Friday, August 28, 2015

The "Balthazar" Head Dress, "Balthazar" SS2016 Collection by my Atelier.

 With just few short weeks remaining until my Presentation at TRANOI, I would like to start introducing you to "Balthazar" SS2016  - Collection which has been in development for nearly 8 months with every single hat and headpiece designed to tell a story. It has been one of the most complicated Collections for me so far not only because the design of many hats incorporated meticulously planned and executed details, but also because it presented numerous very technical difficulties in execution along the way. I believe "Balthazar" is a statement Collection representative of my personal evolution in the Art of Millinery...

And so here is the "Balthazar" headpiece: dark, fabulous, grand transcending the spirit of the entire "Balthazar" Collection. As soon as our newest Look Book was created and sent out to the selected stylists, with in a week time"Balthazar" left the Atelier. it has been immediately requested for a very special project the result of which I am hoping to share with you soon. Since the "Balthazar" hat will be absent until the end of September, I decided to spotlight it today. Next time I will post about the inspiration behind "Balthazar" 2016 Collection but right now all I can tell you: it is full of Millinery surprises. :-)

Monday, August 24, 2015

My Atelier For Harper's Bazaar Australia, Spetmeber 2015 Issue. "Passion Flower" Editorial.

 Today I am sharing with you one of my favorite editorials from our recent press: editorial titled "Passion Flower" published in Harper's Bazaar Australia, September 2015. Absolutely love the way my "French Market" chapeau has been styled by the incredible Patti Wilson (the first image of the post). Another very special thing about "Passion Flower" editorial is that it was photographed by Francois Nars - brains behind one of the most covetable cosmetic brands NARS. Model - Daria Strokous. What an extraordinary talent he is. Editorial also includes fabulous array of hats from global millinery talents. You can see some of the images below. How can you not be in love with hats styled with such a clear understanding of color and proportion. Hands down, this makes my top 5 favorite editorials in my career so far. I hope you enjoy it too. :-)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Announcing the "Balthazar" SS2016 Collection Presentation at Tranoï New-York with "Morho Amhitryon" Hat.

  "Morpho Amphitryon" hat, created in my Atelier for "Balthazar" SS2016 Collection.
It has been several months since my last Blog post here but today it feels both exciting and refreshing ( I did not realize how much  I missed my own blog!) to be able to return to Blogger with my new announcement for presentation of my SS2016 Collection titled "Balthazar" at the amazing venue TRANOI New-York this coming September. The decision to present at TRANOI happened unexpectedly and just as we were ready to sign with NYFW for the September show. Back in 2011, during one of my first presentations in Paris, I passed by the magnificent building with enormous "TRANOI" sign displayed upfront. Fashionable crowd outside rushing in added that much more mystique to the entire scene. Of course, I immediately went on-line to investigate what  Tranoi stood for and here is what I came to find out: "Tranoï – which literally means “between us” – is an artistic platform with a stern selection of more than 1000 premium designers from all over the world, created for them to meet the most influential fashion ambassadors. This selection makes TRANOI what it is: a valuable source of truly different, international creativity, high-quality and outstanding talent." I remember back than I wanted nothing more than to become a part of it. I applied for participation in 2012 and was politely declined via e-mail stating that : "Your brand is not developed enough at this point. Tranoi team will be watching your progress and will be happy to welcome you once we feel you meet our standard." That was it.

 I think I wrote about rejections of the industry and to me this was one of them. Little did I know: they meant every single word. They did watch! Just as we were finalizing paperwork for NYFW the phone rang. I have to be honest - one of the best phone calls I have ever received! This was TRANOI, calling from Paris with the personal invitation for participation. Of course I said "Yes!" . I am honored to be considered one of the "outstanding talents in the world." And so here you have it. My journey continues taking me places I never thought I would be able to reach...I will write more about inspiration behind the "Balthazar" Collection a bit later. For now, I am happy to unveil our Cover image representing the spirit of the "Balthazar" Collection. On the first image of the post you see veil and hat titled "Morpho Amphitryon", beautifully photographed by my right wing man, Ed Hafizov, styled by yours truly and modeled by  (yes, we do love unexpected choices) my former student and a young milliner with in her own right -Sarah Sokol. Make up by Janis Villanueva .  I have so many things to share with you and will do so in the weeks to come. Today it feels great to come back here, to the very place where several years ago much like counting stars, I counted my dreams in Millinery.
Our model, Sarah Sokol, behind the scenes, photographed on the set, test shoot, wearing "Amhytrion" veil.