Talk about birds of a feather sticking together. This fall, ostrich, pheasant and even pigeon feathers are popping up on jackets, gowns, handbags and necklaces. The look can be bold and bright or sweetly ephemeral.
Prada adorns a sleeveless knee-length coat with long, black beaded feathers. With a mohair faux fur vest on top and a wide orange felt band, it's one of the more whimsical takes on the trend ($6,550; prada.com).
Nina Ricci sent her models down the runway with wispy ostrich feathers threaded through their hair like Shakespeare's midsummer fairies. The motif is repeated in her alpaca and mohair poncho, one of the easier pieces to weave into an existing wardrobe. In a soft light gray, the poncho's chunky knit and asymmetrical hem complement the delicate strands of feathers woven throughout ($1,215; eluxury.com).
Fashion bad boy Alexander McQueen is enamored of ostrich feathers, too, using them to adorn the bottom of a short, sage green silkchiffon cocktail dress. The long-sleeved turtleneck top is woven in delicate gold beads in a deep V shape and the feathers, surrounding the hips through midthigh in a pouf, add a delicate, graceful flounce ($8,584; net-a-porter.com).
Louis Vuitton, under the guidance of fashion's man-of-the-moment Marc Jacobs, offers a stunning feathered necklace. Metal links string together opaque, glittery shards of crystal and fluffy white pigeon and ostrich plumes to make a dramatic ethereal statement ($5,390; louisvuitton.com).
Another gossamer look comes from Isaac Mizrahi, whose pure white dress has the simplest of tops: a plain white crew-neck short-sleeved shift top, with tiers of fluffy white feathers from the waist down ($18,000; isaacmizrahiny .com). And Balmain offers a short, belted, bright white coat entirely covered in fluffy white ostrich feathers ($13,885; www.balmain.com).
Tod's uses hot pink and turquoise feathers to shape delicate butterfly wings on the toes of dainty purple ballet flats ($425; tods.com).
Ferragamo embraced the trend wholeheartedly, offering a bold status bag. Dangling from chunky chain straps, pebbled leather gives way to a full, bright shock of pheasant feathers ($3,100; salvatoreferragamo.it). It's the handbag equivalent of a peacock showing off its plumes.