Giovanna Battaglia: Fashion Week Swirl For Our Birthday Girl!
By Kristin Sekora
We at IWTBAB wish a wonderful 34th birthday to our dear Giovanna Battaglia! Our favorite glamour girl has the good fortune to be spending her birthday in the midst of an exciting Paris Fashion Week surrounded by her chic fashion friends. We will bring you the photos and details of her special celebration as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, in the days before her birthday, our girl Gio was documented by the fashion media making the scene at New York, Milan, and Paris Fashion Weeks. Here she is with her good buddy, Anna Dello Russo, en route to Paris. At least this purports to be the two of them. BUT IT CANNOT BE! These young women are dressed like two well-behaved young junior high school students on the way to the state capitol to visit their representatives. Giovanna wears no makeup, and most suspiciously, Anna has no fake wings protruding from any of the articles of clothing she is wearing, not even from her luggage. Yet it is they, for may I suggest, dear reader, that like all of us there are times when even these two goddesses go without mascara?
As I led off my last article with what could have been a topless photo of Giovanna, I will start here with what is most certainly a well covered up one in which she is the leading lady on one of the most prominent fashion pages in the industry.
For, shall we ask ourselves — is this faceless lovely “GIO” — placed prominently on the marquee of The Editorialist’s Milan Fashion Week Street File slideshow, our lady-never-in-waiting? It must be, for there is certainly only one Gio in all of fashion!
And for New York Fashion Week, The Editorialist also chose an image of Giovanna Battaglia for the marquee of its Street File Issue.
I’m not sure which designers Giovanna is wearing but she has outdone most of the competition fashion-walking that day by wearing that stunning belt. Its architectural quality is balanced by the drape on her skirt; a plain straight skirt would have been too boring. Then do you notice how often she wears flesh-colored stockings with black? Much fresher than the conventional black. The white shirt is refreshing and the red watch is a playful touch in a look that could have come off as too classic. The same could be said for the blue sunglasses.
Later in The Editorialist’s New York Fashion Week Round-up: Gio fashion-walking in true “Street Fashion” style — crossing the street. I love her confident stride in her heels, and look at the flesh-colored stockings again. Her sleeveless pale blue dress is perfect transitional seasonal dressing and her firm clasp on her bag and her engagement with the camera all convey her strength.
Not to be outdone, the wonderful style blogger Garance Doré posted this image of the Italian model Bianca Balti, the Italian socialite Bianca Brandolini d’Adda, and our Gio, snapping pictures front row...
The Editorialist chose Giovanna Battaglia as their marquee cover woman for good reason — she is a master of accessories style! I am thankful for all I have learned about accessories in covering her fashion editorials. The jewelers, handbag makers, and even hat makers (House of Flora!) have really broadened our readers’ knowledge. There was even an editorial where she used accessories extensively from “The Feather Place.” I did not have a chance to go in to that yet, but I plan to cover them in the future.
The high-end fashion site The Editorialist was founded by Stefania Palandjoglou Allen and Kate Davidson Hudson — Stef coming from Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, and most recently as the Senior Accessories Editor at ELLE, and Kate from Harper’s Bazaar and her recent role as the Accessories Director at ELLE. The duo took their accessories jones and masterminded an entity where women could find the best of bags, sunglasses, and jewelry culled across all makers and products while they provide a concierge service to walk their clients through the pricey task of finding this season’s purchases, store-bought or custom-made. I know when I went on my recent hunt for this season’s huggable clutch (I compare it to carrying a teddy bear with you at all times!) it took me days of research to find the fur bag that met my needs: this mink “Little Monster” bag by Fendi below. It is perfect, as cute and comforting as a pillow. I’m sure The Editorialist would have produced the image for the perfect bag in minutes based on my description of what I sought. (Note that this was just “fantasy” research — at over $7,000 a purchase was beyond my means! But I always want to learn what is “the best of the best” for my readers!). I hope you will all join me now in wishing Giovanna Battaglia the happiest of birthdays!
Giovanna Battaglia photographs courtesy of garancedore.fr, editorialist.com, Fendi, and instagram.com/annadellorusso