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Oscar worthy Feather Fashions

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on February 24, 2017

in EVENT,FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS,STAGE & SCREEN

Here is a roundup of all of the Oscar worthy Feather Fashions that are likely to make an appearance on the Red Carpet! First up is Ralph and Russo who used Burnt Ostrich fringe details in the gowns shown below!

Oscar worthy Feather Fashions

Next up is Elie Saab who took inspiration from ancient Egypt. We love the embroidery and ostrich feather embellishments in his new collection from 2017 Couture fashion week.

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We’ve already seen one of these Armani Prive feathered beauty strut down the red carpet at the 2017 Brit Awards last weekend!

Oscar worthy Feather Fashions

And finally we can’t forget Chanel! This belted low cut ostrich feathered gown is among one of our favorites!

Oscar worthy Feather Fashions

Looks from Ralph & Russo’s Paris Haute Couture Show

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on February 1, 2017

in EVENT,FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS

These are by far our favorite feathered Looks from Ralph & Russo’s Paris Haute Couture Show last week! Founded in 2007 by Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo, it became the first British brand in over 100 years to be selected for Paris Haute Couture Week and we can see why. We especially love how Ralph & Russo use an abundance of Burnt Ostrich Fringe  culminating to the grand finally with Alessandra Ambrosio in a magical White Ostrich Feathered Cape! Ralph & Russo's Paris Haute Couture Show Ralph & Russo's Paris Haute Couture Show Ralph & Russo's Paris Haute Couture Show

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6 Facts about the year of the Rooster 2017

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on January 26, 2017

in CULTURAL ARTS,EVENT,FEATHER TRENDS,HOLIDAY

6 Facts about the year of the Rooster 2017

We are only days away from the 2017 Chinese New Year! Here are some fascinating “Year of the Rooster” facts you may not know about!

1. A Rooster year doesn’t start from January 1st!

A zodiac year starts from ‘Start of Spring’ according to the traditional Chinese solar calendar, and ‘Start of Spring’ is on February 3rd in 2017. However, most Chinese tend to name a zodiac year from Chinese New Year according to the traditional Chinese lunar calendar, thus the 2017 lunar year of the Rooster starts on January 28th.

2. Roosters will be unlucky in 2017!

According to Chinese astrology, people in their zodiac year are believed to offend the God of Age, and incur his curse. It is believed that Roosters (people who were born in 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, etc.) will be unlucky in 2017.

3. Rooster year 2017 has 2 springs!

Actually “spring starts” twice in lunar year 2017, according to the traditional Chinese solar calendar, which starts with a period called ‘Start of Spring’, which always begins within two days of February 4.

As lunar year 2017, starts on January 28th 2017, and finishes on February 15th 2018, there will be two ‘Start of Spring’s, one on February 3th 2017, and another on February 4th 2018.

Not all lunar years have two ‘Spring Starts’. Lunar years can have one start of ‘Start of Spring’, but sometimes none! This is because a Chinese lunar year can start any day from January 21st to February 20th, and is either about 354 or about 384 days long.

4. There are 13 months in year of the Rooster 2017!

To keep the Chinese lunar calendar within half a month of the traditional solar calendar, there will be a leap month in 2017 (a second lunar month 6 starting July 23rd). So there are 13 lunar months instead of 12, which means there are 384 days in Rooster year 2017.

5. The Rooster is the fowl with five virtues.

Roosters were very important in people’s daily lives in ancient times. They were not only treated as food, like today, but in ancient times people regarded them as a mascot since they ate harmful insects.

(The shape of China on a map is often likened to a rooster by Chinese — with its beak above Japan (the worm), and Korea as its wattle, etc.)

As recorded in Hanshiwaizhuan (‘韩诗外传’, the External Commentary of Han Odes), Roosters have five virtues: literary, military prowess, courageous, benevolent, and trustworthy.

6. Rooster hours are from 5pm to 7pm.

In ancient times, people didn’t have watches or clocks; they used the 12 Earthly Branches to divide a day into 12 two-hour periods. Every period was named after a different Earthly Branch.

For the sake of entertainment and convenience, people replaced them with the 12 zodiac signs, according to their sequence, inventing sayings to relate each period to each animal’s behavior. Rooster hours are from 5pm to 7pm, when roosters go back to their coops.

– http://www.chinahighlights.com/

Every once in awhile we get to help on uber creative events like the Hauntingly Beautiful Feather Wedding Decor made for Michael Scola and Jordan Rodarte’s “American Horror Story” Themed Wedding!

Yes, that’s right we said… an “American Horror Story” Themed Wedding– and every single “AHS” inspired decor detail from the art deco venue, ostrich feather centerpieces to actor Naomi Grossman (from both Asylum & Freak Show) as the ring bearer, was on point!

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“After Michael proposed to me and we started planning, we knew almost immediately we wanted a Halloween wedding,” Jordan said. “The ‘AHS’ thing came in once we chose our gorgeous Art Deco venue ― only to find out it was where they were filming ‘AHS: Hotel!’ That’s when we really went for it.”

Michael and Jordan who tied the knot last week on Oct. 29 at the historic Oviatt Penthouse in Downtown L.A  came to The Feather Place Los Angeles months in advance and with our help were able to make their wedding decor dreams come true! Using dark Teal Ostrich Plumes and Peacock Tails they created captivating feather centerpieces transforming their wedding venue into an art deco dreamland! We couldn’t be happier for these two! Thank you for counting on The Feather Place for all of your “feathered” needs!

Hauntingly Beautiful Feather Wedding Decor

Hauntingly Beautiful Feather Wedding Decor

Hauntingly Beautiful Feather Wedding Decor

Hauntingly Beautiful Feather Wedding Decor

Hauntingly Beautiful Feather Wedding Decor

Fly by Night Public Artwork

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on July 29, 2016

in EVENT,FINE ART

Just in case  you missed it, here are some stunning images from Duke Riley’s public artwork “Fly by Night”. We are completely mesmerized by the imagery and footage taken at this artful event in NYC! Who knew that pigeons rigged with LED lights could be so captivating!

Riley orchestrated a series of performances occurring regularly throughout late spring. At the call of a whistle, thousands of birds emerged from their home in a grand, converted historic boat docked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The pigeons circled above the river as the sun sets over Manhattan, and small leg bands, historically used to carry messages, were replaced with tiny LED lights, illuminating the sky in a transcendent union of public art and nature.

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Duke Riley’s Fly By Night from Creative Time on Vimeo.

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…Duke Riley’s Fly By Night brings the rock dove back to the forefront of the New York story once again, assembling an unprecedented fleet of specially trained birds that pay homage to the inhabitants of Cob Dock over 100 years later. Housed on a former naval aircraft carrier once used to train helicopter pilots, this new flight crew made up of Homers, Flights, Rollers, Tumblers, Tipplers, and even the ancient Syrian Damascene (the artist’s favorite), are Riley’s winged collaborators taking to the skies above Wallabout Bay. Twirling, swooping, and gliding – together, apart, and together again – Riley orchestrates an unpredictable flying composition. Like the birds themselves, no two performances are the same. Lacing together old New York and new, Fly By Night asks us to stop, watch, listen, and revere this extraordinary creature that has shared the triumphs and tragedies of the human experience – uniting individuals, cultures, and generations of fanciers in a tale of both the ancient and modern city.

– Meredith Johnson, curator

A peek at Joan Rivers’s Private Collection

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on June 21, 2016

in EVENT,FASHION,STAGE & SCREEN

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.”

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Christies.com $400 A black georgette and feather jacket

Find out more about the auction and browse the catalog here.

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!

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“¡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

Photo By Chris Willis

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…

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“…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 >>>

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Kentucky Derby Hats

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on April 8, 2016

in EVENT,FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS,HAIR & HAT

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“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.

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“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.”

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We’ve grouped a few fun and simple inspirational Mardi Gras Feather Headdresses for you. Let’s us help you get parade ready… Fat Tuesday is on February 9th!!!

Inspirational Mardi Gras Feather Headdresses

Let’s start by showing you a few simple ways to dress up a simple headband. You can mix and use ostrich, rooster coque tails, goose biots and peacock if you like. The Feather Place carries a great selection of package feathers for you to get your creative juices going.  You’ll need a handy glue gun and a plastic headband and feathers. You may also add a Fleur D Lis embellishment.

Mardi Gras Feather Headdresses

Here are some of our Mardi Gras DIY inspired headdresses using some of our Natural and Dyed Headdresses. We loved using bright Ostrich Plumes and dyed Pheasant Zebra Tail Feathers in addition to all natural Peacock and Rooster Feathers! All you need is one of our already made headdresses. You will be parade ready in no time at all!Headdress Inspiration Collage 4 -The Feather PlaceHeaddress Inspiration Collage 2 -The Feather PlaceHeaddress Inspiration Collage 3 -The Feather PlaceMardi Gras Feather Headdresses

The Hunger Games Exhibition

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on December 23, 2015

in COSTUME,EVENT,FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS,FINE ART,STAGE & SCREEN

The Hunger Games Exhibition

Experience Panem at The Hunger Games Exhibition with over 1,000 props and 46 costumes that were used in the movies. Interactive games and maps allow fans to take a step inside Panem and learn more about each district. Fans can even get an up close look into Cinna’s design studio and sketchbooks.

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Most impressive are Katniss’s costumes which are truly a work of art! Cinna’s “people” spent time with us here at The Feather Place Los Angeles to source and get inspiration as to what feather types they wanted to use on the costumes. We are so lucky to have behind the scenes “feather” knowledge on several blockbuster hits like this one!

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New Yorkers, Make sure you see it before it’s gone! It’s closing January 3rd and traveling to San Francisco where it will open on February 13th 2016. Advanced tickets purchase is strongly recommended – This show is sure to sell out!

 “May the odds be ever in your favor.”