A Night at the Museum

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

Fornasetti, Giovanna Battaglia

“Valentino had a special couture show in New York in the empty Marcel Breuer building, where the Whitney Museum used to be. There was also a Fornasetti installation there for just one evening that included this image, which appears on my favorite Fornasetti vase. So I had a face-off with her!


“I was having quite a Fornasetti week: The day before, I fell in love with a different vase [left], at a friend’s house. Don’t the roses make her look like she is wearing a curly wig?”


“La Fondazione NY, which supports Italian cultural endeavors here and in Italy, held its annual gala at the Museum of the Moving Image. It included a preview of an exhibition on the famed costume design house Tirelli. I particularly love this dress created for the film The Innocent.”


“Naomi Campbell and I had a girls’ night out that began with a gala at the American Museum of Natural History. I had on Carolina Herrera, and she was in Tom Ford. We looked like an angel and a devil. And even though we were dressed very nicely, we stayed out late and behaved rather badly…”


“In my younger days, when I went out dancing I had a habit of taking off one of my shoes, sticking my glass in it, and drinking from it that way. Stefano Gabbana found this bottle holder shaped like an extra-large pump in New York’s Chinatown and gave it to me as a present. It was like a blast from the past!”


“I was completely taken with the beautiful embroidery on this dress from the Erdem pre-fall collection. Not surprisingly, the designer, Erdem Moralioglu, won the Womenswear Designer of the Year honor at last year’s British Fashion Awards.”


“I discovered this amazing lamp shade store in Stockholm called Svenskt Tenn, where they’ve been doing the same printed fabrics for decades. The shades reminded me of Marni—arranged on shelves like this, they look like patterned handbags.