Milan based, Siberian born designer Max Kibardin, was inspired for his Summer 2009 collection by Alexander Pushkin’s poem, The Fountain of Bakhchisarai, a palace built in the sixteenth century in the capital of the Khans of Crimea (Ukraine)
It depicts a story of love and death : Khan Girey, a Tatar Khan, infatuated by Maria, a young Polish woman, captures and takes her to his harem, ordering her to live with his first wife Zarema; she became jealous and stabs Maria to death. Zarema was ordered executed thereafter. Khan built a fountain in memory of his lost love, devoting his life to watch the water trickling like tears.
Kibardin, formerly trained as an architect, shows in this collection traces of Ottoman architecture through gold, lace patterns and geometric cuts, adding color and movement in shapes that resembles young odalisques from the Bakhchisarai’s harem.
After his tenure at the Furla Talent Hub, Max has now been appointed as creative director for the Italian shoe house, Lorenzo Banfi. His successful and steady career is much like a Foutain of Tears, but tears of joy.