Making A Splash

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

Giovanna Battaglia Mermaid

“After Christmas, I went on vacation with some friends to Antigua. On New Year’s Eve day, we decided to make a mermaid that was half-sand, half-human, with a little Rio Carnaval thrown in. We searched the island for props—like the palm frond, flowers, and starfish bra. And then I was perfectly still for 40 minutes while they made it. My ultimate dream is to be a mermaid, so I didn’t want to move! I had a cigarette and a drink while lying there, but then it was time for lunch.”


“Isn’t this pair of shoes so beautiful? The Italian footwear brand Santoni collaborated with the famous Venetian fabric house Rubelli. They match my pillow from Luigi Bevilacqua, another Venetian textile company, so I’m leaving them on my sofa until the weather is nice enough to wear them.”


“For his debut pre-fall collection for Moschino, Jeremy Scott made this amazing trompe l’oeil bag that looks like a jacket. Instead of carrying it on my shoulder or in my hand, I thought it was much better to drape it around my neck over my own jacket.”


“Chanel staged its annual Métiers d’Art fashion show in Dallas. I stayed at the Joule Hotel, where a giant eyeball sculpture by Tony Tasset stared at me every day. At the end of the trip, a group of us, including Poppy Delevingne and Leigh Lezark, took a photo with it—we wanted to keep an eye on it!”


“This is me on the way to the Chanel show in Dallas. The coat is vintage Balmain—I bought it that morning at a Decades pop-up shop in the boutique Forty Five Ten; The Don’t Mess With Texas shirt is from the store Cowboy Cool; and the skirt and belt are Chanel. It’s very Dallas, baby—no?”


“The designer Antonio Marras made the coolest pre-fall inspiration book: He illustrated an imaginary trip from Sardinia to the Swiss Alps by sewing bits of plastic, fabric, and paper onto the pages.”


“I found this starfish on the beach in Antigua. Before putting it back in the water, I tested it out as an accessory. It was like a fashion version of the show Survivor.”