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Fashion trend: the boa

The feathery wrap is making its way into movies like ”Addicted to Love,” parties, and runways

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Fashion trend: the boa

If the spring belonged to the slithery Anaconda, which grossed $64 million at the box office, it’s the boa — the non-constricting kind — that has summer all wrapped up. Courtney Love, Meg Ryan, and Raquel Welch are among the names flocking to the fluffy, feathery accessory. ”There’s something eccentric and original in boas,” says costume designer Renee Ehrlich Kalfus, who hunted down an antique number for Ryan’s Addicted to Love character. ”They have this great sensual movement that becomes a brilliant way to frame the face.” Stars won’t be the only ones making the Dietrichesque statement: Emporio Armani, Gucci, and Dolce & Gabbana are all featuring boas in their collections. ”The idea is to have a bit of fun, to put a sense of play into fashion,” says Giorgio Armani, ”something fashion always needs.” But a note of caution: Just like their slithery counterparts, these showy scarfs can really put the squeeze on your pocketbook — an Armani boa, which comes in navy, lilac, black, burgundy, or green ostrich feathers, will run up to $775.