Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Best Of 2010.

 This post would have never happened if not for this past torturous Sunday afternoon when I decided to sit down and map out some sort of plan of action for 2011. Doubt is my demon. I often think that I do not have what it takes to achieve all that I want to achieve. I discovered that when moments like this come there is nothing better than putting things into retrospective. This is exactly what I did and it turns out - 2010 was an amazing year!
 With in a span of this year I have managed to open my own Atelier. Renovate completely destroyed space and transform it into Hat Heaven. :-)
   Anya Caliendo. Couture Millinery: "Renata" Hat.
It was a difficult transition considering the fact that I had to fight against both: terrible for this kind of ventures global economy and my very stubborn accountant. Lesson learned? - sometimes following you heart is better than following your fear.
  I got to do an amazing trunk show at Henry Bendel. I had so much fun doing it!
 Anya Caliendo.Couture Millinery "The Secret Lives Of Dolls." 2010
I have designed and created my third, very technically challenging , Collection "The secret Lives Of Dolls". Not only that, but I got to style and direct the photo shoot of the editorial for my Atelier.
 I brought my new Collection to Paris and presented it during the Paris Fashion Week in October  of 2010. Fantastic experience. I still have butterflies in my stomach when I think of it. :-)))
 What even more mind blowing is the fact that Paris loved my hats!:-)))
 I have made a hat for my very first Vogue. Do you see? - I am still doing my happy dance! I have also made several more fantastic editorials in numerous Fashion Magazines and Blogs all over the world. :-)  I received an invitation to teach my very first millinery course.(I will tell you more about it later.)
 And fabulous "La Parisienne" still holds number 1 bestseller place in my Atelier. :-))). So, I suppose, I did OK in 2010 and it means I now have enough faith in myself to do even better in 2011. I have so many things I want to accomplish, so many ideas, projects, collaborations, so many new hats to design! :-))) I will keep it a secret for now, I have always been a little bit superstitious. :-) I promise to share everything with you when the time comes.
  Anya Caliendo Couture Millinery. "Moulin Rouge" Hat.
What even more amazing is that I got to have all of you in my life! I had a privilege to meet fantastic, talented, funny, smart people  whose support, opinion, comments and presence means a world to me. I hope to continue my friendship with you in 2011. I hope that this year will be even better than 2010!:-)


Little Rus said...

Milaya Anechka, I can't believe it how you can still have any doubts about yourself!!! Silly wonderful lovely sweet talented girl you are! I think your 2010 wasn't just OK, but fantastic and brilliant and you did such a wonderful job, darling. You must be very VERY super proud of yourself. Sending you a big hug! xxx

P.S. And I still adore my "silvery cloud" and dream of Mademoiselle. :) One day, hopefully, I will be able to place an order and have my favourite "girl" here.

Stilettostetico said...

And the "Glam forecaster who is slightly slumbering on me" is ready to bet that 2011 will be even better than (an already uber fructiferous) 2010 Chère Anya !!!
ps: This teaching project suits you perfectly, just like an altruistic way to perpetuate an ancestral Art, dedicated to sublimate Femininity far beyond fugitive Fashion Trends . . .

à Bientôt, Antoine

edie orenstein said...

Congratulations and beautiful work! looking forward to watching you and reading your blogs in 2011. Edie

Lee Duncan is HatStruck said...

Doubt? Hard work has brought you your just rewards. You'll even be better in 2011. I'm happy to have stumbled upon your blog in 2010; it to is a success.

Talking with Tami said...

You are fab and my wish is to one day wear one of your beautiful creations. Im a hat girl and Im so proud that we connected. You have style and grace and you will go far with all you want to do! Congrats and much success to you! xoxo

Maggi said...

What an awesome year 2010 was for you! So many marvelous things happened and wow, I cannot wait to see what you do in 2011! Go girl, go!

Rachel {Inspiration in Italy} said...

I am often filled with doubts and fears about the future and all that I want to accomplish. It seems when the odds are against you and when all the critics doubt...victory is then the sweetest once accomplished. My father always tells me that the often in life the greatest achievements will not come without the greatest obstacles, sacrifice, and struggles. Eric's professor is now famous here in Italy and his story is very inspiring. He actually is from a poor town in Southern Italy and he wanted to learn his passion so badly that he apprenticed for sandwiches in his early days to the industry.

I am encouraged by this, and I am also encouraged and completely inspired by you. (I think I tell you this every day? :)) I am so impressed and so proud at all you accomplished in your life, and especially here in 2010!! You overcame the odds and have accomplished so many things that most only DREAM of doing! I must say that I'm so excited in particular about your feature in Vogue...truly wonderful.

Congrats Anya, you deserve all of your success and I'm excited to see all that you will accomplish in 2011....wishing you an even more spectacular year.


SabinePsynopsis said...

I think your year was AMAZING, Anya! You realised your dreams and didn't let fear get the better of you. What do you say? Roll on 2011!

The French Maid said...

Someone once said, "The harder I work, the luckier I get"...it's obvious that you have worked very hard at your craft! I love that it's great fashion, technically creative, and just plain fun stuff!
Wow! Hold onto your hat for a super year ahead, Anya! Pun intended!
--Lee Ann

The Gossamer Tearoom said...

Dearest Anya,
I do understand having doubts, but you can see that when you look back at last year, you accomplished so much! You must be brave and continue to push through your doubts, as I know you will! You are so talented and deserve every moment of success that comes to you!

I just have the feeling that 2011 will be a very creative and prolific year for all of us that pursue our artistic dreams!

Hugs to you!


VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier said...


Ne mozet bit somnenij 4to Vash talant,fantazia,blistiashij,velikolepnij tryd xydoznika ozenen po pravy samoj naivisshej ozenkoj-eto Paris!!!

Esli prokrytit plenky filma iz Vashego 2010...to dymaiu eto zajmet ne tolko mnogo interesnix,zaxvativaiushix dyx minyt,no i v to ze vremia pomozet vsem,kto lubit sam tvorit' i ponimaet 4to takoe na samom dele ''nastojashee''tvor4estvo,pomozet oshytit ty neperedavaemyiu atmosfery,4to zarit y Vas v Atelier i v Vashem dizajnerskom dome!

Spasibo Vam ogromnoe za vse Vashi prekrasnie posti,oni odyxotvoriaiut menia vsegda:-)*

Iskrenne,s luboviy i yvazeniem,
Vasha Violetta***

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anya,

I loved seeing what you have achieved in 2010, you are amazing.
Wishing you all the best for 2011, and all that makes you happy.

Hugs & blessings

Isabella said...

I love looking back at a year and realizing, how much I have accomplished, even though I always doubt myself. I'm so very happy that you have realized how much you did and accomplished this year because every time I read you blog I can't help but wonder, how you manage to do so much and lead such a fabulous life.
I wish you the very best for an even more glamourous and happy year 2011! May this year bring back hats as a requirement in ladies' fashion! ;)

Jan said...

You did more than okay Anya!
Your self belief is an inspiration.
And thank you for being such a supportive 'blogosphere' friend.

Little Rus said...

Anechka, a super quick note. :) Look what I have now http://fashionedbylove.blogspot.com/

I know, I know, I know, it's yet another blog, but this time it's going to be really ME and not just about fashion. Hope you like it. :)

I am planning to close my fashiontitbits.wordpress.com blog eventually and keep original FashionTitbits and the new baby, plus, of course, the nutrition one.

Anyway... I just wanted to let you know. If you have time to have a look and tell me what you think, it would be great. :)

Lots of love and kisses


Haute World said...

You had an amazing year and you should be so proud of all that you accomplished! I can't wait to see what 2011 has in store for you. I so wished I could have seen you take Paris by storm and even met up with you, but hopefully that will still happen one day ;-)

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Hi love. Just reading your post made me fill with joy for you. What a fabulous rundown of accomplishments for one year!! I'm so happy for you that you have had so much success so far and more doors and more doors will be opening in 2011 for you, I'm sure! I just love the photo of your Atelier window with its golden light (golden light in a store window always makes me sign), the beautiful script and the glamorous little "Open" sign! And to have a trunk show at Henry Bendel ... one of my fun and favorite accessory stores! Had to have been so fun. I'm blowing you a kiss from my open hand filled with a pile of sparkly wishes for 2011 ... may you achieve so much success that you are amazed and have so much fun doing it that you feel you've landed on a cloud! Happy January, darling girl.

David Toms said...

Dear Anya, I am so sorry that it has taken me so long to wish you a happy New Year! I am just catching up on my blogging now! I wish to thankyou so much for your readership and comments on my blog! They are so appreciated! You have had an amazing year and I do wish you every success and much love an happiness for 2011!

Couture Millinery Atelier. said...

Dear Isabella, thank you for your wonderful comment.:-) It makes me feel like I can do anything.Thank you!

Angie Muresan said...

You did ok? You did marvelously! And 2011 will be an even more extraordinary for you, because you are brilliant and talented, my dear Anya.

Love Accents Couture said...

Dearest Anja,
Congradulations to a spectacular year 2010 and my blessing to you for continued success and beyond...
And when fear (a natural corse of personal evolution) sticks his little ugly head-out "just do it anyway"! I hope you will be able to follow through with your "invite
to teach" millinery...Teaching and sharing knowlege adds an "human touch" to what we know and do best. I am living the my teaching experience now and I would not exchange the beautiful emotions for nothing in the world, because the teacher learns also...
Have a nice day. I remain your friend,
PS. Thank you for comments, Anya

Champagne Macarons said...

Dearest Anya,
congratulations on a successful 2010! What an amazing year for you. You've accomplished so much and I can't wait to see what good fortune 2011 brings for you.
Did you post photos of your fashion show? I missed so much during the fall =(
We are planning a trip to NYC sometime this year. I would love to visit your atelier. I'm hoping Ladurée will be open!
Wishing you a beautiful New Year!
xoxo, B