These colorful bears, made of feathers, were on show in 2013 at the galerie Perrotin in New York. At first sight they look cute, almost like Pinata’s but when seeing these sculptures up close they gave us a horrible feeling…check it out. See if you feel the same. Paola Pivi site.
(left) paola pivi ‘I never danced before’, 2013 urethane foam, plastic, feathers 214 x 90 x 104 cm / 84 1/4 x 35 1/2 x 41 inches (right) ‘sometimes I have to stand for my safety’, 2013 urethane foam, plastic, feathers 224 x 94 x 97 cm / 88 1/4 x 37 x 38 1/4 inches photograph by guillaume ziccarelli / courtesy galerie perrotin
view of the exhibition, paola pivi ‘ok, you are better than me, so what?’ galerie perrotin, new york, 18 september – 26 october 2013
paola pivi ‘it’s not fair’ (detail) 2013 urethane foam, plastic, feathers 122 x 245 x 64 cm / 48 x 96 1/2 x 25 1/4 inches photograph by guillaume ziccarelli / courtesy galerie perrotin
Seeing Native American Girls on the runway for Spring 2015 is a bit of a surprise, but maybe a logical one when reminiscing the exuberant use of feathers last season. Don’t dig to deep when re-creating this theme to your own style; Next to the use of the obvious feathers we see (Native American) ingredients such as fringes, abstract prints and short leather dresses. That’s exactly what they worked with at Etro: You have your poncho, the fringes and the moccasins completing a look we know from Isabel Marant in her earlier days. Fendi created a more abstract clean-cut vision, they sliced fabric to create fringes. Without the styling these garments aren’t “Native American” anymore. Same goes for Giambatista Valli, they put the Native American Girl in a sixties time-warp and dressed her in white. To conclude this story we must mention the fringes again, there were a lot them at different shows. Mostly used with a retro seventies vibe for short skirts, dresses and accessories. (all images via style.com)Presto! your color-card for this theme.
Feathers are the main styling device for the designers, mixed with fur, wovens or knits, any idea you come up with for using feathers; just do it! Same goes for prints and allovers; birds, ranging from spring chickens to the peacock, all kinds of bird-varieties passed at the the fall 2014 shows.
The Bird Watchers
Band of outsiders
The bird watchers have to keep warm, for Fall 2014 they sure will, again lots of fur, styled more casual though. Combined with sturdy leather, preppy wooden buttons, or wearing a wax/rain-coat-feel outfit
The bird watchers have to watch out for the snakes lurking in the grass. Snake skin in bold colurs was often used this season, above at Tom Ford, Dsquared2 and Giorgio Armani. Snakeskin in transparent voile at Givenchy (and other brands as well)
The color chart is an obvious one: an Autumn scheme with fresher touches of yellow. “Forest” Green and similar neutrals are important, next to more vivid colors (as special accents for use in snake skin items for example)