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.
Feather Trends : Ulyana Sergeenko Couture
Check out some of our favorite Feather Fashions from the Ulyana Sergeenko Autumn/Winter 2014-15 Haute Couture Show is Paris this week. We especially love all of the subtle romantic touches of Ostrich Feather Trims and Boas.
Beautiful Neutral Grey tones and ombre’s with pops of Lemon Yellow feather details throughout the whole collection.
Get these collared looks for less with our Stenciled or Solid Black Ostrich Feather Shawl! Revamp your winter coat or just wrap it around your shoulders and your ready for a night out! We also have it in White for all of those blushing brides!!!