Milano Fashion Week | My Milan Highlights

am 25.02.2013 um 17:00 Uhr

Unsere Bloggerin Jenny Halonen fliegt gerade um die Welt, um für Sie exklusiv von den Fashion-Shows zu berichten. Nach Stockholm, Oslo und London ist Jenny nun in Mailand gelandet, wo die Temperaturen ebenso frostig sind wie hierzulande. Doch in den Reihen der Schauen von Marni & Co. konnte Sie sich sicher aufwärmen. Lesen Sie hier Ihren Bericht.

I arrived in Milan and it was snowing. Coming from a sunny London, I was expecting a warmer and nicer climate even. I was wrong, but what to do. It was time for fashion week. I put on as much clothes as possible and made sure to have my hat and gloves with me.

Good start of a cold week

I started my Milanese fashion week with a presentation from shoe designer Sergio Rossi, taking place on the 25th floor of the Diamond Tower. Not only the collection presentation was excellent, so were even the guests. Very chic and stylish, everyone was present: Anna dello Russo, Carine Roitfeld, Emmanuelle Alt and Garance Dore to name a few. And to my surprise: Janet Jackson. How could I miss her?!

The shoes were presented in beautiful black cage installations; the lighting was dark with nuances of blue, which made the atmosphere very calm, and at the same time exclusive. I had a really good time enjoying the nightly view of Milan from above, it reminded me a little bit of being at the top of the Standard in NYC whilst looking out the window.

I continued my first night in Milan to Hotel Principe di Savoia for some drinks with friends. This is where everyone gathers at some point during these days and it’s always fun. After too many elderflower mixed champagne cocktails and too much talking, it was time to head to sleep.

More shoes and a wandering fashion show

Another shoe presentation I went to was Jimmy Choo. Beautifully organized, presenting their new F/W 13 collection. View my slideshow for images. I especially loved the fur shoes. They must keep you warm. Considering the weather in Milan right now, I would not mind wearing those immediately. Champagne and hors d’oeuvres were served elegantly from silver trays and everything was just as chic as Milan is.

I moved on to check out the buzz around “The Wandering Collective”. A collection of three designers that came together to present a united vision. During the Milan Fashion Week they have been spotted out on the streets shooting their new look book. And it has been much appreciated by both top magazines and street style blogger’s. I spotted them outside the Jil Sander show and yes it was eye-catching, I can tell. I fell in love with some of the items and just had to have a closer look at their press agent. In my slideshow, you will find the images.

Photography and fashion show highlights of the week

At 10 Corso Como, I went to see an exhibition honoring the fashion icon Anna Piaggi. The recently passed away Piaggi was honoured by a photo exhibition at Gallerie Carla Sozzani. A retrospective of photographer and Piaggis husband Alfa Castaldi, inspired by the icon Piaggi.

Downstairs from the gallery, the Chloe Edition Anniversaire pop-up took place with Piaggi style statement making signature pieces on display. If you happen to be in Milan before March 30th, I can absolutely recommend stopping by this exhibition. And while there, enjoy lunch at their excellent restaurant, or a coffee in their backyard garden.

Marni show was a highlight of the week. I’m really a fan of talented Consuelo Castiglione. She never stops to deliver great collections. While waiting for the show, we were served coffee, juice and croissants, perfect breakfast, as it was 10am.

The collection was, as Consuelo said, “a new atmosphere”. After many seasons of prints and sparkling colors, the designer now presented a darker collection. A mix of feminine and masculine. Masculine tweeds combined with feminine fur, feathered alpaca fur paired with tall riding boots. You could still spot some typical Marni paillettes and graphic prints, but focus was on tailored furs. It was darker, but still romantic.

On my way out I spotted Anna dello Russo out in the rain heading for a coffee at a close-by café. She looked good as always.

From Marni I ran to see the Emporio Armani show at their headquarters in Navigli. The space is just amazing, completely made out of concrete. Front row I spotted Stephen Gahn from V Magazine, Style.com’s Tim Blanks and of course Anna Wintour.

The collection was named Kajal and the colors followed, the color palette was light pastelles ranging from light pink to smoky blue with some darker tones as charcoal and violet. Tapered trousers in silk organza and asymmetric velvet dresses combined with velvet blazers and pleated silk shorts. It was beautiful. And not to mention the music was great.

While in Navigli I stopped by the tradeshow White to see if I could find any interesting contemporary designers showcasing their collection. I had a walk through and stopped at Tsumori Chisato to have a quick look at their collection. As colorful as always, lots of prints and patterns in all colors of the rainbow. It looked great. I continued and found a lot of interesting accessories and clothing designers. More about that later.

Hungry from all fashion, I walked towards one of my favorite restaurants in Navigli, Osteria del Binari, to have a glass of Spumante and something to eat before heading back to pack my bags and have a good night of sleep before heading to Paris.

Thank you Milan, I had a good time. I’m over the snow chaos and don’t mind leaving you this time.

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