I Want To Be A Battaglia

Kellina de Boer
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Francesca Berti
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ott182011

Giovanna Battaglia vs Tatiana Santo Domingo

I was thrilled to receive a note from our brilliant editor-at-large Gala recently, alerting me to the fact that I Want To Be A Battaglia was mentioned in an article about Giovanna Battaglia which appeared in the October issue of ELLE Italia. Special thanks to Gala for offering her thoughts on the article and to Francesca Berti for her stellar translation from Italian to English.

Giovanna Battaglia vs Tatiana Santo Domino
By Gala

Vi è una simpatica rubrica, nella sezione ELLE moda, del mensile ELLE Italia, pubblicata regolarmente, che mette a confronto due personaggi femminili più o meno famosi che hanno qualcosa in comune, analizzandone brevemente i tratti salienti che li rendono così unici. Con nostra gioia, per il numero di Ottobre, il personaggio preso in esame è la nostra Giovanna Battaglia. Il suo stile super fashion viene messo in parallelo con quello hippie chic di Tatiana Santo Domingo, due “amiche nella vita” che hanno in comune “fascino latino, allure cosmopolita e lifestyle branché”. Belle le parole della giornalista di ELLE, Benedetta Rossi, che definisce queste due splendide donne come due principesse del reame dell’eleganza, come le stelle di due “monarchie”: l’una fatta di glamour e arte contemporanea, l’altra con tanto di stemma e residenza nobiliare. Dopo una breve presentazione su chi sono, cosa fanno e perché piacciono alla redazione di ELLE, si mettono a confronto il loro look da giorno, quello da sera, i piccoli vezzi che le contraddistinguono e i loro affetti e amicizie.

Le origini di entrambe sono ben diverse. La trentaduenne fashion editor Giovanna Battaglia, che è nata a Milano in Via Monte Napoleone, 1 il 26 Settembre del 1979 (“Si vede che la moda era da sempre nel mio destino!”, dice Giovanna) da una coppia di artisti  (il padre pittore, di origini siciliane, e la madre scultrice, di origini calabresi) deve la sua notorietà ad un giusto mix di talento, fortuna, giuste frequentazioni, a cui si aggiunge il fatto di essere amata da famosi style blogger che l’hanno eletta “street style star”. Mentre la ventisettenne ereditiera americana Tatiana Santo Domingo “nasce bene”, essendo l’erede di un’importante dinastia colombiana ed anche figlia di una socialite brasiliana. Giovanna inizia la sua carriera come modella a sedici anni. A diciassette anni partecipa al concorso annuale di Miss Italia, che si teneva a Salsomaggiore Terme, col titolo di Miss In Gambissime Basilicata e nelle serate finali vince la fascia di Miss Moda 1996 (anche questo è un segno del destino!). Inizia a calcare le passerelle come “mannequin cabine” per Domenico Dolce e Stefano Gabbana, che ancora oggi la chiamano affettuosamente la loro “musina”. 

Così inizia a muovere i primi passi nella moda, approdando poi allo styling e, dopo essere stata capo redattore di Vogue Gioiello e Vogue Pelle, oggi collabora freelance con riviste di moda internazionale come W, T Magazine, Visionaire, Vogue Japan ed è consulente per prestigiosi brand di lusso. Tatiana, invece, dopo gli studi in Svizzera e i master in storia dell’arte conseguiti a Londra e New York, ha lanciato con l’amica Dana Alikhani il sito di e-commerce “Muzungu Sisters” (“Muzungu” nell’antico dialetto swahili significa “il viaggiatore”), con cui vende capi hand made provenienti da Argentina, Perù, Messico, Scozia, Africa, etc. Una filiera etica che ha lo scopo, nell’intento delle due promotrici, di far conoscere ed aiutare il lavoro di tanti artigiani produttori. In tema il suo look boho-deluxe per cui Tatiana è famosa, grazie al quale è stata inserita nella lista delle 100 best dressed del mondo. I punti in comune tra le due amiche iniziano con i “piccoli” vezzi. Una storia fatta di borse e gioielli. 

Giovanna ama gli accessori personalizzati, come l’anello “porte bonheur” col nomignolo “Gio”, opera dell’amica Fiammetta De Simone, della famiglia di maestri vesuviani del corallo “Fratelli De Simone”, di cui ha indossato altri notevoli gioielli in corallo. Tatiana, invece, colleziona gioielli unici come gli orecchini di diamanti del Gem Palace di Jaipur o un antichissimo anello della scomparsa dinastia malese dei Majapahit, omaggio del suo padrino, oltre ai gioielli del brand Ere Repossi creati dalle amiche Gaia Repossi e Eugenie Niarchos. Mentre Giovanna può contare, ad ogni stagione, sull’intera collezione di splendide borse create dalla più giovane sorella Sara, designer del brand che porta il suo nome; Tatiana, invece, vanta una borsa che porta il suo nome, la Tats Bag di Missoni, disegnata per la sua prima capsule collection per la celebre griffe di famiglia dall’amica Margherita Maccapani Missoni (inseparabili con l’altra amica del cuore Eugenie Niarchos e spesso fotografate insieme a formare un curioso “trio”). 

Notevoli gli amori e gli affetti di entrambe. Giovanna vive a New York col fidanzato Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld, art dealer, volando spesso a Parigi, sua “seconda casa”, dove hanno la residenza la cognata Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, art director, e la suocera Carine Roitfeld, regina della moda francese e nuova musa di Tom Ford, e Milano, dove c’è ancora il suo appartamento-guardaroba e ci sono gli amici e gli affetti più cari: la sorella Sara e i due fratelli Antonio, gallerista, e Luigi, giovane stylist. Tatiana, invece, è la storica fidanzata del principe Andrea Casiraghi, per cui ha come cognata e suocera due icone di stile di oggi e di sempre: Charlotte Casiraghi e Carolina di Monaco, principessa di Hannover. Entrambe, dunque, in un carosello perenne di party esclusivi, eventi e charity da prima pagina, parterre e backstage, vacanze con indirizzi top secret ed un lavoro con voli intercontinentali. Alla redazione di ELLE, Giovanna piace perché è una bandiera dell’Italian style, un’autentica first lady, bellissima e professionale, con uno stupefacente occhio per la moda che le permette di scivolare con charme dalla camicia da uomo al più femminile dei Versace vintage. Tatiana invece piace perché il suo tocco boho ha saputo conferire un nuovo fascino alla giovane aristocrazia europea. A noi piacciono entrambe per lo stesso motivo, ma soprattutto ci piace ELLE che indica I Want To Be A Battaglia come il sito in cui cliccare per seguire tutte le avventure del “clan Battaglia”. Grazie ELLE Italia. Gala.

Giovanna Battaglia vs Tatiana Santo Domino
By Gala

There is a nice column in the fashion section of the monthly magazine ELLE Italia which compares two females characters more or less famous who have something in common, analyzing briefly the salient features that make them so unique. To our joy, for the October issue, one of the characters under consideration is our Giovanna Battaglia. Her style is super fashion put in parallel with the hippie chic of Tatiana Santo Domingo, two “friends in life” that have in common “Latin charm, cosmopolitan allure and trendy lifestyle.” The fine words of ELLE journalist, Benedetta Rossi, define these two splendid women as two princesses of the realm of elegance, as the stars of two “monarchies”: one made of glamour and contemporary art, the other with both coat of arms and noble residence. After a brief presentation of who they are, what they like, and why they were chosen by ELLE, we compare their looks from day to evening, the little quirks that distinguish them, and their loved ones and friends.

The origins of both are very different. The thirty-two year old fashion editor Giovanna Battaglia, who was born in Milan on Via Monte Napoleone, on 26 September 1979 (“Fashion was always my destiny," says Giovanna) to a pair of artists (her father is a painter of Sicilian origin, and her mother is a sculptor and native of Calabria), owes her fame to the right mix of talent, luck, and friends, to which is added the fact of being loved by famous style bloggers who have elected her “street style star.” As compared to the twenty-seven year old American heiress Tatiana Santo Domingo “well born,” being the heir of an important Colombian dynasty and also the daughter of a Brazilian socialite. Giovanna began her modeling career at age sixteen. At seventeen, she took part in the annual competition for Miss Italy, which was held in Salsomaggiore Terme, with the title of Miss Basilicata Legs and in the end won the evening final for Miss Fashion 1996 (also a sign of destiny!). She started on the catwalks as the mannequin-cabine for Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana who still fondly call her their musina.

So began her first steps in fashion and styling and, after a stint as editor-in-chief of Vogue Gioiello and Vogue Pelle, today she collaborates freelance with international fashion magazines such as W, T Magazine, Visionaire, and Vogue Japan, and works as a consultant for prestigious luxury bands. Tatiana, however, after studying in Switzerland and earning her master's degree in art history in London and New York, launched with her friend Dana Alikhani the e-commerce web site Muzungu Sisters (Muzungu in the ancient dialect Swahili means "traveler”) which sells handmade items from Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Scotland, Africa, etc., an ethical supply chain designed by the two promoters with the aim to help increase the visibility of the handmade work of artisans around the world. Tatiana is famous for her boho-deluxe look, thanks to which she was included in the list of the 100 best dressed of the world. The similarities between the two friends begin with the “little” quirks. A story of bags and jewelry. 

Giovanna loves personalized accessories, such as her “Bonheur doors” ring with the nickname “Gio,” a work by her friend Fiammetta De Simone, of the family of maestros in coral from Vesuvius, “Brothers De Simone,” which has placed other significant jewels in coral. Tatiana, however, collects unique jewelry such as the diamond earrings of the Gem Palace of Jaipur or a missing link in the ancient Malaysan dynasty of Majapahit, a gift from her godfather, as well as the jewelry of the brand Ere Repossi created by her friends Gaia Repossi and Eugenie Niarchos. Giovanna can count, for each season, on the entire collection of splendid bags created by her younger sister, Sara, the designer of the brand that bears her name; Tatiana, instead, has a bag that boasts her name, the Tats Bag by Missoni, designed for the first capsule collection by family friend Margherita Maccapani Missoni (inseparable from her other best friend Eugenie Niarchos and often photographed together to form a curious trio).

Considerable are the love and the affections of both. Giovanna lives in New York with her boyfriend, Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld, art dealer, often flying to Paris — her “second home,” where they share the residence with her sister-in-law, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, art director, and her mother-in-law, Carine Roitfeld, the French fashion queen and muse of Tom Ford — and Milan, where there is still her apartment-wardrobe and there are friends and loved ones: her sister Sara and her two brothers, Antonio, a gallerist, and Luigi, a young stylist. Tatiana, however, is the former girlfriend of Prince Andrea Casiraghi, so she has as sister-in-law and mother-in-law two style icons of today and always: Charlotte Casiraghi and Princess Caroline of Monaco, Princess of Hanover. Both exist in a perpetual carousel of exclusive parties, charity events, front page and backstage, holidays with top secret addresses and jobs with intercontinental flights. The ELLE editors chose Giovanna because she is like a flag of Italian style, a true first lady, beautiful and professional, with an amazing eye for fashion that permits her to glide with charm from a man's shirt to the most feminine vintage Versace. Tatiana was chosen for her boho touch which has been known to confer a new charm to the young European aristocracy. We like both for the same reasons, but especially we like that ELLE indicates I Want To Be A Battaglia as the site to click to follow all the adventures of the “Battaglia clan.” Thanks ELLE Italia. Gala.

Translation from Italian to English by Francesca Berti

Elle Italia editorial images © 2011 Hearst Magazines. All Rights Reserved.

sabato
ott152011

Giovanna Battaglia: Paris Fashion Week Outfits

Grazie mille to our fabulous editor-at-large Gala for assembling the photos of Giovanna Battaglia's gorgeous outfits for Paris Fashion Week, now hung neatly in the Closet...

JO NO FUI Orange Dress Fall/Winter 2012

JO NO FUI Striped Shirt Spring/Summer 2012

Louis Vuitton Black Dress Fall/Winter 2012

Valentino Brown Leather and Lace Dress Fall/Winter 2012

Valentino Black Lace Dress Fall/Winter 2012

Valentino Black Suede Sandals Fall/Winter 2012

Giovanna Battaglia photographs courtesy of Self Service Magazine, Grazia Italy, Condé Nast, Fashion Spot, Northern Light, Tumblr, Team Peter Steiger, Nobody Knows Marc, Streetstyle, Fashionologie, You Just Got Spotted, JO NO FUI, Facebook and Louis Vuitton.

lunedì
ott102011

Giovanna Battaglia At Paris Fashion Week

Giovanna Battaglia photographs © 2011 Condé Nast, Fashion Spot, Purse Blog, Getty Images, grazia.it, youjustgotspotted.blogspot.com, waynetippetts.com, fashionologie, nowfashion.com, nobodyknowsmarc.com, and Self Service Magazine.

lunedì
ott102011

Giovanna Battaglia: Milan Fashion Week Outfits


Thanks to our devoted editor-at-large, Gala, we are now featuring in the Closet several of the amazing outfits worn by Giovanna Battaglia throughout Milan Fashion Week including:

Dolce & Gabbana Gold Embellished Dress Fall/Winter 2012

Equipment Black And White Striped Shirt Fall/Winter 2012

Gucci Dress Fall/Winter 2012

Giambattista Valli Black Eyelet Shirt Dress Spring/Summer 2011

Marni Plaid Jacket Fall/Winter 2012

 Giovanna Battaglia photographs courtesy of Gala and Fashion Spot.

sabato
ott082011

Giovanna Battaglia In Herself

My enormously talented friend Lula has outdone herself this time, she has launched a fully illustrated fashion magazine titled Herself featuring many of our favorites: Giovanna Battaglia, Carine Roitfeld, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, and Sofia Coppola among others. I was thrilled to receive a copy of Herself No. 01: The Portrait Issue last week from Lula and was smitten with the glossy beauty instantly. You may remember seeing the illustration of Giovanna in her column "Gio's Journal" for the September issue of W. Much like the Vogue Paris Collections, Herself will serve as a wonderful reference to the fashion season for years to come, I plan to collect every issue and I recommend you do the same. Congratulations to Lula on her fabulous new concept in fashion magazines.

Lula illustrations © 2011 Lula — The Subject I Know Best. All Rights Reserved.