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April 19 2014

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4 posts tagged "Giovanna Bataglia"

Red-Lip Matrix: Tribeca Film Festival Chanel Artists Dinner

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When you think Chanel, one of the first words that comes to mind is classic. The adjective also happens to be a fitting description of red lipstick, which might explain why the popular product made such a strong showing at the French brand’s Artists Dinner at the Tribeca Film Festival last night in New York, where a bevy of big-name models and muses turned up sporting different incarnations of the makeup mainstay. While Alexa Chung and Vanessa Traina erred on the side of sheer, glossy shades of cherry, like Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine in Sari D’Eau and En Vogue, Joan Smalls and Giovanna Battaglia opted for deep, matte crimsons, such as its Rouge Allure Velvet in La Fascinante. And so we put it to you, dear readers: Who wore it better?

That Sixties Show

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There was an ongoing rivalry between nineties- and sixties-inspired beauty looks for Spring, as the former’s minimalism faced off against the latter’s over-the-top love of lashes, liner, and big, bouffant hair. For members of the style set looking for a little inspiration, though, there was much more to mine from retro throwbacks at shows like Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton—just ask Giovanna Battaglia. The W contributing editor slicked on a black cat-eye and a towering crown of beehive-caliber braids for the Take Home a Nude benefit art auction at Sotheby’s in New York last night, showing up even the best sixties runway tribute. Eat your heart out, Moschino. Thoughts on @Bat_Gio’s impressive coif?

Photo: Taylor Hill/Getty Images

Giovanna Gets a Gold Star

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When I first eyed the gold star hair clips Laura and Kate Mulleavy designed for their Australian Outback, dust storm-inspired Fall Rodarte show, I believe my exact words were, “Need. Want.” (A message that was delivered via Instagram, of course). While I later learned that the barrettes would not make it onto retail counters, Giovanna Battaglia managed to get her hands on one for last night’s Marc Jacobs-sponsored Art Production Fund Urban Hoedown. Three months on and I’m still thinking the same thing: Need. Want. Thoughts on the clip’s first off-the-runway cameo?

Update: Due to overwhelming response, the clips will be produced—and will be available this summer at www.paire.us.

Photo: Joe Schildhorn /BFAnyc.com; Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com

Bottega Does Beauty—And Well

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The designer fragrance boom, is, well, booming. This Fall will see the release of new olfactory offerings from the likes of Marc Jacobs, Balenciaga, Fendi, Prada, and Bottega Veneta, which debuted its premiere scent last night at a cocktail party on the Upper East Side. “It’s based on the idea of leather, not the smell of leather,” Vice President of Marketing for Bottega Veneta Fragrances, Coty Prestige Thomas Lalague said of the floral chypre eau that features classically masculine notes like oak moss, benzoin, and Indian patchouli softened by more feminine hints of jasmine sambac and plum. “The trail is very feminine but I think it will appeal to men and women,” Lalague said, pointing out that its future success will be due to the committed involvement of the house’s creative director, Tomas Maier. “It was about an inspiration more than anything,” Maier said of his vision—an inspiration that stemmed specifically from the idea of a house in the Venetian countryside, with dark wood floors, leather bound books, and a warm breeze circulating the scent of wildflowers, cut grass, and hay. Maier, in turn, was eager to share credit with his perfuming partner, Robertet’s Michel Almairac. “A nose is something magic.”

When asked why the brand had decided to branch out into fragrance now, the designer replied that it was “the right time for the company. If there’s no image of a woman, there’s no need for a fragrance.” Having spent the last ten years building this image of “a woman who knows what she wants, is very confident and not about trends,” it seems that the need for a scent is now very real: BV fans like Jen Brill, Giovanna Battaglia, and Coco Brandolini all turned up to toast Maier. “Usually perfumes from big brands feel heavy. But this is the first one that’s not heavy, and that’s so important. And the bottle!” effused Brandolini of the rounded flacon with the house’s signature intrecciato woven leather pattern carved out on the bottom. “I never buy a fragrance if the bottle is bad and I love to have [this one] on my dresser.”

Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com