The Joan Rivers’s Private Collection will be auctioned off at Christie’s today June 22, and we are taking a look at our favorite over the top items we wish we could bid on! Among the treasure trove of gilded English and French furnishings we find these flirty gems; Our favorite feather detailed gown and coats.
Rivers herself once described the decor of the 5,100-square-foot triplex as “Louis XIV meets Fred and Ginger.”
Find out more about the auction and browse the catalog here.
We love when our friends share creative ways to use our feathers like this “To the Sea” Seagull Costume tutorial! Here our friend Sasha Goodnow used white Turkey Quills and Goose Nagoire feathers to create a custom feather cape for the GreenHouse Theater Project ! We think that it turned out fantastic! Make sure to check out the “To the Sea” multi-media play and scroll through Sasha’s tutorial below.
2016 Carnaval SF “¡Viva La Madre Tierra!” wrapped up last weekend and here are our favorite images of feather costumes from the 38th annual event!
“¡Viva La Madre Tierra!”, celebrates Mother Earth’s prevalence in many cultures worldwide as the manifestation of the natural world. She is the life giver and the sustainer of life; from her womb she gave origin to all the plants, animals, and people. – www.carnavalsanfrancisco.org
We were also super excited to see that our friend from Sistas wit Style won for Queen of the carnival!!!! Here is what winner Kianna Rachal had to say about her win…
“…It’s fulfilling to see all the hard work put into Carnaval. It’s so exciting to see Sistas-Wit-Style come down the road with so much energy and excitement with smiles across our masqueraders faces — it brings so much joy… To prepare for Carnaval, Sistas-Wit-Style has been teaching free Caribbean dance classes to our Masqueraders every Saturday which are optional, our mas camp is open day and night for costume production… I would love to send special thanks to our designers at Sistas-Wit-Style; Annabelle Goodridge, Stephanie Dixon, Tiara Welch, Azer Moore. Our many volunteers and masqueraders as well because without them there would be no Sistas-Wit-Style…” – THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO –– DIGITAL EDITION
Congratulations Kianna and Sistas-Wit-Style from your friends at The Feather Place Los Angeles! Scroll through to see more fantastic photos found on the web >>>
We can’t get enough of Feather artist and winner of the Grand Prix de Création de la Ville de Paris prize Julien Vermeulen ! Known for working with the likes of Christian Louboutin and Jean Paul Gaultier, Vermeulen passion for feathers is exemplified with his interpretation of Samurai armor made with Feathers | Bado Senshi.
We can’t begin to fathom the amount of hours and patience it took to make this feathered work of art. Using thousands upon thousands of naturally mottled and ecologically sourced Black, Natural Red Pheasant and Peacock Iridescent plumage throughout truly showcases this Plumassiers’ artisity! We are so inspired …
Get up close and personal with Waldo Nell’s “microscopic” photo series of Peacock Feathers. At first glance, it looks like we are looking at at a luxurious tapestry or the work of a talented jeweler, yet after further inspection you come to realize that you are in act looking at the extraordinary details of peacock feathers.
A a software engineer by day, Nell uses a Olympus BX 53 microscope and a technique called “photo stacking” to get detailed photos of ordinary objects like feathers, seeds and even orange juice ; producing images that are extraordinary and somewhat psychedelic ! Get inspired and view more work here…!
Christine A. Moore Millinery
Designer Christine A. Moore Millinery is best known for her for the Kentucky Derby racing hat styles , two of which are on display at the Kentucky Derby Museum. With over 20 years experience, Moore is the go to milliner for the Breeders’ Cup, Florida Derby and was most recently named the official milliner for the 75th Anniversary of the Iroquois Steeplechase.
What we love most are the bold and beautiful silk bows and florets with touches of feathers used throughout her Spring 2016 Collection. Here are a few of our favorites; sure to be a hits at the Kentucky Derby this coming weekend! The Derby is on May 6th and 7th . If you can’t go to the races in person, we encourage you to throw a derby party and watch the race live on NBC.
Here’s a little awesome tid bit about Christine . Not only has she worked with the esteemed NYC milliner Rodney Gorden, In 2009 she also partnered with Churchill Downs and Mattel to design the official Barbie derby hat.
Don’t you love it!
New York based jewelry company Deepa Gurnani has just rolled out their new Spring/Summer jewelry collection, and it should be obvious why we here at The Feather Place are in love! Don’t know?…one word: Feathers!
The husband and wife partnership of the two principal designers, Deepa and Jay Lakhani, has blossomed into a fully-realized jewelry company due to their fresh and elegant hand-embroidered designs. They’ve made such a statement recently, that they were one of five fashion designers who live outside of India invited to appear and participate in the Lakmè fashion show during Mumbai Fashion Week.
Celebrated for their carefully crafted, hand-embroidered accessories, Deepa Gurnani offers a line of unique and extraordinary pieces, each hand-beaded and stitched with the magnificent colors of India. Over 200 embroiderers and their families are able to sustain through this work. The creativity and care that goes into making each and every piece is exceptional and unparalleled.
“We are honored to have been invited by Lakmé to participate in this esteemed event in Indian fashion,” said Jay Lakhani, co-founder of Deepa Gurnani. “While our focus at Deepa Gurnani remains in accessories, we are thrilled to have the chance to design clothing that pairs with them. We are proud to have our work featured in such a prominent fashion show in our home country.”
noun plu·mas·sier \¦plümə¦si(ə)r; plüˈmasēˌā, -ēər\
Definition of plumassier
plural: one that prepares or deals in ornamental plumes or feathers
Known for working with the likes of Christian Louboutin and Jean Paul Gaultier ; Julien Vermeulen is known as one of Paris’ top plumassier ! We came across his bio in the NY Times and knew we needed to share his story!
“His apprenticeships included time with Christian Louboutin and with Jean Paul Gaultier — “who loves feathers” — where he met the legendary plumassier Dominique Pillard. “He made a Gaultier fur using recolored chicken feathers disguised as leopard,” Mr. Vermeulen said. “I thought if one could do leopard with feathers, one could do anything with them…Vermeulen also worked at the historic feather atelier Lemarié, now owned by Chanel ” – NY Times
Visit his atelier and see his work if in Paris durring the Les Journées Européennes des Métiers d’Art which marks its 10th anniversary this year!
“What sets the Kentucky Derby apart from other sports and entertainment events? It’s the hats!”
Of course It’s the Hats…Especially hats with Feathers !!!! Year after year, hat designer Arturo Rios puts out the best fascinators and millinery styles available, and with the Derby just about a month away we wanted to share our favorite Couture Designer Hats by Arturo Rios. The Derby is on May 6th and 7th and if you can’t go to the races in person, we encourage you to throw a derby party and watch the race live on NBC.
“The extravagant hats that have become associated with the Kentucky Derby did not really come around until the 1960s, when social fashion norms loosened up and the presence of television gave women a reason to stand out. The hats became larger, brighter, and more extravagant.
Hats at the Kentucky Derby have become even more popular after the royal wedding in 2011, an event that showcased many elaborate hats and fascinators.”
Harlem Nights’ Joe I. Tompkins was nominated for an Academy Award for best costume design and we can see why just by looking at this movie still of the lovely Jasmine Guy as Dominique La Rue. Of course we love the Ostrich Feather details used throughout the whole film! And while the movie is now a cult classic, the costume design is more than enough reason to watch and the Academy agreed!
“I originally thought we should shoot in black-and-white, but after researching, I decided to make black skin tones the most essential color in the film and use a limited palette. That would set off and highlight the beautiful skin tones of our cast, which was mostly black. I didn’t know what Eddie and Larry Paull and Joe Tompkins would think about this, so I created a color chart to demonstrate my idea. After seeing it, they supported the idea, and it became the basis for the look of the entire picture. In that environment, a few very strong color accents seemed to jump off the screen, but most importantly, the skin tones of the actors dominated each scene.” – Woody Omens, the film’s cinematographer
Get the look with our Champagne or Dusty Rose Ostrich Feather Boas and Black Ostrich Plumes or Floss.