Monday, December 21, 2015

Merry Christmas And Happy Holidays With "Carolette" Hat. :-)

With 2015 is almost over and magic of  Christmas is just around the corner, I would like to wish everyone of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. :-) To me Christmas and New Year celebration is never a date - it is always a state of mind, an expectation of miracles and a chance of new beginnings. I hope your Holiday Season is filled with beauty, kindness, love and surrounded by those who love you, your family and friends. It has been another phenomenal year in my Atelier and I am looking forward to the new 2016.
"Carolette" hat was created by me in my Atelier as a reflection of the fairy tale mood of Christmas and the reflection of wonder which fills every heart around this time of the year. :-) See you in 2016! :-)

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

"Vogue" Hat, "Balthazar" SS2016 Collection.

 For the past 10 years I have been an adamant Vogue Collector. Not only Vogue US, but also Vogue Italia, Vogue Espania, and Vogue Paris. To me this publications represent an Institution of the very essence of Fashion. I remember when I just started this Blog in 2009 after the release of my first Collection hoping that one day, my hats will grace pages of Vogue. Fast forward to 2015, I am absolutely delighted to see my dream come true in the most magnificent way, with my hats featured in Vogue Germany, Vogue Paris, Vogue China, Vogue Japan, Vogue Latin America. The feeling is indescribable and those of you who work in design and fashion will probably understand what I am talking about. Every time I see my hats in Vogue, to me it is not only recognition of my hats, but also a little proof that what I do is good enough to be put on the pages of world's best publications.
 And so "Vogue" hat is a tribute to the institution of  Vogue. It is full of incredible millinery techniques, some of which I tried for the very first time like, for instance, illustration with acrylic on silk. I always believe in details and in my work details play  critical part. To me this where the hat's soul is: crystal and pearl embroidery, appliques, creation of three dimensional design on flat surface and use of the delicate trimmings, almost invisible at first but always have such an important presence in overall design. With 2015 is almost over and few more Vogues behind my belt, I hope that the next year will bring even more spectacular Vogue editorials. I am looking forward to that! :-)

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

"Sleeping Fox" Hat, "Balthazar" SS2016 Collection.

 December is always about ruby reds, expectation of miracles and new beginnings. And so with in the spirit of Holiday Season I am introducing you to "Sleeping Fox" hat, created for SS2016 "Balthazar" Collection. Inspiration for "Sleeping Fox" came from Russian Folklore, where the Fox character is always present as a devious, seductive force. I let images speak for themselves. :-)
I hope you are enjoying your Holiday Season. I always think we spent it in so much rush trying finish things before the end of the year. Take a moment to observe the beauty of it, spend more time with your family and fiends 2015 is almost over and what a wonderful,generous, gracious year it has been!

Friday, December 4, 2015

My Atelier For Lady Gaga + The incredible journey of the "Bow Supreme" hat.

 Lady Gaga was spotted Monday arriving from London to JFK wearing the "Bow Supreme" hat created in my Atelier. Earlier in the month we have received a very special inquiry from Lady Gaga's team to send over hats for editorial and cover story in Billboard magazine. The Issue was preparing to announce that Lady Gaga is Billboard's choice for a Woman of the Year annual title. The stylist on set ended up going in different direction and not using any hats at all but "Bow Supreme" caught everyone's attention on the set and as a result was commissioned by Lady Gaga. Well, because how else do you travel, people, other than while wearing fabulous oversized bow? :-)
 I wrote before and I will write again how incredibly privileged I am to work with the global phenomenon we know as Lady Gaga and her immensely, insanely talented team headed by Brandon Maxwell. It is not just the fact that I am able to see my hats worn by the singer and artist I admire so much, but also shier fact of continuous consideration and acknowledgement of your talent and craftsmanship by the best in business. It doesn't get any better than this. So very grateful.
 My "Bow Supreme" hat is having quite a momentum. :-) The idea is very simple - large oversized silk bow, bias cut, beautifully draped  - not the most complicated work I have done by far. But sometimes the most simple ideas have the largest presence. With in the past few weeks "Bow Supreme" have been photographed for Vogue China, SCHON Magazine, Haunted Magazine and, of course, found home with Lady Gaga and on top of it all, not a day goes by that we do not receive new requests for "Bow Supreme" in many different colors and versions. On the image below, you can see "Bow Supreme" styled as a collar piece. :-) Well, here in the Atelier, we decided that "Bow Supreme" is totally taking an honorable title "The Hat Of The Month". :-)

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Amy Fine Collins. My Atelier for AS IF Magazine, December 2015 Issue.

 It is a special day in the office when you discover new editorial courtesy of "AS IF Magazine", Issue #8, featuring Amy Fine Collins wearing hats by my Atelier. The "Awake" and "J'adore Transat" hats were selected by the stylist Stacey Jones for the Interview and editorial by Tatijana Shoan in the latest issue of "AS IF" Magazine. Many years ago I started writing a segment dedicated to fabulous contemporaries. Amy Fine Collins is one of them. Incomparable style guru, a former art historian, a woman who heads up International Best Dressed List, a person who is responsible for the very clear definition of decades of style, a special correspondent to Vanity Fair. The List goes on and on. It would be an understatement to say that Ami Fine Collins is a definition of style herself.
The Interview for AS IF is incredibly interesting and I recommend it as great read to anyone who loves the art of Fashion as much as I do. Knowing how specific and how selective Ms. Collins is, it is a great pleasure to see my hats, styled so beautifully in the Interview and Editorial by Amy fine Collins.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

My Atelier For VOGUE China, December 2015 Issue/ Beauty.

 Always such an immense pleasure to see the hats of my Atelier published in Vogue. We get tremendous amounts of press requests and ship hats to every destination in the world for the photo shoots of many glossy publications. However, even with so many requests, inquiry itself doesn't guarantee that the hats will actually make the cut. Creative process on set is always very liquid, decisions often changed last minute and sometimes hats simply do not work as it was planned. And so every Vogue Issue (and I mean Vogue as an institution with many editions in so many different countries) which brings us the joy of seeing our hats published in print is a great victory and an indescribable feeling of accomplishment. After all, as Ms. Wintour once said: "If you made it to Vogue, it means something." It certainly does to me. I never take a privilege of working with the best photographers and stylists in the fashion industry lightly.
December 2015 thrilled us with fabulous Beauty editorial published in Vogue China, December 2015 Issue, photographed by Benjamin Lennox and styled by fashion editor Ida Wang. Three of the hats created in my Atelier modeled by Jing Wen. And so, it is with great pleasure that I put another Vogue publication under my belt. :-)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

"Titania. Queen Of The Fairies." hat. "Balthazar" SS2016 Collection.

 Another hat of my new "Balthazar" Ss2016 Collection is titled "Titania. Queen Of The Fairies". Probably safe to say that "Tiatania", despite its light and airy look, was one of the most challenging hats to work on due to the shier size volume of it. Any time you work with the size like this one, you are risking to loose proportions and so "Titania'' demanded every bit of attention she could possibly get. The result is in front of you although I have to say that in person the "Titania" is even more beautiful. During our presentation at "TRANOI" it was "Titania" who managed to stop the crowd in its tracks, even those who had very little interest in Millinery seemed to be hypnotized by the beauty of "Titania".
 Originally, "Titania" is a character in William Shakespeare's play titled "A Midsummer's Night Dream". Last year I created "Midsummer's Night Dream" edition of couture hats simply because I felt the need to transcend the beauty of Shakespeare's written word into Millinery creations. The creation of the hat inspired by Titania character had to be put aside - at the time I had very vague idea of how "Titania" should look like. I knew it had to be something dramatic, incredibly romantic and infused with light. Well, in my line of work some hat ideas take significant incubation time to develop. In case of  Shakespeare's influence in literature, "Titania" became a universal term for any Queen Of Fairies characters in many different plays, fairy tales and novels. This is despite the fact that in traditional folklore Fairy Queens usually have no names. Shakespeare himself took the name Titania from Ovid's "Metamorphoses" where it is an appellation given to the daughters of Tiatans.
 And so here you have it. Styled by yours truly and photographed by Ed Hafizov. The largest and the most romantic hat I ever worked on. :-)

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

"Little Red Riding Hood" Hat, "Balthazar" SS2016 Collection.

 We never really grow out of Fairy Tales. I find that in my personal work I often get inspired by the beautiful stories of my childhood. "Little Red Riding Hood" is one of my most favorite fairy tales, right next to the magical stories by Hans Christian Andersen. In Fashion, the theme of "Little Red Riding Hood" continues to live on in various interpretations whether it is Vogue editorial styled by Grace Coddington or series of fashion drawings courtesy of many artists and fashion addicts. I wanted to create my own version of Little Red Riding Hood for a very long time now. The problem with the execution of the design I had in my mind was very specific kind of fabric. It had to be rich, shimmering, plush, in very deep shade of red. It had to be magical. For the longest time I could not find the "it" fabric no matter how hard I searched or how many stores I visited. Even though New-York is housing gazillions of fabric stores in the very heart of the Fashion District I felt none of them had what I was looking for. Last year, however, I came across very rare type of silk velvet manufactured in France. It was a small cut of 3 yards only and I was told that this are the last 3 yards of this type of velvet and the fabric will never be manufactured again. The minute I saw it - I knew that this is going to make fabulous "Little Red Riding Hood"! I got the entire 3 yards, paid an arm and a leg for it, but to me it was well worth it. The final result is here and I am happy to share it with you. Designed in my Atelier (just like all the rest of fabulous hats I publish in this Blog) and photographed by Ed Hafizov. This hat is a like a little jewel. It is "Little Red Riding Hood" all the way. :-)

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Stripes and Polka Dots With "Ivy" and "Isadora" Fabulous Hats of SS2016 "Balthazar" Collection.

 There are classic colors, classic patterns and then there are combination of two. Stripes and polka dots are always my top choice - there are no limits to fabulous polka dot/stripe combinations you can have. This time, however, I let my addiction to this fabulous patterns take completely over. The result is - twin hats "Ivy" and "Isadora" created out of silk and featuring stripes and polka dots in various sizes in all black and white. To me "Ivy" and "Isadora" have very strong 80-s vibe: fun, playful and super careless in a way. And since new it is always almost forgotten old, I thought why not? 80-s always seem slightly neglected when it comes to sources of inspiration, so why not embrace it? :-) To see a twin image of "Ivy" and "Isadora" visit Atelier's Official Facebook Page and Instagram account @anyacaliendo .
 Photographed by Ed Hafizov. All rights reserved @anyacaliendo .

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Happy Halloween With "Big Eyes" Hat, SS2016 "Balthazar" Collection.

 Wishing everyone fantastic Halloween with the "Big Eyes" hat, created in my Atelier for SS2016 "Balthazar" Collection and inspired by the work of American artist Margaret Keane famous for creating series of touching paintings with big eyes featuring mostly children with big eyes - a unique, deeply emotional work. Margaret's paintings, her life and story behind the entire "big eyes waifs" were once again spotlighted by Tim Burton in his movie "Big Eyes". If you have not seen it, I encourage you to watch it. I drew my inspiration for the "Big Eyes" from Burton's biographical depiction of Margaret Keane and her work. Enjoy your fabulous Halloween weekend. :-)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

"Firefly" + "June Bug" . Millinery School With My Atelier. Enrollement for 2016 Advenced Millinery Courses Is Now In Progress.

 Posting out our new fabulous and chic "Firefly" and "June Bug" headbands, created for SS2016 Collection "Balthazar". This two twin hats became everyone's favorites during our TRANOI Presentation in NYC this past September. :-) I absolutely adore both - they are embellished with preserved Jeweled Bugs in gold-plated settings. Both will be soon available for pre-order for Spring 2016 in the Atelier's on-line Boutique at  :-)

In addition, I thought it would be a great way to announce that the new schedule for 2016 for Advanced Millinery Course in my Atelier is now live on my official website at . Enrollment is in progress. We had an amazing 2015 with my students in my Atelier. I am currently wrapping up my final Session for October 2015 with the class of 6 tremendously talented people. 35 hats in 3 weeks and oh, what truly AMAZING hats my students created. So proud and hope to start posting images and Atelier in session pics very soon right here in my Blog. Wishing everyone wonderful week ahead! :-)

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

"Maya" Pointe Shoes Hat, "Balthazar" SS2016 Collection.

 Over the years and so many Collections later I now realize that Ballet is and always was one of the most prolific sources of inspiration in my work. "Maya" hat I am introducing to you today was inspired by one the most spectacular Russian ballet dancers in the history of Russian Ballet - Maya Plisetskaya. Soviet-born ballet dancer, choreographer, ballet director and actress. She danced during the Soviet era at the same time as Galina Ulanova (another famed Russian ballerina) In 1960 she ascended to Ulanova's former title as Prima Ballerina Assoluta of the Bolshoi Theater. To be recognised as a Prima Ballerina Assoluta is a rare honour, traditionally reserved only for the most exceptional dancers of their generation. Maya's magical performances always had very strong effect on me  growing up in Russia. She was divine - unapologetic, strong, genius. Maya Plisetskaya died in Munich, Germany on May 2nd of 2015.
 I felt a deep sense of loss as if suddenly universal light went off. I felt that the best way for me to say my "good by" to the beloved Maya would be to create a hat with beautiful little pointe shoes adorned with Swarovski crystals embroidery and a tiny garden of silk fabulous roses. One of my very special pieces to date, very emotional, delicate, honest...
 Photographed by Ed Hafizov, Make Up by KUMA, Styled by Anya Caliendo. All rights reserved @anyacaliendo.

Friday, October 16, 2015

'Maharani" Headdress, "Balthazar" SS2016 Collection.

 Continuing to introduce you to the hats of the new SS2016 "Balthazar" Collection and today I am posting "Maharani" headdress. Completed in iridescent fire opal silk organza, "Maharani" features lobster tail motive with intricate embroidery in Swarovski pearls and crystals and gold sea shells. Those of you who follow me probably know that I absolutely love working with turbans. To me turban is a Rolls Royce of the hats. It has tremendous presence and offers limitless possibilities in terms of design. "Maharani" headdress was created as a twin hat for "Maharaja" headdress I posted last week. Inspired by the royal culture of India, "Maharani" is a Princess of India and I hope it embodies every part of this high title.
 Photographed by Zorz Studio, styled by your truly, Make-up by KUMA. All rights reserved to @anyacaliendo.