“Mink is for football.” —Valentina, Russian-American stage actress-turned-fashion-designer, in a statement she reportedly made to a customer to whom she was trying to sell a sable coat but who had confessed that she had just bought a mink. Later, she said, ”Ermine is for bathrobes.” Valentina, who even saw a surname as shabby, proclaimed to be drama itself, yet she was noted for the pure lack of drama in her clothing designs. To read more fabulous Fashion Statements, click here.
Photo credits: Left, by Horst, from “Valentina” by Kohle Yohanna, Rizzoli, 2009. Right, by John Lee, courtesy of the Estate of Valentina Schlee