You might think of boas, extravagant ball dresses or maybe it’s just a peacock that comes into your mind when thinking of feathers. They all represent plumages in their very own way. This season however, various designers decided to take a new approach for how to make feathers look fabulous!
The catwalks were filled with a glamorous Hollywood vibe. J.W. Anderson presented ostrich-feathers on strappy jersey dresses and called it the “Uberfeminine” look. Such as the British designer, Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton created feather-adorned sleeves and hems for her creations, which are clearly designed for the strong and confident woman of today. While further designers like Alberta Ferretti or Jeremy Scott incorporated the soft eye-catcher feature into various looks, Demna Gvasalia, creative director of Balenciaga, waited almost until the finale of the show – to be exact until the second to last look – to reveal his bird of paradise dress: a floor-length couture gown accompanied of an XL-bag, both of them fully covered in white feathers – paired with a green pair of shoes of course.
THE FEATHERED MESSAGE OF TODAY
While the named designers all might have had a similar intention with their feather designs, Miuccia Prada said it out loud: “The weapons of seduction are always the same – feathers and lingerie. When you are an educated feminist, sometimes you reject this, but it is true that these have stayed the same for many, many years. How is it that desire is necessarily linked to these things?" As simple as that, the Italian designer proposed an updated formula of seduction. Her message states that every woman can decide by herself how she wants her plumage inspired outfit to look like and how she feels in it. Because as soon as this mood is reflected by her inner attitude, feathers can be anything and everything – they even might be the new business attire. Apparently, this is not just true for Prada dresses only but for all the feathered picks out there. So let’s channel your inner bird, feel free like you could fly away and be sure to not cast your feathers before this season is over.