Birds of a feather
While feathers used to be reserved to those with a certain social standing to display their status and wealth, the fluffy detail has since gained immense popularity. No longer restricted to headpieces or corsages, we saw feathers being amply used for the fall/winter 2017 ready-to-wear runways and now, true to tradition, reinterpreted for Couture. Where the bird-inspired frocks took on a wearable approach on the ready-to-wear catwalk, Couture opted for full and awe-inspiring plumage. Elie Saab's Lebanese designer showcased a 'Game of Thrones'-inspired collection where he embroidered a sense of romanticism on floor-sweeping dresses with colour-matching dancing plumes. Another Lebanese designer, Zuhair Murad, stayed true to the feather's heritage and presented a feminine 'Gibson Girl'-inspired collection. Murad's signature nude effect gowns were adorned with floaty feathering, further enhancing the seductive elements. Tamara Ralph captured the perfect amount of old-school glamour on the Ralph & Russo runway where embellished cocktail dresses, embroidered gowns and showstopping headpieces were supported by an abundance of ostrich feathers. While a Bollywood-inspired wedding gown was the show's true masterpiece, the blue and white ombré, layered, feather dress made an equally astounding impact.