Tuesday, November 24, 2015

My Atelier For VOGUE China, December 2015 Issue/ Beauty.

 Always such an immense pleasure to see the hats of my Atelier published in Vogue. We get tremendous amounts of press requests and ship hats to every destination in the world for the photo shoots of many glossy publications. However, even with so many requests, inquiry itself doesn't guarantee that the hats will actually make the cut. Creative process on set is always very liquid, decisions often changed last minute and sometimes hats simply do not work as it was planned. And so every Vogue Issue (and I mean Vogue as an institution with many editions in so many different countries) which brings us the joy of seeing our hats published in print is a great victory and an indescribable feeling of accomplishment. After all, as Ms. Wintour once said: "If you made it to Vogue, it means something." It certainly does to me. I never take a privilege of working with the best photographers and stylists in the fashion industry lightly.
December 2015 thrilled us with fabulous Beauty editorial published in Vogue China, December 2015 Issue, photographed by Benjamin Lennox and styled by fashion editor Ida Wang. Three of the hats created in my Atelier modeled by Jing Wen. And so, it is with great pleasure that I put another Vogue publication under my belt. :-)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

"Titania. Queen Of The Fairies." hat. "Balthazar" SS2016 Collection.

 Another hat of my new "Balthazar" Ss2016 Collection is titled "Titania. Queen Of The Fairies". Probably safe to say that "Tiatania", despite its light and airy look, was one of the most challenging hats to work on due to the shier size volume of it. Any time you work with the size like this one, you are risking to loose proportions and so "Titania'' demanded every bit of attention she could possibly get. The result is in front of you although I have to say that in person the "Titania" is even more beautiful. During our presentation at "TRANOI" it was "Titania" who managed to stop the crowd in its tracks, even those who had very little interest in Millinery seemed to be hypnotized by the beauty of "Titania".
 Originally, "Titania" is a character in William Shakespeare's play titled "A Midsummer's Night Dream". Last year I created "Midsummer's Night Dream" edition of couture hats simply because I felt the need to transcend the beauty of Shakespeare's written word into Millinery creations. The creation of the hat inspired by Titania character had to be put aside - at the time I had very vague idea of how "Titania" should look like. I knew it had to be something dramatic, incredibly romantic and infused with light. Well, in my line of work some hat ideas take significant incubation time to develop. In case of  Shakespeare's influence in literature, "Titania" became a universal term for any Queen Of Fairies characters in many different plays, fairy tales and novels. This is despite the fact that in traditional folklore Fairy Queens usually have no names. Shakespeare himself took the name Titania from Ovid's "Metamorphoses" where it is an appellation given to the daughters of Tiatans.
 And so here you have it. Styled by yours truly and photographed by Ed Hafizov. The largest and the most romantic hat I ever worked on. :-)

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

"Little Red Riding Hood" Hat, "Balthazar" SS2016 Collection.

 We never really grow out of Fairy Tales. I find that in my personal work I often get inspired by the beautiful stories of my childhood. "Little Red Riding Hood" is one of my most favorite fairy tales, right next to the magical stories by Hans Christian Andersen. In Fashion, the theme of "Little Red Riding Hood" continues to live on in various interpretations whether it is Vogue editorial styled by Grace Coddington or series of fashion drawings courtesy of many artists and fashion addicts. I wanted to create my own version of Little Red Riding Hood for a very long time now. The problem with the execution of the design I had in my mind was very specific kind of fabric. It had to be rich, shimmering, plush, in very deep shade of red. It had to be magical. For the longest time I could not find the "it" fabric no matter how hard I searched or how many stores I visited. Even though New-York is housing gazillions of fabric stores in the very heart of the Fashion District I felt none of them had what I was looking for. Last year, however, I came across very rare type of silk velvet manufactured in France. It was a small cut of 3 yards only and I was told that this are the last 3 yards of this type of velvet and the fabric will never be manufactured again. The minute I saw it - I knew that this is going to make fabulous "Little Red Riding Hood"! I got the entire 3 yards, paid an arm and a leg for it, but to me it was well worth it. The final result is here and I am happy to share it with you. Designed in my Atelier (just like all the rest of fabulous hats I publish in this Blog) and photographed by Ed Hafizov. This hat is a like a little jewel. It is "Little Red Riding Hood" all the way. :-)

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Stripes and Polka Dots With "Ivy" and "Isadora" Fabulous Hats of SS2016 "Balthazar" Collection.

 There are classic colors, classic patterns and then there are combination of two. Stripes and polka dots are always my top choice - there are no limits to fabulous polka dot/stripe combinations you can have. This time, however, I let my addiction to this fabulous patterns take completely over. The result is - twin hats "Ivy" and "Isadora" created out of silk and featuring stripes and polka dots in various sizes in all black and white. To me "Ivy" and "Isadora" have very strong 80-s vibe: fun, playful and super careless in a way. And since new it is always almost forgotten old, I thought why not? 80-s always seem slightly neglected when it comes to sources of inspiration, so why not embrace it? :-) To see a twin image of "Ivy" and "Isadora" visit Atelier's Official Facebook Page and Instagram account @anyacaliendo .
 Photographed by Ed Hafizov. All rights reserved @anyacaliendo .

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Happy Halloween With "Big Eyes" Hat, SS2016 "Balthazar" Collection.

 Wishing everyone fantastic Halloween with the "Big Eyes" hat, created in my Atelier for SS2016 "Balthazar" Collection and inspired by the work of American artist Margaret Keane famous for creating series of touching paintings with big eyes featuring mostly children with big eyes - a unique, deeply emotional work. Margaret's paintings, her life and story behind the entire "big eyes waifs" were once again spotlighted by Tim Burton in his movie "Big Eyes". If you have not seen it, I encourage you to watch it. I drew my inspiration for the "Big Eyes" from Burton's biographical depiction of Margaret Keane and her work. Enjoy your fabulous Halloween weekend. :-)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

"Firefly" + "June Bug" . Millinery School With My Atelier. Enrollement for 2016 Advenced Millinery Courses Is Now In Progress.

 Posting out our new fabulous and chic "Firefly" and "June Bug" headbands, created for SS2016 Collection "Balthazar". This two twin hats became everyone's favorites during our TRANOI Presentation in NYC this past September. :-) I absolutely adore both - they are embellished with preserved Jeweled Bugs in gold-plated settings. Both will be soon available for pre-order for Spring 2016 in the Atelier's on-line Boutique at www.anyacaliendo.com  :-)

In addition, I thought it would be a great way to announce that the new schedule for 2016 for Advanced Millinery Course in my Atelier is now live on my official website at www.anyacaliendo.com . Enrollment is in progress. We had an amazing 2015 with my students in my Atelier. I am currently wrapping up my final Session for October 2015 with the class of 6 tremendously talented people. 35 hats in 3 weeks and oh, what truly AMAZING hats my students created. So proud and hope to start posting images and Atelier in session pics very soon right here in my Blog. Wishing everyone wonderful week ahead! :-)

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

"Maya" Pointe Shoes Hat, "Balthazar" SS2016 Collection.

 Over the years and so many Collections later I now realize that Ballet is and always was one of the most prolific sources of inspiration in my work. "Maya" hat I am introducing to you today was inspired by one the most spectacular Russian ballet dancers in the history of Russian Ballet - Maya Plisetskaya. Soviet-born ballet dancer, choreographer, ballet director and actress. She danced during the Soviet era at the same time as Galina Ulanova (another famed Russian ballerina) In 1960 she ascended to Ulanova's former title as Prima Ballerina Assoluta of the Bolshoi Theater. To be recognised as a Prima Ballerina Assoluta is a rare honour, traditionally reserved only for the most exceptional dancers of their generation. Maya's magical performances always had very strong effect on me  growing up in Russia. She was divine - unapologetic, strong, genius. Maya Plisetskaya died in Munich, Germany on May 2nd of 2015.
 I felt a deep sense of loss as if suddenly universal light went off. I felt that the best way for me to say my "good by" to the beloved Maya would be to create a hat with beautiful little pointe shoes adorned with Swarovski crystals embroidery and a tiny garden of silk fabulous roses. One of my very special pieces to date, very emotional, delicate, honest...
 Photographed by Ed Hafizov, Make Up by KUMA, Styled by Anya Caliendo. All rights reserved @anyacaliendo.

Friday, October 16, 2015

'Maharani" Headdress, "Balthazar" SS2016 Collection.

 Continuing to introduce you to the hats of the new SS2016 "Balthazar" Collection and today I am posting "Maharani" headdress. Completed in iridescent fire opal silk organza, "Maharani" features lobster tail motive with intricate embroidery in Swarovski pearls and crystals and gold sea shells. Those of you who follow me probably know that I absolutely love working with turbans. To me turban is a Rolls Royce of the hats. It has tremendous presence and offers limitless possibilities in terms of design. "Maharani" headdress was created as a twin hat for "Maharaja" headdress I posted last week. Inspired by the royal culture of India, "Maharani" is a Princess of India and I hope it embodies every part of this high title.
 Photographed by Zorz Studio, styled by your truly, Make-up by KUMA. All rights reserved to @anyacaliendo.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

"Maharaja" Head Dress. "Balthazar" SS2016 Collection.

 Sharing  with you today one of the sets from the editorial for my new SS2016 Collection titled "Balthazar" featuring fabulous "Maharaja" head dress. Inspiration for the Collection came from the gift I received several months ago. It arrived to me from Milan, carefully packed in a beautiful gold box. Inside was a Balthazar bottle - a 12 liter bottle of Champagne. "In vine there is truth" and in this case Champagne became a great inspiration behind eloquent legends, each told in couture hats. "Maharaja" head dress became one of the staples of the "Balthazar" Collection.
 Everything about this head dress is unique: starting from materials used and ending with delicate crystal embroidery on the center extension of the hat. Initially, there were several versions of embroidery pattern developed. I wanted to incorporate  rich pallet of purple, light pink, ruby and white Swarovski crystals  to create a very strong focal point. Beautiful Bird Of Paradise plumes were died scarlet and than fuchsia to achieve intense red color. In addition, I was incredibly lucky to obtain very rare silk velvet in sparkling ruby brought form France. There were only 3 yards of it available and I took them all!
 "Maharaja" head dress was inspired by India, the country of jeweled colors, mysterious culture, amazing turbans, spices, a country of great Kings - Maharajas. One of my most favorite hats to this day. One of a kind head dress, that will never be recreated again.

Monday, September 28, 2015

My Atelier for Vogue Japan, November 2015 Issie. "The Scarlet Passion" Ediotrial.

 Starting my Monday in the Atelier with a beautiful surprise from Vogue Japan, Novemebr 2015 Issue. Thrilled to see jeweled "Zarina Katarina" Kokoshnik,  created in my Atelier brilliantly styled as a part of "The Scarlet Passion" editorial. Red and fuchsia are signature colors of my Atelier and so what can I say  - I absolutely LOVE the color pallets of the editorial. Styled by the amazing Sissy Vian, Photographed by phenomenal Liz Collins, Model - Aymeline Valade. Who said Monday is the most difficult day of the week? Lol Not if your hat is featured in Vogue Japan!