Friday, January 7, 2011

"Rouge Noir".Confessions.

           "Rouge Noir" Hat by "Anya Caliendo.Couture Millinery"
When I was 17, I fell in love with the boy. His name was Tito and both of us, at the time, were in Germany, spending 2 weeks of our Summer in International Youth Summer Camp. I usually never use this word when describing a man, but Tito was absolutely gorgeous. He was from Italy and did not speak a word of English. I did not speak  a word of Italian, of course. :-)
 Despite the fact that neither of us could speak each other's language we understood each other instantly. We spent all out time together: we went to the movies, we held hands, we went for a walks, we kissed.:-) Tito played guitar and I could not stop thinking about him. Just before he left to go back home, as a farewell gift, he gave me a dark red rose. It was such a dark, rich shade of red, it seemed almost black...
 The memories of that Summer became an inspiration behind "Rouge Noir" hat I designed for my Atelier.It is made out of silk tulle, combination of three different types of silks  and french vintage veil. Here you see one of the dolls modeling it.:-)
 She is wearing vintage beaded coat by Dior and clear crystal ring by Lanvin. The memory of this Summer is, probably, one of the happiest memories I have of my teenage years. I never forgot Tito and you can find the rose he gave me between the pages of Marcel Proust book on my shelf. It is as beautiful as the day he left to go back to Italy, just maybe a little flatter and drier.:-)
 I know now that  memories of the past often become a source behind creation of my hats. "Rouge Noir" is very special to me. Two days ago a lady walked in my Atelier and was ready to buy it, but I refused the sale. I simply could not part with my "Rouge Noir." :-)
  Do you have a very special memory that you treasure for years?


edie orenstein said...

Pure Romanticism - beautifully presented- beautiful hat.

David Toms said...

Anya, this is such a wonderful story full of romance, nostalgia and youth. I find that I have many such moments whether they be big like a first romance or small like the first glass of champagne I had (I still have the cork from the bottle).

This is the perfect incarnation of your rouge noir! I am glad that you did not sell. You have given your memory a fresh ne perspective!

Have a wonderful day!

Insomnia said...

Ow, what a beautiful and romantic story! And the way you translated it to life is breathtaking. This must be one of my favorites of your work!

Unfortunately I don't have this "movie-like" story to tell.

Merry Christmas, btw :)

VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier said...

Nostalgic,ful of beautiful memories and always talented work,dear,dear Anya!!!

Your story about´´Rouge Noir´´ is so lovely touching,so sensitive and immensly emotional...

Oh,this Dior coat making your design more and more expressive,it´s SO fantastic that you used him by the shoot!

Your ´´Rouge Noir´´ is exellent with a very special vibrant feeling,I mean it,dearest Anya!!!
In the same time ´´SHE´´ is sexy and innocent,gorgeous talented work:-)*

I'm happy to be a small part in sharing this special time with in blog land,milaya,prekrasnaja Anya!

Wish you relax,lovely weekend,my dear friend:-)))*

Much Love,cheers to you,

Little Rus said...

Anechka, I can honestly say that this hat is now among my most favourite hats you've ever made! I adore it.
It was also wonderful to see what the coat looks like on and it's so different from its previous photo you published some time ago. I love it even more now. Such a masterpiece!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend, darling!


Little Rus said...

Anechka, I just read your comment and it put a huge smile on my face! :) You are so adorable with this "gazillion of pounds"! :))) And you are so lucky to be able to have some workout equipment at home! I wish I could have a running machine... I think having proper machines at home makes life a little easier, especially, if you are busy or the weather isn't inspiring for getting out (just like what we are having at the moment... LOTS of rain)
Oh, yes! Also wanted to thank you for following my baby blog! :) It's lovely to see friendly faces and know that you come and read my blurb. :))) I will definitely keep you posted about that workout I am doing now. Unless, of course, I die in action. :)))

Sending you a big hug and lots and lots of kisses.


The Gossamer Tearoom said...

Dearest Anya,
Aren't we so lucky as artists to have the ability to turn our most cherished memories into art? I too have many beautiful memories that have inspired one creation or another! I just love your story! Thank you for sharing with us, Dear Friend!

I am so, so happy that you liked the pin so much! The first one I made was one for myself and it is very much like the one I sent you! I will have the first line of them posted to my Etsy shop on January 15th! Today, I am constructing a tiny purple couch where I will display them to take pictures!! I cannot wait for you to see the rest!!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend! I also look forward to another year of friendship with you!



Rachel {Inspiration in Italy} said...


I got chills all over my body when I saw this hat. When I read the story, I got even more chills. You strike a cord with me as I am often very sentimental and nostalgic of memories of the past...and it's so beautiful that you bring them back to life in your work. I think this might be my favourite hat you have made yet....and it is styled so beautifully on this gorgeous model! There aren't any words to describe this hat, but the best I can do is elegance, beauty, sensual, glamourous, and a dark sense of is stunning Anya and I wish to own it as well!!! :)

Your sweet comment to me meant the world! Thank you for every word and for making me smile always. :) Oh and I so wish I could take you with me on my trip, I can't think of a companion I would like to share it with more! :) Have a wonderful weekend. ♥


Angie Muresan said...

Oh Anya, I love the mystery and romanticism of the black veiled hat. It is so sensual. And it is befitting the memory of your love.

Kate said...

Simply beautiful. I love the idea that something can be so deep red that it's black. That summer sounds magical, you'll never forget it. I can completely understand you not wanting to sell the hat- it has too many precious memories attached to it.
Amazing post :)

janettaylor said...

Ooooh, what a beautiful love story, my dear! :) So magical as your hat...

Have a lovely weekend, my dear!


lorenabr said...

Beautiful memory it just makes me smile... :) I think we all have something similar and it's good to remember.... love the creation!

SabinePsynopsis said...

Ahhh, so romantic! Does this evoke jealousy in your 'current man'? If so, you can always say it's all for the art! xoxo

Lee Duncan is HatStruck said...

It was a white fur teddy bear.... The hat is absolutely gorgeous!

Lauren said...

Sniff, sniff! What a lovely story! And I do love your hat--I can see why you might not want to part with it!

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anya,

Such a romantic memory you shared with us today.
Rouge Noir is such a fabulous hat and can see why you refused the sale.

Wishing you a lovely weekend and sending hugs from NZ

Love Accents Couture said...

Dearest Anja,
First of all thanking you so much for your last comment...Yes, I do follow your beautifully inspirational blog, which has truly and deepy inspired me about my passions, talents and the fortune to able to realized what our first love, which are hats. "Noire Rouge", your hat, your doll and the atmosphere you create is true artistry, Anja.
Love Kirsten

Kat said...

happy new year :)

thank you so much, i'm really looking forward to keep in touch with you and your fabulous work :)

your story is so wonderful and i like the fact, that you keep your memories like treasures and use them as a source of inspiration!

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Hello darling! I LOVED this post!! You are a romantic, as am I. Your Rouge Noir hat is simply breathtaking. We've discussed before the fact that I'd love to do a post on you and your hats at some point. Why don't you send me an e-mail ( and let me know your e-mail address. I'll get back to you with the idea that I have! xo

Vicky N. said...

Аня, я просто в шоке...
Лично я бы за эту шляпку даже подралась бы!
Причем, это особенность вашей работы. Видишь новую шляпку и кажется, что она -- предел совершенства.
А потом вы делаете новую, ещё более роскошную!

Maggi said...

What a beautiful story! And the hat you created from it is gorgeous, I can see why you refused to sell it!

VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier said...

Milaya Anya!

Zaglianyla snova k Vam pozelat yda4noj novoj nedeli...
4itaiu kommentarii k Vashemy poslednemy posty i ''taiu''ot ydovolstvia,bydto eti prekrasnie kommenti menia kasajutsa:-)*
A s poslednim kommentom Vicky ja sovershenno soglasna,tak zdorovo skazala,4to ja razylibalas ot vsej dyshi!!!

Iskrenne Vasha Violetta***

Jan said...

Lovely story Anya, beautifully told.
Marvellous creation (as always).
I wonder what became of Tito?
Although, maybe it's better not to know.
Thanks for your concern regarding my bout of flu - I'm on the mend and hope to be a little more productive soon.

Talking with Tami said...

That hat is calling my name love it! xoxo