"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.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Announcing the "Balthazar" SS2016 Collection Presentation at Tranoï New-York with "Morho Amhitryon" Hat.
Posted by Anya Caliendo at Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Labels: Anya Caliendo Couture Millinery. Anya Caliendo TRANOI New-York, Balthazar Collection Couture Hat, Couture Millinery Haute Hats.