Milan Style Guide

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Old-school Italian glamour is alive and well on the streets of Milan. Bouncing blow-dries, pristine camel coats and BUTTER-SOFT LEATHER BAGS are de rigueur, while movie-star shades rarely come off and the city’s stories unfold in a flurry of air-kisses. Choose a tailored wool coat, cropped trousers and classic courts to fit in.

There’s only one place to stay during the shows – the HOTEL PRINCIPE DI SAVOIA, which has hosted everyone from Elizabeth Taylor to Charlie Chaplin. Head to CAFFÈ COVA on Via Montenapoleone for breakfast – it’s been a jet-set favourite since it opened in 1817.

No trip here is complete without a visit to 10 CORSO COMO, the concept store that began by selling cutting-edge designers before adding a gallery, bookshop, café and even a tiny hotel – all housed in a traditional Milanese building. If you fancy more bang for your buck, there are three floors of discounted designer threads at outlet IL SALVAGENTE just east of the city.

After all that shopping – we recommend a pit stop at THAT’S BAKERY for the best red velvet cake in town – make your way to Da Giacomo for lunch. Madonna’s a regular. Expect a bygone Milanese feel and traditional seafood dishes. For dessert, grab gelato to go from CIOCCOLATI ITALIANI and head down to the historic Brera district to check out its art galleries. Stop for a wander around the tranquil gardens at the new Bulgari Hotel before starting the pampering for tonight. Club 10 back at the Principe does delightful hot stone massages.

Dine at hotel MAISON MOSCHINO – one of the newest hotspots. Then finish the night in style with the beautiful crowd at Plastic, the Studio 54 of Milan, or at downtown fashionista fave Hollywood, where the surroundings are as glamorous as the name suggests.

The vibe at the Milan collections is
traditional and grown-up. This is not
a place where you grab a sandwich –
everyone goes for a sit-down, three-course
meal with wine, and even when the show
schedule is manic you’ll often find
the time for lunch at Bice, a
classic Milanese restaurant with
a menu to dream about when
you’re back home in London.
Head to the Grand Hotel et de
Milan for a champagne cocktail
before dinner – old-fashioned
elegance at its best!

 

Drink
Margherita Missoni
Coffee you say?
Principe di savoia
Gelato love