Friday, December 31, 2010

Santa, Baby! :-) Christmas At My House.

 I hope all of you had the most beautiful Christmas this year. :-) Mine was somewhat full of unexpected occurrences, but I spent Christmas Day at home with my family sharing happy moments and celebrating this beautiful day :-) I thought I would post some pix of my Christmas home and my favorite gifts too.:-)
 This caricature of Ray and I makes me smile endlessly. It was made by a very talented artist by the name Garrett.I love my cleavage in this picture.:-)))
 I am always looking forward to opening my gifts first thing in the morning. In this regard I am probably still 5 and can't help it.:-)
I fell in love with my new pair of Nina Rici gray suede platform pumps. They are absolutely gorgeous!:-) Ray knows me all too well!:-)
And my beautiful snow white Givenchy blouse. :-)
 I immediately had to put my new Nina Ricci shoes in my "favorite shoes" shoe case. I think they are a work of art!
   I know that Santa is reading this and I just want to say Thank you, Ray, for being so fantastic and going into the whole other scary Nina Ricci shopping adventure. I will be looking forward to Spring to wear this beauties.
 This year Anastasia and I decided to decorated house in blues and gold. Both of us miss Russia and we wanted to bring just a little bit of Russian winter into the house. :-)
 One of our favorite traditions is to open Christmas crackers. They are a lot of fun and each one of them has a tiny surprise inside.
 Anastasia and I usually take turns and make wishes with each opened cracker. :-)
 I do have a lot of art work from the House of Dior. This particular collection of the images always inspires me so much!
 Do you remember my poor Miss Lanvin? Well, I got the new one and it now lives on the shelf with all my Vogues .
 We also love to play vinyl discs. :-) We found this vintage Victrola in one of the tiny vintage stores in New York and brought it home with us. :-)
 This is Midnight and he loves to sleep under the Christmas tree. :-) We have 5 cats living with us all rescued and previously abandoned or abused animals. Each one of them is so precious!Each has its own character. Midnight here, for example, loves Mexican burritos!:-)
 Little Mo enjoyed a lot of snow! We literally could not keep him in the house!He spent his Christmas laying outside in the snow and chasing snowflakes!
With new 2011 almost here I want to wish everybody beautiful and very Happy New Year! Let it be one of the happiest years of your life!:-)))

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Unapologetically Anna...

 Those of you who follow my Blog for some time now might remember a small post I wrote on the boundaries of style a while ago (right here) . With in the past year, as I was reading more and more on the subject of flamboyant and down right outrageous, in your face evolution  of Anna Dello Russo, editor-in-chief of Vogue Japan, I thought the topic simply must be revisited.
Especially since the style of Anna involves kaleidoscope of phenomenal hats which, in my opinion, she wears extraordinarily well. It takes more than an effort to create persona as globally recognizable as persona of Anna Dello Russo.
In Anna's case it is an obvious, self sacrificing,constant and endless labor of love. Now, let's be honest: how many of us, servants of Fashion, truly live and breathe Fashion every single moment of our lives? Only for that reason along Anna, in my opinion, deserves standing ovation. :-)
 Frankly, I am a bit stunned by the amount of negative posts and comments the target of which is Anna, her choice of shoes, hats, outfits, the absence of makeup her manner in which she smiles (or doesn't smile) and lately her new perfume.
 Anna Dello Russo, of course, could not care less, but I, somehow, feel the need to say something to the contrary. With all that is Anna, she managed to located the sensitive, vulnerable grace hiding within a bloody, maligned, often unforgiving industry that is Fashion.
 Anna's exaggerated obsession with Fashion sparkles with breathtaking beauty and at the same time reveals intense demands of Anna's ultimate goal - by her very own admission "I don't want to be Cool, I want to be - Fashion". I admire this ability to lure with expectation. I know I always wait impatiently to see what she will wear next, what fantasy will she present to the world.
 This ability to lure with expectation is  near-impossible task, requiring considerable skill and effort. With that, I am adding Anna Dello Russo to the list of women I would love to create beautiful hat one day. Another round of Global Fashion Weeks is almost here, I can not wait to see what Anna will be wearing next!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas !

 Yesterday I caught myself thinking that I never worry about the size of my Christmas tree any more simply because I know that for my daughter it is still 30ft. tall :-)  Christmas is almost here and I want to wish all of you , my beautiful, kind friends, peace and prosperity, charity in the heart, love, generosity of spirit, health and hope.:-)
 "We hear the beating of wings over Bethlehem and a light that is not of the sun or of the stars shines in the midnight sky. Let the beauty of the story take away all narrowness, all thought of formal creeds. Let it be remembered as a story that has happened again and again, to men of many different races, that has been expressed through many religions, that has been called by many different names. Time and space and language lay no limitations upon human brotherhood." ~New York Times, 25 December 1937, quoted in Quotations for Special Occasions by Maud van Buren, 1938, published by The H.W. Wilson Company, New York 
    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! :-)        

Friday, December 17, 2010

My Christmas Wish List. :-)

 This is the time of the year when you are allowed and expected to dream  about anything at all. :-) Every little wish, every little miracle is possible. This Christmas I am dreaming of many things: I am dreaming of seeing my Mom this year, recovering from being unwell for a long time now, working on my new Collection, dreaming  of going to Paris and Russia and even Milan! Can not wait to see what 2011 has in store for me and while waiting to find out I decided to post my Christmas Wish List in hopes that Santa is reading this Blog too :-)
 Every year I get one exquisite ornament for my tree. This year I thought Bergdorf Goodman did such a great job on creating this beauty of an ornament. :-)
 By my very own admission - I am not a very good cook at all. This year I decided that I will work on improving my cooking skills with the help of this fabulous book. :-) There is always room for improvement!
 Macaroons!!! Wouldn't it be a true Christmas Miracle considering that there is no Laduree in the US?
 This gorgeous Christmas wreath caught my eye with all the fine detailing. It is almost like looking at the Fairy Tale.There is so much going on, I really wish this wreath could live in my house!
 This darling golden pear salt & pepper shaker were created by the wonderful artist Michael Aram. It is still available at Barney's New York along with so many other beautiful designs by Michael! I am absolutely in love with it!:-)
 This dress was absolutely created for me. The minute I saw it I knew that this is MY dress! This velvet Antonio Berardi must live in my closet. :-)
 I though this little ornament couple is simply adorable. Look at all the details and, more importantly hats!:-)
Finally, this exquisite bottle of perfume has been on my list wish for a long time. The aroma is magical! I am very conservative when it comes to perfumes. I am using only two scents: "Chanel #5" and vintage "Femme" by Rochas on the colder days. :-) Hoping that "Oriens" will make a great addition. :-)
Would  really like to know what is on your Christmas Wish list this year? :-)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

My Atelier Christmas Windows. :-)

 Yes, I KNOW! Christmas is almost here! Less than two weeks and I am only half way through my Christmas shopping/card signing/gift wrapping/party planning and million other tings. One of my latest discoveries is the fact that window dressing (and not just for Christmas, but year round) is almost like a second job. It requires so much thought and planning - I now have a new found respect for those designers who do it for living. :-) Today, as promised, I am posting the pictures of my displays. :-)))
 First window display has a vintage French carousel horse with the name, believe it or not, Matilda On The Run. The name is signed on her belly and did you notice? - she is wearing a fabulous hat! I have met Matilda in one of my favorite vintage shops here in new York. I went shopping for old perfume bottles and ended up falling in love with Matilda instead. :-)
 I had to make beautiful pink velvet hatboxes to make display more fabulous. Gold tissue paper and beautiful silk bows , chic little hats and Voila!
 My second window display is...yes! "Alice in Wonderland". I had so much fun creating it! :-))) This Cheshire Cat usually lives in Anastasia's room. :-)
 I even made this charming little cup-hat just for this theme.:-) Got a little bit carried away with details, but I still do believe with all of my heart that there is nothing more important than attention to every single detail.
 I hope you are all now in your pre-Christmas mood. :-) We had our first real snow today. I woke up to the white Winter outside of my windows. It made me feel so happy. I suppose you can take the girl out of Russia, but you can never take Russia out of the girl.:-)
 With my new Christmas windows I had a lot of people visiting me, including my very first youngest customer ever - little girl names Molly. She is 4 and she wants a very special hat "with lots of pink bows, lady bugs and one daisy." :-) Oh, yes, and a pink veil, of course. :-) With more bows on it. And "possibly some sequins, just a touch." Molly promised me to call with her final decision.
 I am wising you wonderful happy week!