Tuesday, June 28, 2016

My Kickstarter Campaign For My New SS2017 The "Fellini Files" Collection.

 Dear Friends, few days ago I launched my first Kickstarter Campaign in hopes to raise funds for the completion and release of my new Collection I titled the "Fellini Files."  2016 has been an extremely challenging year in many respects and instead of trying to word it out here, in my Blog, I invite you to watch the video, read the text and find a place in your heart to support it any way you can. You can see the entire Campaign right HERE. Through this experience  I have been taught several key lessons with one of them being : asking for help when you truly need it does not make you weak. It does not deprive you of dignity or pride. Instead in the end you come to discover how loved you are and how many beautiful, kind, generous hearts surround you. And so from the darkness into the light, I believe with all my heart that everything is possible!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Hats Of My Atelier In Fabulous Fashion Drawings.

 One of my favorite things is to see my hats inspire other artists. In a way it is a discovery of the new dimension of the work you've done. This is exactly the case with the fashion drawing of the "Maharaja" turban I designed for SS2016 "Balthazar" Collection. I am absolutely in love with the illustration of "Maharaja" by the amazingly talented Anya Dee +Anya Dee . :-) Thank you, Anechka!
 Absolutely superb work! ...A little while ago fantastic illustrator and artist San Siguenza created a beautiful interpretation of my "The Survival Of The MousT Wanted" crystal ears hat and I have been in love with it ever since. :-) I never got a chance to share it with you. :-) I think it is so cool! Definitely one of my top favorite illustrations to date. :-) Having been in business of Millinery for some time now, I just realized what an amazing collection of illustrations I have. I hope, one day, to publish all of it. Until then, I will keep introducing you to the new illustrations right here. :-)

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Happy Ester To All Catholics Of the World!

Wishing Happy Easter to everyone who is celebrating it this coming Sunday with the periwinkle version of the "Imperial Egg" headdress I created in my Atelier.
“If man had his way, the plan of redemption would be an endless and bloody conflict. In reality, salvation was bought not by Jesus' fist, but by His nail-pierced hands; not by muscle but by love; not by vengeance but by forgiveness; not by force but by sacrifice. Jesus Christ our Lord surrendered in order that He might win; He destroyed His enemies by dying for them and conquered death by allowing death to conquer Him.” - A.W. Tozer  ... Ando so I am celebrating a day of light a day when the hope for the entire humanity was born because He has risen . Happy Easter!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Atelier's Recent Press: Numero Paris, French Revue De Modes , L'Officiel Indonesia, Zoo Magazine Issue #50 + The Magic Lens Of Lindsay Adler.

 While  new updates to  my official website are in progress, I thought I would share with you the latest Press Atelier received for the month of March. Really a very diverse pool of editorial work. Top two images featuring "Alabastra" and "Garnet Rouge" hats were beautifully photographed by the amazing Lindsay Adler famous for her unique take on fashion lighting and experimental use of various techniques. I adore both. They remind me of night and day....
 One of the top fashion French Magazine "French Revue De Modes" featured our "Bow Supreme" in the editorial for March 2016 Issue.
 Photographed by wonderful Yana Kamps. I love white and black pallet painted with the headpiece from my Atelier and fabulous clothes by Saint Laurent.
 One of my favorite editorials for the month of March came courtesy of Numero Paris.
 I mean it is always a difficult task to put a modern spin on classic pill box hat, but I think it has been done amazingly well by the stylist Bill Mullen. Photographed by the legendary Greg Kadel.
 L'Officiel Indonesia, March 2016 Issue featured two of the hats created in my Atelier: "Red" twisted fedora and jeweled "MousT Wanted" headpiece  which still remains one of the most requested pieces.
 "Closed Circuit" editorial has been beautifully styled by Jahulie Elizalde and photographed by Paul Nacer.

 Finally, amazing Zoo Magazine celebrated its 50th Issue with 5 amazing covers and fabulous editorials.
 One of which is featuring the "Asylum" hat (currently in preparation to be displayed at Modemuseum Hasselt, Haute-A-Porter Exhibition) and "Ballets Russes" feathered veil beautifully modeled by Daphne Groeneveld. Photographed by David Roemer and styled by the phenomenal  Joanne Blades.

Friday, March 18, 2016

The Atelier at "Haute-à-Porter" Exhibition Curated by Filep Motwary at Modemuseum Hasselt .

 Unbelievably grateful and so incredibly privileged to be a part of the phenomenal line up of true Legends whose creations are included in the upcoming Exhibition  titled "Haute-à-Porter" at Modemuseum Hasselt. What does one feel when contacted by the curators of the Exhibition requesting three of the couture creations from my Collection? - euphoria seems to be a great word to describe the feeling.

"From the 2nd of April until the 11th of September 2016, Fashion Museum Hasselt will present the exhibition “Haute-à-Porter”, curated by the internationally acclaimed costume designer, journalist and photographer Filep Motwary. Haute couture is synonymous with craftsmanship, luxury, extravagance and spectacle. But aren’t these typical features of contemporary prêt-à-porter? The exhibition examines this question further and researches the changing relationship and cross-fertilization between haute couture and ready to wear. Through a variety of themes and a selection of spectacular silhouettes and accessories from high end designers and fashion houses, the exhibition highlights the significance of haute couture for contemporary fashion. Completed with photography, film, art and music, Haute-à-Porter offers a unique insight into the fashion industry of the last 30 years. "

 The line up of  legendary names for the Exhibition includes: Dior, Chanel, Erdem, Kenzo, Burberry, Lanvin, Rochas, Nina Ricci, Vivienne Westwood, Yohji Yamamoto, Givenchy, John Galliano, Gareth Pugh, Roger Vivier, Prada, Miu Miu, Dries Van Noten, Christian Lacroix, Delpozo, Mary Katrantzou, Jil Sander, Balmain, Jean Paul Gaultier, Viktor & Rolf, Alberta Ferretti, Thierry Mugler, Anna Molinari, Ann Demeulemeester, Comme des Garçons, Giambattista Valli, Balmain, Rick Owens, Blumarine, Undercover, Giles, Christian Louboutin, Thom Browne, Marios Schwab, Sacai, Alexander McQueen, Herve L.Leroux, Anrealage, Schiaparelli, A.F. Vandevorst,  Olivier Theyskens, Gucci, Iris Van Herpen, Stephen Jones, Alexis Mabille, Jay Briggs, Giuseppe Zanotti, Iris Schieferstein, Erik Halley, Norita Katatehana, Maison Martin Margiela, Roger Vivier and yours truly. Incredibly proud moment for me.
In addition to the exhibition Modemuseum Hasselt will release a book by Filep Motwary. -"The book’s beautifully appointed pages highlight some of the most iconic images reflecting the exhibition’s theme. The work of more than 30 internationally celebrated photographers and artists such as Peter Lindbergh, Vassilis Karidis, Miles Aldridge and Thanassis Krikis are also featured in the museum exhibit. Motwary also worked closely with renowned scenographer Lien Wauters, as well as the museum’s team, to set up the displays for the artwork, photos and garments, which include exceptional samples of historically significant handwork items from the museum’s private collection. What is essentially so unique about this exhibit and its accompanying book however, is that together they highlight the complexities of both Haute Couture as well as prêt-à-porter, without displaying one as being more intricate than the other. “By mixing Haute Couture pieces with prêt-à-porter in the same space, I don’t want to suggest comparison but to express the harmony between them,” Motwary said when asked what he’s aiming for. “I want this exhibition to be a visual evaluation where visitors will appreciate the work from both calibers and decide the verdict themselves: is there a final line between the two?” - Huffington Post Arts & Culture. As soon as the images from the Exhibition are released to us, I, of course, will share them with you. I also received two fabulous invitations courtesy of Modemuseum Hasselt for the opening night, but not sure if I will be able to make it due to previously made business arrangements.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Celelbrating Spring With New Additions To The Atelier's On-Line Boutique at www.anyacaliendo.com ! :-)

 The Spring is finally here. Somehow every year I am caught of guard with the discovery of the simple fact that the Winter is over. This year, for the entire Winter, we have been buried for weeks in the Atelier working on privet orders and special requests coming from all over the world. New Collection for SS2017 is already in production and it seems like there is absolutely no time. And so it feels great to take a moment to Celebrate Spring and International Woman's Day today. There is no better occasion than this to release new styles ready for Spring. I absolutely love working with wide range of styles covering the entire spectrum from subtle and more conservative to in your face fashion statements. You can see the entire selection of new hats listed in the Atelier's on-line boutique at www.anyacaliendo.com . This season, I am in love with straw! :-) Well, you, probably, figured it out already! Lol Have a wonderful beginning of Spring everyone!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The "A La Russe" Kokoshnik, National Museum Of Scotland.

 Every hat that goes into production in my Atelier is very close to my heart, but there are some hats and headdresses that take a special place. Several weeks ago my office has been contacted by The National Museum Of Scotland. One of the curators in charge wrote to me about the new "Cutting Edge" exposition which is a part of the new permanent Fashion & Style Gallery opening on July 8th of 2016. It is currently in preparatory stages and will be featuring amazing designs from few select Master Milliners from around the globe. I have been asked to create something unique, otherworldly and I, of course, immediately accepted the challenge especially because I was given complete creative freedom. It has been an honor to receive a request from the National Museum of Scotland - a privilege I do not hold lightly. Three weeks later "A La Russe" was born - a couture piece inspired not only by traditional culture of my native Russia, but in large part by the Prima Assoluta and the principle artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and the Ballet Russes of Sergei Diaghilev, magnificent Anna Pavlova.
 Anna Pavlova was known for her love of traditional Russian head gear of the most intricate, elaborate designs. She continues to be one of the most prolific sources of inspiration in my work. "A la Russe" took over three weeks to create. It was created completely by hand without a single machine stitch or a drop of glue. It incorporates unique millinery techniques, pearl and Swarovski crystals embroidery as well as silk flower making techniques and the creation of 3D elements such as felt and lace acorns. All of this elements in combination with beautiful materials like Italian shimmering silk, gold lace, French flocked lace helped me to achieve a main goal of painting an impression of early Spring in Russia, when the snow is still everywhere but you can feel the Spring  awakening nature.
 I wanted to say few special words about extraordinary  Lilly of the Valley flowers custom created for "A la Russe" Kokoshnik. This specific type of flowers are extremely difficult to create and as much as I love working with silk flowers I knew that the ones I had in mind would be an impossible task for me. And so , once again, I turned to the amazing Artist, incredible Lady Elena Bain for this specific task. When the box with Lilly of the Valley from Elena has finally arrived from Switzerland - the flowers took my breath away...Elena has an incredible ability to see what I see in my mind and recreate this vision with perfection. "Cutting Edge" display will be open to general public on July 8th of 2016 in The National Museum Of Scotland. It will display hats by Stephen Jones William Chambers and many other brilliant millinery minds of contemporary millinery. If you will find yourself in Edinburgh this Spring, go see the exhibition. "A la Russe" from now on will live in the Museum as a part of the permanent Collection.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Wishing All Happy Valentine's Day With "Scarlett Rouge" Hat.

 Wishing everyone Happy Valentine's Day with "Scarlett Rouge" Hat created in my Atelier for SS2016 "Balthazar" Collection. I hope this day is filled with love and beauty for each and everyone of you. After all, today we celebrate LOVE and it is Love that will save the world. :-)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

"The Two Fridas" Editorial, Final Part 3. Frida Kahlo.

 Today I am posting out the final part 3 of "The Two Fridas" editorial inspired by Frida Kahlo. You can see Part 1 HERE and Part 2 HERE to read on the inspiration behind this editorial and collection of floral head bands with crystal encrusted veils. The image above  is perhaps one of my most favorite shots of the entire editorial. This particular image I decided to call "Frida". The model is wearing the "Frida" hat full of fabulous silk roses. The hat was created for my 'Balthazar" SS2016 Collection. You can see the "Frida" hat on its own on the image below. The amazing selection of jewels I styled the editorial with came from the most magnificent names in business; Lanvin, Alessandro Dell 'Acqua , YSL and, of course, Miriam Haskell. One in particular piece of jewelry you see on the bottom image, deserves, in my opinion, few very special words:
 YSL Pendant you see on the image below, embellished with genuine pearls and gemstones was given to me by my husband for our 2 year Anniversary. He found this piece by lucky chance in one of the antique stores and knowing how much I love the work of YSL purchased it for me. Since than it was and still remains one of the most treasured possessions in my privet jewelry collections and this is the first time actually I decided to photograph it for my own editorial. It was created some time in early 50s and there were less than 10 pieces created of this unique pendant. Anyway, I felt that Frida would appreciate the beauty of it too. :-) And so, here is "The Two Fridas", final part.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

"The Two Fridas" Editorial, Part 2. Frida Kahlo.

 Today I am releasing a second part of "The Two Fridas" editorial created by my team and I. You can read more on the inspiration source for this editorial in Part 1 (my previous post) right HERE . Above is the image of  "Frida in Amethyst" and below is the image of "Frida in Tourmaline". It has been a great privilege to be able to style this photo shoot with absolutely otherworldly jewelry by Miriam Haskell and Vera Wang. In addition, it took me quite a bit of time to find a model for this photo shoot. I had very specific vision of young Frida in my mind and it was extremely important to me that the model has just the right face. Here you see amazing young model Vonlotus as Frida. We gave a lot of thought to the idea of painting unibrow Frida was so famous for, but in the end both our remarkable Make Up Artist KUMA and I came to the same conclusion - fashion should never be literal. And so here you have it. :-)