A textile designer and former dancer, Thompson was born in Moscow and lived in California, England, and France before settling down in Brooklyn Heights in 2006 with her American photographer husband, Charles, and their growing brood. There, she and her friend Nathalie Farman-Farma founded Tissus Tartares, a line of fabrics that takes inspiration from Persian and Central Asian motifs, Ballets Russes costumes, and Tartar robes. But by 2011, the pull of home grew too strong to resist, so she moved with Charles and their five children back to Moscow. “I always felt like I was leading a double life,” says the 32-year-old of her expat years. “Wherever I was, part of me was still in Russia.”
Marc Jacobs cardigan; No. 21 skirt; Masterpeace by Evgenia Linovich headband; Dolce & Gabbana earrings; A La Russe Anastasia Romantsova necklace; her own cuffs and rings.