Fashion Through the Eyes Of A Real Life Birder

It’s amazing what happens when you start watching birds; suddenly, they’re everywhere – and I mean EVERYWHERE!

Aside from being captivated by birds outdoors, I can’t seem to resist scanning for them while driving (yikes!), during my workday (occupational hazard! I suppose I should give myself a free pass on this one), while cooking, mid workout (true story)… Oh, and practically every other opportune and likely inappropriate instance you can imagine.

And just when I think birds cannot possibly infiltrate any additional facet of my life, I am proven wrong.  In just one evening, I spotted cardinals in a Lowes’ commercial, listened to the song Blackbird on Spotify, enjoyed the sight of Canada Geese on The Bachelorette, smirked at the raptor in a preview for Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest movie, The Dictator, and saw at least four Facebook bird postings from as-of-yet-non-birder friends of mine.

I have to pause this rant to share with you something that occurred exactly 12 seconds ago, which drives home my point beautifully:

I am sitting in the Juror’s holding room (or what I like to refer to as the juror dungeon), trying to occupy my time with something useful (yes, blogging, as far as I’m concerned fits snugly into this category. Michelle might disagree seeing as how she’s at the office holding down the fort, and I’m, well, not.) I glance down, deep in thought about all the ways in which birds rear their beaks in pop culture, when I realize the lady next to me has just put down her book, MockingJay, while she checks a text. I chuckle aloud and nervously pretend to laugh at some entertaining email as the room of thirty curiously looks my way.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

You see, for me, birds just seem to show up everywhere. On TV, in the movies, in social media, in books, in art, in music… and in fashion.  Yes, even in fashion!  Back in the day, I could look at a classic Chanel Suit and be in awe of its flawless construction and timeless appeal. I could be dazzled by the sensational color palette of Stella McCartney’s Spring collection enlivening the runway.

Now, without fail, a stunning Houndstooth suit perfectly accessorized with a scarlet silk pocket square designed by Karl Lagerfeld himself conjures images of Downy Woodpeckers.

The McQueen collection done entirely of a houndstooth print
Alexander McQueen 2010 Houndstooth Design – Does this not scream Downy Woodpecker??

And a queue of models strutting down the runway clad in a pastel rainbow instantly prompts mental images of Lilac-breasted Rollers. It’s absurd. It’s hilarious. It’s the truth.

Once again, Michelle, the bird-loving fashionista, has worked her magic…

I present you Spring 2012 Fashion Week through the eyes of a real-life birder!

Jean Paul Gaultier ~ Malachite Kingfisher
Akris ~ Tree Swallow
Jean Paul Gaultier ~ Common Kingfisher
Carolos Miele ~ Stellar’s Jay
Jason Wu ~ Magnificent Frigatebird
Alexander McQueen ~ Mute Swan
Miu Miiu ~ White-faced Ibis
Balenciaga ~ Pileated Woodpecker
Givenchy ~ Red-breasted Sapsucker
Ann Demeulemeester ~ California Condor
Jean Paul Gaultier ~ Wilson’s Bird of Paradise 

Happy Birding!

Danielle + Michelle

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