Before the Russian American designer Valentina started her own company, she had a brief partnership with Sonia Levienne, another Russian émigré. Their collaboration, called Valentina and Sonia, didn’t last long. Perhaps it was because of their very different aesthetics. While Valentina was the queen of “less is more,” Sonia Levienne was of the “more is more” school. Her clothing designs drew on Russian folk art and her own bohemian style.
This picture shows Levienne in the 1960s, when she must have been at least in her sixth decade. Clearly a lover of jewelry, she wears rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets that appear to come from many different parts of the world. Her skirt and long jacket are made from patchwork strips combining floral and geometric designs. What an exotic look! I wish I could see what she had on her feet.