Know Your Feathers

By Fifi Coughlan

Marlene Dietrich

Upon reflection of the SS18 shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris, the resurgence of all variations of feather was apparent, with influences from haute glamour eras such as from the 1920s, ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s. But what is important is the selection for this current Autumn/Winter, with feathers lending the appearance of uncorrupted romance and charm. Whether boa, marabou or peacock, the return of plumage was seen across the catwalks in collections by Balenciaga, Prada, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Miu Miu, JW Anderson and others.

If the complete feather Balenciaga look seems too daunting for everyday wear, affix feathers into your wardrobe via accessories such as detailing on handbags, across the slim strap of your stilettos and OTT peacock feather earrings.

This season designers took heavy inspiration from vintage glamour, but also modernised the look. This makes it accessible for the average person, but with the awareness of the fact that glamour is back with a bang for the party season.

For attainable glamour, make like 90s Kate Moss circa the Johnny Depp era, and adorn feathers across your chest for unadulterated, yet accessible, glamour for the Christmas party season. Minimalism is trickling out the window as the evenings are getting darker and the nights getting colder.

Nothing seems more enchanting than walking into a room, furnished in alluring marabou, in full command of your feathers. Supersize statement earrings and silks also help to encapsulate the look. There is no doubt that it will be interesting to see what the high street stores present us with this season in terms of street siren and pocket-friendly glamour, hopefully without being banal. Bonus points if you use the Kira Kira app for supplemental sparkle.

Prada AW17