From Deepika Padukone to Kareena Kapoor Khan, B-Town actresses have fallen for the allure of plumage. Feather-accented ensembles, accessories and faux fur separates have been seen this awards season. Recently, Sridevi attended an awards do in a fully-feathered gown. A few weeks ago, Shilpa Shetty Kundra was seen on the sets of a TV show, which she judges, in a pale pink sari with flapper accents on the pallu. This plume fixation isn’t new as it was a major fall/winter trend last year too with Falguni and Shane Peacock, Hemant and Nandita, Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla reinterpreting it in their own way. Sabyasachi, meanwhile, peppered his bridal ensembles with fur neck chokers and clutches. While Delhi’s nippy winters are ideal to have fun with fur, Mumbai fashion junkies can only play with it in terms of accessories. Designers tell us how to get the exotic mood right…
FEATHERS ARE HAUTE
Surily Goel, who just invested in a feather skirt from designer Brunello Cucinelli, sees plumage as a major party trend. “With the likes of Kareena sporting it, feathers are definitely making a statement. Designer Tarun Tahiliani was one of the first designers to experiment with it and now it’s trickled down to high street. His saris would have a feathery accent,” says Surily. She adds that it lends a dash of glam to the overall look.
HOLLYWOOD GLAM REDUX
With flappers shimmying in gowns and tiaras, this trend reminds us of the jazz age. Stylist Akshay Tyagi opines that such accents inject a certain softness and a hint of flirtatiousness to an ensemble. “It takes one back to the vintage and unapologetic Hollywood glamour,” he says.
Designer Shruti Sancheti recalls the 1920s that propagated a decadent idea of living The Good Life. “Plumes add a hint of glam to couture pieces. In India, Falguni & Shane Peacock have reinterpreted feathery ghagras. They can feature in accessories too such as customised clutches,” says Shruti.
Designer Nishka Lulla attributes it to the Gatsby-themed parties. “Whether it’s feather bags, capes or gowns, plumage lends oomph and a vintage appeal. It’s here to stay as a hair accessory as it infuses an element of punk in an overall glam look,” she says.
FALL’S FLIRTATION WITH FEATHERS: Elie Saab, Alexander McQueen and Prada Fall 2017