One Fabulous Pheasant: The Haute Couture Peacock Plume


There are many beautiful animals in this world; the spots on the cheetah have inspired designers for decades, and the perfectly symmetrical patterns on a butterfly are breathtaking, but can any of them truly compare to the delightfully gaudy display of a proud peacock?  With feathers reaching up to four feet long, and adorned with the iridescent shimmer of greens, purples, blues, and reds there is no other animal that can compete with the regal beauty of peacocks.  In fact, the very word “ostentatious’ comes from the term “ostentatious’ which refers to a group (or flock) of peacocks.

 

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There are many beautiful animals in this world; the spots on the cheetah have inspired designers for decades, and the perfectly symmetrical patterns on a butterfly are breathtaking, but can any of them truly compare to the delightfully gaudy display of a proud peacock?  With feathers reaching up to four feet long, and adorned with the iridescent shimmer of greens, purples, blues, and reds there is no other animal that can compete with the regal beauty of peacocks.  In fact, the very word “ostentations” comes from the term “ostentation”‘ which refers to a group (or flock) of peacocks.

One of the few species of animal where the male is the more beautiful of the sexes, the word ‘Peacock’ actually only refers to the males, whereas the females are called ‘Peahens’, and they together are called ‘Peafowl’.  The males use their display of tail feathers, also called coverts, in mating rituals and courtship displays to attract a mate.  The female peacocks choose their mates depending on the size, color, and quality of the peacock’s feathers.  These gorgeous feathers can take up over half of the male peafowl’s, or peacock’s total body length, whereas the female peahens have short, plainly colored tail feathers.

Peacocks have long been the fashion-forward pheasants, the couture birds, the absolutely fabulous fowl of the animal kingdom, and their feathers have long been just as trend-setting influential in the human kingdom as well.  Peacocks have been a symbol of wealth, beauty and rebirth since ancient times, and their images could be found in early Christian tomb art, and were a favorite motif in Rome as early as the third century.  In the Middle and Far East, pictures of these plumes, as well as the actual feathers themselves, were used to adorn everything from clothing to house goods.

In the late 1800’s, images of peacocks, and the beautiful patterns of their plumes started being used in visual art in the Western world as well.  As the gilded and intricately detailed designs from Islamic and Middle Eastern art began to gain popularity in the west, designers like William Morris began to incorporate the ostentatious beauty of the peacock plumes in their interior designs.  Around this time, an English group of artists called the Aesthetics were producing gorgeous pieces of art using influences from other cultures, specifically Japanese and Islamic designs.

More recently, in the 1970’s natural objects were beginning to be used more prevalently in fashion, and peacock feathers were used on headbands, jewelry, and handbags.  As the “Boho Chic” look has recently made a strong resurgence, so has the use of peacock feathers in everything from earrings, hair pieces, jewelry, belts, and handbags.  The peacock print whether left in its natural state, or superimposed into mod looking patterns, makes beautiful pieces of clothing and can be seen on catwalks from New York to Milan, from every major fashion house.

 

 

Author: Love Nyla

The Monogram


A monogram can be found almost anywhere; you just have to look closely. High end cars  will oftentimes have their company monogram sewn into the leather seats or as part of their hood ornament. The Bentley car company is also known for its very high end monogrammed “B” insignia. Many couture fashion designers use their monogram in their collections. Louis Vuitton is the most recognizable with most of their pieces made from leather or fabric with the company’s signature LV monogram. Gucci, Fendi, and Jessica B. are just a few other designers who have followed with the monogram trend and have had their yearly profits soar with these design campaigns.

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Monograms will always be an elegant and timeless way to adorn a special keepsake. A monogram has endless possibilities and is truly unique to the owner. They are something that will be always changing with births, marriages, and life. See how you can be creative and make some memories for you and your family.

A Men’s Corduroy Blazer Is A Must-Have Accessory


Classic and comfortable, a men’s corduroy blazer is a must have piece in any man’s wardrobe. This rugged item can be dressed down or up to fit the occasion, ranging from comfortable days at the office to enjoyable conversations over coffee.  It is also multi-seasonal and perfect for travel, since the fabric resists wrinkles.

For the office, a men’s corduroy blazer looks fantastic when paired with tweeds and khakis. It adds a touch of hip authority and recalls the intellectual mastery of a college professor. To further add to that particular mystique, a sweater vest in warm, neutral tones is a must-have.  It can also be modernized with the use of bright accent colors, such as a solid tie in an eye catching shade, with a stark, white shirt. There are full corduroy suits on the market, but one must take care not to resemble a school boy getting ready for church. A men’s corduroy blazer is the way to incorporate the fabric, without appearing as wearing a costume.  After hours, it can take on a literate air, as an addition to the standard polo shirt and khakis. The effect is especially hip when worn with a strikingly designed t-shirt and distressed jeans.  The weight of the fabric lends itself to rolling, and a men’s corduroy blazer with rolled up sleeves can add an ironic touch to date night outfit. There are very few things this multi-tasking garment can’t work with. A dapper kilt, cargo pants, tight fitting jeans… the possibilities are endless.

 
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When traveling for business or pleasure, a men’s corduroy blazer is ideal for long plane flights. Tight seating is not a problem with this comfortable material and is nearly guaranteed to arrive looking presentable. As you are wearing the coat, you will have more room in your suitcase for the essentials. A men’s corduroy blazer is also fit for all but the most formal of occasions, making it a natural choice for travel. Since museums and other buildings of interest can be chilly, it is also inherently practical, especially when traveling to destinations where the weather and temperature change rapidly.  The truly fashion forward can try a it with a pair of board shorts and sandals, or as a topper on the beach.

This signature piece can also be a charming addition to a woman’s wardrobe. Slightly oversized, a men’s corduroy blazer becomes a playful touch when paired with floral frocks. A t-shirt and skinny jeans become slightly more polished when a jacket is thrown over the top. Again, this can prove a multi-seasonal piece for ladies, as well, since there will be room for layering sweaters and scarves in the colder months. There is also something delightful about a woman wearing clothing that belongs to the opposite sex, especially if it belongs to a special someone. By borrowing his jacket, she can take him with her, wherever she goes, and be reminded of him.  This truly is a must-have accessory for any wardrobe, male or female.

Author: Myreviewsnow