather products. Up first are our friends over at Nifty Balloons! From bracelets to tiaras, jet packs and motorcycles, David and Shayna have a knack for bringing a fresh new style to the world of balloon art and often use our ostrich feathers for their designs.
Nifty Balloons is redefining children’s event entertainment! Husband and wife duo David and Shayna Brenion fill celebrations with fancy, whimsical, wearable fun! Working at high-class events in Los Angeles, the couple wanted to bring an extra element of elegance to their work, and The Feather Place’s ostrich plumes have been an enormous hit, bringing their balloon fascinators to the next level! Party guests are amazed, and event pictures are filled with smiles and color. Live, interactive, customized and unique! This is world-class Balloon Art!
David and Shana Brenion live and work in the Los Angeles area. If you need entertainment, balloon twisting, or face painting for a party in LA, Ventura, Santa Monica, give Nifty Balloons a call! 805-665-7791
Photo Credits : David Brenion
Become a Featured Artist/Designer with The Feather Place & Zucker Feather Products and show the world how you express yourself with feathers. We are committed to showcasing the highest quality designs that can be created with our feather products. If you are interested in being a Featured Artists/Designer, please contact us at email@example.com.
Feathered Fashion Week Roundup
Another New York Fashion week has come and gone and now that the Spring/Summer 2015 shows have wrapped up, here are some of our favorite feathered frocks!
First up is Erdem SS15 runway collection! The Black Iridescent Schlappen Feathered skirt and crop halter is our favorite look! We also love the mini’s dresses; detailed with natural and dyed Guinea Plumage.
After taking a look at some of the shows, we came across this fantastic jacket made with vibrant stripped coque tail feathers. The designer Thom Browne’s collection is being referred to as “a garden of delights”.
Goose Biots are among the most unique feathers available! Here is what was said about this Pamella Roland design.
Beautiful details at the @pamellaroland #NYFW #MBFW #SS15 show where a blue ombred feather peplum dresses up a wide-leg trouser. – pamella roland* | Tumblr
Oscar de la Renta’s usual elegance flooded the runway with neutral details of Gold, Ivory and Black Ostrich Fringe. Here are some of our favorite looks from Oscar’s show.
Prabal Gurung who continued with his successful Nepal themed collection, used Dark Amethyst, Black and Sassafras dyed ostrich fringe in these beautiful feathered frocks.
Betsey Johnson’s SS15 collection was front and center and in true Betsey Johnson form; an Over the top, ultra girly “Love and Marriage” themed extravaganza! We cant wait to see her shake her tail feathers on Dancing with the Stars!!!
Feeling inspired? From costume to couture, The Feather Place is the most fashion-forward, cutting-edge vendor in the feather industry. Shop The Feather Place Online or visit our NYC and Los Angeles Showrooms located in the heart of the fashion district!
With school starting up there are lots of books being cracked open. Sometimes the pages are drudged through, and sometimes joyously consumed; whether you’re stumbling along a dense chemistry textbook, or absorbing the details of your favorite author’s new novel, today’s DIY project has your back. This Page Turning Peacock Bookmark will diligently mark your progress in pretty peacock style!
Needle & Thread
Peacock Pattern (PDF HERE)
STEP 1. Cut the bookmark shapes out of felt. Pattern HERE.
STEP 2. Braid the embroidery thread. You’ll need 4 braided strands about 15 inches long.
STEP 3. Tie a peacock feather onto your first strand. Used a simple square knot around the quill of the feather.
STEP 4. Continue tying square knots (this will make a spiral shape) around the quill until secure. Trim any extra thread. If you’d like to embellish with beads, slip those on now.
STEP 5. Now we’ll sew together the peacock body. Stack the felt pieces as pictured, placing the four braided and feathered strands in between the two main body pieces. Pin everything in place and sew around the perimeter.
STEP 6. Add any final touches, such as extra stitching, jewels, or extra feathers. Here we’ve added a little plumage feather to the head and a jeweled eye. You can leave your braided strands free, or go ahead and braid those together as well for a tighter bookmark.
STEP 7. Here is the most important step; grab a cup of warm tea, snuggle up in a comfy chair, and read a good book. Take a break between chapters to admire your elegant new bookmark.
Looking for more back-to-school DIYs? Check out this colorful new project: Dramatic Doodler: DIY Feather Topped Pencils
Feather Place, featured in CR Fashion Book !
At The Feather Place NYC we recently worked with the stylists at CR Fashion Book to help create this fashionable and artful editorial. Venery Pheasant Tails, Silver Pheasant Tails, Lady Amherst Pheasant Feathers and Goose Biots were used to create this artistic interpretation of the modern day woman who does it all!
Part Work by Day Mom, part Contemporary Snow White, she makes for a magical and magnetic vision of motherhood. – The Seven | CR Fashion Book
Make sure to check out the full spread at CR Fashion Book – The Seven.
As summers rolls to an end, we hope you are spending plenty of time out enjoying the beautiful weather. Whether you’re rocking out at an outdoor concert or strolling through a festival or street market, today’s DIY Feather Ear Cuff project will add the right amount of flare to your look. With these powerful natural feathers, the cuff is earthy, but still dramatic. Let’s get started!
Ear Cuff Pattern (Download Here)
Metal Ear Cuff Finding (we found ours HERE)
Feathers (some good options would be PHEASANT, ROOSTER, and DUCK)
Step 1. Print out the ear cuff pattern and cut it out from felt. Pick a felt color that will match your chosen feathers. On this cuff we have used a variety of natural-colored feathers. You can find links to the feathers we used in the Products Used section below. Any type or color of feather will work.
Step 2. Begin to arrange the feathers along the edge of the felt piece. Leave about an inch of felt at the bottom for securing onto the metal finding. You could mark a line onto the felt to remind yourself or simply eyeball it.
Step 3. Once your cuff is fully feathered, it can be attached to the metal finding. Wrap the excess felt around the finding and up and over to the feather bottoms. Hot glue the felt into place.
Step 4. Hook the cuff onto your ear! Wouldn’t this be the perfect accessory for an end summer music festival? This dramatic cuff will make a statement wherever you choose to rock it!
For more DIY feather crafts please visit our HOW TO page on our Blog The Feather Girl!
Burning Man MOOP ; Feathers Yay or Nay?
So…What the heck is MOOP and how does it pertain to feathers at Burning Man?
“MOOP is an acronym for “Matter Out of Place”, a convenient way of referring to anything that is not originally OF the land on which our event (Burning Man) takes place. So everything that wasn’t originally ON or OF the Black Rock Desert, no matter how small, is considered MOOP, and is to be removed as part of our Leave No Trace efforts.”
Year after year The Feather Place gets many requests for feathers that will be worn by revelers attending Burning Man. We usually tell our clients that feathers are not Burning Man friendly and explain the “Leave no Trace” efforts at Burning Man. This year has been no different except that we recently came across the Burning Man Official Blog Feathers are MOOP, Right? Well, That Depends on YOU... It was brought to our attention that feathers might be making a comeback at Burning Man keeping in mind that…
“…if you want to wear feathers, that’s fine … but make sure they’re attached in ways that won’t fail, and if you can’t then don’t wear them, because it’s on YOU if they become MOOP. (And that goes for anything you bring to Black Rock City.)”
So there you have it. Exciting feathered news! Be smart when it comes to your feathered frocks and make sure to keep them well maintained! The ban on feathers had been intended to address poorly made costumes that leave trails of feathers behind. Use good judgment and be careful about what you wear on the playa. Remember that certain Feather Boas are still a BIG FAT No No! If you are planning to attend Burning Man we recommend checking out the websites Survival Guide for more information and to see a full list of do’s and don’ts .
Burning Man is from August 25 – September 1 … Burn responsibly
20th Annual Hat Contest at Del Mar Racetrack
Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack kicked off its 75th season this week in California with it’s 20th Annual Hat Contest! The contest featured categories like:
Best Racing Theme, Funniest/Most Outrageous, Most Glamorous, Best Flowers/All Others, and Best Fascinator — a wool, lace or feather alternative to a hat.
And the winners are :
The Funniest/Most Outrageous category went to Belinda Berry. Berry wore an oversize wide-brimmed navy blue polka dot hat trimmed with ostrich feathers and matching dress themed “GO Navy”!
Most Glamorous catagory went to Natalie Spaans with a stunning off-white hat dramatically trimmed with feathers and flowers trailing down her shoulders and back. Her dress featured a beaded bodice.
The Best Flowers category was won by fan favorite Lori Shelton. Lori Shelton’s large red feathered and flowered hat featured photos of the 18 hats she had entered in previous years.
Best Fascinator went to Melissa Cheng who won first prize with a dramatic feathered fascinator she purchased in New York.
First place winner in each category received $300 and a $100 certificate to Studio Savvy in Rancho Santa Fe. Second-place winners receive $200 and third-place winners receive $100.