Monday, September 28, 2015

My Atelier for Vogue Japan, November 2015 Issie. "The Scarlet Passion" Ediotrial.

 Starting my Monday in the Atelier with a beautiful surprise from Vogue Japan, Novemebr 2015 Issue. Thrilled to see jeweled "Zarina Katarina" Kokoshnik,  created in my Atelier brilliantly styled as a part of "The Scarlet Passion" editorial. Red and fuchsia are signature colors of my Atelier and so what can I say  - I absolutely LOVE the color pallets of the editorial. Styled by the amazing Sissy Vian, Photographed by phenomenal Liz Collins, Model - Aymeline Valade. Who said Monday is the most difficult day of the week? Lol Not if your hat is featured in Vogue Japan!

Friday, September 25, 2015

My Atelier For SCHON Magazine, Spetember 2015. "The Day After" Editorial.

 I am always super thrilled when the stylists decides to use every single hat we sent to create an editorial. I am absolutely in love with "The Day After" editorial full of the hats created in my Atelier, featured in SCHON Magazine and having very hard time deciding on which image is my favorite. I love them all! Styled by Jahulie Elizalde,  Photography by Paul Nacer, Model - Eden Weinhardt @New York Modeling Management.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

"Ice Noir" hat, "Balthazar" SS2016 Collection.

 I often get asked what is my most favorite hat I ever worked on. The question irritates me.  I always have difficulty responding to it because, well, I don't create hats I don't love. They all are very special to me each in a different way. Some hats, however, demand more attention and have capacity to present challenge after challenge along the way. In my Atelier hats behave almost like live creatures during production, they speak to me: "No way I am carrying this tiny bow on top of me, make it larger!" OR "I don't like this angle, place it to the left." or even "F*ck off, I am sick of you!" Lol  There is no point for me to tell you that I am absolutely fanatical about Millinery Art ( I think you know it by now) and so the more challenges in design I face, the more obsessed I become about the hat in progress. "Ice Noir" was one of the hats from my new SS2016 "Balthazar" Collection, I could not help but get obsessed over.
 Black in general is a difficult color to work with: it does not photograph well unless the hat incorporates different textures to give it more dimension and definition. In attempt to see beauty in the most unlikely places inspiration for this hat came to me from legendary brutality of Russian winters (oh how I miss them!). "Ice Noir" to me had to be both dark, immensely glamorous, have unusual construction and look unlike any hat in black you have seen before. This is one of those hats that definitely take your breath away. I count it as my personal accomplishment in away. After all, they say that everything has been done before in Fashion. :-)
Photographed by Ed Hafizov, Styled by your truly. Make up - KUMA. All rights reserved to @anyacaliendo .

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The "Manolo" Hat, Created For 2015 Couture Council Of FIT Artistry Of Fashion Award Presented to Manolo Blahnik.

Yesterday, on the very first day of New York Fashion Week, FIT Couture Council held a Luncheon in honor of Manolo Blahnik. Mr. Blahnik was selected to receive the 2015 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion as a result of his longstanding dedication to superior craftsmanship and innovative design.  An art form he dedicated more than 40 years of his life. Amazing, well deserved achievement. I don't know a single girl, including myself, who doesn't dream about getting a pair of perfect Manolos :-) And so when the phone rang in late June with a very special order for the Luncheon, I was thrilled to be able to attempt to express my own admiration for the beloved shoe Master. The lady who ordered the "Manolo" hat is one of my long time amazing clients and a member of the board of FIT Couture Council - Rosemary Ponzo. It is always a tremendous pleasure to design one of a kind pieces, but even more so when you are completely trusted with the design and given freedom to create the hat without any restrictions.
 The "Manolo" hat became a project of love. The word "enjoy" doesn't really cover or describe the way I felt while in production. When creating any hat in my Atelier I always follow the belief that Fashion must never be literal. The idea of getting a ready made Manolo shoe and simply placing it on the hat was never considered - from the very first sketch it was never an option for me. Instead I chose to draw my inspiration not only from Manolo shoes but rather from the colorful drawings of the shoes created by Mr. Blahnik. The construction of the shoe was a bit of a challenge, considering the fact that it was nearly impossible to get a block for the heel of the shoe in trademark Manolo shape. The most beautiful fabrics were sourced out for this very special hat starting from very rare silk velvet in red, rare vintage German glass beads for embroidery, dying extraordinary feathers in just the right shade of scarlet and silk rose petals for the top of the heel. On the images you see the shoe in production. It was extremely important to me for the shoe to be anatomically correct while remaining a fantasy.
 Sometime in the beginning of June I received a beautiful gift from Switzerland sent to me by the Master flower artist - Elena Bain: a rose of superb quality and beauty. I remember the moment I opened the package...Sometimes magic comes in small packages and I knew there and than that this rose will grace a very special hat. I did not know which one at the time, but once the work on "Manolo" hat began there was never a question where to place the rose. A perfect size - not to hide the shape of the heel and make sure that the hat is photographed beautifully from every angle. And so, I was told, Manolo Blahnik noticed it. I am waiting to receive a very special photograph of Rosemary wearing the "Manolo" hat next to Mr.Blahnik himself. Moreover, Rosemary was approached by the press team for Manolo Blahnik with a very special invitation to be photographed in "Manolo" hat in Saks Fifth Avenue. I will make sure to post images as soon as I have them available.
 I breath and live hats. I love every hat I touch but there are some hats, like "Manolo" hat, that make you feel that this is exactly the reason why you chose to do what you do. I am, undeniably, the luckiest girl on Earth! :-)

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Atelier's Brand New On-Line Boutique at .

 If you are following me via Facebook or Instagram @anyacaliendo , than you probably already know that my Atelier launched an on-line boutique via my official website at this past June. While some of the hats listed are my signature designs like "Editor's Beret" or "Red Caviar" , many of the hats are created exclusively for the on-line boutique . The store enjoyed  a tremendous success so far and we have been shipping out orders weekly all over the globe. I found it to be an amazing way of introducing new intermediate designs to public without having to wait for the release of the new  Collection. If you have not visited it yet, I invite you to do so ------ >>> HERE. I hope you enjoy it! We update the content of  the Boutique frequently , so keep checking often, perhaps, there is a hat there for you too? :-)