Wednesday, December 12, 2012

CALLANAN FALL 2014 photoshot- behind the scenes

Here is a little peek behind the scenes at the Callanan hats fall 2014 photo shot. Luckily I have a great photographer koitz

And a magical stylist/hairdresser/makeup artist Philip Rotter.

A photo shot cannot happen without food which sometimes is also a prop. According to koitz, the croissants are made by the ex-croissant maker to the pope. They certainly were delicious and the papal blessing most certainly made-up for the extra calories!!

Philip grabbed a throw from the back of a couch to act as a table cloth which brought all the fall colors together.

 After KOITZ gets finished it looks more like.



Working on a shoe-string budget makes people very creative. Philip took the model's cardigan and turned it back to front to create a stylish looking knit dress.

Koitz does his magic and the picture looks more like Central Park than an over grown backyard.
Add a scarf to the outfit for a new look.

And on an overcast day we have Brian, the unsung hero, creating sunshine.

You know the sugar level is dropping and crew needs to eat when they turn cannibal.

But Koitz ignores them and gets the shot.

Rush inside to get some lighting effects before losing the natural light.




So much goes on behind the scene to get the perfect picture.


I love all the pictures but this is one of my favorites.

Brian is standing on the ground level, holding an extendable pole flash into a second story window. The lighting is perfect and the whole thing looks like a painting. 
I hope this makes the cover.


Sunday, December 9, 2012


The 5 main overall looks for Fall 2013 are.

* Sartorial dandy.

Yes, menswear continues to be a big influence in ladies wear for fall 2013. From bold Carnaby Street 1970's check silhouettes to Downton Abby inspired country looks. Ralph Lauren, Etro, Prada, Miu Miu, Paul Smith and Burberry took a strong stand on this trend.
 The color palate is rustic autumnal browns, burgundy and  camel with accents of yellow, orange, blue and purple. The fabrics are classic houndstooth, herringbones and paisleys

 topped off with top hats and bowlers

 mannish style caps

Country looking tweeds will be accessorized with game feathers. I like the idea of taking this ralph Lauren brooch 
And adding it to the side of a man's ivy cap for a more country lady look.

 Gorgeous cloches a la Ralph Lauren lend a lovely feminine look to these country tweeds.


and quilted inspirations from Burberry.

Under the DANDY influence we also see the military look continuing into fall 2013.

Victoria Beckham army girl with color blocking.

Caps and berets are essential to finish this look off.

Callanan legacy.

Heroines in ARMOUR.

This is a younger look which incorporates a Punk/Goth look with a futuristic looking Inter Galactic look. Punk/Goth have shanen off their 'alternative" image in favor of a tough image embraced by both sexes. 
Disney, who just spent 3billion to buy Lucas films, plans to release 3 Star wars movies over the coming years, so this trend may be something to keep an eye on. This is a very androgynous look. This is no damsel in distress, she is ready to do battle. Think "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" and "The Hunger Games". These young ladies are very independent and not looking to be number 2 to any man. Last year for the first time in history the USA saw a decline in baby births (a phoneme that Europe and Japan and lately China have been dealing with), even among emigrant who normal have larger families. These ladies are not spending money on baby clothes!
Great Heritage Design houses from Burberry to Mulberry to Valentino to shoe designer Louboutin have embraced this trend. It's a terrific way to take an outfit from stogy classic to cool.

Who knot that a classic trench coat could be so cool!!
or that the suit wearing CEO had a cool edgy side.

Her Accessories will be her weapons and her armour. will be a cross between leather and metal.
 spikes, nail heads and grommets.

 Louboutin, Valentino and Givenchy are the go-to for spiky shoes

The older Heroine will take her look not from Mills and Boons books but from 50 Shades of Grey.
She will look for a more Dominatrix look with lacing, bondage inspiration and zippers. 


* THE LIVING DOLL, the little girl who never grows old and loves wearing pretty dresses and glitzy accessories.

In contrast to her tomboy sister above, the royal doll is totally girly.
She loves her satin, damask, baroque, lace, color fur and velvet.

*Woodland Nomad. This lady looks to the animal kingdom.

She loves cozy well worn fabrics. She is not checking her face book for updates but is one with nature.

Her colors are soft greens and blues. She likes artisan looks in suedes, knobby wools, 
Barked textured looks.
 And patchwork.
All topped of with floppy hats a la Nicole Miller.

Michael Kors backpack.

Saddle belt from Iceberg or pony hair hat from Acne.

*FUNCTIONAL. Ready for anything that comes your way.

Be it super storm Sandy or the hassle of travel, padded jackets and specially designed travel outfits for travel. This person prefers function over fashion and is no logo type. Sporty simple lines is the silhouette.
This over sized engineered outfits have ample pockets for storing heavy items at the airport counter but can be converted into shoulder bags as soon as you get to your seat.
Sometimes we just need a hug even when there is no one around to hug us.

The "IT" accessories for the season.

BELTS; If you cannot make it to the gym then use body modification with the help of belts to create that hour glass figure.

Cinch that waist with a peplum belt in leather or metal and finish it off with a STATEMENT buckle.

SCARVES; scarves continue to be the accessory du jour and we see it continuing for fall 2013.

The eternity scarf did come to an end finally  but PULL THROUGHS and SHOULDER WARMERS (the new shrug) are hot. Both these scarves also look great finished off with a statement brooch.
Also check out the menswear inspired ties from Hermes.

HATS:  berets,

worn on the top of the head a la DSQUSRED.

Or as a velvet slouchy a la Emporio Armani

   Caps; Fabric mens caps and blocked felt caps 

 HIGH CROWN a la Louie Vuitton

and oblong 


Black but think 50 shades of black.

 Green blacks, purple blacks, blue blacks, charcoal.  Black/Navy combinations will be important.
Think of a black light absorbing velvet western hat in contrast to shiny blk leather.

Whites think 50 shades of white.

creams, ivory, porcelain and chalky hues. Create nuanced undertones by mixing warm with cool tones.

Browns think rustic autumnal hues for menswear.

beige, tan, burnt amber, camel, spice, espresso, cognac.


marigold, mustards and butterscotch.
Sonu Mathew, Benjamin Moore's senior interior designer, predicts that lemon sorbet will be the 3013 home decor color of the year. As the world seems to gradually turn the corner away from recession, this optimistic color is very timely as a sense of optimism.


teals and midnight navy.
Callanan millinery fedora LV295-TEAL.

GREENS. Much like the lyrics to that old Irish folk song, next year we’ll all be “wearing of the green.”

No need to walk down any yellow brick roads--in 2013, every city is an emerald 17-5641 TCX city! The Pantone Color Institute annually scours the world for inspiration in order to bring us their official color of the year and in 2013 it's bright, flattering emerald. A rich color that inspires insight and promotes balance and harmony, Lee Eiseman, Executive Director at Pantone, says this color is appropriate for 2013 because it promotes change, renewal, and clarity in a complex world, but we love it for its style cred! Celebs from Kate Middleton to Kristin Wiig have already been spotted in this bright jewel tone, and our host Jessica Stam has all the best (and affordable) emerald picks for your closet this year! 

For Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year is Emerald (Pantone 17-5641), described as “lively, radiant, lush green” as in the Emerald Isle itself.
“Green is the most abundant hue in nature–the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.”
Due to its resemblance to the precious gemstone of the same name, Emerald has a perception of being sophisticated and luxurious. It’s been connected to growth, renewal and prosperity. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.

A Harmonious Hue for a New Year

While the 2012 Color of the Year, Tangerine Tango (Pantone 17-1463) a vivid reddish orange provided a boost of energy to move forward, Emerald “enhances our sense of well-being further by inspiring insight, as well as promoting balance and harmony.” (If that’s the case, perhaps the halls of Congress should be painted Emerald?)
Eiseman reports that green have become more popular in ready-to-wear and couture in re cent season, even on the red carpet. The color is suitable for all occasions and its “classic elegance makes for striking and irresistible women’s formal and everyday wear as well as accessories.”
Among the designers who incorporated Emerald  include Tracy Reese, Nanette Lepore, Barbara Tfank, NAHM and Marimekko. Since Emerald tends to balance and act as a foil for all colors of the spectrum, it will continue to make a statement into fall and winter collections.
The harmonious nature of Emerald makes it a natural in cosmetics and beauty, too, especially a complement to peaches, pinks, roses, ruby reds and aubergines. In fact, Pantone has partnered with Sephora on a 2013 Color of the Year beauty collection, premiering in March 2013.
Emerald also will be providing a sense of well-being in home, too. Pantone will even be offering Emerald bed linens and accessories exclusively at JCPenney stores beginning in February 2013.
With the military trend still strong there is a vast gamut of greens to play with.
Soft sage, pea green, moss, deep olive, pine.
Callanan millinery moss felt floppy with velvet trim.


Very important next season in spice, paprika, rust and apricot hues. Look for a subtle shift to more yellow-based-oranges.
Callanan textured newsboy cap.
and felt fedora LV295- terra-cotta 

PURPLE is gaining in prominence.

From dark plums and eggplant to greyed purples and dusty mauve to lavender.



Bordeaux, wine and oxblood.




Always a salable story. Frosted blues, dusty pinks and butter creams add a cozy touch to chase the winter blues away. The pallette is shifting from stronger hues to softer lighter shades. Brigh pinks with red while powdery pinks add a more feminine touch. Warm caramel and butterscotch create a bridge to yellow.

METALS. Fashionistas join WALL STREET in their love for gold security.

Golds, champagne golds, silvers, pewter.

Whether gilding the Lilly or quietly glamorous, gold is no longer just for evening wear.
Dolce and Gabbana "it reminds us of the sun of Sicily, the warmth of traditions and it is very dramatic while conveying security".
People are tired of the recession and are maybe thumbing their nose at it.

In big purchase items like cars, metallic silver has been the #1 hue of choice for 10 years straight.


Calf hair and pony hair are fresh for fall 2013.

Faux pony hair trim on callanan felt cap LV293.

EXOTIC SKINS continue to trend

Mock crock and snake can be used nicely as hat trims.


The 90's staple makes a come back, either draped goddess style or adding a softer touch to a military look.


Used in two tone or as contrast piping.

And color block splicing.

COLOR BLOCKING. This trend continues to perform very well at retail.




KNITS. Chunky and shaggy.


We are seeing a lot of animal motifs out there. Quite the menagerie of swans, eagles, tigers and horses.
2014 is the chines year of the horse so expect to see more equestrian motifs popping up.

As well as greyhounds chasing fox heads.
Pussy cats and Swans from Moschino.