Sometimes there's a softer mood in fashion, creamier colors and a lighter hand. Possibly as much to do with the complexity and passion of a woman designing for other women as with the need to move past a darker, gloomier, tougher time. Donna Karan's pale collection has the memory of lightness that Valentina felt when she arrived in America, escaping the aftermath of the Bolshevik Revolution.
Valentina said something that could have been said by Ms. Karan ... "Simplicity survives the changes of fashion," she said in the late 1940s. "Women of chic are wearing now dresses they bought from me in 1936. Fit the century, forget the year."
Valentina ... her story is here. The photos underneath the videos are of Valentina's work from the '30's and '40's.