Photographs by Dylan Don; Styled by Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert
For over six years, W‘s Contributing Fashion Editor Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert has entertained readers with her cheeky, fashion- and travel-filled monthly W page Gio’s Journal. With her new book Gio_Graphy: Fun in the Wild World of Fashion (Rizzoli), out this fall, Gio offers a more in-depth look at her playful, always elegant worldview. Part tongue-in-cheek guide, part dispatch from her chic adventures, Gio_Graphy offers advice most readers never knew they needed, like how to navigate the toilet while wearing a ballgown, and the stories behind her beautiful Instagram feed images, including what it was like to attend a presidential state dinner in Giorgio Armani couture. “There are certain things I had never talked about because I work with images and clothes. They don’t speak,” Gio explains. “This is the world through my eyes, like a ‘Gio’ filter.” Case in point: this shoot, which Gio organized on the fly, with some of her closest friends.