Having spent many an evening binge-watching Say Yes to the Dress, you could say that I have opinions about feathers as fashion embellishments. Perhaps even more so than fur, they’re the accouterment most likely to look tacky in a hurry unless applied with the utmost care and a rigorous editor’s eye. Most designers are capable of either of those things sporadically at best, which means that usually, it’s a good idea to simply step away from the feathers. But what about Consuelo Castiglioni of Marni, who is better equipped than most to pull off a difficult look, and what about leather feathers?

As you probably discerned by now (y’all are smart), the Marni Feather Crossbody Bag is what has me contemplating all these terribly important philosophical matters. Marni has positioned itself well to make a bag covered in leather feathers – people expect the Italian brand to be quirky and difficult, and Marni customers relish the weirdness that Castiglioni veers into from time to time. Also, as feather bags go, this one just isn’t that strange. The layered red and black feathers have a minimal quality to them, but the use of two different colors gives the bag visual depth on top of texture. It’s very Marni.

I couldn’t see myself spending money on this bag at full price, but if my bank account were fatter or the price tag smaller, it seems like it would be a fun challenge to work this piece into my wardrobe. Do you think you could pull it off? If so, pick up this bag for $1,300 via Nordstrom.

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