Love is in the air
The LOVE IS IN THE AIR collection is dedicated to life in the city. In order to get the right light and atmosphere, we started the session on 11/06/2020 at 5 a.m., and although the time was quite a challenge, thanks to the 1000% commitment of my dear Models and myself, and also my dear Photographer, we were ready to go under the famous Palm at General Charles de Gaulle’s roundabout. We fervently hoped that we wouldn’t go coconuts, but, unfortunately, we did 😉 What proves the existence of this peculiar condition, for which as yet no name has been invented, is a whole plethora of beautiful outdoor photos we took in our beloved city — Warsaw.
The LOVE IS IN THE AIR collection is like a fiery and hot love, namely it’s red. Modern and stylish, it alludes to the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and modern times, and thus it is timeless, perfect to wear to and after work, which I hope is fully reflected in the presented photos.
LOVE IS IN THE AIR is a collection made from scratch in Poland 🇵🇱 with the use of a knitted fabric from a Polish manufacturer, a family company from Wola Zaradzynska 🇵🇱 in a Polish clothing design studio in Łódź 🇵🇱 in accordance with my design inspired by life in my hometown — Warsaw ❤️
The first place of our LOVE IS IN THE AIR session was the famous Warsaw palm tree roundabout. Its name, given in 1990, commemorates Charles de Gaulle, president of France, who in 1919-1920, as a member of the military mission, fought in the Polish-Soviet War and lived on Nowy Świat Street. The name was given on the hundredth anniversary of his birthday, which is commemorated by a plaque placed on the building at 15/17 Nowy Świat (off Aleje Jerozolimskie). The person to propose the name of the roundabout was Halina Skibniewska, president of the Polish-French Friendship Society. That is why, in the light of all these events, it was this roundabout that we chose for our love session in Warsaw.
As the second place of our love session LOVE IS IN THE AIR we chose a monument with a very interesting story behind it — the bridge of Prince Józef Poniatowski — General, Minister of War and Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Armed Forces of the Duchy of Warsaw, Marshal of France, member of the State Council of the Duchy of Warsaw. The bridge was built according to the design of engineers Mieczysław Marszewski, Bronisław Plebiński and Wacław Paszkowski and was built in the years 1904-1914 or 1904-1913. The architectural setting of the bridge and viaduct was designed by Stefan Szyller. The towers at the entrance to the bridge were to serve as a defence. They were built at the request of the Russian military authorities.
It was the city’s largest investment since the construction of the sewage system. The bridge was blown up by the Germans at 12.15 p.m. on 13 September 1944 during the Warsaw Uprising and the fights in Praga. It was rebuilt according to the design of Stanisław Hempel and put into service on 22 July 1946. After its reconstruction, the bridge lost some elements of its former character. The decorative balustrade was replaced by a simple steel fence.
Several stone benches, which stood on the pillars of the bridge, were not rebuilt either. The construction of the spans themselves is also different. Remains of the original benches still lie at the bottom of the Vistula River, carved by its current, and can be seen at low water levels. These are just some interesting facts from the history of the bridge. I invite those who are inquisitive to broaden delve deeper into it.
If you wish to see dawn hit the Vistula River,
Come along, let’s head out together, today,
You’ll see how glorious a greeting
a Warsaw day can give
It was these words from Czesław Niemen’s song that led us to the Vistula boulevards. The beautiful foggy dawn that we saw surprised us so much that we decided to do another session of the LOVE IS IN THE AIR collection in this beautiful place. I hope that you will feel this unique atmosphere and it will encourage you to take a walk at this truly magical time.
While on our LOVE IS IN THE AIR collection trail, we could not miss a visit to Sigismund, and although we had to queue up, it was worth it. After all, it is a monument to King Sigismund III Vasa, located in Warsaw’s Castle Square. The monument was erected in 1643-1644, having been founded by of Władysław IV Vasa, and designed by Augustine Locci and Constantino Tencalla. Its erection had a political purpose (to glorify the Vasa dynasty and to strengthen the power of the king), which is why it was erected in the square in front of the Krakow Gate – at that time the most important communication node of the capital. For this purpose, the existing buildings at the gate were demolished. The project caused a conflict between Władysław IV and Nuncio Mario Filonardi. The nuncio’s fiercest protests stemmed from the fact that a statue of the king (a lay person) was to be placed on the column. According to tradition, this kind of exaltation has so far been reserved for the Virgin Mary, Christ and saints. The column has a very interesting history and, because of the date of its creation, it is also very long, but I encourage you to explore it, as it was the first column of a lay person erected in modern Europe.
After the visit to Sigismund, there came a memorable moment of visiting the Royal Castle 😉 Initially, it was a residence of the Mazovian dukes, and since the 16th century, the seat of the authorities of the First Republic: the king and the Sejm (Chamber of Deputies and Senate).
In its long history, the Royal Castle has been repeatedly plundered and devastated by Swedish, Brandenburg, German and Russian armies. In the nineteenth century, after the fall of the November Uprising, it was designated for Russian administration. During World War I, it was the residence of the German general governor. In the years 1920-1922 it was the seat of the Head of State, in the years 1926-1939 it was the residence of the President of the Republic of Poland. Burned and plundered by the Germans in 1939, it was almost completely destroyed in 1944. In 1965 the surviving fragments of the castle and the building of the Royal Library, the Copper-Roof Palace and the Kubicki Arcades were entered in the register of monuments. The reconstruction of the castle carried out in 1971-1984 was led by the Civic Committee for the Reconstruction of the Royal Castle in Warsaw. In 1979, a museum was founded in the castle, establishing the state cultural institution Royal Castle in Warsaw — the Monument of National History and Culture from 2014, operating under the following name: The Royal Castle in Warsaw – Museum. The Residence of Kings and the Republic of Poland. In 1980 the Royal Castle together with the Old Town was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, in 1994, together with the historic city complex with the Royal Route and the Royal Wilanów were declared a History Monument ❤️.
It was on the Royal Route of the LOVE IS IN THE AIR love trail that it turned out there was not only one queen❤️👑
Then the Queens went to Karowa Street, which towards the end of the 19th century was one of the few connections between the upper part of Warsaw and Powiśle, and today is one of the most architecturally interesting streets in Warsaw, whose spiral shape decorated with the sculpture of the Siren with beautiful balustrades surrounded by greenery is a real feast for the eyes and especially with the addition of the LOVE IS IN THE AIR collection ❤️
Later, the Queens visited the University of Warsaw because, after all, knowledge is fundamental and every Queen knows this, especially when wearing a LOVE IS IN THE AIR collection item.
And although they were Queens, when on the LOVE IS IN THE AIR trail, they were seduced by the Siren’s song 😉🥰🇵🇱 The Siren is the heroine of several Warsaw legends. All of these legends determine her role as the city’s patron and guardian. According to Arthur Oppman, the Siren was captured by fishermen and taken to their village. However, with her beautiful singing, she persuaded the guard to free her.
According to Ewa Szelburg-Zarembina, the Siren was supposed to show a prince who was lost at the fishery the place of his destination, where Warsaw was to emerge later.
According to another legend, two sisters came from the Atlantic to the Baltic a long time ago — sirens, beautiful women with fish tails. One of them liked the rocks in the Danish Straits and now you can see her sitting on a rock at the entrance to the port of Copenhagen. The other one sailed to the mouth of the Vistula, from where she sailed up its course. According to legend, at the foot of today’s Old Town, more or less where her statue stands now, she went out of the water on the sandy shore to rest, and since she liked the place, she decided to stay here. Coming back to the LOVE IS IN THE AIR collection, I hope that not only will you feel like Queens in these clothes, but you will also seduce in them like Sirens with their singing 🧜♀️❤️
Finally, the Queens arrived at the former building of the PKP Powiśle bus stop, which once served as a ticket office and later became a cult showcase of Warsaw. Warsaw Powiśle — we look forward to the opening 😉😎🥪🥗🥟🍹🍸🥂🇵🇱
There is something truly magical about poppies🥰 Their colour simply captivates, the softness of the flakes resembling silk attracts like a magnet, and the elasticity of the stem, which gently swings in the wind, resembles a woman who seduces with her charm 🥰
No wonder that our LOVE IS IN THE AIR love session had its finale on the poppy field located in Warsaw, Polki 7. Those of you who follow my entries know that poppies are my favourite flowers 🥰 I was very surprised when I saw this field right next to where I decided to establish my Atelier six months earlier. I believe in destiny, so now I know that this is my place on earth both geographically and metaphorically, because after many twists and turns in my life I finally took up my beloved clothing design.
To finish with, a short note to the Queens:
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT IS TO ACCEPT YOURSELF AS YOU ARE AND BE A QUEEN OF LIFE FOR YOURSELF, AND THE REST WILL COMPLEMENT THIS ❤️👑