Venus in Furs

For W‘s glamorous globe-trotter Giovanna Battaglia, it’s a fab, fab world.

Karl Lagerfeld doll

“One of the stars of the Fendi fall 2014 collection—which had a very neutral palette—was this bright punk-fur Karl Lagerfeld doll. It’s a little Karlito! Cara Delevingne carried him on the runway, and then I got my own at a Fendi appointment. Now I can take Karl Lagerfeld everywhere with me, like a pet. I can kiss him and hold him in my hand, and give him Diet Coke to drink instead of water.”

Courtesy of Giovanna Battaglia.


“Clouds were a huge trend during the fall 2014 collections. Marc Jacobs used them for the set of his runway show; the weather was overcast, rainy, and snowy. This mohair coat at Gucci reminded me of a big cloud—the model disappeared into it when she put it on. I wish we could have pink clouds instead of gray ones all the time!”

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“For his Chanel presentation, Karl Lagerfeld created the most fantastical set at the Grand Palais, in Paris: a supermarket where all of the packaged products were Chanel-branded. This is my kind of French toast.”

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“The street-style photographers track my every outfit change during the shows, so my W colleague Vanessa Lawrence and I decided to play a prank on them. After I was snapped going into Vera Wang in my Prada coat and Marc Jacobs hat, Vanessa and I swapped clothes before Rodarte to see if we could fool the photographers into thinking someone had stolen my look. It worked until we burst out laughing!”

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“During Milan Fashion Week, Salvatore Ferragamo staged a retrospective of its footwear designs at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, using works from student scenography projects as a backdrop. The exhibition had an Alice in Wonderland feel—giant shoes and miniature buildings.”

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Jeremy Scott’s show in New York is always so much fun. This season he had all these sporty outfits, and the backstage was like a superchic locker room. The models Pauline Hoarau and Leomie Anderson look like they just played a game for Team Jeremy. And obviously they won!”

Courtesy of Giovanna Battaglia.