It is a distinct honor to present today's guest contributor, the fabulous Claire from Fashion and Frank, stopping by to share her experience as a fan of Erdem and Giovanna Battaglia and how these passions recently converged in her fashion world. Claire's unique perspective on style is always lots of fun and her post is sure to make you smile. Thank you so much for your insights, Claire, love that skirt!
I am a huge Giovanna Battaglia fan — I mean HUGE! So when I got the call from Kellina to write this piece for I Want To Be A Battaglia, I was indeed beyond chuffed not to mention flattered, for it then to feature the wonderful Mr Erdem Moralioglu — well hello!!
Erdem is the king of print — the man does not design his clothes he creates them. Always subtle and yet always standout — a designer with rare talent. I am not surprised to hear that arts and their grandmasters are his inspiration — he has the painter’s eye for colour and depth of pattern.
Born in Montreal, Canada, and of Turkish decent, Erdem is the truly international darling of the British fashion set. Beloved of Prime Ministers wives past and present — with a British Fashion Council award under his belt — he goes from fashion strength to strength.
An Industrie article gave me such an insight into the man, I am so there with him in his beautifully lined jacket with fragrant button hole strolling around the Marais, eating at Chez Paul and the perfect dandy to the fashionistas’ finery at the Love Ball! This man has talent, class and it is an honour to get to know him that bit better (even if in print) — Stephanie le Cava you are one lucky lady, you just spent a fashion lovers perfect afternoon.
Giovanna wore her Erdem pieces as only she could with style and flair, when her outfit was featured on The Fashion Spot recently some readers felt the fur collar superfluous but when it appeared on my own site the response was entirely opposite and it was wholeheartedly agreed to be the crowning glory. This is what I love about Giovanna, her truly Italian love of the uber accessory — this lady knows how to load it on and then carry it off as if she was born in baubles!
I am lucky enough to own this little piece of fashion history (as all of Erdem's pieces are) and when featured on my blog recently it was extremely popular. I chose to wear it for a days shopping and lunching — dressed down with a simple crop blouse, Celine wedges, and stripy hat.
So this is the tale of a talented Turkish man worn by an Italian fashion icon and finally admired by a British true follower of fashion. I hope you enjoyed it and most of all the beauty within this spectacular piece and the lady that wore it well — our very own Giovanna. xx
Giovanna Battaglia photographs © 2011 Condé Nast and courtesy of ffw.com.br, filmefashion.tv, twitter/gestupidas, and twitter/diadebeaute. Claire Wilkinson photographs © 2011 Claire Wilkinson. All Rights Reserved.