Trends of a Feather Flock Together: Bird-Inspired Fashion S/S 2018

(L-R): Nina Ricci, Maison Margiela, Ann Demeulemeester, Proenza Schouler and Rodarte.

Models fluttered their way down the catwalks during the Spring 2018 shows and frankly, we’ve got our feathers in a bunch over this trend. Whether you go full on feather or just a little adorned trim, this trend is sure to add a little drama and elegance to your wardrobe. Let’s break down all the ways to have fun with feathers this spring.


For a chilly Spring evening, a jacket covered in feathers is the perfect piece. They blow beautifully in the breeze while also adding a bit of grandeur to your look. Proenza Schouler designers, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, dove right into the nest showcasing a cropped, cream-colored jacket. Although the jacket is definitely more feathers than fabric, it still gives a soft and gentle effect. Marques Almeida chose to take it one (or one hundred) steps further showcasing a cardigan length jacket, striped in pink and black. This might seem like a scary piece to pull off but when paired with a flat loafer, as shown below, you can almost envision the fashion-forward girl who would rock the look while running errands!


Proenza Schouler/ Marques Almeida


Forget the little black dress, if you really want to stand out at the party, feathers are the way to go. Saint Laurent let subtlety fly out of the window sending down a mini dress completely covered in bravura ostrich feathers. Designer, Anthony Vaccarello summed up the look better than anyone could: “That girl of Saint Laurent—she wants to have fun,” he said. “She’s not depressed. She wants to enjoy life!” At Alexander McQueen, the look was part ethereal with the perfect amount of edginess. We saw a white, midi length dress that if not for the feathers, the sheer fabrication would have left nothing to imagination. Paired with a flat combat-esque boot, the dress seemed less aristocratic. Feathers can definitely glam up any party dress but you don’t have to take the trend too seriously, pair it with chunky jewelry, combat boots and if you’re brave, throw on some leather shorts and let them peak beyond the hem.


Saint Laurent/ Alexander McQueen


If you want the flare that feathers bring but are not ready to jump right into the trend, garments trimmed with feathers might just hold you over until you’re ready to convert. At Balmain, we saw the house's signature body-con, dresses in fire-engine red and cobalt with strict proportions: narrow waists, exaggerated shoulders, and some details, in the form of feathers, that extenuated the natural curves of the body. At No. 21, the feathers were used as an antidote to an already stylized look. The look is relaxed, a sheer sweater adorned with thin feather accents worn with plaid Bermuda shorts, a sheer skirt supplemented with wispy feathers and paired with a bomber jacket alluded to eveningwear transitional pieces.

Balmain/ No. 21

So there it is, whether you want to go full on feathers or you prefer a more conservative feather ensemble, the look is sure to turn some heads!