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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)

Hat's off to Hedda Hopper | The REAL Hedda Hopper

Hat’s off to Hedda Hopper !  Having recently watched FX Networks FEUD where scene after scene, Judy Davis’s character dons the most beauty feather hat, I was inspired to know more about the real Hedda Hopper and all of her hats!Hat's off to Hedda Hopper | Judy Davis as Hedda Hopper

“Judy Davis’ Hedda Hopper wears a succession of fantastic hats in “Feud,” which make for the most notable TV chapeaus of the year…

“Jack McConnell was a major milliner [of the era,] so we used a lot of his hats,” Eyrich says. “A bunch of our hats we got from a store here in Los Angeles called The Way We Wore. They have an amazing hat room that I had so much fun digging through.”

Murphy wanted hats with movement, so Eyrich added long, iridescent black feathers to one cap-like white hat. Another hat looks like an alien ship had landed on the wearer’s head.”Variety 

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Mesmerized by the plethora of feather hats Davis wore, we found these amazing images of the original gossip girl and Hollywood royalty ! Boy did she love to wear off the top feather hats! Ostrich Feather, Rooster Feather, She wore it and said it all!  Here are a few of our favorites! We hope you find some inspiration, especially with the Kentucky Derby around the corner!

Hat's off to Hedda Hopper

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Ostrich Feathers Reign

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on March 29, 2017

in FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS

Ostrich Feathers reign this season when it comes to fashion details! Prada, Elie Saab and Chanel’s’ Fall/Winter 2017 RTW collections are perfect examples of that! Bright and Bold Ostrich PlumesFringes and Boas used in abundance furthermore proves that feather trends are here to stay! Let’s take a look !

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Roger Vivier Feather Shoes and Accessories

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on March 24, 2017

in FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS

First of all, these Roger Vivier Feather Shoes and Accessories are to die for! We absolutely love the Burnt Ostrich Feathers paired with sparkling rhinestone details. The Champagne and Pearl Grey shoes and clutch are perfect for Spring and Summer soirée’s, while the classic Black pair are perfect for Fall and Winter balls.

FEATHER SWIRL | Roger Vivier’s version of magic. Like a whirlwind of feathers dancing around the Buckle, a precious jewel adorns a pair of sandals, mules and Papillon de Nuit closed-back heels. Its tender shades – Première fois pink and pearl grey – caress the skin. This sensuality is taken to excess in a V-shape on the thigh-high boots, the quintessence of the House’s extravagant spirit. – Roger Vivier 

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Fall 2017 Feather Trends from the Runway

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on March 10, 2017

in EVENT,FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS

There are so many noteworthy Fall 2017 Feather Trends hitting the Runway this month!

From Prada’s city chic sandals to McQueen’s modern medieval couture and a show-stopping BalenciagaOstrich Feathers reign this season! We have a feeling that ostrich feather trends are here to stay!

If you are feeling inspired and want to take your fashion designs to the next level, come visit us at one of our two showrooms so we can help you pick out the perfect Ostrich feather plume or fringe for your project!

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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

Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Spring 2017

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on February 5, 2017

in FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS

Our favorite Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Spring 2017 feathered looks! Of course we love the monochromatic grey Ostrich Feather Fringe details that were combined with touches of bright chartreuse throughout! Even more impressive is the use of an almost lost technique where you “curl” the feather Ostrich trim like in the images seen below! Makes us want to use one of our Silver or Twilight Two Ply Ostrich Boas to try to recreate the look! If you want to try this technique out yourself, make sure to check out our Tip and Techniques page for information on this technique and more!

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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

C O U T U R E. P A R I S. Ralph & Russo #SS17 #bride

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Peace Love Music Feathers ; Interview with London based artist, songstress and friend Vera Black – Fashion for the Free 🖤

PEACE*LOVE*MUSIC*FEATHERS | VERA BLACK

Please tell us about the “First” feather accessory you made, where were you and where is that piece now?
I remember it was back in 2010 I just finished my first tour across the US, my husband Luke & I played 8 shows in 5 states. We started in New York and ended in LA, those 3 months on the road travelling through the states, really inspired me, it gave me a lot of ideas of how I wanted to visually look like on stage.
I couldn’t find what I was looking for to create that look, so I decided to have a go at making my own accessories and outfits….
I made a trip to the Feather Place in Downtown LA and met Cristina, it was her first day there and she is still there to this day.
She showed me through the whole range and I bought a load of feathers, at this stage not really knowing what I was going to do with them.
When I got back home to Sydney, I started to experiment. I discovered you could create incredible patterns by layering feathers on top of one another and I became obsessed..
The first thing I made was a beaded feather hair clip, they look very different to when I first started, they are a lot more detailed now.
I wore those same feathers everyday for about 4 years, until one day my Mum was helping organize my workshop and I walked in to see her taking apart my prized possession, the first feather clip I ever made. I was like “OMG! What are you doing??” She screamed and threw it in the air, “I thought this was just some old thing, it doesn’t look like anything you would have made.” I told her how it was sentimental and it was the first thing I made…She felt so bad…but it was actually the best thing to happen as now, I never keep anything, I sell everything and wear whatever is my latest design. It’s quite funny, now….

What inspires you when making a new piece?
Many things, some of my designs come to me in my dreams, I wake up with a mental picture of what I’m going to create.
Materials I am working with also inspire, I love shopping for materials, that’s when you get a good picture in your mind as to what you could create.
I get all excited when I have new colors, beads and materials to play around with. Being a musician I get inspired by other musicians and their fashion, I like to design things that I think, Keith Richards, Jim Morrison, Stevie Nicks or Johnny Depp might like to wear, chances are other people who like their style would like to wear them to.

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Why use feathers…?
I come from a Maori background, which is native to New Zealand, feathers were worn to show status in the tribe as well as a spiritual purpose, much like Native American’s. Also growing up in the country in Perth, Western Australia, I had my own horse, I was always collecting fallen feathers and braiding them into my horses hair or in my own….
I had no idea that it would lead me to braiding and working with feathers everyday of my life, whilst building a successful fashion label.

Where can people find you?
My workshop has been based in Twickenham for the last 5 years, which is just outside of London in the UK. There are 4 of us in my home workshop hand making everything to keep up with the demand.
My husband runs our Camden Stall at Camden Lock Market, he is there every Weekend and some days during the week. I trade at the famous Portobello Market every Saturday, which is where I first started when I first moved to London. This is my one-day out of the workshop, so it’s quite a social day for me, I have lots of friends there.
Nearly all our U.S. customers, have found us on ETSY, also our online store is VERABLACK.COM. I am also available to do custom designs for whatever the occasion.

PEACE*LOVE*MUSIC*FEATHERS
VERA BLACK

Janaïna Milheiro Feather Textile Arts

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on December 2, 2016

in FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS,FINE ART

Artisan Janaïna Milheiros feather textile arts and designs are truly one of a kind!  From the large scale feather art installations and window dressing to delicate couture feather floral crowns, Janaïna Milheiros work could be seen dressing the windows of Cartier or at the Hermès boutique in Miami to the runways of the Proenza Schouler Spring/Summer 2016 and Valentino pre-Collection Autumn/Winter 2016-2017 shows.

Janaïna Milheiro Feather Textile Arts Collage

“She does not consider feather as an ornament, as a feather worker would, but she treats it as a weaver, an embroiderer or even a sewer would, by cutting the edges, assembling them as if they were beads or ribbons…”- www.tissusetartisansdumonde.fr