Friday, January 28, 2011

Impossible "Chiara" Hat. What's Your Shoe Story? :-)))

 It is my pleasure introduce you to one of my personal favorite hats by the name of "Chiara". Here you see part of the editorial for my "Secret Lives Of Dolls" Collection where one of the dolls trying on  beautiful shoes while everybody is asleep. :-) "Chiara" is very special to me for two reasons:
 First, because it was inspired by ultra glamorous IT girl named Chiara who lives in Milan and adores shoes just as much as I do. The second reason is the fact that the shoe for the top of the hat was designed by very talented artist Noel of Fanciful Designs. I had to add  a coat of silver shimmer to the color of the shoe and few more spectacular crystals to make the base of the hat and the shoe create one divine motif.
 Ah, this fabulous YSL pumps! I am still afraid to wear them out although my doll, as you can see, wears them without any hesitation whatsoever. She also wears my beautiful Chanel skirt I bought on Rue Cambon in Paris. :-)
 This hat required a lot of mechanical construction and wiring to make sure that the shoe is stable on the base. I have used  beautiful black silk velvet (exported from France) for the base of the hat, probably, the most amazing fabric I have ever held in my hands. It has a little secret - it sparkles at night, almost impossible to take your eyes off.:-)
      It went so well with this delicate crystal necklace by Alessandro Dell'Acqua.
 I have a confession to make: if not for the hats, I would, probably, become a shoe designer. :-) I have a sketch book full of shoe designs I hope to create one day in the future.
 What is your favorite pair of shoes in your closet? :-))) I, myself, would have very difficult time answering this question simply because I am deeply in love with every pair of shoes that I own. Right now I adore my new Nina Ricci pumps, but I know I will change my mind first thing Friday morning.
 I am wishing everybody beautiful weekend. Hard to believe that January is almost over.:-)
P.S. "Chiara" hat now lives happily ever after with the beautiful girl named Chiara in Milan, Italy. :-)))


Hope Ava said...

Oh she is so whimsical...I love it! What a beautiful bit of fabulousness! And I can certainly believe it took some ingenious work to make that paper shoe behave properly atop your hat...I have found that materials always seem to have a distinct mind of their own! My favorite pair of shoes right now are a pair of vintage Victorian style brown leather lace up riding boots that I found on etsy...I wear them with skinny jeans and they go with everything!

Hope Ava

Simply Debbie said...

Dear Anya,
I ADORE this story...
I can see a very sweet book, which I would buy for myself but what a STUNNING BALLET THIS COULD traditional as the NUTCRACKER, which I have never had the privledge of seeing BUT this would be a ballet in gives me chills at the thought of it...It could be the one shoebox in the very back of the closet that was never opened and the shoes of course had never been worn...they seemed so plain but when put on they were just magical...first solo of the main ballerina
so many blessings coming your way
Have A Sugar Sweet Day
Simply Debbie

Dustjacket Attic said...

How divine is that hat and Noel is so beautiful and talented as are you.

That is so funny with your "doll" wearing your YSL pumps with no must do likewise :)

I love the photo's, so very glamourous.

Take care darling,

Rachel {Inspiration in Italy} said...


You made me smile so much when you so sweetly said that you find your jaw on the floor when you visit my blog, but let me tell you my jaw is LITERALLY on the floor right now at viewing this post!!! I am mesmerised by this incredible hat...the first image along took my breath away. I'm constantly amazed not only at your creative sense and unique ability to create hats from ideas of beautiful things you love, but also your ability to execute these ideas to perfection...each detail flowing so perfectly together that the end result is nothing short of masterpiece!!

This "Chiara" hat is so completely gorgeous and the incredible crystal necklace pairs beautifully with it. I'm also in love with your YSL pumps shown on your doll! Ahhhh I fall deeper and deeper in my new found obsession with shoes as well and your hat is the most beautiful work of art to display the subject! I am confident Anya that you would be a very successful shoe designer...oh how I would love to see your sketch book of spectacular shoe designs! You are amazing....

Much Love Anya...wishing you a beautiful weekend from Rome...hope you are staying warm!!! :):)


Eric and I both so much appreciate your kind words.

Marina said...

Anya, another divine creation by you. I was wondering if the Chiara hat is an inspiration of the beautiful Chiara of The Blonde Salad?

I am sure you would also make a wonderful shoe designer ... you have impeccable taste. I too call all my shoes my favourites, but am loving a Lanvin style i own currently ... very high, but am in love with it's heel!

I have an award for you on my blog and wishing you an ever stylish weekend.

The Gossamer Tearoom said...

Good Morning, Dearest Anya,
This hat is just beautiful! And of course you should pursue shoe design! You would be wonderful at it!

Thank you so much for taking time visiting with me and letting me amuse you with some of my visions of silliness! Last night, I posted my newest collage, where you may be interested in the hat!

Wishing you a splendid weekend!


VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier said...

Dear,dear Anya:-)*

It´s absolutely not strange that "Chiara''is one of your favourite design...I can say you, it took my breath away when I saw photos of ''Chiara''!!!
I mean it,just unique, extraordinary work,dear Anya!
Oh,my Godness,creation of Noel is here by you looks heavenly nice!!!

I saved all these photos by my in computer:-)*
And you Chanel lace skirt just one gorgeous thing!!!

Wish you spectaculare weekend,dearest Anya:-)*

Love to you,

Jan said...

Fab Fab Fab.

Oh yes, where DID January go to?


Maggi said...

Such a gorgeous hat! I bet you would make a fabulous shoe designer! I love any of my shoes that sparkle! :D

Taj Acosta said...

Ohhh I love the makeup!! You have to see my post for today dear, I found some great photos of "hats"! I'm sure you will enjoy! xo

Love Accents Couture said...

You have "Schiaparelli" in your veins.....I love it!

Angie Muresan said...

Anya, the stories you weave around your hats are so enchanting. You should print them out and include them in the hat boxes.

Insomnia said...

I want to have these YSL's so badly!

Kat said...

aawww, what a pretty story, the hat has found its owner :)

what can i say? the hat is fabulous, i'd love to wear one of your designs one day :)
the black silk velvet is amazing, i mean: which fabric sparkles at night?!

dear anya, i wish you a lovely sunday :)

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SabinePsynopsis said...

What a beautiful hat, Anya! and all these wonderful shoes... I would never take them off (okay, only to swap). Wishing you a lovely week! xoxo

Little Rus said...

Anechka, somehow I read the post and didn't comment... Uhm... Silly me. :) You know what I've been thinking? I am just amazed how you can turn anything into a masterpiece! Your fantasy is out of this world! OK, you did use a gorgeous shoe to create this hat, but I have a feeling you could take any object and create something beautiful...


EFT Manual said...

The hair accessory is lovely! And I love all her outfit and shoes!

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

I love your doll stories. Added fun to the fabulous hats you create. And you do a fabulous job in setting up your photoshoots for the stories, as well. That must be a lot of fun to do (as well as a lot of work, I know!). Thanks for all of the beauty you bring to us on your blog, sweet. xoxo

Maja said...

This is divine! Wow, are you real? You're almost too good to be true! Btw, is is possible to wish for a post by the end of every month where you show all the hats that you have tagged "hats of the day"? :D It would be great!

Talking with Tami said...

So pretty, so different! You go girl! xoxo