Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas And Happy Holidays From My Atelier With "Bisou-Bisou" Chapeaux!

 With Holiday Season in full swing and Christmas is just few short days away, I thought I would wish every one of you Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I chose  the "Bisou-Bisou" hat, created in my Atelier, to be the Holiday messenger for our outgoing Holiday Greetings sent to all corners of the World. :-) I hope your Holiday Season is full of joy, happiness, love, beautiful smiles, unforgettable surprises and, most importantly, surrounded by those you love. To me it is always about the expectation of a new beginning and a new miracle.I am a great believer miracles, you know... :-)
-"And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so!? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more? "- Dr.Seuss

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

"Garnet Rouge" Hat, "Midsummer's Night Dream" Addition, SS2015 + Phenomenal Elena Bain.My Silk Flower Artist Recommendation.

 "Garnet Rouge" hat, I am introducing to you today, is the final hat of the "Midsummer's Night Dream" Addition, SS2015. For a while now I wanted to create a hat with signature colors of my Atelier: Garnet Red and Fuchsia. If you have been following my Blog for a while now you probably know how much I LOVE turbans. I think of turban as the Rolls-Royce of hats - chic, sophisticated, timeless, chapeaux with endless possibilities, dressed up or down - it always signifies the top of the line. I will choose turban any day over any other chapeaux. :-)
 When "Garnet Rouge" was first put on paper, I knew that the flower gracing it would have to be something absolutely amazing. It had to be velvet and it had to incorporate several shades of red on the head of the flower itself and had to have very special shadowing from light pink into fuchsia into black (to enhance the effect) on the leafs of the rose. It had to be bold, oversized, exaggerated, shameless in a way, in your face, but also graceful, fun, extraordinary.
 The Art of making flowers in Millinery is a separate direction. It goes beyond of your average choices you see widely available via Internet and various haberdashery stores from New-York to London. I almost never feel inspired by those choices. To me they all seem flat, limited in color, the shapes are predominantly deficient and always limited to ordinary designs, too commerical. I always seek much more in terms of just a flower and for my previous Collection my search led me as far as to Paris where for many years now beautiful hands of Legeron  worked to bring my designs to life. Nothing brings me more joy than seeing my designs come to life  under the magic spell of Legeron elves. This time, my search led me all the way to Switzerland.
 It is in Switzerland I found extraordinary Elena Bain - rare and true Silk Flower Artist who was capable of bringing my design to life. I am very difficult in production, I do not settle easily, I make on-going changes in the process, I demand precision and high quality, I am ruthless when it comes to the integrity of the design and so I am always overjoyed when I meet someone who has the same high standards. You know that I never ever run promotions on this Blog. If I choose to make recommendation to you it means I stand by the quality of the service. Not only Elena is capable of creating very specific, custom design like it was in my case, but she also has developed an amazing Collection of flower making tutorials on DVD. The tutorials are truly outstanding and I will recommend this tutorials to any of my students any time. You can find them right HERE. Simply look through the collection of what she has to offer and I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
And so in a few words, I love creating hats in my Atelier, but I also love fantastic collaborations which produce fabulous results like it happened with "Garnet Rouge". One of my favorite turbans I created to this date. I hope you like it and I hope you are enjoying your Holiday Season!:-)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

My Atelier For Lady Gaga Once Again. "Christmas At The Rockefeller Center", Christmas Tree Lighting Performance With Tony Bennett in NYC.

It looks like yesterday we had an amazing Lady Gaga Momentum with two custom ordered hats I created for Lady Gaga: red leather "Phantom" hat made huge waves earlier in the day and brought astonishing amount of publicity just with in few short hours after Lady Gaga wore it to her appearance with Tony Bennett at "Good Morning America". I wrote a brief post about it yesterday. :-) Yesterday night, I have to be honest, I was caught off guard while watching Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in NYC at the Rockefeller Center and saw Lady Gaga, once again, wearing another custom ordered hat in white fur carefully designed in my Atelier to match the spirit of the look. I knew she will wear it, but did not know exactly when.  And than, of course, the possibility of her changing her mind is always there: after all  - it is Lady Gaga. So, in reality, I never count credits for anything until I see it in print with my own eyes. And what an appearance it was! Not only did she look absolutely stunning in all white gown designed by Brandon Maxwell and fabulous fitted matching white fur hat by your truly, but the performance itself was so powerful and soulful. It felt like the Magic of Christmas is here - a reminder I desperately needed since the hours and rhythm of production have been absolutely insane for the past several weeks. It is an indescribable feeling, a new millinery high for me to see the effort, long hours, determination pay off in such an amazing way. What a privilege it is to be trusted by the styling team of one of the great performers on the planet and be given an absolute freedom to design hats that are destined to make history... What an amazing year it has been! Truly spectacular!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

My Atelier For Lady Gaga. The "Phantom" Hat.

Super excited to see Lady Gaga wearing the "Phantom" red leather hat I have worked on, today for her appearance in "Good Morning America" with Tony Bennett. The "Phantom" hat was designed by custom order and I absolutely love the way it looks paired with monochromic red leather jumpsuit designed by Brandon Maxwell and red leather shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti. There are some days I love my job even more and today is one of those days. :-) At this point I am not able to disclose the creative process on this project due to the Confidentiality agreement I have been asked to sign. You can trust me when I say, the experience from the beginning to the end has been extraordinary on so many levels! One thing I would like to share with you as a preliminary fashion drawing of the "Phantom" hat I have created with the help of my "hands" when it comes to putting my vision down on paper, Leonid Gurevich. "Phantom" drawing is another fantastic addition to my vast fashion drawing Collection to this date!:-)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

"Rouge Cardinal" Hat, "Midsummer's Night Dream" Addition, SS2015

 Every season I find myself literally obsessed with one single color. Red, also known as "Cardinal" red on the color chart of red shades became a color I chose to be in love with this season. "Rouge Cardinal" hat I am introducing to you today have been created by accident - I fell in love with the color first and than decided to experiment with a new technique of creating feathers out of leather. There was no initial plan for "Rouge Cardinal", no preliminary sketches, not even an idea on what would it end up looking. The result. however, surpassed all expectations.
 There are some hats that are born out of function and than there are hats that are born out of pure fantasy. "Rouge Cardinal" is a perfect example of it. Painstakingly difficult in production, stubborn, hard to manage and hard to control, but what a beauty! I have learned time ago that some hats are especially difficult to photograph. No matter how much effort you put into it often hats fade away on the images while looking fabulous in real life. "Rouge Cardinal" photographed exceptionally well all due to the fact that Cardinal Red is not the only color which was incorporated into the hat. I know it is difficult to see on the images but if you were to inspect hat closely you would notice lighter and darker shades of burgundy and even a subtle note of violate hue - all contributed to the final result
 I received tremendous response on "Rouge Cardinal" during my "Ghost Gardens"  Collection Presentation at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Everyone seemed to be infatuated with this hat, some of my colleagues who came to see my presentation could not get over the shier work scope on this hat along! And so here it is, photographed by Ed Hafizov, Styled by yours truly, Make Up by Roshar. Its moments like this, when I see editorial images of each hat I realize with clarity how much really I love what I do!
 Wishing everyone wonderful week ahead! While the Atelier continues to be extremely busy with production, I am looking forward to Holiday Season. It is hard to believe that Christmas is only few short weeks away!