How To Enjoy Milan Like a Fashion Editor
Fashion and design weeks in Milan are when the city truly comes to life. The streets become runways as fashion elite descend upon the streets and shuffle through the shows, looking nothing short of a Pinterest moodboard. Here is our guide to enjoying the city with Milanese flair.
1. Have Aperitivo with your girls like a true Italian
Snag a cabana by their poolside bar and enjoy an aerial view of the city at night. The elegant atmosphere is best enjoyed with one of their cocktails, inspired by traditional American recipes.
Address: Via Ceresio 7, 20154, Milano
Off the beaten path, this hidden gem is a great find within the city. With funky interiors and a sprawling space, it’s a perfect hideaway for a happy hour or some weekend brunch.
Address: Via Giovenale 7, 20136, Milano
A hipster joint in gentrified Chinatown, this place transitions through the day with their open-faced sandwiches served in Instagram-ready flat lays. Enjoy the evening with their very own beer brew, or enjoy the brunch menu on the weekends.
Address: Via Paolo Sarpi 8, 20154, Milano
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2. Drop by these fashion-girl must-visits
The cultural extension of Prada, the new Milan venue was designed by architectural firm Oma, led by Rem Koolhaas. An old factory is reimagined as a space for contemporary art to come to life. With exhibits on constant rotation, curated to challenge present-day philosophies, this place merits an afternoon visit. After, take a break at the famed Bar Luce, the cafe designed by director Wes Anderson. Tickets are also valid for the observatory inside Galleria Vittoria Emanuele II, above Prada Men’s and Marchesi.
Address: Largo Isarco 2, 20139, Milano
The exhibition "Famous Artists from Chicago. 1965-1975", curated by Germano Celant, is open to the public until 15.1.2018. The project is focused on the employment of a painting style characterized by political commitment, figurative narratives and radical graphics, and therefore rejected by mainstream New York culture – which was more interested in the abstract and impersonal dimensions of art. #fondazioneprada Photo: Ugo Dalla Porta
Pinacoteca di Brera
A museum within Palazzo Brera, its well-curated collection takes you on a trip through Italian masterpieces. Spend a couple of hours immersing yourself inside the museum before stepping outside to wander around the grounds. The space also serves as a school, and is a favored location of the fashion houses for their press and runway shows.
Address: Via Brera 28, 20121, Milano
The museum of Armani has a permanent archive collection of the famous fashion house. Displayed in a signature moody minimalist setup, the exhibits tell the story of how a simple tailor emerged to become one of the most popular designers in the universe.
Address: Via Bergognone 40, 20144
3. Go shopping, of course!
Located in a more discreet part of the high-fashion shopping street is a concept store of local fashion designers. It’s a perfect place to find that one statement piece to get you through the season.
Address: Viale Regina Giovanna 1, 20129, Milano
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If edgier and avant-garde are more your style, this boutique close to Navigli is the place for you. With the latest drops from cult designers like Off-White, Vetements, and Rick Owens, Antonioli has no shortage of inspiration, with racks of investment pieces.
Address: Via Pasquale Paoli 1, 20143
Antonia is a boutique that houses top brands. Walk out looking like a model from the pages of Vogue in items from the latest season. The store also receives exclusive pieces, so be sure to spot the limited designs in their windows.
Address: Via Cusani 5, 20121, Milano
This article was originally published in Metro Society. Changes have been made for Metro.Style.