Sunday, August 9, 2009

style profile: Giovanna Battaglia

One of my absolute favorite parts of the week is Sunday morning, curling up with a huge cup of tea and the New York Times' Style section. This week they featured Giovanna Battaglia, editor of Vogue's Italian jewelry and accessories editions -- and frequent favorite subject of street style photographers like The Sartorialist and Garance Dore. Here is the little interview they did with her about her style:

"WHAT I’M WEARING NOW My skirt is Dolce & Gabbana. My shirt, I designed. I had it done at a shirtmaker in Milan. It’s very Milanese to do this, and put your initials on it. Now I’m starting to have them made at Charvet in Paris. The shoes are Tabitha Simmons. The necklace is De Simone — it’s an old family from Naples — and the watch is a Patek Philippe Calatrava. It has my name on it. I’m quite obsessed with putting my name everywhere. 

STYLE CREDO I’m classic. I’m not a rock ’n’ roll chick. And I like to mix old and new. I’ll never wear a full look from a fashion show. It has to be personalized. Accessories have always been a big thing for me. I have 352 pairs of shoes. I’m not kidding. I have a wall filled with them, and then another for handbags. I never throw anything away. 

FAVORITE RECENT PURCHASES Three bathing suits from Norma Kamali — the ’50s “Dolce Vita” style. I got it in black-and-white, red and white. I photograph them all the time, but I never owned one. 

FALL TRENDS I LIKE The ladylike, sexy Parisian woman. Like the Balenciaga look. I’m more into sensual, simple clothes now. Lots of silk and cashmere — stuff that makes you feel good. I love fashion and fun, but at the end of the day, the dress has to please you and your boyfriend. 

FALL TRENDS I DON’T LIKE Crazy ’80s style. I shouldn’t say that because it’s a big trend, but who’s going to wear a shoulder like that? It’s fine for a picture, but I don’t like when a woman dresses too much like a fashion show. She looks like a clown, I think. 

ON MY WISH LIST A Lanvin stole and a leather Alaïa skirt. Alaïa dresses are the best investment. You buy a sexy Alaïa dress, and you’re sure you won’t be alone."

I have to say, I completely agree on the 80s style trend and especially the Balmain shoulder craze. 

1 comment:

Jacquelyn said...

I agree about the '80's was bad back then, and it would be bad to have to wear it again...I say adapt it to a better look ..great post

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