While ornithological items have been trendy for awhile, it seems the bird's been deconstructed & their feathers are hot now, too.
As aviary themed items are still quite prized, I expect feathers will be with us for awhile.
Some recent sightings:
The winner of the latest Project Runway, Christian "fierce" Siriano, included a final feathered frock in his blow-em-away collection (even though I personally wanted Jillian to win, you could see this win coming...I mean really...check out that bird woman)
A feathered cape from Zac Posen's Fall 2008 collection warms the anorexic model wearing it
Lots of feather accents happening in Ralph Lauren's Fall 2008 collection too
...and last but not least, Indie craftsters are certainly in the game, as a search on Etsy for "feathers" resulted in 4,777 product hits. Wow! <to quote my nephew>
Hmmm, I may have to incorporate this latest fad into some crafty items...looks like a company called Continental Feathers sells some nice ones.