Trend Watch: Feathered Spring Looks

By now you've heard plenty about fall's must-have furs, but there's no denying that feathers are the fur of the spring season, giving any outfit a dose of delicacy and sophistication.

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Think of them as the lightweight counterpart to winter fur: Feathers add texture and movement to any outfit, not to mention a dreamy, ethereal quality that feels just right as the weather starts to warm up. Feathers played a prominent role at Alexander McQueen, where they were woven into elaborate bustier bodices and long, sweeping skirts.
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At Betty Jackson, feather-festooned tops made a 1970's statement paired with itty-bitty shorts and bright beaded necklaces.
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Also favoring the feathered hot-pant combo, Jill Stuart combined soft downy plumes with swathes of crinkled chiffon and white beads to create a feeling of light and weightlessness.
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Dip-dyed peacock feathers and strings of shredded fringe gave Cavalli's spring collection a boho babe appeal. We love the way super straight hair plays into the feathery texture of the dress.
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Fernando Frissoni's signature mini dresses got a fluffy face-lift for spring, with thick clusters of feathers dyed to exactly match the leather of the dresses.
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At Chanel, the brand's classic tweed suiting got a girlish update with the addition of dyed feather plumes peeking out of cocktail dresses, mini-skirts and blouses. This canary yellow look was among our favorites, calling to mind a super-stylish "Big Bird."
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Naeem Khan is no stranger to luxe embellishments of all kinds, but feathers appear to be a special favorite of the designer. His groovy spring collection featured sophisticated pool-side gowns and separates, but this spectacular beaded confection, finished with a dove-white feather skirt, was a real show-stopper.
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UK designer Mark Fast showed intricately woven (if extremely revealing) mini dresses and swimsuits for spring, but the dip-dyed feather detailing in magenta, coral and hot pink gave the collection a phoenix-rising feel.
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Oscar de la Renta's pretty pink sundress is festooned with tiny feathers, and the stylist's decision to pair the look with ballet flats only reinforces our "Black Swan" association.
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At Pringle of Scotland, feathers were interwoven into the brand's signature knit tops to create an undone hippie-chic effect.
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Prabal Gurung's ultra-textured evening dresses and pencil skirts weren't crafted from actual feathers, but certainly gave an elegant plumed impression.
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For Christian Dior's '40s-inspired collection, saturated feather embellishments served to further a retro East-Meets-West aesthetic, particularly when paired with exotic mini-kimonos and silk sundresses.
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Bensoni's electric-coral feather motif was dappled throughout the entire spring collection, but by far the most dramatic look was one that paired a florescent chartreuse blouse with a sweeping maxi skirt.
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In addition to proud feather plumes jutting from dramatic silk turbans at Jean Paul Gaultier's spring couture show, feathers were an important part of the garments themselves. Here, a tiered feather skirt fades to intricate jet black beading.
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