Gio’s Journal: Game On

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

Photographer: Willy Vanderperre
Photographer: Willy Vanderperre

“Nike invited me to its VIP booth at Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, for a Knicks versus Nets game, so I wore a Bottega Veneta tracksuit— I had to look sporty chic. And of course I bought one of those huge hands; I just love stadium souvenirs. I didn’t know which team to root for, so I went for the Nets. They lost. Next time I’ll have to choose the Knicks.”

Photographer: Willy Vanderperre

“When I was in St. Petersburg a year and a half ago, I became enchanted with the gates there. I started studying and sketching them when I got home. And I turned those drawings into an iPhone cover [above and right] with the company Case Scenario.”

Photographer: Willy Vanderperre

“These photos [above] represent the ultimate in all-American beauty. They are of my best friend Erin’s mother-in-law, Donna Hazelton, as a young woman. She was a nurse, and this picture of her reminds me of a Richard Prince painting.”

Photographer: Willy Vanderperre

“I adore red lipstick— I wish I could wear it more often, but I can never tell what color works for me. So I tested all different kinds for Valentine’s Day on my Calvin Klein bag. Now it looks like Fifty Shades of Red!”

Photographer: Willy Vanderperre

“In the bathroom at the amfAR gala, I ran into Anne Vyalitsyna and Daria Strokous touching up their makeup [above, from left]. I was like, ‘Top-model moment! Girls, come under my wings.’ In my Michael Kors gown, I looked like a gold bat.”

Photographer: Willy Vanderperre

“At the amfAR gala, Crystal Renn was in head-to-toe crimson—from her Zac Posen dress to her red lips and ruby earrings. She was a total modern-day diva. It was full-on red glamour!”

Photographer: Willy Vanderperre

“I wore this vintage Azzedine Alaïa dress to my housewarming party. A friend gave me this heart-shaped pillow with a picture of me and my boyfriend, Vlad, on it. I carried it around all night—everyone thought it was a clutch.”

Photos: courtesy of Giovanna Battaglia