I’ve seen peacock feathers slowly emerge as a small trend over the past few months, and I totally and completely support the idea. They’re exotic without being too loud, give things lots of texture and visual interest, and work really well as a pattern or as color inspiration for clothing and accessories. I also love the feathers themselves attached to bands and worn as retro hairpieces – the headband trend is kind of old, but the feathers make it new and fun.
The fact that I love the trend so much makes me all the more disappointed in the Lauren Merkin Silk Feathers Lotte Clutch. This bag COULD have been so cool, but it misses the mark, mainly because of the colors chosen for the feather pattern. Peacock feathers are full of teals, bright blues, rich greens, and deep golds and browns and have some of the most beautiful color combinations that I can think of. Why, then, did they choose olive green and aqua as the principle colors on this bag? Not only do they not go together, but they’re not the nearly the first colors that come to mind when someone mentions peacocks. Overall, this clutch seems like an opportunity wasted. Buy through ShopBop for $200.