Rossella Della Giovampaola is a collector in the truest sense of the word, and her sprawling Buenos Aires apartment, which lies within one of the city’s iconic neoclassical structures overlooking the Jacaranda-lined boulevard, houses her impressive lot of fashion finds. She’s amassed one of the most extensive assemblages of classic and contemporary pieces from the most renowned fashion maisons in the world. We’re talking Gianvito Rossi heels in the entire color catalog, rare Hermès doctor bags that punctuate a Birkin collection like we’ve never seen, Lanvin jewels in all the gemstone hues of the visible light spectrum, and CHANEL flap bags of shapes and colors we’ve only spotted in singles around the globe. And that’s just scratching the surface.
Once you float past Della Giovampaola’s library and living room, you reach her closet, which is the size of some Manhattan apartments. At first glance, there are merely white hyper-gloss floor-to-ceiling doors and a grand island topped with some Gucci sunglasses. But as the Italian-born, Argentinian-raised socialite opens each door and drawer, she reveals her diligently organized wardrobe (by type, designer, and color) that completes a sartorial rainbow. As in she has her favorite items in every style and color ever created—the whole kit and caboodle, friends! As we began unwrapping Judith Leiber clutches in all their bedazzled kitschy glory, we talked to Della Giovampaola about how she acquired some of her rarest pieces, where her love of fashion first began, and where she loves to shop (because we’re taking notes) in Buenos Aires and around the world.
Click through to see inside one of the most luxurious closets we’ve ever seen.