"I'm captivated by the extravagantly dressed new-moneyed Russian women I see on Paris's Avenue Montaigne -- and suddenly my Blumarine fall collection is all fur, sequins, and rosettes." (Molinari also designs the ultra-girly Blugirl, while her daughter, Rossella, does the moodier Anna Molinari.)
MY PRIZED POSSESSIONS
"I got my first tattoo at 16. I've got roses all over my body; I'm not called 'Queen of the Roses' for nothing. As a child I tottered around in my mother's jewelry, and today I treasure my rings -- my diamond Cartier and the family-crest signets my late husband gave me. He was a count."