From Miuccia’s bookish Prada tribe to Gucci’s bedazzled devotees, Milan is a city where fashion reigns supreme. MFW raises the stakes, with the city’s designer clubs, restos and shops filled to the brims with pretty young things. Here, we’ve rounded up the best the city has to offer so you can get your dolce vita on between shows. Best read while sipping Lambrusco.
…get the most Instagrammable cappuccino: Bar Luce
What do you get when you mix Wes Anderson and Miuccia Prada? Bar Luce. Fashion’s favorite filmmaker brought his candy-colored vision to Miuccia’s cultural institution, serving classic caffé culture with a whimsical twist. Make like Margot Tenenbaum and sip your coffee in style, or run wild with the Steve Zissou-themed pinball machine in the back.
…dine above the Milanese skyline: Ceresio 7
An aperitivo at Ceresio 7 is like basking in Hollywood glamour Milan edition. Brought to you by Dsquared, this sleek rooftop restaurant oozes luxes from every angle with panoramic views across the capital, a pool, an impeccably Italian menu and retro gilded exteriors. From the unparalleled vistas to the beautiful people buzzing about, it’s a feast for your eyes.
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…sparkle and shine all night long: Plastic
Like the Milanese equivalent of Studio 54, Plastic is an icon in the nightlife scene. It’s the underground space where the city’s drag, fashion, gay and avant-garde denizens come to play. Let the neon lights be your guide to let loose, and disco dance the night away. This is where the real fashion looks are born.
… be flashy AF on the dance floor: Cavalli Club
Roberto Cavalli is the King of over-the-top opulence, and his eponymous club is no different. Set in a sprawling park in the city center, this colossal locale boasts an interior arena with chandeliers for days, and a neon-lit terrace with observation tower. Slink into the leopard tufted seating in between sets. If Paris Hilton having djed here is any indication… the Cavalli Club is hot.
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…check into the crown jewel of Italy: Bulgari Hotel
The Bulgari Hotel is synonymous with timeless glamour, sparkling interiors and impeccable service. It’s adjacent to Via Montenapoleone – i.e. the city’s most luxe retail lane – so rest assured the hotel’s legendary emerald spa is popping with editors winding down after a long day of show and shop hopping.
…stay at the landmark of luxury: Hotel Principe di Savoia
A seat at the Principe’s glittering bar is about as good as FROWing the Valentino show. This hotel has been ground zero for the fashpack for decades, and Milan’s beautiful people in general since the 20s. From the frescos in the poolhouse, to the velvet-laden lobby, this hotel is the quintessence of La Dolce Vita.
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…shop the mecca of Italian chic: 10 Corso Como
10 Corso Como is not a store – it’s an institution. The brainchild of Carla Sozzani – the sister of the late Vogue Italia Editor Franca – this concept emporium brings a sartorial emporium, gallery, bookstore, café, restaurant and hotel all in one space. Stock up on some Alaïa, get a culture fix and people-watch in the tree-lined restaurant. It’s like a fashion playground, for grown ups, so drink up and dive in.
…visit Miuccia’s design wonderland: Fondazione Prada
It’s no secret that Miuccia Prada runs Milan. She’s such a legend that her eponymous foundation is neither a Prada archive, nor a fashion museum – but a holy grail of contemporary art. The Rem Koolhaas designed golden exterior is just the beginning of the visual porn in store. She built her cultural institution – like her fashion empire – to challenge your mind through design, bringing the world’s most inventive multi-disciplinary creatives under one roof. Lose yourself in an afternoon of art, and get existential afterwards in the Wes Anderson cafe.
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