It´s finally DONE and the fall-baby has born! For every artist their creations are like their own babies, they are born form the love and passion for the industry, there is months and months of work and sweat and tears and, of course, doubts, fear and anticipation… So, when it´s finally time to bring the outcome in public, it is like giving birth..on one hand, the fear of bringing something new into this critical and cruel, but yet so exceptional world and then on the other hand, the indescribable love…
However, there is a saying that behind every great love, there is a great story. For humans, it´s of course the lovestory, but for creations it´s the concept. The source of inspiration for my Fall 2010 Collection is the great Russian author of the romantic era Aleksandr Pushkin and his poem “The Tale of Tsar Saltan” that is adapted into many films and animations. It´s the story is of three sisters, of whom the youngest is chosen by Tsar Saltan to be his wife, while he makes the other two his royal cook and royal weaver. They are jealous, of course, and when the tsaritsa gives birth to a son, Prince Gvidon, they arrange to have her and her child sealed up in a barrel and thrown into the sea. The sea itself takes pity on them, and they are cast up on the shore of a remote island. The son, having quickly grown while in the barrel, goes hunting. He ends up saving an enchanted swan from a kite. The swan creates a city for Prince Gvidon to rule, but he is homesick, and the swan turns him into a bumblebee. In this guise, he visits Tsar Saltan’s court, where he stings his aunt’s eye and escapes. Back in his distant realm, the swan gives Gvidon a magical squirrel. But he continues to pine for home, so the swan transforms him into a fly, and in the Tsar’s court he stings the eye of his other aunt. In a third round he becomes a wasp and stings the nose of his grandmother. In the end, he expresses a desire for a bride instead of his old home, upon which the swan is revealed to be a beautiful princess, whom he marries. He is visited by the Tsar, who is overjoyed to find his wife and newly-married son. And as Gvidon, Pushkin himself fought for the justice and for his dreams. Having rather radical political views and being the influence on generations of Russian rebels, he never withdrew despite of the exile, government censors and negative titles. To protect his honor he even challenged his wife alleged lover to a duel which in the end became lethal for himself. So I started to think that maybe in today´s world where it´s easier just to go with the flow, we all need a little reminder to fight for our dreams and views. We just need the confidence to go and swim against the flow!
However, the shooting day itself was rather a fight, a duel against heat ( as the weather boy had decided to greet us with one of the hottest days in Estonia this summer), tiredness, curly hair and fading make-up and of course time… But may-be it was my father´s 30-year-old special order shoes we preferred to use instead of pairs of crazy high-heeled shoes waiting in the corner that gave us the confidence and mood and absolutely fabulous energy to step forward, win the battle and achieve the great outcome in less time than any of us expected!
So now we´re back on track again, confidence up high and next spring collection almost ready! Life is full of opportunities, all you have to do is to believe in yourself and in what you´re doing!