Tuesday, October 25, 2016

"Gelsomina" Haute Hat, SS2017 "The Fellini Files Collection. NYFW.

 "Gelsomina" hat has been inspired by Fellini's movie "La Strada"  - one of perhaps most dramatic movies of his career. He later referred to creation of "La Starada" as one of the most painful and torturous processes in his entire cinematic career. I think it is also in part because the leading role, the role of Gelosmina was so brilliantly played by his beloved wife Giulietta Masina. The film portrays a brutish strongman played by Anthony Quinn and the naïve young woman played by Giulietta Masina whom he buys from her mother and takes with him on the road - all ends in tragedy. Subsequently, "La Strada"  has become "one of the most influential films ever made", according to the American Film Institute. It won the inaugural Academy Award For Best Foreign Language Film in 1957 and was placed fourth in the 1992 British Film Institute's directors' list of cinema's top 10 films. If you have not have a pleasure of seeing "La Strada" I encourage you to put it on your "to do" list.
 The complex character of poor Gelsomina gave me an incentive of creating an equally complicated hat. Free form, liquid, dark, transperant,  emotional, dramatic: the hat that would look very different from every angel. The hat that would be able easily conceal the face of the woman giving her opportunity to be discreet in her vulnerability.
 The hat demanded a very special, unique kind of flower. Oh no, not just any flower one could find. But the flower (rose) which was as transparent and dramatic as the hat itself. And so I turned to the magnificent Lady Elena Bain  who, once again, was able to see the same vision I had in my mind for "Gelsomina" . On the set of the photo shoot n St.Regis hotel this was the hat that stopped everyone in their tracks. I saw tears in the eyes of my team when "Gelsomina" was first unveiled. It evoked a  deep emotional  response and every person on the set stood in silence for a brief moment transcending the effect of "Gelsomina" on to very personal long forgotten moments in their lives...
Photographed by Ed Hafizov, Model - Anastasia Safonof , Make Up Artists - Roshar. Styled by Anya Caliendo. All rights reserved to "Anya Caliendo. Couture Millinery Atelier".

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