Giovanna Battaglia is the Modern Embodiment of Italian Glamour

Giovanna Battaglia the princess of Milan street style

If Anna Dello Russo is the queen of Milan street style, that makes Giovanna Battaglia the princess. Giovanna Battaglia is arguably one of the chicest women in Milan and one of the best examples of Italian style.

Battaglia’s Fashion History

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Born in Milan, Battaglia began her career as a model and muse for Dolce & Gabbana, a job she parlayed into the styling and editing jobs that followed. Today, she’s still known for her strong commitment to Dolce & Gabbana.

Since then, the fashion maven has worked at various Vogues from German and Chinese Vogue to Vogue Italia, and now to L’Uomo Vogue and W where she is the contributing editor. Not everyone knows this, but it was Anna Dello Russo who offered her a position in L’ Uomo Vogue.

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Her early experience as a model surely prepared her for the onslaught of photographers. She knows how to draw the photogs, but it’s her painfully chic and charmingly retro outfits that keep them coming back for more.

She mixes classic cuts with new-wave silhouettes, and you’ll rarely spot her in borrowed-from-the-boys looks, but when she does, she channels some serious Audrey Hepburn.

Giovanna Battaglia Fashion Tips

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When Vogue Italia recently asked Battaglia what her fashion tips were, she answered simply, “Glamour, fun and elegance!”

Giovanna Battaglia’s style could be described as classy, elegant and refined. That doesn’t mean though, that her outfits are plain. It’s quite the opposite. She always adds eccentric and visually interesting elements to her look: chunky jewels, eye-catching headpieces, glamorous shoes and extravagant coats.

This refreshingly to-the-point advice can clearly be seen in the majority of Battaglia’s outfits, which include a wide variety of dresses that just happen to show off those killer legs and Giovanna’s huge shoe collection to perfection.

“My problem with fashion week packing, is the editing of my shoes! I can’t leave them home alone!,” Battaglia explained to

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The Wedding of the Year: Capri Dream

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Giovanna Battaglia wowed the fashion world this summer with her lavish multi-day wedding in Capri, Italy to Swedish realtor Oscar Englebert. The event included four wedding dresses, each one more extravagant and more elegant than the next.

From an elegant full skirted Alexander McQueen gown to a sparkly Prada mini dress, a Giambattista Valli dress and lacy Manolo Blahnik thigh high boots and a feathered Azzedine Alaia dress and Aquazzura shoes.

Giovanna Battaglia during Milan Fashion Week

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Giovanna Battaglia during Paris Fashion Week

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Giovanna Battaglia during London Fashion Week

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Giovanna Battaglia during New York Fashion Week

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“I go only with my instinct. I wear what I like in the moment. Sometimes I start from a pair of shoes, sometimes from a shirt or a skirt or a pair of big earrings. It is a natural process. I know what is good on me and what is not good. I prefer to a more elegant look than a wild fashion look, even if I like very eccentric pieces. I would say I have an eclectic look.” – Giovanna Battaglia

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About the Author

Alex English is the Head of Content Marketing at, building on a lifelong passion for fashion and luxury. After publishing a lifestyle blog for nearly ten years and obtaining an MBA in Milan at SDA Bocconi, one of Europe’s top business schools, he joined the italist team in 2019. His work since then has focused on upper-funnel messaging, brand storytelling, establishing italist as a thought leader in the space, and enriching the customer experience on the platform. Find him on LinkedIn.