The Story Behind the Firebird
I like things to be intense. I do everything with a burning passion, otherwise I believe it’s a waste of time. For example: growing up, I didn’t relate to the silly pop hits of that time. They were just too light for me. And then I discovered classical music, and a whole new world opened up for me! Wagner’s Walküre, Mahler’s 5th Symphony; this was BIG music, about BIG feelings. Themes like life, death, crazy love. I became obsessed.
Do you know the story of The Firebird? She is half-woman, half-bird, with majestic wings that sparkle bright, like orange and yellow fireworks. Even if you remove them, her feathers will not stop glowing. This girl is definitely on fire! A while ago, I totally fell in love with the sensational ballet version of The Firebird, written by Stravinsky, brought to life by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. (both men fell under the protection of the amazing Misia Sert, my muse for my latest Couture Collection.)
Seeing the twirling and swirling ballet dancers, watching the firebird burn, burn, burn to Stravinsky’s bewitching composition somehow moved me to my core. I guess it was like seeing my own all consuming passion come to life! Last year, when I said ‘yes’ to the challenge of learning to conduct a 65 headed symphonic orchestra in just a few weeks time, I immersed myself so completely, that my friends feared for my health. I studied every minute of the day, I stopped sleeping, I BECAME the music. I nearly burned up. And you know what? I never felt more alive.
With my Firebird collection, I tried to capture exactly this red-hot passion. Isn’t it stunning? This lingerie decorates your body with the burning wings of the firebird. Go on, follow your inner fire! It’s the only way to love, the only way to live…
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Between king and QUEEN
Who is Tasya van Ree? The mysterious girl in the big black hat has been fascinating art connoisseurs and fashion lovers alike since she burst onto the scene with her stunning black-and-white photographs of celebrities like Michelle Rodriguez and (one-time lover) Amber Heard. I asked the Hawaiian-born visual artist of Dutch-Japanese ancestry (41) about her art and soul. “Between both King and Queen is where I exist.”
Sara Mearns (31) is New York City Ballet’s boldest ballerina. A passionate, intense dancer, she started dancing at 3 and starred in Swan Lake when she was only 19. But instead of resting on her laurels, Sara has kept challenging herself with daring projects, from a collaboration with hip-hop dancers to a leading role in a Broadway show. I talked with the fierce Swan Queen about sacrifices, body confidence, and how to turn pain into gain. “I’m not the typical skinny, tall, long-neck kind of ballerina.”
The art of love!
Get your creative juices flowing
This Valentine’s, don’t wait around for that love-note or those fancy chocolates to feel loved and desired. Express yourself to fall in love with yourself, now!