September 26, 2013 01:00 PM

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Fall is here, which means we’re going to see a lull in fringe and florals, and the return of (faux) fur and … feathers?! Believe it or not, the somewhat hippie-chic embellishment is taking the red carpet by storm in surprisingly sophisticated ways.

And just in the past week alone, three big stars braved the bold trend.

Cate Blanchett commanded our attention in this Prabal Gurung design featuring a full skirt of red and white feathers, worn to the Beauty in Wonderland Exhibition in Milan.

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Pippa Middleton made her grand return to the red carpet covered in blue and peach ostrich feathers (!). She eschewed her classic style (at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery event in London) for a royal-blue Matthew Williamson dress comprised of an embellished neckline, plus those plumes around the hemline.

Mischa Barton also attempted to stage her style comeback carrying a clutch adorned with layers of long, wispy plumes to offset her more severe dress at the Metropolitan Opera gala in N.Y.C.

What do you think of feather-embellished pieces? Would you try the trend or is it too over the top?

–Brittany Talarico

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