Giovanna Battaglia: In the Hot Seat

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

Gio's Journal

“I spotted this discarded office chair [above] outside the Thom Browne spring show in New York. Since the street has basically become a runway, I figured this was the best seat for watching all the people go by in their wonderful outfits.” Photograph by Sam Lee.


“Giannico is such a fun new Italian shoe brand. Lady Gaga has worn a banana style like this one. I want a pair so I can say, ‘I go bananas!’—like Rachel Zoe—while I’m wearing them.” Courtesy of Giovanna Battaglia.


“Last year, Gucci bought the old-school Italian porcelain brand Richard Ginori, and now Alessandro Michele is the creative director there, too. Talk about my cup of tea!” Courtesy of Giovanna Battaglia.


“I found this photo of my mother from the ’70s in an album. She looks great, of course, but check out the outfit. She couldn’t remember where the dress is now, and I was so annoyed!” Courtesy of Giovanna Battaglia.


“The model lineups for shows—in this case, Oscar de la Renta’s —always remind me of a gorgeous collage of fashion ID photos.” Courtesy of Giovanna Battaglia.


“I went straight from the Marc Jacobs show to catch my Emirates flight to Milan, so I didn’t have time to change out of my Rochas shoes and Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet skirt. Turns out, I matched the plane’s gold decor perfectly!” Courtesy of Giovanna Battaglia.


“Bertoni 1949, long known for its luggage, has made these handbags for spring. I am obsessed with hatboxes—now I can finally carry one around.” Courtesy of Giovanna Battaglia.


“While working on the Carolina Herrera spring collection, I realized my Italian candies matched the floral accents.” Courtesy of Giovanna Battaglia.


“Doesn’t Lily Aldridge look pretty in pink in our backstage selfie?” Courtesy of Giovanna Battaglia.


“Bernardini Luxury Vintage, in Milan, customizes old trunks. How cool is this Louis Vuitton one with built-in speakers? Perfect for anyone wanting to travel—and listen—in style.” Courtesy of Giovanna Battaglia.