The Model and Me: Feathers spring-summer 11-12

Nikki Parkinson The Model and Me 29 Comments

The Model and Me: Ever looked at a model wearing an item of clothing that appeals to you and dismissed the purchase out of hand?  Yep, me too.  Well, I’m here to tell you that you SHOULD get into that change room and give the object of your desire a try.  You may not look like the model (I don’t, I’m a size 14), but you never know, it just may look right for you.

I know I’ve become a bit of an evangelist about all things colour this season. I’ve surprised even myself. You see, until about August this year, I was a confirmed black wardrobe lover. Black tops, black pants, black shoes, black necklaces … I have them all.

And yes, you haven’t missed anything. I still live in Queensland.

As part of my black wardrobe, I also have a whole sub section dedicated to black dresses: from ball gowns to cocktail frocks and beach throw-overs and pretty much everything in between.

So, it surprised even me that I needed ANOTHER black dress.

But this one called to me (you did know clothes can talk, didn’t you?).  Quite frankly, this one had me at its name: The Magical Dress.

It’s from the spring-summer 11-12 collection by iconic Australian label, Feathers, which in its 40th year has proved that style doesn’t stop once you reach the big 4-0.

Founded by Margaret Porritt in 1972, Feathers has grown to become one of Australia’s most iconic fashion brands. Encapsulating practicality, sophistication and style, Feathers offers women of all ages classic designs with utmost quality and elegance. Spring Summer 2011 sees Feathers move into a more directional space, adhering to the newer more youthful customer. Collections include luxe tees and tanks in the finest tobacco leather, monochromatic draped dresses that are effortlessly worn day or night, and the perfect summer t-shirts – oversized, soft and to be worn slightly off one shoulder.

Here’s what the model looks like:

Feathers Magical Dress $179. Available in sizes S-XXL

Feathers Magical Dress $179. Available in sizes S-XXL

And here is me:

Location: Hilton Surfers Paradise

I didn’t give up on colour entirely!

 Lelei clutch (made from recycled magazines!) $29.90 at The Green Pavilion | Samantha Wills ring $75 | Habbot shoes $380

This dress was perfect for wearing out to dinner at Luke Mangan’s Salt during our recent stay at Hilton Surfers Paradise

Can you see why this dress is called Magical? The cut and the gathering creates a slimmer shape AND you can still go out and enjoy a three-course meal without feeling uncomfortable.

The zip in the front creates interest and a flattering neckline.  It can be worn with heels as pictured. I also wore it with flats last weekend and felt just as good. That’s a big win in my wardrobe books.

Oh, and if you’re after colour … it comes in red too.

For stockists, visit: www.feathersboutique.com.au

Disclosure: This dress was sent to me for editorial consideration.

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  1. Oh I can see me in that too….but all their stores are in Vic.
    When you pop by Redlands next time just drop it over for a try on eh?

    Love the clutch. I recall seeing something online how to make tote bags with mags but it didn’t interest me at the time…..hmmm….

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  2. Being a Melbournite and after working for a Major Department Store for several years my wardrobe is a comforting sea of black. I try and break it up with colourful accents like RED SHOES (love, love, LOVE those hot red heels!!) and funky necklaces and bags. I keep saying to myself I don’t need ANOTHER black dress, but my, oh, my, that Magical Dress sure is stunning. Looks like I’ll be paying a visit to Feathers real soon (and tracking down those Hot Red Habbot heels!!!) xxx

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  3. Wow, totally agree with the other commenters, you look better in that dress than the model!

    I was walking past Feathers the other day, and to be honest I have always thought they were a bit “mumsy” – you have shown me the error of my ways! Definitely going to have to check them out now..

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  4. Another example of you selling the dress better than a model! I’m glad that you live in QLD as my wardrobe is very quickly going to be a mirror image of yours at this rate! If we are going to cross paths at an event I’ll have to remember not to wear anything I’ve purchased as a result of your blog 🙂

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      1. Hi Nikki
        Glad to see such great feedback on our Magical Dress. As you mentioned it does come in a fantastic bright red for all those red lovers!

        We are in the process of developing our online store which will be up and running by early November.

        In the meantime we are happy to take orders over the phone/email and post product to QLD and the rest of Australia.
        Simply email [email protected] with your request!

        Thanks
        Feathers

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