Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The "Silverfall " Hat of "Midsummer's Night Dream" Addition, SS2015

 Once in a while I get carried away. "Silverfall" head piece is a perfect example of it. The challenge of creating drama while working with what is traditionally thought of as compact property - hats, has always been unbelievably attractive to me and I take full advantage of it. "Silverfall" is a sister hat to one of the most requested  by editors hat titled "Silverlake" which I created a while ago for my "Sanctum" Collection. You can see it right HERE. Only true milliner will understand the challenges presented by the design which has large volume of feathers. 20 to be exact when it comes to "Silverfall".
 Color combination of greys and pastel pinks always felt sublime to me and for a while now I wanted to create the head piece infused with this pallet, the head piece that would carry over not only the theme it was inspired by ("Midsummer's Night Dream" play ) but also would create a powerful presence. To me "Silverfall" is an ultimate millinery fantasy removed from the concern of  purpose and function. How lucky am I to be able to work beyond what is necessary and instead indulge, treat myself to creating something simply for the beauty of it...
 The entire "Midsummer's Night Dream" Addition has been a privilege to work with. The "Ghost Gardens" Collection took a second place to it although originally "Ghost Gardens'" was the core of what I have presented for SS2015. This editorial has been styled by me (which believe me has not been easy at all), photographed by Ed Hafizov, Make Up by Roshar. A beautiful month of November is coming to an end. I am wishing all of you beautiful Thanksgiving and will see you back here next week with another beautiful chapeaux I have created for "Midsummer's Night Dream" Addition.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

"Lady Noir" Chapeau , "Midsummer's Night Dream" Addition, "Ghost Gardens" Collection SS2015.

 "Lady Noir" is a new hat of "Midsummer's Night Dream" Addition I decided to introduce to you today. As much as love working with color, I still think that there is nothing more powerful in terms of delivering dramatic image than beautifully made black hat. I have mentioned before how difficult it can be to photograph black hats and I had my share of very disappointing results when it comes this. "Lady Noir" however is a different story.
 "Lady Noir" is a hat-reflection of the extraordinary writing of the play. Once I was done reading and rereading it, I tried to imagine how the night in the Forrest full of magical creatures would look and "Lady Noir" is it. One of my friends, who saw the entire addition of "Midsummer's Night Dream" when it was still in production pointed out to me that " Lady Noir" reminded him of the Unknown Lady from the poem by Alexander Block. I can only explain it by the simple fact that my Russian blood somehow speaks through the creative process. In any case, "Lady Noir" is one of my favorite hats for many reasons, but beyond that, because anyone who is looking at it will draw their own visual association. :-)
 Created and styled by Anya Caliendo, Photographed by Ed Hafizov, Make Up by Roshar.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The "Awake" Hat, "Midsummer's Night Dream" Addition, SS2015

 The entire "Midsummer's Dream Night" addition to my "Ghost Gardens" Collection has been nothing but a joy to work with. Each hat designed for this addition presented not only a significant technical challenge but also became a result of a very strong inspiration influence. Each hat of the "Ghost Gardens" is my favorite hat including the "Awake" hat I am debuting today on my Blog. The entire series had me dreaming about hats that would awake ones glamorous fantasy, that moment when you left breathless out of appreciation of shier beauty.
 I am asked many times over why not to post the process of the creation of the hat from the beginning to end. I am told people would love to see how it all works. Maybe one day I will, but for now I strongly believe that revealing the process of creation is almost like showing a lady who is always very cautious of her appearances  without make up and hair done. For me the creation of the hat is always a very intimate process, a process when technical moments, often very unattractive in nature, are capable of destroying the perception of what final result should be. No one needs to know the mechanics of fantasy: it must look effortless, chic, carefree. I often tell my students that the final vision of the hat emerges only in the last 5% of production. Until then it is endless stitching, demanding wire work, shreds of fabric and feathers, damaged fingers... Well, lets just say I am not brave enough yet to show up-close and in detail the very intimate process of the creation of the hat.
 I will repeat once and again: I am incredibly proud of my work. Looking back at my very first post on this Blog dating almost 6 years now, I feel I have come a long way both when it comes to my technical range to the way I style my photo shoots and present my Collection. It is a labor of blood, sweat, tears and love. The formula that works best for me. This and the fact that I have incredible team of people working by my side to secure the result. This series of images have been styled by me, photographed by the phenomenal Ed Hafizov, make-up by Roshar. Wishing everyone great week ahead. I, for once, completely lost sense of time and have been submerged into production routing for weeks now. There are few fantastic projects in works and I am looking forward to sharing them with you very soon. :-)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

"In Vogue" Oversized Bow Hat, "Midsummer's Night Dream" Addition. SS2015

 "In Vogue" is the second hat of the "Midsummer's Night Dream" addition of the "Ghost Gardens" Collection SS2015. You can read on the general inspiration for this addition right HERE. Fabulous, structured, oversized bow inspired by the effortless, overwhelming feeling of carefree joy. It has been every bit of fun to work with as it was to style it on the set. The theme of bows is frequently recycled in Millinery: you can see gazillion versions of all types of bows starting from the tiny ones and to cascades of bows in every imaginable color. :-) There is something very chic, elegant, luxurious about the bow but only if it is well thought through and well designed.
 "In Vogue" is my tribute to the theme of the bow in Fashion. The choice of blue pallet was very obvious ever since I decided to go ahead with this hat. Royal blue is one of my favorite colors and when it came to "In Vogue" hat, the idea was to pair it with a liquid open back gown I created for my "Ghost Gardens" presentation. If you follow me on Instagram @anyacliendo, you probably had a chance to see the gown too. :-) The gown itself along with several other garments by me have been requested by the Lady Gaga's styling team. :-) Will see what will come out of it.
 I am wishing everyone fantastic day and although it is rainy in NYC, I am looking forward to several meetings in the city all catering to one very special project in the making. Much love to all of you!
 Designed and styled by Anya Caliendo, Photographed by Ed Hafizov, Make-up - Roshar.