Feather Alert Designers Indulge Their Nesting Instincts June 3, 2004 – For many designers this season, inspiration came from the skies—literally. Donna Karan embroidered swooping birds at hip height on her evening dresses, while Proenza Schouler used pheasant feathers for a luxurious fashion lift. At Oscar de la Renta and Ralph Rucci, avian embellishment meant drifts of marabou and grouse; Alexander McQueen, meanwhile, made Björk-ready gowns complete with feathered cowls. There was even a full-fledged Hitchcock moment, as Undercover's Jun Takahashi topped some of his looks with scary headdresses. "I wanted to express fear," said the designer, who after experimenting with a variety of animals decided that "the bird masks looked most frightening." Paging Tippi Hedren... –Laird Borrelli Coq-ettry at Arlequin. Festooned with feathers at Donna Karan. A fowl cowl at Alexander McQueen. Flying from the hip at Donna Karan.