A friend of mine came to visit yesterday. She had never (ever) seen the “real Milan” before and so I figured out I could show her around and let her discover what it really feels like to live in this Fashion city.
We took the metro to San Babila square and then headed Quadrilatero della Moda (which is supposed to be the recalled “Fashion Square Neighbourhood”, where the famous Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga are. In Corso Venezia, we passed in front of the -still closed- amazing Prada, Missoni, Cos and Dolce & Gabbana. It was super early (around 9am!) and there was nobody there.
Once you step in Via della Spiga, you arrive to a world of luxurious madness which is not easy to forget. It is a narrow street with BIG names written everywhere, lots of showrooms and a bunch of rich people (and Japanese tourists).
My friend was shocked to discover Dolce & Gabbana‘s Barber Shop and Make-up Store in the same area. Dolce & Gabbana seem to own the whole area, to be honest. I took these two pictures in two different stores, and trust me, each one of them is just huge!
Now this is super bizarre. It felt like something was missing, like it was the chair where a lady from the French court in 1750 had left her little purse (or clutch or pochette, call it what you want) and her long black gloves to go dancing with some rich guy in a white wig. And I mean, yes. Everybody says that Dolce & Gabbana were super inspired by Sicily to create this collection. And I totally believe this is true. But to me, well… I don’t see Sicily in the image below…
Then a few steps forward we found another Prada shop, very close to Fendi and MiuMiu. I was shocked when I finally saw the super popular doctor bags from Prada FW12. They are the shiniest ever (and only cost 2400€, woo-hoo!). But let’s be honest about this: you don’t see them much in Milan… The most popular Prada bags so far are the super classical leathered shopping bags.
Oh. And there’s a reflection of me in my tweedy jacket and with my new Larimar Nail Lacquer by Oscar de la Renta. Swoon!
I must say I was expecting something more exuberant from Fendi‘s shop windows, considering the predominant style of their FW12 collection. But instead, Fendi’s shop windows looked more like a museum’s glass case than like an invitation to come inside the shop. BUT…
… all of the sudden THIS happened to me. I saw it with my own eyes and I couldn’t believe it. I think this coat is something I thought I would never ever see in real life. But it was there and IT WAS TREMENDOUSLY BREATH-TAKING.
Besides the fact that I am totally against the use of animal skin in Fashion (I am on Stella McCartney‘s green side of life), this was something worth-seeing. I am super curious about the real touch of it.
Moschino Cheap and Chic had one of the cutest shop windows so far. I am not specially in love with Moschino -in general- but I must say this collection captured softness, delicacy and elegance in such a smart and useful way. FW12’s little dresses are eye-candy!
I specially love the dress in the left(left), the black and grey one. Not to mention the furry multi-coloured bag! (Will it be real fur?). Oh, and the shoes look definitely better on runway pictures…
And finally, Anna dello Russo‘s favourite headdress shop in the whole world!! It’s called Alan Journo and it’s completely full of crazy tiaras, hats, eye masks and everything you could expect to see on Anna dello Russo‘s head. Shame the light was reflecting on the mirror, but I bet you can see Maleficent horns on the right…
Do you remember Anna dello Russo‘s Pacha red cherries? She wore them for Milan Fashion Week in September 2010. (I stole this pic from egoblogger Fashion Vibe!). I think I’ve seen Anna dello Russo wearing golden cherries and leopard cherries as well since then. ISN’T SHE ADORABLE? It’s like my mum and my best friend in just one body!
And what a better way of finishing a morning tour in Milan than visiting Brera? Here I am leaving you a couple of pictures of one of my absolutely favourite spots in Milan: RIGADRITTO. Cute stationery at not-so-affordable prices!! But isn’t it super nice?