Long Live the Queen

For W’s glamorous globetrotter, it’s a fab, fab world.

Giovanna Battaglia, Vogue Italia

“The 50th anniversary party for Vogue Italia was held in the magazine’s former offices in Milan, where the walls were covered with huge photos from their archives. I love this Steven Meisel shot of Linda Evangelista. And since she is the empress of fashion, I had to pay my respects to her larger-than-life image by kissing her!”


“My birthday coincided with Paris Fashion Week, and, though the celebration was thrown together at the very last minute, it turned out so well! My close friends came over to a suite at the Mandarin Oriental for drinks. It felt like the most intimate and fashionable house party.”


“The ultimate classic loafers are made by Belgian Shoes, which has a store in midtown Manhattan. They’re comfortable and come in so many colors; I want a pair to match every outfit.”


“At the 15th anniversary dinner for Vogue Japan, I had a photo op with the designer Jeremy Scott. I told him, ‘I don’t want a typical pose.’ So he said, ‘Why don’t you jump on my shoulders?’ I wish this could become my signature pose.”


“I was working with Giambattista Valli on his Moncler Gamme Rouge collection, doing the last fittings at 3 a.m. We put all the models in nude bodysuits, so we could figure out what each one should wear. It reminded me of a Vanessa Beecroft installation!”


“How crazy fun is this Comme des Garçons look for spring 2015? It’s made of red belts. And with that hair, the model looks like a dystopian Marie Antoinette en route from the insane asylum to the guillotine. I want to make a sign for her that says, comme save the queen.”


“My sister, Sara, who is a handbag designer, and I were at a dinner party, and the model Isabeli Fontana fell in love with this manga-inspired clutch from Sara’s latest collection. Isabeli said, ‘I wish I had eyes like those!’ ”


“During Milan Fashion Week, I broke out in a rash and had to go see a dermatologist. This hand-shaped table was in the waiting room, so I put my aching feet up—it was the chicest footrest in town.”