Phrase(s): fuss and feathers
Rur. fancy addictions that are overdone or troublesome. • A truly elegant dress doesn’t have a lot of fuss and feathers. • They ruined a nice room with all that fuss and feathers.
McGrawhill's American Idioms And Phrasal Verbs
Needless commotion and display, as in There was so much fuss and feathers over the award ceremony that I decided not to attend. This expression probably survives because of its appealing alliteration. [Mid-1800s]
American Heritage Idioms