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 .