About half my designs are controlled fantasy, 15 percent are total madness and the rest are bread-and-butter designs. Manolo Blahnik
Okay so I am not even the closest of close to the fame that he has because he is HUGE when it comes to the footwear industry. However! I do agree with this quote I found. Most of us irrespective of which creative industry we are a part of, don't create what we "want" to create, we rather end up creating what we "need" to. Why? Simply because when a creative mind works it breaks all boundaries. This is where we tend to go a bit off. Its the practicality of a design which holds one back from creating what he/she wants to. If it was to me I would just put everything in the world on a shoe. However, at the end of the day it IS a shoe and its supposed to be worn and used and it needs to be sturdy, comfy and practical.
Like in runway shows where people go all out and crazy with their designs, which may not be wearable to the common person, but its their way of unleashing their creative demons, similarly I sometimes feel like breaking all bounds and creating a shoe which makes people change a million expressions in a minute. From astonishment, to confusion, to maybe in the end, a smile :).
Maybe one day I will be able to do so when my finances allow me to do so. When you are major name then you are in the position to take risks. Not only because you've got the dough to do so but also because then you can take risks without thinking that what if it doesn't sell.
Currently I am playing it safe and creating what I think will work and what I think the ladies out their will be willing to buy. I cant make over the top shoes right now. Because as Mr Blahnik quotes "bread and butter designs", that's exactly what I am creating at the moment.