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August 29 2014

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Designers Flock to Daytime Feathers

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“There are boys and girls, there is night and day, but above all there is love,” Dries Van Noten told Style.com’s Tim Blanks backstage before a Fall show that balanced the masculinity of Fred Astaire with the overt femininity of Ginger Rogers in Top Hat. The Belgian designer (who might want to consider a second career as a poet) mixed menswear fabrics in tailored silhouettes with frothy feathers for a result that was surprisingly realistic for daytime. Although plumage is typically reserved for special occasions, we couldn’t help but notice that many of this season’s collections were filled with afternoon-appropriate quills. The Proenza Schouler boys paired a tiered ostrich skirt with a degradé novelty sweatshirt, while Christopher Kane trimmed biker jackets and kicky kilt skirts with the downy stuff. Used sparingly—as seen at Erdem, Pringle of Scotland, and Louis Vuitton—feathers offered an unexpected alternative to fur accents. We have a feeling the peacocking street-style set, in particular, will take to this trend.

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