Friday, June 8, 2012

Signing Off For The Summer!

I can hardly believe that June is here. :-) With new students in my Class the first Session of the Summer is in full force and I am having a phenomenal time in my Atelier creating new hats and working with very talented crowd. The Summer is going to be incredibly busy for me with Millinery Sessions booked all throughout August so much so that I had to add a new Session in September which was fully booked back  in April upon request from my friends and some of the returning students from the previous year. I am not only looking forward to meeting new people who share the same passion for hat design that I do, but I am also super excited to continue working on development and production of my new Collection and several new collaborations with fashion magazines. The Spanish version of the book  "Couture Hats" is out and I am expecting it any day now, shipped to me by the author Louis Bou all the way from Barcelona - can hardly wait to see the final lay out of my segment and read the narrative written by Stephen Jones. English version will be here in September - my favorite month out of the entire year. September always means - Fashion and always means Paris and I am looking forward to both. This Summer I am making a serious commitment to learning how to take beautiful pictures all on my own - something I greatly missed recently while attending the opening of "Faberge" store in New York. So, hopefully, by the time I will land in Paris I will know how to capture the beauty of what I see. :-))) It is a tradition here, in my Blog, ever since I started it, to sign off for the Summer: something I do in order to dedicate my entire time to the creation of new hats and concentrate on design, my students and new ideas.:-) I will see you all here in September and wish all of you great Summer! Let it be the happiest yet.:-)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Its a Ball! Russian Nobility Ball in Detail.

Today I am posting images from the Russian Nobility Ball I have been invited to attend back  in May. Beautiful event left me inspired with new designs for my new Collection - we had such an amazing time being a part of it, tones of fun! Since the Ball have been receiving many calls from the guests of the Ball to place their order for hats and with compliments to the has that were presented during the Ball. I kept very busy past two weeks trying to finish everything by the beginning of my June Session. This time, I have students travelling from Russia - they have arrived just two days ago, from Japan - arrived yesterday, Taiwan and from three glorious states of the US. Very excited and will post about once the Sessions will be over, but today is all about the Ball! The opening picture is a perfect example of the mood we were all in. :-). My model Anastasia is wearing "Petergof" hat, Cavalli watercolor caftan and Zanotti velvet pumps.
My daughter Anastasia in her beautiful red gown waiting for the models to be ready. :-)
My model Elmira wearing the "Boyarynya" hat, Antonio Berrardi Dress and YSL pumps just before the event.

My dear friend and super talented designer Leonid Gurevich is holding "Black Swan" hat just before fitting it to the model Vera. Leonid custom designed the dress for our model who wore "Black Swan". The dress was amazing, very dramatic, extraordinarily detailed - when Vera put it on I thin the entire room stopped breathing including me. :-)

Vera is fitting the gown by Leonid Gurevich and the hat "Black Swan" by my Atelier - Once the hat was put on Vera became the tallest creature in the Universe measuring at almost 8.5 ft. On the background is absolutely fantastic make up Artist Lucia Fabiola who worked on the models and did such a phenomenal job! Thank you Lucia!:-)
I am so grateful to my very talented team of people who have helped me during the event. :-) If you are looking through this post and see a picture of yourself and would like me to give credit to your name, please, do not hesitate to leave a comment. Photographs used for this post were done by our photographer Gene and independent photographer Sergei Zhukov and since one picture worth million of words, I am leaving you with the images of the event. Wishing all of you beautiful weekend!:-)
Models wearing "Petergof" and "Boyarynya" Hat during the event. :-)
Vera is wearing spectacular gown by Leonid Gurevich and, of course, "Black Swan".
My beautiful model Olga in "Imperial Faberge" hat.






My friends Leon Gurevich and his wonderful sister Marina - thank you, guys! You were amazing!!!




My daughter Anastasia who just turned 17 yesterday!