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janv.162010

Roitfeld And Battaglia At Missoni Show

Last night the Missoni family showcased their Autumn/Winter 2010 menswear collection at a cocktail party in their showroom as part of Milan Fashion Week. Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld and Giovanna Battaglia, pictured above with Margherita Missoni, were in attendance; other party guests included Angela Missoni, Rosita Missoni, Teresa Missoni, Eugenie Niarchos, Chris Brown, Micol Sabbadini, and Suzy Menkes. The Missonis do craft beautiful knits and these models wear them well.

Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld and Giovanna Battaglia photograph © 2010 Getty Images Europe. All Rights Reserved.
Missoni Autumn/Winter 2010 collection photograph © 2010 Getty Images Europe.
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vendredi
janv.152010

Roitfeld Against AIDS 

On February 10, Carine Roitfeld will be in New York City to help chair the annual amfAR gala at Cipriani 42nd Street. AmfAR works to increase awareness about the HIV/AIDS epidemic and to raise money for research and their gala has always been one of New York’s most successful AIDS benefits. Honorees for the black-tie event are Yves Carcelle, Sir Elton John, and David Furnish; a special tribute will be made in honor of the late Natasha Richardson, a former amfAR trustee. Lady Gaga and Rufus Wainwright are in charge of the evening's entertainment. It looks as though tickets are still available for the gala if you are so inclined.

Another fabulous organization that is working to fight the disease is Designers Against AIDS (DAA). You may know them already through their "Fashion Against AIDS" campaigns with H&M; their spokesperson is model Hannelore Knuts. DAA plans to open their first International HIV/AIDS Awareness Education Center (IHAEC) in Belgium this summer to train students from all over the world to create safe sex campaigns using pop culture elements such as fashion, music, web, celebrities, and video. DAA is still in need of serious funding to make this happen so please consider visiting the web site and making a contribution to this worthy cause.

Hannelore Knuts photograph courtesy of Designers Against AIDS.

jeudi
janv.142010

Julia Restoin-Roitfeld In D Magazine

I am trying to uncover more information about this photo shoot but in the meantime, enjoy the new photos of Julia Restoin-Roitfeld. She was photographed by Stefano Galuzzi for D Magazine and that's all I can find so far but I will keep searching. I think her resemblance to Carine is very strong in these photos and I love how they are lighted.

Julia Restoin-Roitfeld photograph courtesy of mfilomeno.com

mercredi
janv.132010

Battaglia: Une Fille Un Style

Giovanna Battaglia appeared in the "Une Fille Un Style" section of the April 2008 issue of Vogue Paris and thanks to City Lights the text is translated from French to English. This wonderful section is always my favorite in the magazine as it gives readers a thorough look at the style of an individual that is typically amazing. The interview with Giovanna by Olivier Lalanne does not disappoint, we learn that Gio has a beautiful voice, that she ignores Italian adages when it comes to style, and that with a few scarves and candles she can make herself at home anywhere in the world. Read on for more details about Giovanna...

Italian, 30s on the horizon, an ex-model, and currently a fashion editor, Giovanna Battaglia is a silhouette and a temper. And that is without even mentioning her irresistible voice. In a few seasons, she has imposed herself as one of the most inspirational style figures of her generation.

A GIRL: An extra-slender figure, brown almond eyes, long ebony tresses, the eye-catching physique of Giovanna Battaglia cannot easily hide her origins. Her father is Sicilian, her mother from Calabria, the fashion editor grew up for the most part in Milan. “My first address was 1 via Montenapoleone (the equivalent of L’avenue Montaigne),” she says. “If that is not an omen, I don’t know what is!” A freelancer working for, among others, L'Uomo Vogue, the American and Italian versions of Vanity Fair, and the Chinese and German Vogues, she lives today between New York and the capital of Lombardy [Milan]. “As a teenager, while my friends all had Take That posters in their rooms, I had those of Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford. At the age of 14, I was already smitten.” Her art studies quickly folded, a model since the age of 16, Giovanna melted the Dolce & Gabbana team, who made her their in-house model. “I spent eight years stuck to Stefano and Domenico,” she says. “My adolescence in a way was an endless rounds of fittings, voyages, parties, vacations…One could say that they are kind of my family. They used to call me their musina.” A little muse with a feisty nature, without complete knowledge of the language, who dreamed of expressing herself in her turn. “I was a bad model. I would give my opinion on everything.” Since then, becoming a stylist emerged as an obvious path.

A STYLE: “The first word that comes to mind is glamour,” she says. “And, I hope, sexy. I dread the ‘total look’. Nothing is worse than resembling a photo on style.com.” Each of Giovanna’s appearances at the fashion shows is a lesson in class and is witness to her passion without restraint for fashion. Among her favourite designers, mixed naturally according to her mood, are Dolce & Gabbana, Lanvin, Balenciaga, Ferré, Chanel (for the mini-dresses), Marni, Miu Miu, Ferretti, McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, and Derek Lam. “One cannot forget Azzedine Alaïa. Each time you go out wearing Alaïa, you can be sure that you will not return alone…”

FOR EVENINGS: “Either very long, in vintage Azzaro, Yves Saint Laurent (Stefano Pilati is the chiffon God), or very short, in Gucci, Balenciaga, or more Balmain.” And in both cases, perched upon very high heels.

JEANS: “I plunder Topshop. It is inevitably my first shopping stop when I am in London. Right now, I have a weakness for the boot cut, the 70s cuts.”

CRUSH OF THE SEASON: “My checked trousers from Balenciaga from the autumn/winter pre-collection.”

TABOOS: “Comfort shoes. They kill!”

ACCESSORIES: “My absolute priority: shoes. I have about 250 pairs, mainly high heels. Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Roger Vivier, Alaïa, Giuseppe Zanotti. I also have several pairs of ballerina flats from Chanel, Alaïa, Lanvin, and Marc Jacobs. Handbags, thankfully I own in smaller quantities. This winter I alternated Corto Moltedo, Dolce & Gabbana, and Prada. Without forgetting my Hermès Birkin. In the Italian bourgeoisie, the adage is that you should not own a Birkin until you reach the age of 30. I didn’t wait.”

IN HER BAG: An iPod (tune of the moment, Peter Bjorn and John’s "Young Folks"), her Bose headphones, a gold Dupont, a tube of YSL’s Touche Eclat (ideal for perfecting her appearance), her credit cards, her Blackberry, her passport, and her Smythson notebooks branded with her name...”Gio.” “When I am on a flight, I make use of the time by maintaining my journal. It is therapeutic.”

JEWELS: "I do not lack for watches. Notably, a Cartier ‘Ballon Bleu’ in yellow gold, and a steel Rolex. I like family jewelry, presents from my mother like a pair of pendants made of links of platinum and diamonds by Sabbadini, a Milanese jeweler." Her wish list: everything from Cartier’s "Panther" collection. An address: the jewelery boutique Karry’O in Paris, "an inexhaustible mine."

AT NIGHT: "I wear silk pyjamas from Olatz that I buy in New York. When you slip them on, you could be deep in the heart of Texas in a seedy hotel, but you feel as if you are in a suite at the Crillon. I also like to scent my sheets with rose water from Santa Maria Novella.”

BEAUTY: “I usually start the day with a hot shower. But if I wake up in a numb mood, I take a bath with Bigelow Mustard Bath. It’s one of the oldest pharmacies in New York. They have these amazing citron shower gels. I use a moisturizing cream for my body, Bliss Body Cream. My fragrance is Escentric Molecules. When I apply it, people come up and start talking to me…It’s unstoppable. For the face, it’s pretty minimal. I moisturize with Chanel’s Hydramax, a dab of Dior Eyes Ultra Capture Totale, YSL’s Touche Eclat, Nars cheek blush, and a swipe of lipstick, Calvin Klein’s Natural Rose. And always, mascara on the eyelashes.”

EXERCISE: “Nothing regular. I run and I especially love to swim. I can swim two miles in the sea without stopping. I think I have the largest collection of diving goggles that you can imagine. I wear them systematically because I am terrified of jellyfish.”

TRAVEL: A white Goyard bag with her name “Gio” tattoed on the side, her computer, a Loro Piana cashmere travel rug, a ton of fashion and gossip magazines, Marc Jacobs cashmere socks, a trio of scented Jo Malone candles, and scarves. “I was once at a photo shoot in the desert. My motel room was depressing. All I needed to do was drape scarves over the lamps, put my travel rug on the bed, buy some pillows from the corner supermarket, and light the candles for me to feel magically at home.”

HER HOME: “It is in New York, in my apartment in the Village, that I feel at home. I try to spend as much time as possible there.” On the 11th floor, with a view over the rooftops of downtown, the space is pure with white walls, bohemian furniture, and a contagious sense of comfort. Piles of books and framed photos are placed on the ground, disparate carpets and reflective lamps warm up all the rooms, a white fox blanket gives the room a cozy 70s accent that would not displease Tom Ford. What about her Milanese mansion? “I am moving so it does not resemble much of anything anymore. Let’s just say that it is a wardrobe with a bathtub.”

"Une Fille Un Style" images of Giovanna Battaglia © 2008 Condé Nast. All Rights Reserved.
Giovanna Battaglia in "Une Fille Une Style" in Vogue Paris translation courtesy of City Lights

mardi
janv.122010

Roitfeld At The Last Station Premiere

Julia Restoin-Roitfeld looks sophisticated and gorgeous at last night's premiere of the film The Last Station at the Paris Theatre in New York City. I admire the way she keeps everything simple to let the studs shine, her style is impeccable. The skirt is a bit longer than Julia's typical choice but I like it on her, particularly paired with the chic shoes. Her leather coat is exquisite, I don't recall seeing it previously.

Directed by Michael Hoffman, The Last Station focuses on Leo Tolstoy (played by Christopher Plummer), his wife Sofya (Helen Mirren), and their last days on his estate in Russia. Hoffman also wrote the screenplay based on the novel by Jay Parini and it sounds much more passionate than the average literary biopic. I would love to know Julia's thoughts on the film.

Julia Restoin-Roitfeld photograph courtesy of zimbio.com