Matthew Williamson Feather Dresses: Flights of Fancy

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Feathers flocked the couture runways in Paris this month (Giambattista Valli, Chanel, and Valentino, to name a few), but they are already popping up in Matthew Williamson‘s current and slightly more wearable cocktail collection. While the designer applied feather prints with success to some of his dresses, it’s the true cocktail numbers that are adorned in true feathers that really take flight. Take your pick between these two knockouts – either choice will inspire you to spread your wings.

For the angelic white swan ($3,650), pale blush tulle covers a boned bodice, for supreme shaping, and a sheer asymmetric layer creates the whisper of romance. Matching feathers make it float with ease into a fantastically frothy skirt, but it’s the noteworthy touches of aqua-blue that make this a dress worth pining after. Who knew chicken feathers could be so desirable?!

For the attention-grabber who has always held a secret Vegas showgirl fantasy, it’s all about the hand-woven sequin dress ($3,995). Endless gold sequins, stitched into a vague leopard-print pattern, are beyond captivating. But it’s the trim that steals the show: a cocktail of indigo and turquoise chinchilla and rooster feathers, creating the effect of flirtatiously – scratch that – scandalously feathered skirt.

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