FEATHER TRENDS

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.

Feather Arts and Fantasies by Lorra Lee Rose

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on March 28, 2018

in FEATHER TRENDS,FINE ART

The unique Feather Arts and Fantasies by Lorra Lee Rose began as chance encounter with costume feathers and masks. Since then Laura Lee’s Feather Fantasies have evolved into a full time life’s work and passion. Using naturally molted and ethically sourced feathers, Lorra Lee Rose painstaking hand selects each feather one by one creating beautiful Feathered Human Figures, Masks and Crystal works of art.

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“Her sense of respect for the birds that provide her their molted feathers leads Lorra Lee to honor them in turn, by using their precious gift to create beautiful work that is worthy of their natural beauty.

The recipient of numerous awards, private commissions, showings at art festivals, and exhibits in museums, Lorra Lee has maintained a flourishing career as a prolific artist. – CODA Gallery

Feather Arts and Fantasies by Lorra Lee Rose

You can find these Feather Arts and Fantasies at the CODA Gallery or commision your own piece by contacting the artist.Feather Arts and Fantasies by Lorra Lee Rose

Feather filled movie scenes like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance sequence in the movie Top Hat and Alicia Silverstone’s iconic marabou topped pen in Clueless, have had a way of captivating the silver screen over the generations. With the Academy Awards this weekend, we wanted to look back at 7 of our favorite feathered moments from the silver screen starting with Jasmine Guy’s nominated roaring 20’s feathered look in the movie Harlem Nights.

Harlem Nights’ Joe I. Tompkins was nominated for an Academy Award for best costume design and we can see why just by looking at this movie still of the lovely Jasmine Guy as Dominique La Rue. Of course we love the Ostrich Feather details used throughout the whole film! And while the movie is now a cult classic, the costume design is enough reason to re-watch this movie.

Black Swan, director Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller set in the world of professional ballet, is a stylish treat with Rodarte-designed ballet costumes, showcasing black feathers, Swarovski crystals and tulle. We loved it! These costumes were truly a work of art, they were put on display at The Museum of Contemporary Art in 2011.

This romantic, period-film has been the inspiration for countless “Great Gatsby” theme parties and feather fashion trends! 2013’s movie The Great Gatsby based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel and directed by Baz Luhrmann starred Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby also won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design. 12 of the original costumes designed by Miuccia Prada and Catherine Martin were also put on display in Paris and New York City.

With a pastel hued color palette inspired by french macaroons ; costume designer Milena Canonero also won an Oscar for Best Costume Design in the Sofia Coppola directed 2006 film Marie Antoinette. We like to play this movie on repeat at the Los Angeles showroom. We are really looking forward to seeing who will win this year and to see what the stars will be wearing.

Ursula Andress as Vesper Lynd embodies the Look of Love in the ultimate spy spoof of all time; Casino Royale 1967 . This movie is full of fun and witty feather filled movie scenes and wardrobe.


A true CLASSIC; Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the 1935 Top Hat “Cheek to Cheek” dance sequence is most inspiring! The graceful dance moves and flowing feathers truly captivated the audience over the generations! And that Ostrich Feather DRESS…! It’s Heaven!   Watch for yourselves below.

Did you know that “Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers hit their peak in Top Hat, and of the five dances in the film, ‘Cheek to Cheek’ has become symbolic of their on-screen symbiosis. The number was nearly ruined, however, by Rogers’ ostrich-trimmed dress, which shed tiny feathers as Astaire spun her around the dance-floor, spoiling his tails. Rogers was adamant the bias-cut gown she had designed with Bernard Newman was perfect for the role, but Sinatra wanted to switch it for a feather-less number. It was only when Rogers threatened to walk that he relented. It took a present to get Rogers back on set. “Dear Feathers, I love ya! Fred”, read the note to accompany a gold feather for her charm bracelet.”

“As if”… We could ever forget this iconic scene of Alicia Silverstone as Cher Horowitz in the teen classic Clueless! Simple, yet memorable and so easy to DIY with Marabou Boas, Satin Ribbon and a Pen!

Feather Filled Movie Scenes

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…

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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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Feather Fashion Trends for 2018

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on January 12, 2018

in DIY,FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS,JEWELRY

Feather fashion trends have sure come a long way and are no longer just associated with Las Vegas Showgirls and Burlesque stage acts. Here are some of our favorite Feather Fashion Trends for 2018 that you can incorporate into you outfit of the day.

Feather Fashion Trends for 2018

Add texture to your #ootd with a Marabou Feather trimmed shoulder bag like this one from Topshop. You can also easily DIY the look for a fraction of the cost with Marabou Feather Boas from The Feather Place and an outdated bag you already own. Simply stitch the feather boas across and voilà…

Feather Fashion Trends for 2018

You can never go wrong in Ostrich Feather Fringe Skirt! Pair it with a chunky sweater or tights, you can wear this feather fashion trend through the changing seasons! Like the marabou feather trimmed bag and all of the trends shown in the blog, You can DIY this feather trend with feathers from The Feather Place.

Feather Fashion Trends for 2018

“No evening gown required. We prefer these statement sandals with jeans and a t-shirt. The ostrich feathers and kid suede give them incomparable softness and the mid heel height means you can walk/dance all night.” CharlotteStone

Check out that touch of Pantone’s Color of the Year, Ultra Violet in the above feather sandals from Charlotte Stone!

Feather Fashion Trends for 2018

Whoever said wearing feathers is too fussy never saw these Cropped Ostrich Feather Trimmed Hoodies. They are fancy but most importantly comfortable and totally functional with removable feather fringe details .

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“Founded in 2008, The New York City-Based label Tuleste is widely recognized for its eye catching collection of pom pom earrings, statement necklaces, rings and bracelets. ” Tuleste

We love these feather pom pom earrings from Tuleste! They are the PERFECT way to accessorize with small feather details… Made in the USA, you can’t go wrong!

2018 Color of the Year Ultra Violet

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on January 3, 2018

in FEATHER TRENDS

2018 Color of the Year Ultra Violet “lights the way to what it yet to come”… and we have the feathers to match! With a large assortment of ultra violet shades and feather styles, we are confident that you will find what you need for Color of the Year inspired fashion design, home decor and art & craft projects. Our feathers are available in Feather Fringes, Feather Boas, Feathers by the Yard, Pre-Packaged Craft and Fancy Feathers in Bulk. We even have Fantasy Angel Ostrich Feather Wings; perfect for carnival, cosplay and more! There’s something for every budget and project! Need more inspiration… Shop our LA and NYC Showrooms and get up close & personal with our feathers!

2018 Color of the Year Ultra Violet “A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future…” Pantone

Complete your fantasy costume with these fabulous Ostrich Feather Wings

Rooster Coque Tail Feather Fringe available in 2 sizes by the yard! 12″-14″ 1 Yard $15.14 and 14″-16″ 1 Yard $21.49

Pheasant Plumage $12.54yd, Rooster Hackle $13.91yd, and Parried Goose Pallet Feathers by the yard $8.75yd and half yard $15.46. These shades of violet are sure to complement any project!

Create fun and dramatic party decor with these Lavender Chandelle Feather Pom Poms available in 3 sizes! Chandelle Feather Pom Poms $6.12-$17.50

Feather boas are a sure way to a liven up any look! Available in Chandelle, Marabou and Ostrich with Lurex. Click each image for more info…

Add Ultra Violet feather details with these Small Pre-Packaged Feathers. Perfect for your arts and craft projects. Lady Amherst Crest Plumage $3.75 ea and Goose Pallet Feathers $2.40

Ostrich Drabs are available in 4 sizes by the dozen $5.50-$37.95 a DZ. You can also buy in bulk by the 1/4lb!

A year in Feathers 2017

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on December 30, 2017

in FEATHER TRENDS

2017 had it’s fair share of fashionable feathered moments. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and check out our favorites in a Year in Feathers from The Feather Girl… and Cheers to a better and brighter future. Have a prosperous and abundant New Year – From your friends at The Feather Girl

Year of the Rooster 2017 JANUARY : We kick off the Year of the Rooster 2017 on January 28th. Oscar worthy Feather Fashions FEBRUARY : 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. Talk Derby to me with Headcandi Hats and Fascinators MARCH : Talk Derby to me with Headcandi Hats and Fascinators … our newest favorite Kentucky Derby Milliner! Using only fine quality materials and feather styles like Dyed and Natural Lady Amherst Pheasant, Ostrich Plumes, Rooster, Peacock Tails and Swords… Jazz Up your Space with Feathers APRIL : It’s Spring and the perfect time to jazz up your space with feathers! We love showcasing our favorite DIY feather projects like this amazing Pre-teen bedroom makeover by Candice Cowin of Texas Brocante Antiques & Interiors. JUNE : The Hollywood Carnival and Cultural Festival 2017 was an amazing, world class experience. 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. JULY : Comme des Garcon, Art of the “In- Between” is a brilliant exhibition that combines fashion and art. The exhibition explores the avant-garde design works by Kawakubo. Zendaya wearing various feathered pieces. AUGUST  : VOGUE July 2017 sees Disney-teen-princess-turned-fashionista Zendaya adorned with feathery tops and hats and jackets that are sure to ruffle your feathers (in a good way!) DIY The Birds Halloween Costume OCTOBER : This DIY The Birds Halloween Costume is perfect for those last minute parties! You won’t believe how easily you will convert into Tippi Hedren. All you need are a murder a crows and some simple thrift store finds. Find some inspiration and a link to buy black crow birds below… NOVEMBER : Victoria’s Secret Angels take Shanghai for the X instalment of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show starting with Alessandra who walked her last VS Runway this year. DECEMBER : 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.