Friday, March 18, 2011


 Out of long forgotten memories of the past, childhood fantasies, black and white old photographs of people whose faces  I no longer remember came the hat I named "Nostalgie".
 It has a touch of sadness I found in the old letters of lovers who are long gone. Only the words written on the paper remain true and full of passion.
 She is full of grace and beauty  and all the things you can find in the magic of ascetic pallet of black and white.
 I remember standing backstage at the age of 5 breathless, looking at the dancers of Russian ballet rehearsing "Sleeping Beauty". The memory is so far away, but I still remember the whisper of the tulle moving around dancer's tutus...
 I remember thinking that I would be willing to give everything I own, including my favorite doll, for an opportunity of being one of them, wrapped in the air of tulle and flying over the stage...
 I used to believe that the sea is full of mysterious creatures - mermaids. I used to throw shiny coins in the water thinking that one of them will find my coin and  put it in the beautiful treasure chest somewhere on the bottom of the sea. :-)
 I always loved Winter and snow.I used to think that snowflakes are sugar powder falling down from the sky because  little Angels in the clouds just had their breakfast .
 I used to make a wish every time tiny snowflake would land on tip of my nose. :-))) I used to not being afraid of the dark.
 I miss the innocence of my own childhood fantasies and the ability to see life as an endless Fairy Tale. This simple fact became my inspiration behind creation of "Nostalgie". :-)
 I am wishing you wonderful weekend.The Spring has, finally, arrived, and I am looking forward to the weekend full of sunshine.:-) Sending all of you million kisses from New York!:-)
Pictures are courtesy Fashion Gone Rogue and "Anya Caliendo.Couture Millinery Atelier."


VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier said...

Send you too,dearest Anya million warm and fresh spring hugs:-)*

Your fantasy world is a great Fairy tale,really....and mostly of talented Fantasy ever!!!
Your dreams coming absolutely TRUE,you see it,behind of your amazing,extraordinary creations your world coming also more beautiful and SO special!!!

I adore your ddeveloping and your way to create your life!
Endless inspirational Anya Caliendo!!!

Much Love,

Rachel {Inspiration in Italy} said...

Dear Anya,

This is one of the most beautiful hats I have ever seen. The soft tulle so elegantly shaped, the structure of the hat beneath it, and the gorgeous flower. . . they all have me in a spell! How I dream of wearing this beauty, it is absolutely gorgeous Anya. Your talent and your skill are even more phenominal when I hear snippets of your imagination and the meaningful places in which you draw your inspiration. I too miss the childlike innocence that I once had. Never was I afraid of flying in airplanes, never was I afraid of the unknown, never was I afraid of adventure. I find it funny that as I get older, I actually get MORE fears rather than less. Your descriptions of the Russian ballet, the mystery of mermaids, and the memories of snow and winter...they took me away to another place, and all the beauty of your thoughts of time gone by have been collectively poured into this gorgeous hat "Nostalgie!" There is such enchantment, mystery, magic and utter breathtaking beauty surrounding it. I'm head over heels, Anya. :)

Wishing you a spectacular Spring-time weekend in New York! Many kisses*tanti baci from Rome. ♥


Haute World said...

My dear, this has got to be one of my favorite hats you've created so far. I love the inspiration of nostalgia and I had similar childhood memories. Isn't it amazing how everything has a child seemed to magical and otherworldly? I definitely get that from your hat and I do miss those days. Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

janettaylor said...

Oooh, childhood fantasy?! U are so right! The nostalgie hat is simple fabulous! :)


Happy warm and sunny weekend, darling Anya!

Karena said...

Modiste a most wonderful and poignant post!! I love your thoughts on the memories of past.

I would love to have one of your fabulous turbans!

Come and enter to win my Springtime Gift for Bath & Body.

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Karena said...

Anya do you do custom only?

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Mimi and Tilly said...

This is a beautiful post. I love your beautiful hat. I took ballet lessons for more than 20 years and love tulle too... Em xx

Beach House Living said...

Another exquisite creation. I enjoyed the story behind it.

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anya,

You have shared such tender post today.
I love all the inspiration behind your gorgeous hat, Nostalgie.
Your childhood memories have been penned so beautifully and thanks for sharing.

Have a wonderful Spring and sunny weekend and sending lots of kisses from NZ.


lorenabr said...

Lovely design as always! Love how you placed the flower! I would wear it!

I have a question for you :) ... I hope you do not mind!

I love hats and I wear glasses... a square design ( red frame and other one black frame) what is the best hat design that goes with glasses?

Lee Duncan is HatStruck said...

Very beautiful--the words and the hat.

Katie said...

STUNNING photos, so inspiring. Especially the black dress going up the snowy stairwell....

Kat said...

these are wonderful anecdotes anya, and i really think the pictures you've chosen fit perfectly to the feeling they're transporting!

your nostalgie hat is magnificent, it has such an sophisticated vibe :)
i'm wishing you a wonderful sunday!

Maggi said...

What a darling hat and positively beautiful post! Hope you're having a great weekend!

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Anya ... what a lovely post! I love reading about what inspires you to create the beauty that you do. Loved how you made a wish on snowflakes! So sweet .. I do miss the carefree time of childhood as well when your imagination can run free because you have the sparetime to dream, dream, dream ... Hope you had a relaxing weekend, sweetie. xo

Angie Muresan said...

Anya, there is something so tender about this hat. It tugs at the heart. And this post that accompanies it, is pure loveliness.
I miss my childhood as well. Times were hard, but they were somehow edged with magic.