Ever since my first trip to Milan in 2010, I knew I needed to go back as soon as I could. I also knew that I would most likely become enamored with the real fashion capital (sorry, Paris). I knew that I would be able to see myself thriving in that city. This trip was just a taste of my (hopefully) not-so-distant future.
Milan is magical. The ancient meshes with Renaissance meshes with modern. The appreciation for life – through food, fashion, design and overall aesthetic – transcends most other cities I’ve experienced. I appreciate the way the Milanese people think and thrive. Milanese people can find the beauty in everything – even if the trains are always on strike.
On my first full day in the city, I went to the Fondazione Prada, an institution dedicated to contemporary art and culture and co-chaired by Miuccia Prada. The Milan location only opened in May 2015, so everything still had that untouched aire. The highlights of the Fondazione were the 24-karat gold leaf “Haunted House” and the Wes Anderson designed Bar Luce. My aesthetic loving heart was swooning.
Already being comfortable in Milan thanks to my Italian background, the rest of the trip was more focused on leisure and getting lost. Oh and fashion. Never forget fashion. I purposely wanted around Via Montenapoleone in the Quadralatero della Moda. I people watched, stumbled upon a Versace shoot, I found the BVLGARI luxury hotel, strolled into a botanical garden and so much more.
On the last night to go out in the city, I ended up at Just Cavalli – Roberto Cavalli’s fashion club in the Parco Sempione. There were men in bear suits walking around the entire night, I met some cool Italian guys that worked at Goldman Sachs (and had bottle service) and truly had a cliché night to remember.
Milano, ci vediamo – I’ll be back sooner than you think.