FASHION

Sunny Outlook

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


1

“My assistant, Solange, found what we thought were really great vintage sunglasses for a ’60s shoot. But when they arrived, it turned out they were gigantic. We were dying! We tried to use them in a picture, but it didn’t work, so I decided to have a Breakfast at Tiffany’s moment with them.”

2

“Normally, I think it’s supercheesy to take a photograph with a celebrity. But I made a huge exception when I saw Cher at the Balmain show in Paris. She’s a living legend! When I asked, she said to me, ‘Darling, be quick, I have to go to the next show.’ I wanted to say, ‘I’m coming with you!’”

3

“There is a fantastic exhibition called ‘Paris Haute Couture’ at the Hôtel de Ville. These pieces by Vionnet and Schiaparelli [left, from top] were my favorites. I love the contrast between minimalism and opulence. And they look so modern.”

4

“I got these French porcelain sculptures [left] at an antiques store in Milan. They’re from the ’20s and look like a Jacques Henri Lartigue photo in 3-D. I put them in my library with some of my fashion books. It’s like my portable beach!”

5

“Dezso jewelry designer Sara Beltrán was inspired by India for fall. So she did a show of photos she took of Indian men wearing her pieces. I thought it was so cool to mix her modern jewelry with their own style.”

6

“I was at the Equipment party in Paris, and in walked the model Hanne Gaby Odiele, who had opened the Saint Laurent show earlier that day. I was like, ‘The star is here!’ When I told her to give me a look, she pulled that bandanna over her face. It’s very rock ’n’ roll—the essence of the Saint Laurent show.”

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“My boyfriend, Vlad, has this amazing Doug Aitken piece in his gallery. It made me think of all the iPhones I’ve accidentally broken, so I said, ‘I want to smash this phone.’ To which Vlad replied, ‘If you smash it for real, I’m going to make you pay for it!’ ”