Gio’s Journal: Free Love

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


“When I moved to New York from Milan, Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri, the Valentino designers, gave me this picture on a note that said, ‘Giovanna in the city,’ because they thought I was going to be like Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City!”


“I ran into Virginie Courtin-Clarins [left] at JFK airport, but I noticed her Louis Vuitton Yayoi Kusama bag before I realized it was her. And Virginie hadn’t realized it was me because I was wearing Converse, and she’d never seen me in sneakers!”


“I love this Instagram shot my sister took of herself [left]. She matched her earrings and nails to her iPhone case! With Instagram, I always know what she’s wearing, even when I’m far away.”


“The brand Edie Parker made this clutch [left] for me. The ‘Giovanna’ part is some kind of acrylic that looks like crystals. It’s the perfect club bag— no one can steal it, because it has my name on it.”


“If anyone asks what I want for Christmas, I can just say, ‘I want love’—especially if it comes in the form of this Tracey Emin piece [left].”


“My sister, Sara [far left], was shooting the lookbook for her handbag collection and was inspired by Cindy Crawford in the Pepsi ad campaign from the nineties [near left]. I thought it was so funny. She has no budget for top models, so she made herself a top model instead!”


“This out-of-print illustrated cookbook [left] by Salvador Dalí and his wife, Gala, is one of my prized possessions. The recipes look so surrealistic; one day I will hire a chef and have a dinner party with all the dishes.”


“I bought this mask [left] at Alice’s Masks in Florence because the place looked like Geppetto’s workshop. I’m displaying it on a disco ball in my apartment until the right party comes up. Though I wore it the other night when I was in my pajamas, just for fun.”


“One night during Fashion Week, I was really hungry but had no food in my house. So I started staring at this collage I made [left] out of some Alitalia ticket stubs and an old Moschino invitation with a fork and napkin. I thought, Well, I travel, and I wish I could eat more, so there you go.”