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Window-shopping in Milan

Cool stuff put all together in one place

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!

Dolce & Gabbana shop window

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…

Dolce & Gabbana chair

Dolce & Gabbana FW12 by Photographer Alessandro Viero

Dolce & Gabbana FW12 by Photographer Alessandro Viero

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!

Prada Doctor Bags

Prada Doctor Bag by Photographer Gianni Pucci

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.

Fendi FW12 by Photographer Gianni Pucci

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…

Moschino Cheap and Chic

Moschino Cheap and Chic by Photographer Filippo Fior

Moschino Cheap and Chic by Photographer Filippo Fior

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…

Alan Journo

Alan Journo

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!

Anna dello Russo in Alan Journo's cherries

Oh, look, there’s Anna dello Russo wearing the Fendi fur we mentioned before in Paris Fashion Week! Damn Google search… (Pic from Pret a Protester).

Anna dello Russo Fendi fur

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?

Rigadritto Milan

Rigadritto Milan

Source: Runway pictures by Photographers’ credits are given on the pictures’ info. Pret a Protester. Fashion Vibe.

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  • Reply October 23, 2012 at 15:11

    I would love to visit Milan!! Great post and inspirational photos!

    • Reply Yazmina Cabrera October 23, 2012 at 15:13

      Hi! Thanks for your comment!!
      I think I will be posting more pictures soon. These guys change their visuals every single week and I’d like you all to see what I see living here in Milan!! :D

  • Reply Kashara of Undiscovered Worth October 20, 2012 at 18:20

    I’m love Dolce & Gabana! Not the biggest fan of Fendi though:) I honestly wish I could visit Milan. One day I will though.
    Great photos! xx

    • Reply Yazmina Cabrera October 20, 2012 at 18:23

      Hey, if you ever visit Milan I will prepare a shopping guide for you with the best vintage shops ever!! :D
      Thanks so much for your comment Kashara!

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