Electric Feathers

May 6, 2014 by  
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While Electric Feathers designer Leana Zuniga made no concessions where her usual billowing shapes were concerned, her Fall offering was notably more lissome than collections past. Perhaps that’s owed in part to a couple of heavyweight influences. When presenting the pieces, Zuniga name-dropped Yohji Yamamoto (circa the eighties) and Isadora Duncan, both of who represent different sorts of lightness. Yamamoto could be spotted in a boxy, utilitarian, funnel-neck jacket and tool-belt-like vest, both in indigo-and-cream-checked raw silk (the latter tricked out with black plastic snap buckles that felt improbably charming). Duncan, meanwhile, came through in diaphanous numbers, like Electric Feathers’ signature Infinite Rope dress, which stunned in a blush double georgette. There was plenty of gossamer silk lamé, too. A gorgeous swingy ivory coat with poet sleeves and a chunky, striped silk belt was a true standout, and bore hints of the Ballets Russes around the edges.

Even at its most dialed-back, the label is going to be a hard sell for some women—for the body-conscious, for those who’d rather their clothing show off weeks’ worth of Pilates rather than double as an ensemble in which to do Pilates. But Zuniga comes by her aesthetic quirks so naturally, it’s hard to escape their pull. Fall boasts some of her most impressive fare yet, and with a boutique on Williamsburg’s South Side just opened? Things look bright for the brand.
—Kristin Anderson
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Electric Feathers

March 30, 2013 by  
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In the past, Electric Feathers‘ Leana Zuniga has typically focused on convertibility over construction. This season, she branched out, adding sweaters and footwear to her repertoire. Knitwear came in the form of oversize grandpa sweaters and blanket wraps, as well as fuzzy mohair cropped jackets. She also introduced chunky knee-high suede boots that you could really stomp around in. There was a refreshing efficiency to her Fall lineup, which was inspired by Amelia Earhart. Earhart’s influence was apparent in the lightweight worsted-wool jumpsuits decorated with utilitarian cargo pockets, as well as the white shirtdresses. Of course, some of Zuniga’s signature style-any-way-you-want sack dresses and “Ali Baba” pants also made appearances here, but they seemed somehow more sophisticated this time around, particularly when cinched with slim belts with gold hardware created by her artist boyfriend Facundo Newbery.
—Brittany Adams
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Electric Feathers

October 15, 2012 by  
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Convertibility and comfort have always been the modus operandi at Electric Feathers. Freewheeling designer Leana Zuniga can tie one of her signature Infinite Rope dresses at least 15 different ways and wasn’t bashful about demonstrating her creative styling skills while acting as fit model at a preview of her Spring collection. “I grew up in California changing into bathing suits in my car,” Zuniga said, expertly whipping through the various transmutations of amorphous cotton gauze pieces like “origami” pants that can convert into a jumpsuit or a dress.

Zuniga’s new video, based on Agatha Christie’s novel Evil Under the Sun and starring rocker Melissa Auf der Maur, underscores the on-trend Asian vibe of the lineup. Kimono jackets and silk capes are cinched with obi belts and paired with lampshade hats and Geta-inspired sandals. Overall, it was the simplest looks that were best. A short leather romper and a white cotton “Geisha” dress with a U-back and deep pockets stood out. “No embellishments; these clothes are yours to style. I give the customer the shape and she punctuates it,” Zuniga said.
—Brittany Adams
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