GIO'S JOURNAL

Show Boat

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


1

“I was in Venice to see the Biennale and other exhibitions happening all over the city. It was like Fashion Week, only with art. To get around, I rented a private water taxi. One of the things I checked out was the famous Peggy Guggenheim Collection, which inspired my own bohemian Peggy Guggenheim moment in a Vita Kin dress.”

2

“The Vitraria Glass + A Museum, in Venice, had a fantastic show of jewelry designed by artists. This necklace was created by Louise Bourgeois in 1948. Doesn’t it look so current? It could be something from a Céline collection.”

3

“I spotted this yarn sculpture in New York’s SoHo. In her Yves Saint Laurent Piet Mondrian–style dress, she’s the ultimate street-style star.”

4

“Jewelry designer Noor Fares and artist Alexandre Al Khawam had the most fashionable wedding in Normandy, which included a 1,001 Arabian Nights party. My boyfriend, Oscar, and I , Bianca Brandolini d’Adda, and Alix Duvernoyrose to the costume challenge!”

5

The French artist Martial Raysse had an exhibition at the Palazzo Grassi, on the Grand Canal. He is considered by some to be a pioneer of Pop art. I just love this painting. She looks so chic with those oversize glasses and turban. I would gladly steal her outfit.”

6

“The Central Pavilion at the Venice Biennale had this amazing installation by Fabio Mauri. That’s pretty much how I pack when I travel.”

7

“The hairstylist Dennis Lanni used the coolest rollers on a shoot— and he made them himself! They remind me of a Mike Kelley sculpture. I wish we could have left them in the model’s hair for the actual photograph.”