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

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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.

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“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




Sally LaPointe Frothy Feather Fashions

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on November 30, 2016

in FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS,STAGE & SCREEN

Sally LaPointe Frothy Feather Fashions from her S/S 2017 runway are among our favorite feather trends this year. Ostrich feathers and fringe always seems to be the most popular of feathers among fashion designers! Luxurious white, black and olive ostrich fringe, sheer fabrics and sparkling embellishments dominate this party-ready collection.

“As always, LaPointe delivered it all with a dose of sex appeal, from feather-embroidered bustiers to a body-hugging pink cashmere dress. On the more casual side, her black and white high-waisted denim styles, which laced all the way up the front of the leg, will be a surefire hit.”- wwd.com

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A look at Prada’s S/S 2017 Feather Details

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on November 18, 2016

in FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS

Here’s an upclose look at Prada’s S/S 2017 Feather Details with almost every single piece having a delicate trail of Ostrich Feather trim or boas. Creamy Ivory, Mint, Blue Jean, Lemon, Dusty Rose and Cinnamon feather fringe adorn a patchwork of elegantly tailored fabrics. Miuccia Prada said backstage …

“I decided I wanted to…do something much more simple [than the recent past collections], and kind of trying to find a new way of elegance,” she said backstage. “Elegance sounds [like] an old-fashioned word, but also [stands] for something meaningful, cultivated….We need at this moment something personal, intimate, real, more sensitive somehow.” – wwd.com

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S/S 2017 Ready To Wear Feather Trends

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on November 8, 2016

in FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS

Here are our favorite S/S 2017 Ready To Wear Feather Trends straight from the Fall’s runway shows. Proenza Schouler S/S 17 collection was reminiscent of one of the greatest painters and leading abstract artist of the 20th century Piet Mondrian. With bold geometric patterns woven from leather and lined with ostrich feather fringe, designers McCollough and Hernandez …

” said they went to Paris to visit “almost defunct” couture ateliers, and brought back some of the techniques they picked up there.” – vogue.com

Spring 2017 Ready To Wear Feather Trends

Paris up-and-comer Christelle Kocher also pulled inspiration from Maison Lemarié, the Chanel owned couture atelier specializing in feathers where she has been artistic director since 2010, and merged her streetwear styles with soft tresses of feathers.

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No. 21 RTW Spring 2017 Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s lavishly layered creations with simple ostrich feather details.

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Unique Feather Inspired Makeup Trends

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on October 21, 2016

in COSTUME,DIY,FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS,HOLIDAY

Perfect for the Halloween season, You’ll be a showstopper in any of these unique feather inspired makeup trends ! From incorporating ready made false feather lashes to painstakingly placing the feathers piece by piece, there’s no wrong way to add drama and recreate the look for Halloween.

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For the DIY makeup artist, here are some tips that we find useful!

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In just these simple steps, you’ll have your Miss Fisher’s Murder Mystery Inspired Costume ready for this year’s Halloween party season.

Miss Fisher's Murder Mystery Inspired Costume

Recreate detective Phryne Fisher sassy 1920 style by pairing a knee length drop waist beaded dress with a Marabou Feather Shrug or Shawl! You can also DIY a long flowing Ostrich Boa Stole or Silk Scarf trimmed in Ostrich Fringe. Add glittering details with sparkling vintage brooches, dangling necklaces and a pair of T-Strap kitten heels or oxfords. Make sure to pin your hair or wear a short bob wig topping off the look with a feather beaded headband or cloche hat.

Miss Fisher's Murder Mystery Inspired Costume

Miss Fisher's Murder Mystery Inspired Costume

Miss Fisher's Murder Mystery Inspired Costume       DIY a long flowing Ostrich Boa Stole or Silk Scarf trimmed in Ostrich Fringe. Miss Fisher's Murder Mystery Inspired Costume Recreate detective Phryne Fisher sassy 1920 style with a Marabou Feather Shrug or Shawl!

 

Discover what it takes to design and costume on the actual TV hit series below and preview the new Miss Fisher Collection – by Marion Boyce!

MaryMe-JimmyPaul Redefining Feather Fashions

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on September 23, 2016

in FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS,FINE ART

MaryMe-JimmyPaul Redefining Feather Fashions is almost an understatment… They are totally taking it to a whole nother planet! Using a large variety of Marabou, Ostrich, Chandelle and Goose Feathers MMJP’s creations are Met Gala and museum worthy. Marie Burlot and Jimmy Rinsum, the designers behind the over the top MaryMe-JimmyPaul describe their label as an “area that exists between art and fashion…”

We believe that fashion can be more than just an article of clothing. We want to tell a story with our collections and sometimes, creating big sculptural statement pieces is the best way to express our stories. Also, we graduated from the Rietveld Academy, a modern art school in the Netherlands that has also been a definitive influence. – www.notjustalabel.com/editorial/maryme-jimmypaul

We’re just gonna post some of our favorite tumblr pics… scroll through and let it simmer. We feel like we’ve died and gone to feather fashion heaven!

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Quirky Cartridge Feather Trends

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on September 16, 2016

in CRAFT,DECOR,DIY,FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS

Unique and quirky cartridge feather trends are the perfect way to show individuality and express your inner country spirit. Handmade using spent cartridge shells and feathers, these one of a kind hat pins, lapel pins, earrings and decor trends are perfect whether you are looking to make affordable rustic decorations while also making great keepsakes and gifts. Quirky Cartridge Feather Trends Collage2We searched the handmade section of Etsy and found several shops where you can find these one of a kind handmade cartridge + feather trends … You can even purchase empty shells for your own DIY projects.

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Shop for Natural and Dyed Rooster Feathers , Guinea Quills, Pheasant Tails Feathers and Plumage to make your very own feathered cartridge and spent shell inspired project … If you are inspired to make a Cartridge Pin or Broach these pre-made feather pins and feather trims are a great way to get started.Feather Pins and Trims Collage

Fall/Winter 2016 Haute Couture Favorites

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on August 12, 2016

in FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS

Here are our Fall/Winter 2016 Haute Couture favorites straight off this summer’s runway! Among our favorites are Chanel, Elie Saab, Ralph and Russo, Alberta Ferretti, Guo Pei and Alexandre Vauthier. We especially love the abundance of Ostrich Fringe used in Chanel and Ralph & Russo; always ultra feminine and delicate – to the edgy details of Black Rooster Hackle Feathers used in the Alexandre Vauthier designs. Guo Pei goes on to use Rooster Coque Tails in their stunning head pieces!