Blame It on Rio

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

Giovanna Battaglia, Rio de Janeiro

“I went to Rio de Janeiro for a Michael Kors film shoot. The house we used as a location was incredible, especially the views. Since I was wearing a white Equipment shirt, I decided to pose like the famous Christ the Redeemer statue on nearby Corcovado Mountain. It was my Jesus Christ Superstar moment. When in Rio…”


“The designers behind the Brazilian costume jewelry line Virzi + De Luca gave me this gorgeous necklace and bracelet. They just happened to go perfectly with the beach towels at the Fasano hotel, where I stayed in Rio. The look was the ultimate in cabana chic.”


“The model Lily Aldridge was with me in Rio. We saw these fantastic bikini vendors, and since she’s a Victoria’s Secret Angel, obviously she had to pose with a really tiny swimsuit.”


“In the British Virgin Islands I came across a man on the beach wearing an amazing hat made of leaves. It was one-of-a-kind, so I bought it right off him!”


“I went sailing in the British Virgin Islands with friends. My boyfriend, Oscar, brought costumes from Abracadabra in New York, and one day we stopped on an island and everyone dressed up. It was crazy! I chose this clown suit because it reminded me of Comme des Garçons.”


“Despite all my tropical travels, the Chanel pre-fall show in Salzburg, Austria got me excited for cold-weather clothes. I picked up some adorable matching knit tops and socks on a trip to Stockholm. I might wear them with actual Chanel.”


“G. Lorenzi was a great store in Milan. Right before it closed, I bought this mother-of-pearl caviar dish. I wanted another one, so I hunted down the manufacturer, Cedes, which has its own site. Now I can still get my G. Lorenzi fix!”