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Kentucky Derby Milliners from LA to NYC

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on April 1, 2018

in EVENT,FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS,HAIR & HAT

A round up of our favorite Kentucky Derby Milliners from LA to NYC and beyond ; here to help you get inspired for the 2018 Kentucky Derby festivities! There’s only 1 month left… so get your Feathered Derby Hats and Fascinators orders in ASAP. Click through on the image for milliner websites and info!

“Part Southern tradition, part spectacle, the Kentucky Derby hat parade is much of what makes “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” one of the greatest people-watching events in the world!”

LOS ANGELES, CA Arturo Rios

Arturo Rios is a new generation of talented Fashion Hat Designers from Los Angeles, California; learned his exceptional skills and techniques from legendary Italian hat designer, Karen Indreland. Since 2005, Arturo has been designing fabulous couture headwear worn by famous personalities and clients around the world. Arturo was recently featured in an episode of PBS’s webseries ARTICULATE with Jim Cotter. Watch it here! 

NEW YORK, NY Christine Moore

In 1990 she moved to NYC to assist milliner Rodney Gordon. Under Rodney’s great supervision, Christine created hats for many Opera, Ballet and Broadway productions including The Phantom of the Opera, Will Roger’s Follies, Crazy for You, and many more. In 1994 she established Christine A. Moore Millinery in NYC on 34th Street between the fashion and accessories districts.  Although Christine designs a wide range of hats, she is best known for her explosive racing styles for the Kentucky Derby, two of which are in the Kentucky Derby Museum from when she was named the 2009 “Official Milliner” of the Kentucky Derby Museum. In March of 2018 she was named “Featured Milliner of Kentucky Derby 144”

LOUISVILLE, KY Britni Lynn Knable

Britni’s love of fashion began as a child and continues today. She studied at the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago where she landed a coveted position with Chicago milliner, Linda Campisano. There she quickly discovered that hats and bridal wear were her true passion. After college she headed to New York City, where she studied under world renowned milliner, Tracy Watts. With strong local roots, Britni returned to Louisville to design race day and wedding headwear.

NEW YORK, NY Leah Chalfen

After receiving her bachelor of arts in foreign languages from Temple University, she studied millinery at New York City’s famed Fashion Institute of Technology, completed her graduate study under master milliner Patricia Underwood and trained with the head milliner of the Metropolitan Opera’s costume department.  She was also asked by Tim Gunn of Project Runway, to teach millinery at the famed Parson’s School of Design in New York City where she did so for several years.  

LOUISVILLE, KY Jenny Pfanenstiel

Jenny Pfanenstiel, Master Milliner and owner of Formé Millinery, is internationally recognized for her award winning craft of hand creating and sculpting hats using the highest quality and rare materials found all over the world. Since moving to Louisville, she has had the honor of being named the 2018 “Official Milliner” of the Kentucky Derby Museum.  You can find her permanent hat display at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby.

AUSTRALIA Cynthia Jones-Bryson March 2017 – Best Millinery at Kentucky Derby, USA

Cynthia Jones-Bryson is an award-winning Australian milliner. She has been designing and making award-winning millinery for the last 16 years. Cynthia studied Fashion Design at Canberra Institute of Technology, with Millinery being one of her chosen subjects. She went on to live in London for several years where she undertook a number of theatrical millinery courses culminating in a love for all things headwear.

Houston’s Ballet Ball Most Stunning Costumes and Couture paid tribute to the company’s upcoming production of Swan Lake.  Of course most notably were the feather coated couture gowns worn by ball chair and guests who raised more than 1.4 million dollars for the Hurricane Harvey damaged ballet theater.

“On this grand evening, no one was more spectacular than ball chair Hallie Vanderhider, who dressed for the first part of the evening in a couture Naeem Khan gown composed of 3,500 hand-sewn, black coque feathers (rooster tails) flowing with a mammoth train. (The dress was delivered to the party tent where Vanderhider donned it before guests arrived as it was too large even for a Bentley.) Then, as Party on the Moon took over the stage for dancing, she changed into a fuchsia Monique Lhuillier organza gown plumed with matching ostrich feathers…” 

Among the swans gliding through the scene in feathers were Fady Armanious dressed in a bespoke white dinner jacket from India and a feathered tulle cape, which he made himself, ballet board chair Phoebe Tudor, her white gown and feathered cape, both by Monique Lhuillier, former Ballet Ball chair Beth Muecke with feathers in her hair wearing a black and white gown by Houston’s Becky Hollands…

PaperCity Magazine

Elie Saab Feathered Haute Couture

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on February 7, 2018

in EVENT,FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS

Elie Saab Feathered Haute Couture 2018 runway presentation “Paris est une Fête” was a parisian 1920’s fairytale come true. Always ultra feminine and luxurious, Saab’s designs are draped in ostrich feathers, peek-a-boo metallic details and Swarovski crystals! Scroll though to see 38 of our favorite Elie Saab Feathered Haute Couture for Spring 2018.

In a largely subdued palette of champagne, silvery blue, and black with just a hint of rose, each look was beaded, bejeweled, feathered, and wrapped in a bow to varying degrees. -Vogue

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There were many Feather covered Grammy Performances & Red Carpet Moments this past Sunday.  It was a family affair for Pink on the red carpet! She looked fabulous in the gem toned Ostrich Feathered strapless gown! She later went on to say in an Instagram “I wore a custom Armani feather dress cause I’m FUN.” Little Big Town singer Karen Fairchild and Rachel Antoff also wore feathered frocks on the red carpet. Lady Gaga gave a memorable performance with her feather angel wing covered white piano. Our Ostrich and Marabou Feather Fans also made a cameo in the Rihanna & DJ Khaled ‘Wild Thoughts’ Performance. The 60th annual Grammy Awards was held on Sunday January 28th 2018 at Madison Square Gardens in New York City .


 

 

The Valentino feather millinery designed by Philip Treacy are to die for! Of course we are obsessed with anything feathers, but these Ostrich Feathered showstoppers stole our hearts! We want one of each please! Equally beautiful are the Shocking Pink and Peacock Blue “Stripped & Parried” feathered headwear! Scroll down to see all of our favorites including Kaia Gerber who’s pretty in pink.

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“The show opened with a floor-sweeping saffron evening coat and a truly spellbinding headpiece made of turquoise feathers, one of several Philip Treacy–designed headpieces in the show. Some were feathered, while others mimicked leaves and flowers blooming around the models’ heads, and all of them came in a vibrant jewel tone to complement the richly colored clothes: mint with aquamarine; deep red with lime; neon pink with blush. – Vogue

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When thinking about the hats for the collection, I envisioned this ethereal yet very powerful woman,” Treacy explained in the show notes. “She is almost like a celestial image, and the feathers are thought out to give a weightless effect that follows behind her and underlines the dichotomy between concealing and revealing.” – Vogue

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Hollywood Carnival 2018 Launch Party

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on December 18, 2017

in COSTUME,CULTURAL ARTS,EVENT,FEATHER TRENDS

Take a peek of the Hollywood Carnival 2018 Launch party, showcasing the best of what your favorite Mas Band has to offer for the 2018 Carnival Parade of the Bands presentation. Here are some of our favorite behind the scene and runway photos that we got.

Behind the scene with the ladies of Sambalushus, Bamboo Mas, Extacy Mas and The Mirage Mas …

Abraham Gonzalez-Pollick 2017 Hollywood Carnival KING shakes a tailfeather down the cat walk!

Hollywood Carnival 2018 Launch Party

The one and only #SambaMama and owner of Sambalushus ; Guadalupe Dlushus .

Representing Latin America are these two beauties decked out in feathers!

Extacy Mas

Winners of the 2017 Hollywood Carnival Best Band and most anticipated theme launch… Shimmer & Shine

Chez Zen Nation

TriniFeters International

Carnival Jumbies

Bamboo Mas

The Mirage

Hollywood Massive

Hollywood Carnival 2018 is from June 21st-24th! Make sure to plan ahead and get in with one of these mas bands to participate in the parade. By purchasing a costume from one of the participating Mas Bands, you are automatically registered and are eligible to participate with them in the Parade of the Bands.

See you in June…

 

Victoria’s Secret Angels take Shanghai

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on November 22, 2017

in EVENT,FEATHER TRENDS

Victoria’s Secret Angels take Shanghai for the X instalment of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.  Veteran angels Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Lily Aldridge, Elsa Hosk, Jasmine Tookes, Josephine Skriver, Lais Ribeiro, Martha Hunt, Romee Strijd, Sara Sampaio, Stella Maxwell, Taylor Hill and Candice Swanepoel were all there along with new favorite Bella Hadid. Here are our favorite feathered angels starting with Alessandra who walked her last VS Runway this year.

The catwalk show will air on CBS November 28 at 10pm EST.

 

The Hollywood Carnival and Cultural Festival 2017 was an amazing, world class experience. Los Angeles is truly a melting pot of “vibrant multicultural & diverse communities of people” from all over the world. Several countries presented; from Guatemala to Trinidad, Brazil, Mexico and so many more. It was great to see all the different cultural representations and carnival costumes in one parade. Here are some of the images we captured while at the parade.We know it takes months of planning and preparation to put these costumes together. Fortunately feather supplies are easy to come by at The Feather Place, located downtown Los Angeles. Wholesale is available to all carnival and cultural dance customers! We loved all of the amazing feathered costumes made with unique color combinations incorporating ostrich plumes, rooster coque tails, goose palettes, pheasant tails, and peacock feathers. Embellished with flashy sequence appliques, beads and trims to catch your eye, each reveler brings individual style and artistry within their groups theme.We’d like to give a shout out to our friends Extacy Mas, Jam Design Concepts, Bamboo Mas, Sistas wit Style, Caribbean Zone Productions, People of the Sun, The Mirage, Abraham Gonzales-Pollick from A Royal Piece and ALL of our carnival clients for counting on The Feather Place this year. And a SPECIAL Thank you to Extacy Mas … Parading with you was the time of my life-xo!

“The Los Angeles Culture Festival and Hollywood Carnival, are proud to present the annual Los Angeles Culture Festival and Hollywood Carnival Parade – a world culture festival – expressing the colors of culture and freedom of the world as one people. This is a celebration of our cultures and traditions, featuring colorful costumes, dances, food, arts & crafts, and music from around the world.”

Marching with PRIDE and Feathers

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on June 12, 2017

in CULTURAL ARTS,EVENT,FEATHER TRENDS

We are marching with PRIDE and Feathers this summer as PRIDE and LGBTQ celebrations roll out <3 . This past weekend marked the first of this summers celebrations starting in Los Angeles and across to Boston where Senator Elizabeth Warren joined the crowd in our bright Rainbow feather boa. We LOVE it!

Don’t miss out on the festivities… Join in the fun the weekend of June 23-25th 🏳️‍🌈

Details:  San Francisco Pride and Parade are the largest gathering of the LGBT community in the nation, featuring eclectic music that spans across several genres. Tickets are available here

Details: NYC Pride takes place at various venues throughout the city, but the music portion takes place on Friday and Saturday night at Pride Island. Tickets are available here.

Marching with PRIDE and Feathers

Even man’s best friend knows that Love trumps Hate!

“Sister Sera Nade” with the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, sings on the National Mall with the Capitol in the background during the Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington, Sunday, June 11, 2017. Carolyn Kaster AP Photo Marching with PRIDE and Feathers To everyone marching & dancing at #BostonPride & celebrations across the country: Happy Pride — Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) June 10, 2017 Marching with PRIDE and Feathers And I’m #wickedproud to march once again with @Baglyinc, a terrific group that empowers Boston LGBTQ youth. #BostonPride — Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) June 10, 2017 Marching with PRIDE and Feathers I am #wickedproud to be from MA, the state that leads the way for LGBTQ equality. #BostonPride — Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) June 10, 2017

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Marching with PRIDE and Feathers (Boston, Ma 061017) Donna Soltura (R) and other members of the Moving Violations Motorocycle Club Cheer as the Pride Parade begins. June 10, 2017 Staff photo Chris Christo

Marching with PRIDE and Feathers

I’m in this fight all the way so that equal means equal & everyone is treated with dignity & respect. #BostonPride — Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) June 10, 2017

Met Gala Feather Fashion Favorites

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on April 28, 2017

in EVENT,FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS

With the Met Gala just around the corner, we thought we would highlight our Met Gala Feather Fashion Favorites from over the years! We can only imagine the amazing gowns and couture garments that will be worn at this years gala showcasing the works of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons. So here we go and in no particular order except for the queen herself… CHER

Cher and her designer Bob Mackie arrive at a the very first Met Gala, in 1974. She is wearing a Mackie bodysuit embroidered with feathers and crystals. Mackie said of his muse, “She had such an unbelievable body. She could wear anything.” Lady Gaga arrives at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating “China: Through the Looking Glass” on Monday, May 4, 2015, in New York. NEW YORK, NY – MAY 02: Allison Sarofim attends the ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology’ Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images) Philip Treacy mohawk worn by Sarah Jessica Parker Met Gala – Costume Institute Gala for the ‘PUNK: Chaos to Couture’ exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, May 6, 2013 Rita Ora metallic feathers strategically structured Vera Wang dress at Met Gala 2016 Red Carpet Beyoncé Knowles was dressed in a Givenchy gown with feathers for the “Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2012 in New York City. Kate Bosworth in Prada for the “Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2012 in New York City. Cate Blanchett in Alexander McQueen for the “Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2012 in New York City. Actress Mary Kate Olsen attends the Metropolitan Museum of Art costume institute benefit gala Poiret King of Fashion at the Met on May 7 2007 in New York City. Naomi Campbell in Burberry at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating “China: Through the Looking Glass” on Monday, May 4, 2015, in New York. Saoirse Ronan in Christopher Kane attends the ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology’ 2016 Costume Institute Met Gala in New York Daphne Guinness Makes a Grand Entrance in Alexander McQueen at the 2011 Met Gala “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty,” Kirsten Dunst’s Louis Vuitton plunging gown was covered in a skirt of delicate feathers from the waist down. Met Ball 2013 Keri Russell in Altuzarra attends the ‘China: Through The Looking Glass’ Costume Institute Benefit Gala 2015 Lupita Nyong’o in Prada at the 2014 Met Gala “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” Costume Institute Gala NEW YORK, NY – MAY 02: Zoe Saldana attends the ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology’ Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images) NEW YORK, NY – MAY 07: Diane Kruger attends the “Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage) NEW YORK, NY – MAY 02: Tennis player Serena Williams attends the “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)