Blow Up

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

gio's journal

“I went to Balloon Saloon in TriBeCa looking for some decorations for a friend’s birthday party and fell for this pirate [left]. I wanted to take him shopping with me afterward in SoHo, but he wouldn’t fit in a taxi. Maybe I’ll go back and invite him out to dinner in the neighborhood instead.”


“During a shoot at Jack Studios in New York, I ordered a cappuccino, and the barista drew my portrait in the foam. She even got my hair right! Unfortunately, I stared at it for so long that it got too cold to drink…”


“Barbara Berger’s fabulous collection of costume jewelry is on view at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York through January 2014. I was particularly drawn to these two necklaces and the torch brooch [right]. As a fashion immigrant, I have a special affection for anything that looks like the Statue of Liberty.”


“Barbara Berger’s fabulous collection of costume jewelry.”


“I love a fashionable cake—for my last birthday, I had one made to resemble an Hermès box. I spotted this Chanel No. 5–inspired confection at Saks Fifth Avenue. (The 611 refers to the store’s address).”


“While doing research online, I stumbled upon this poster for a Serge Diaghilev Ballets Russes production of Le Tricorne, with costumes and sets designed by Pablo Picasso. What an amazing collaboration!”


“For his resort presentation, Marc Jacobs had his models sit on striped rabbit-fur pillows. I like the idea of fur in warm weather! How outrageous would it be to go on holiday somewhere really hot and take them to the beach? I’d wear these Fendi fur-trimmed shoes while lounging on the pillows.”


“Shaun Joseph Stewart, a creative director, turned my name into a logo inspired by a Prada print. It’s so charming, I wish I could make a bag with it!”