Peacock Crossing: A Trend Report

Peacock Crossing: A Trend Report

You may have noticed ModCloth’s recent abundance of peacock and bird fare. We hope you’re as excited as we are!

As you also may have noticed, over the past year or so, designers like Alexander McQueen have been featuring avian accents on their lines, ranging from literal imagery like this dress from Anna Sui to bird-inspired patterns, like this dress from Falguni & Shane. In addition, fashionistas everywhere have been snapped in dresses with feathered hems and accessories (who can forget Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Proenza-Schouler dress at last year’s Oscars?)

In Fall/Winter 2008, we’re still seeing this trend thrive on the runways, but with more and more peacock-specific product. But why?

For starters, bold and iridescent color is a beautiful way to transition from lighter summer fare to autumn’s layered looks with a palette reminiscent of changing foliage. It’s also practical- the peacock spectrum allows for a fluid incorporation of blues, greens, purples, gold, and similar jewel-tones into one ensemble.

We also think the popularity of this trend might have something to do with the spirit of the peacock–exotic, extravagant, confident. Male peacocks flash their pretty plumage in order to attract mates, and this trend allows us to capture some of their flirty flair. What better way to garner a little attention for ourselves than by borrowing the rich patterns and hues of the peacock?

So, how might you work this trend into your outfits? That’s where ModCloth comes in! You can wear our new peacock-inspired accessories with almost anything–which means you don’t have to buy a whole new wardrobe to capture this style. Here are just a few of our favorites:

Peacock jewelry subtly incorporates exotic flair into an outfit.

Peacock Jewelry

Clockwise from Above: Lovely Peacocks Bracelet; Heart of a Peacock Necklace; Pensive Peacock Earrings; Peacock Jubilee Wallet; Peacock Feather Earrings.

Using the jewel-toned tights at Zac Posen’s fall runway show as inspiration, incorporate the shades from the peacock color wheel:

Peacock-Inspired Hues

Clockwise from top left: Cerulific Purse; Glitterati Purse; Street Market Pashmina, Purple Star Astrology Flats.

If you’re still feeling a little shy about taking the plumage plunge, try some lingerie. It’ll stay your little secret.

Peacock Plumage Undies

Peacock Plumage Undies

Have any peacock-y ideas of your own? We’d love to hear them!

About Susan

Susan's all-time favorite things include pugs, eating outdoors, and absurd mushroom-themed housewares. Her current obsessions include nail polish, wedges, and anything high-waisted. Her ultimate style icon is her grandma, and she's one of the founders of ModCloth!

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    Eboni 08/27/2008 at 8:51 pm #

    An Autumn bird of paradise!
    I love what you guys have pull out for us!
    The tights were the first thing right?
    Oh! What monsters of fashion!
    And then the panties blew my mind!
    The earrings, that super awesome iridescent bracelet…
    Finally the icing on the cake had to be that Peacock dress that went on sale for 2 seconds and was soldout.

    Good round up ya’ll!

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    Susan 09/03/2008 at 1:25 pm #

    Thanks Eboni! This is kind of a secret but…. the Peacock dress is coming back. Stay on the lookout!

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    Eboni 09/05/2008 at 5:34 pm #

    OH MAN!
    They’re so big!
    I had ordered a pair previously and they were real runts!
    Yours are so big and showy!

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    Eboni 09/05/2008 at 5:36 pm #

    Oh, oh I have the Lovely Peacocks Bracelet too!
    Gawh! It’s so gorgeous and the enamel is so intricate!

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