GIO'S JOURNAL

Long Live the Queen

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


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“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!”

2

“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.”

3

“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.”

4

“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.”

5

“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!”

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“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.”

7

“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!’ ”

8

“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.”