And so we have done it once again. The "Ghost Gardens" Collection has debuted as a part of the official schedule of MBFW SS2015 September 6th of 2014. It was set to run in the legendary St.Regis Hotel in New-York (coincidently, the same Hotel I chose to photograph my first Collection in in 2008). This time I decided to have Dior Suite as a backdrop to the entire Collection. We ended up having SO MUCH FUN!!!! Magnificent space of the Dior Suite, beautiful displays, my entire team: all of us ended up having a party instead of the strenuous, stressful, exhausting model of Presentation I had last time at Lincoln Center. On the picture above you see our models wearing total looks from Anya Caliendo SS2015 Collection. Yes, I did designed a capsule collection of apparel to support the hat stories. :-)
Beautiful "Jadore Laduree" couture head band greeted guests on arrival. My ultimate tribute to Laduree. :-)
"Jadore Laduree" has been surrounded by Laduree macaroons in rose and raspberry flavors directly from Laduree NYC in Soho. Every guest was treated to sublime macaroons . :-)
My gorgeous friend and super talented milliner and florist travelled all the way from Canada to be a part of the experience and create the most magnificent garden rose arrangements I have ever seen in my life.
Lynda's magic touch brought the "Ghost Gardens'' set to life. How lucky I am to be able to surround myself with tremendously talented, soulful people. :-)
The staff of St.Regis was extraordinarily helpful and this is exactly why St.Regis remains the best Hotel in NYC in my book. I love coming back there. :-)
Ed Hafizov, my right wing man, my only trusted photographer was also an official photographer to cover my Presentation. So, my hat is off to the man behind the lens, who managed to capture not only the Presentation and our guests, but also beautiful moments like the one you see above. :-)
Leon. My friend, my confidante and a man who has my back. I have lost count of Collaborations with extraordinary Leonid Gurevich. Here you see Leonid preparing for speaking on behalf of the brand with numerous news channels. He chose to have this fabulous blue number created by me. :-) So honored to have him on my team!
Leonid, I love, love, love, love, love your beautiful spirit and your creative mind!
While boxes with hats were getting unpacked, flowers delivered and set prepared, our models had a ball in the gorgeous bedroom of the Dior Suite.
Well, its like jumping on Dior cloud. :-)
And than some reading - the abundance of Fashion Books in the Suite was staggering! Mini library of gorgeous publications.
And than some exploring; the suite consisted of so many rooms - it was very possible to get lost. Our model Latish discovers first hats of the newest Collection fresh out of the boxes. :-)
Nina Ricci booties from my personal collection - all models ended up being styled from my personal shoe library. :-)
Cherry red velvet pumps by Zanotti - has got to be my favorite pair ever!
Our model Latrish, wearing gown by Nina Ricci, discovering an old image by Dior.
I think beautiful interior of every room made every one participating in the "Ghost Gardens" Presentation wish for more time in this fabulous space.
Kicking up heels before the Presentation. Well, Prada Fairy Heels, to be more specific. :-)
The set just several minutes before we placed hats on our models.
The box with necklaces and brooches I created for several apparel numbers. :-)
My Angel Marina Gurevich - so many things would not be possible without her beautiful mind, steady hand and very calm approach. :-) Marina is also wearing hat by my Atelier and looks absolutely stunning in it!
Few minutes before the show - preparations for the heavy interview schedule right next to the "Hyper Bow" hat created for SS2015 Collection.
And so, the Presentation is about to begin. Over the span of the next several posts I will write about the guests of our Presentation, Presentation itself and of course about the "Ghost Gardens". :-) Until then, wishing everyone fabulous Fashion Week! :-)