Friday, October 31, 2014

My Ateier For Vogue Germany, November 2014. Happy Halloween! :-)

 It is incredible to see the increase in interest in beautiful hats. Now, more than ever, my Atelier receives requests from editors in stylists for hats to be featured in millinery stories. Yes, millinery stories, not just editorials where hats become a part of the stylist's vision, but where hats become a focal point of the editorial instead. One of hat focused editorials has been released in November issue of Vogue Germany and I am absolutely thrilled to see my "Editor's Beret" on the pages of Vogue. "Editor's Beret" is one of my most favorite hats and one of the most ordered hats too. :-) You can see entire editorial full of gorgeous hats right HERE. It was photographed by brilliant Greg Kadel. Models Natali Eydelman, Eleonora Baumann, Charlotte Kay and Jo Molenaar star in the feature modeling colorful outfits to go with their chic headpieces styled by Nicola Knels. I am wishing everyone beautiful Friday and a Happy Halloween! :-)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

"Infanta" Jeweled Crown, " A Midsummer's Night Dream" Addition of the "Ghost Gardens'' Collection, SS2015.

 Once in a while, the process of the creation of Couture Millinery Collection gets a life of its own. The "Ghost Gardens" Collection became a perfect example of it. Several months into development of the "Ghost Gardens" I  noticed I had difficult time stopping myself. Usually, I would have very specific outline of the hats and a very clear idea of how the entire Collection would end up looking. Not with "Ghost Gardens". I felt I had so much to say, so many techniques to demonstrate! As a result, the Collection production continued to be in development for almost the very last minute. Seven of the very special hats of the "Ghost Gardens" Collection have been inspired by one of the most recognized and known plays written by Shakespeare titled "A Midsummer's Night Dream".
 "Infanta" jeweled crown, adorned with Swarovski crystals, gold thread embroidery, encrusted with pearls and jewels is the first of the seven hats of the "A Midsummer's Night Dream" addition of my "Ghost Gardens" Collection. Here you see complete editorial images for this addition we photographed to illustrate seven of my most beloved hats of the "Ghost Gardens" Collection. The story of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer's Night Dream" is intricate in its genius simplicity. But again, most of the works by Shakespeare are. The play describes events surrounding the marriage of Duke Of Athens, Theseus, to Hippolyta, the adventures of young lovers who are controlled and manipulated in their actions by the Fairies of the Forrest where the action of the play is set.
 The play itself is jewel and without trying to be literal, I felt "Infanta" hat is a reflection of the mood, the colors and the story of the "A Midsummer's Night Dream". I will, of course, introduce you to the all seven hats of the addition. We had tremendous fun photographing this editorial and, I am very proud of the styling I have been able to achieve and incredibly proud of my phenomenal team who worked on the set: my right wing man - photographer Ed Hafizov, and my beloved make-up artists - incredible Roshar. I always say that I am in the business of creating Fantasy. Chapeax Fantasy if you will. This, to me, is an absolute fantasy and I loved this fantasy through the stages of first drawing it out, through complex production process and planning editorial images. I love every pixel of it now. I hope you love it too.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"Argyle Jockey" Crystal Hat, SS 2015 by my Atelier.

It has been a while since my last Blog post and I have been incredibly busy with production, new orders, new exciting projects and my students! October Session with my last group of milliners in training is coming to an end. This is the last Session for the year 2014 and I am looking forward to dedicating my time to production process entirely. There are many happenings and hats I would like to share with you here and while I am still working on several blog posts, today, I decided to introduce to you one of the hats of the "Ghost Gardens" Collections SS2015 I named "Argyle Jockey"
I have a slight addiction to working with tiny Swarovski crystals and in this case, the hat was nothing but a walk in the park in terms of creative pleasure. Argyle print is one of the most recognizable prints in the world and I think we all feel its presence whether it is in the elements of the newest apparel Collections or vintage designs going back several decades. I have never saw it to be done on the hat and thought it would be a great idea to give it a try. "Argyle Jockey" ended up being one of the darlings of the Collection.
Of course, in person it looks even better - the sparkles of crystals dance in the light making it impossible to take your eyes off the hat. :-) "Argyle Jockey" became a point of great attention during the "Ghost Gardens" presentation at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New-York. It received so many compliments which made me believe even more that new spin on old classics capable of delivering fantastic results. To date over 50 "Argyle Jockey" hats will be leaving my Atelier to travel to many global destinations. In terms of Swarovski crystals - my life is sparkling with excitement! :-)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Sharing my "Red Caviar" Lady Gaga moment with you. :-)

Very excited to share with you Lady Gaga moment. Incredible feeling to see Lady Gaga wearing my "Red Caviar" hat on tour on "Cheek To Cheek" album in Europe a week ago. My work is filled with intense production and packed with grueling schedule but is also filled by beautiful people and beautiful moments. This moment is one of those you really never forget, just like you never forget your very first cover or your very first Vogue editorial. Dreams do come true. I can not go into details about anything else regarding Lady Gaga due to a signed confidentiality agreement, but I am thrilled, absolutely thrilled she is enjoying her fabulous hat.  In Lady Gaga's own words: "I am celebrating our " Cheek To Cheek" rave reviews, such a beautiful time. Crack the champagne and the "Caviar crown". Feel very humbled and proud, pure joy from the inside out". :-) / Photographed by MTV

Friday, October 3, 2014

My Atelier for Nancy O' Dell And The Fall Issue of Runaway Magazine.

One of the editorials I wanted to share with you is the editorial for the Fall Issue of Runway Magazine which was recently released. The cover girl, Nancy O'Dell, a journalist and an anchor of Entertainment  Tonight, is modeling to hats by my Atelier: "Avatar" and "Vertigo". The editorial was styled by the amazing Jen Summers. You can watch behind the scenes video of the photo shoot right here on Runway TV: Very excited to see the final result and it was such an incredible pleasure to work with Jen Summers! :-) Tremendous work ethic!