How to Incorporate Feathers, This Year’s Most Festive Accent, Into Your Wardrobe

Most Wanted - December 2017 - In Full Plume
Photographs by Matthew Kristall, Styled by Lindsey Frugier; Hair by Tamara McNaughton for Kerastase at Streeters; Makeup by Junko Kioka for Chanel at Joe Management; Manicure by Dawn Starling for Dior at MAM-NYC; MODEL: Sara Berger at Women Management; Digital technician: Jared Zagha; Photography assistants: Gaspar Dietrich, Carlos Monino; Fashion assistant: Callie Turner.

When it came to red carpet dressing this year, feathers were just about everywhere. There was Blake Lively and Lupita Nyong’o at the Met Gala; Katy Perry at the Grammy Awards; Zoe Kravitz at the Emmy Awards; and plenty of other notable appearances. The trend started, as so many do, with Miuccia Prada, who showed marabou feathers on many pieces in her Spring 2017 collection. Still haven’t tried the trend for yourself? Well, there is no time like the present, especially as the holiday season kicks into full gear. After all, what is more festive than adorning yourself in plumes? For a notice-me holiday party look, try David Koma’s stark white, and totally feathered, mini-dress. Looking for something slightly more subtle? The Row has updated their signature minimalistic shoulder bag with just a few dangling feathers, and Saint Laurent offers a classic stiletto heel adorned with two feathered accents around the ankle. Whether you go full feathers or subtle accents, here are 12 ways to incorporate the trend into your life this season.


“Fashion can often take itself very seriously. So I was literally tickled to see so many feathers fluttering down the runway this season.” -Rickie De Sole, Fashion Director

Rodarte jacket, $11,730, skirt, $3,105, and boots, $2,012,


The Row bag, $1,790,


David Koma dress, $2,360, Bergdorf Goodman, New York, 800.558.1855.


Boucheron earrings, price upon request, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, 310.550.5900.


G ring, price upon request,


Jimmy Choo boots, $1,250,


“Not in a party mood? This cocktail ensemble is the equivalent of a glass of bubbly.” -Sarah Zendejas, Fashion Market Editor

Christopher Kane Shirt, $945, Skirt, $1,795, and Shoes, $825,


“Though these cascading gems are pretty dressy, I’d happily wear them all day—every day.” -Grace Fuller, Jewelry Editor

Sabba Earrings, price upon request, FD Gallery, New York, 212.772.2440


“Can’t wait to kick up my heels in these feathered numbers.” -Sam Walker, Accessories And Men’s Market Editor

Saint Laurent Shoes, $1,395,


“Instead of putting a feather in your cap, why don’t you put one in your pocket? This tee is a clever twist on a classic.” -Gabriella De Givenchy, Fashion Market Assistant

Brunello Cucinelli T-shirt, $645, Brunello Cucinelli, New York, 212.334.1010


“Raf Simons’s total reimagination of the Calvin Klein flagship store may epitomize the shock of the new, but curated offerings like vintage American quilts and Italian glassware reveal a keen eye for the old too.” -Alix Browne, Features Director

Vintage Italian Vases, prices upon request, Calvin Klein Madison Avenue boutique, New York, 212.292.9000


“With its fresh mint color and tough chain 
strap, this is one lady bag with attitude.” -Nora Milch, Senior Accessories Editor

Salvatore Ferragamo Bag, $1,390,


“Transparency is trending in the real world—and the fashion one. This sheer topper has nothing to hide.” -Courtney Costello, Fashion Market Assistant

Burberry Coat, $1,795,


“With a hue this exquisite, you may want to forgo jewels!” -Mia Adorante, Beauty And Health Editor

Chanel Nail Polish, $28,


“This property, which has just reopened after a six-month renovation, doesn’t have a single bad angle. Aside from being located on the Arno, it boasts an extensive art collection that includes work by Picasso and Cocteau.” -Karin Nelson, Senior Features Editor

Hotel Lungarno,