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August 28 2014

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37 posts tagged "Giovanna Battaglia"

Buckling Up for Thanksgiving and Beyond

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BeltsNew It bags and It shoes regularly enter the fashion orbit, but this season’s unexpected must-have accessory is the humble—or not so humble—belt. Back in September, we clocked Céline’s Thanksgiving-appropriate pilgrim buckle on Anna Dello Russo, Giovanna Battaglia, and Elina Halimi, and noticed plenty of statement-making cinching on the Spring runways, too. Michael Kors, Haider Ackermann, and Tom Ford created a wasp-waist silhouette with classic men’s leather belts, while other designers assumed a more-is-more approach. Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz featured sweet cummerbunds decorated with bedazzled hearts; Peter Dundas sent out medallion-spangled bands worthy of a boxing champion at Emilio Pucci; and Vera Wang was snapped wearing an ultrawide style that swallowed up her entire torso.

Here, just in time for Thanksgiving viewing, a slide show of our favorite waist-cinchers.

Claire Courtin-Clarins Changes Faces

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Claire Courtin-Clarins and Lauren Bush Lauren“I am so nervous!” confessed Claire Courtin-Clarins at last night’s soirée celebrating her first-ever art exhibition. Dressed in a rosy Thierry Mugler number, the beauty heiress battled jitters in an effort to raise money for Lauren Bush Lauren’s FEED Foundation.

The philanthropic opening drew the rest of Courtin-Clarins’ clan as well as Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Lily Kwong, Giovanna Battaglia, and Reed Krakoff, among other guests, and attendees were able to silently bid on Courtin-Clarins’ paintings. Titled Faces of Change, the show featured collage portraits of world leaders and human rights activists ranging from Rosa Parks to Angelina Jolie to Bill Gates.

Hung in Chelsea’s airy Haven’s Kitchen, the minimalist portraits were noticeably lacking—in facial detail, that is. To say that Courtin-Clarins should choose to depict each do-gooder sans visage is ironic, given Courtin-Clarin’s relationship to the 59-year-old French beauty brand that bears her name. “I wanted to show more of what makes these people unique, and it could also be you,” she explained.

The silent auction ends online at charitybuzz.com on October 22, and as of now, someone named “Happypapa” (who’s naturally assumed to be Courtin-Clarins’ actual papa, Christian Courtin-Clarins) is the leading bidder on the Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi portraits. Said the artist, “I told my father that he can’t monopolize the sale!”

Photo:Benjamin Lozovsky/BFAnyc.com

Three’s a Trend: Rococo Riot

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Eschewing pins, plaids, and pugnaciousness, a few of last night’s Met Gala attendees opted for a different sort of ornamentation: all things baroque. Curious, you might think, since gilt and whorls don’t exactly fit with punk’s middle-fingers-up grittiness. But with parallel underlying airs of metallurgy and commoditized Gothicism, we’d say these ladies picked up on a bloodline between the zeitgeists.

Beyoncé’s hellfire custom-made Givenchy gown evoked monarchal muscle and flamboyant architectural tones. Katy Perry arrived in head-to-toe Dolce & Gabbana—florid gold-leafed crown included. Dolce & Gabbana also dressed Giovanna Battaglia and Tabitha Simmons. The former wore the label’s Alta Moda couture line, and both looks recalled a seaside Palermo church awash in halcyon daylight. Hilary Rhoda also walked the line between rococo and rebellion; her Wes Gordon top featured fine-lined Aurelian patterning on diaphanous black sheer—but her cropped leather pants were 100 percent King’s Road.

Photos: BFAnyc.com

A Very Global Christmas

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It’s almost here! The cookies are frosted and the presents are under the tree. But before heading off for the holidays, I asked a few friends from fashion capitols around the world to say Merry Christmas in their native tongues. Here, designers (Jen Kao, Vika Gazinskaya, and Michelle Elie), bloggers (Susie Bubble and Garance Doré), stylist Giovanna Battaglia, and Barneys’ senior fashion director Tomoko Ogura, wish Style.com and our readers a happy holiday season. Feliz Natal e um próspero ano novo to everyone!

Weeknight Update with Seth Meyers

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If Seth Meyers’ introduction at last night’s 7th Annual Charity Ball is any indication, flattery will, in fact, get you everywhere. During yesterday evening’s festivities at the 69th Regiment Armory, the comedian opened with, “As many of you know, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was recently held here. But I have to say, you guys look better.” The result? A cool $3 million raised for Charity: Water, a group that funds clean water programs in Kenya, Ethiopia, and India.

Sadly, generosity alone doesn’t qualify one for VS Angel status, but actress Sophia Bush is doing her darnedest to earn wings of another sort. “My family decided to forgo Christmas presents this year, so I just purchased a well in their name instead,” she said.

Guests like Fern Mallis, Giovanna Battaglia, Mad Men‘s John Slattery, Anne Vyalitsyna, Jessica Lowndes, and DJ Chelsea Leyland joined 1,800 partygoers to rally for the cause. But it was 90210‘s Jessica Stroup who went the extra mile, or rather, miles for Charity: Water. “After taking a trip to Ethiopia last year, I know our efforts will make an impact. I was really impressed to see that 100 percent of the donations are going exactly where they’re needed.” Also on her travel radar? Costa Rica, where she’ll spend the upcoming holiday. “I’m only packing swimsuits! And scripts for the show, of course.”

Photo: Johnny Nunez/ Wireimage