La Greca Magazine
Whether you are or dream of being a loyal attendee of Milan’s annual Pitti Uomo or a front-seat admirer of the legendary Parisian Christian Dior catwalks, you are bound to like this:
A well-groomed, color-matched, subtle quality feather lapel accessory is luxurious, posh and - above all - unisex. We have recently witnessed innovative feather lapel pins introduced for men by Louis Vuitton. And it works. A strict gray winter suit instantly gets a brushstroke of colorful yet structured stripes, while the tilted hanging metal chain attributes a vintage quality. Louis Vuitton’s feather lapel pins can be the extra touch on your summer blazer or winter suit which reveals that a man cares about his appearance. Gucci has also taken part in the peacock dance with a variety of boutonnieres. Marc Ronson, Tyson Chandler, Zac Efron, Amar'e Stoudemire are only a few examples of showbiz figures who have embraced the look. What is more, this discreet element can easily be used by a woman to complete a Victor Victoria androgynous look and enhance this metro quality which tips the scale slightly towards female elegance. Such a pin would be the finishing touch to an unconventional Noë, Gucci or Marc Jacobs pair of high-heeled Oxford booties (Ladies, take the tip: Nothing less than 8 cm in height when it comes to boyish look, if you still want to maintain your charms).
What you need to be aware of is that – as with every product - qualities differ significantly in the market, depending on the type of feather (artificial or natural), kind of metal (precious or non-precious), craftsmanship (machine or handmade), and brand - naturally. So do prices, accordingly. Therefore, I have come to choose some handmade models from two price/quality ranges, which are affordable enough for you to give them a go and just try this look. There is always a first step to be made and for anything in life there is always a first time.
So, “just think of them as medals” (New York Times by Karin Nelson, published: November 22, 2007) which you deserve. Whether a gentleman or a lady with the courage to move away from stereotypes, discover the peacock in you and make your statement.