March 2011

CHECK OUT THIS BIRDIE ! Louis Vuitton’s 5th Avenue flagship store in New York City has an incredable Ostrich themed display windows.  According to Nitrolicious, the smaller couture-filled eggs are REAL ostrich eggs, while the larger ones are replicas. What a creative way to display Vuitton trunks, handbags, scarves & shoes! FABULOUS!

Louis Vuitton "Ostrich" Window Display 5th Ave. NYC

 

Let the Feathers Fly, International Pillow Fight Day is this Saturday April 2, 2011!!! Grab your feather pillows, friends, neighbors, children, PJ’s and be part of this offbeat and unique feather filled FUN day! BE THERE OR BE SQUARE! For more info and to find the nearest Pillow Fight in your state go to www.pillowfightday.com.

LOS ANGELES:
Time: 2:00pm
Location: Pershing Square
535 S Hill St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Host: Santa
Website: www.PillowFightLosAngeles.com

After The Event: We will be heading over to local bars and eateries! Our usual spots are Rocket Pizza, Pete’s Cafe, Bar 107, Seven Grand, The Standard, The Edison, and Pitfire Grill. Check out our website for more details!

NEW YORK CITY:
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Union Square
Host: Newmindspace
Website: Newmindspace.com
Twitter: @Newmindspace

KANSAS CITY, MO
Time: ‎3:00PM
Location: JC Nichols Fountain on the Plaza
4626 J C Nichols Parkway
Kansas City, MO
Website: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=199596940071121

International Pillow Fight Day SATURDAY APRIL 2,2011

The Great Los Angeles Pillow Fight of 2009. from Steve Payne on Vimeo.

LISTEN: “Feather” by Little Dragon

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on March 30, 2011

in STAGE & SCREEN

Just because I love Feathers and I love this song by Little Dragon!

Last fall as I started my adventure as a Feather Girl, I was approached to help source what we see now in the headlines as “Feather Hair Extensions”… Steven Tyler, Ke$ha, Miley Cyrus and thousands of celebrity fans who want to be celebrity cool and fashion conscious can be seen wearing these “Feather Hair Extensions” and adornments.  So what exactly are these “Feather Hair Extensions” ? What makes them so special and where can you get them?

First and foremost, the rare & narrow feathers used for “Feather Hair Extensions” and other feathered accessories and jewelry are not your everyday chicken or rooster feather. According to an article in THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER and Bob Marriott’s Fly-fishing Store in Fullerton, They’re not from an ordinary Foster Farms fryer. What makes these feathers so special is that these plumes are Premium Fly-tying Feathers (also known as Genetic Hackle) in 12 to 14 inches. “They’re bred (genetically modified over generations of cross breeding) specifically for that length. The fibers coming off the stem are the same length at one end of the feather as they are at the other,” Steve Oualline, a salesman at the store for 15 years said. Those same qualities make the feathers attractive to fly fishermen, who used them to craft flies mimicking insects that sit atop water. “Not only do they give the impression of antennae and legs, they stabilize the fly on the water,” Oualline said. “There’s not an alternative. The quality of these feathers is essential if you want to have a quality fly.”

So as hundreds of hair salons and jewelry designers scramble to keep up with the latest  trend, premium hackle supplies are literally flying off the selves which has become problematic for both hobbyist and professional tiers within the Fly-Fishing community who all of a sudden cant find the prized feathers they have been fly-tying with yearly. Also, there has been some resentment and resistance selling these unique feathers to non fly-tiers. “Supplies are just decimated,” said Jim Cox, co-owner of the Kingfisher fly shop in Missoula. “We just can’t get the premium feathers. Even the (sales) reps for the suppliers can’t get them for themselves.” Some tackle shops have had to limited sales to make sure long-time customers who use feathers for fly-tying can still get them.

Furthermore, it has been somewhat questionable on wither or not these feathers are sourced responsibly. These feathers are not a by-product of the food chain industry where the majority of feathers used in fashion and design come from. According to Company founder Thomas Whiting, (Whiting Farms is the largest of a handful of fowl-raising operations that produce specialized feathers for fly tying.) “They’re not good for anything else. They’re miserable (egg) layers. The birds need to really be pampered, ” Whiting said. Since the chickens and roosters are breed to grow the plumes at long lengths, “If you don’t pamper them, they won’t grow good feathers.”

Still… This trend keeps growing and growing with everyone claiming that they “Started” the trend, when in reality feather embellishment and self adornment can be traced back to Native Americans and even is in mentioned in books like “Just Kids” by Patti Smith where she recounts visiting the local tackle shop in the late 60’s and early 70’s to stock up on feathers and weights for jewelry making.

And so the battle to source Fly-tying feathers continues with no slowing down in sight…

 

The Battle for Fly-Tying Feathers (like the ones pictures here) used in Hair Extensions and Jewelry Design.

ALDO Silver & Ringneck Pheasant Feather Necklaces

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on March 28, 2011

in FASHION,JEWELRY

Beautiful! Look at these ALDO necklaces I came across this weekend while window shopping in Santa Clara CA. These beauties are embellished with Ringneck Pheasant and Silver Pheasant Tails! Complete your favorite spring outfit with feathered accessories like these found at ALDO.

ALDO Silver & Ringneck Pheasant Tail Necklace

 

 

Jennifer Lopez is Hot Hot Hot in her new Music video “On The Floor” feat. Pitbull.

Donning a Golden Stripped Coque Tail embellished gown, Jennifer is running the show at this underground dance party! Currently a judge on ‘American Idol,’ Lopez will release her new album on April 19 entitled ‘Love?’! Make sure to check out the full length video and behind the scene footage!

Want Stripped Coque Tail Boa for yourself…? Shop The Feather Place!

Jennifer Lopez is Hot Donning a Golden Stripped Coque Tail embellished gown!

Feathers Fly at this years FIDM DEBUT 2011 Runway Show which attracts almost 10,000 people over a three day period each spring. The event features designs by graduating students in FIDM’s Fashion Design and Theatre Costume Design Advanced Study Programs, as well as work from the Interior Design, Digital Media, and Textile Design Students.

Whether it’s for a Broadway musical or a Shakespearean production, the art of Theatre Costume Design is of paramount importance in telling a story and an arena for great invention and spectacular feats of the imagination. Costumes, jewelry, accessories, and décor must be compelling, relevant, and historically accurate. Students in The Advanced Theatre Costume Design program  learn to create the ultimate wardrobe for characters in theatre, film, television, and video…

WATCH: Check out footage from this years FIDM Theatre Costume Design Advanced Study Program DEBUT 2011 Runway Show! The Feather Place was happy to help source feathers for this years  “CARNIVAL” themed debut. You can also check out last years extravaganza just in case you missed it. Enjoy !

Elizabeth Taylor : A true American Beauty

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on March 23, 2011

in STAGE & SCREEN

Celebrating the life and death of Elizabeth Taylor, a true American Beauty!

“Taylor won two Oscars and was nominated for three others, but Taylor was the rare movie star who transcended awards: She was a far bigger star than some statue. Taylor was wonderful in films like “A Place In The Sun,” “Giant” and “Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf,” but the film role she’ll be most known for is “Cleopatra.” That film, in which she met on-again-off-again-on-again-off-again paramour Richard Burton, is considered the most expensive American film ever made and nearly bankrupted 20th Century Fox; that it is almost entirely an obsessive dedication to Taylor’s beauty is perhaps the best evidence of how powerful and famous Taylor truly was.”

 

Elizabeth Taylor: 1932-2011

Check out our booth from the The International Textile Show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV! The show ends today, but don’t worry if you missed us. Zucker Feather Products will be at these Upcoming shows, See you there! :

  • International Lingerie & Adult Halloween – Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas March 28-30, 2011 – Booth #804
  • The Global Shop – Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas March 28-30, 2011 Booth #2560

ZUCKER FEATHER PRODUCTS at The International Textile Show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV, help March 21-23.

Maybe I have a bias opinion because I LOVED The Karate Kid and had the biggest crush on Ralph Macchio as a teen, But didn’t he do a fantastic job on last night’s season 12 premiere of Dancing with The Stars. Ralph and his professional partner Karina Smirnoff, glided gracefully across the dance floor taking them all the way to the top of the leader-board with 24 out of 30 points!  What a great way to start of the dancing season. Oh and did you see the beautiful feather detail and trim on Karina’s strawberry pink ballroom gown….Check it out now and be sure to pay close attention to the feathery detail!