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.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

"Maharaja" Head Dress. "Balthazar" SS2016 Collection.

 Sharing  with you today one of the sets from the editorial for my new SS2016 Collection titled "Balthazar" featuring fabulous "Maharaja" head dress. Inspiration for the Collection came from the gift I received several months ago. It arrived to me from Milan, carefully packed in a beautiful gold box. Inside was a Balthazar bottle - a 12 liter bottle of Champagne. "In vine there is truth" and in this case Champagne became a great inspiration behind eloquent legends, each told in couture hats. "Maharaja" head dress became one of the staples of the "Balthazar" Collection.
 Everything about this head dress is unique: starting from materials used and ending with delicate crystal embroidery on the center extension of the hat. Initially, there were several versions of embroidery pattern developed. I wanted to incorporate  rich pallet of purple, light pink, ruby and white Swarovski crystals  to create a very strong focal point. Beautiful Bird Of Paradise plumes were died scarlet and than fuchsia to achieve intense red color. In addition, I was incredibly lucky to obtain very rare silk velvet in sparkling ruby brought form France. There were only 3 yards of it available and I took them all!
 "Maharaja" head dress was inspired by India, the country of jeweled colors, mysterious culture, amazing turbans, spices, a country of great Kings - Maharajas. One of my most favorite hats to this day. One of a kind head dress, that will never be recreated again.