Me in Milano. A dream come true, I knew it would be incredible but I didn’t know that a) I’d walk 30km’s (I’m still shook) and, (more importantly), b) it would be so magical. All it took was one whirlwind experience to leave me hooked. I wanted to live and breathe fashion during fashion week and I did exactly that.
I strolled through the fashion districts, admiring the windows and seeing the men in suits and fancy cars lining the streets. I saw the street style I imagined I would and felt the buzz of a city that’s alive.
The best stores in Milan are like hidden treasures, each one giving me heart palpitations as I walked through the sliding doors, into the cave-like set-ups and around the corners to where the outlets were. My research paid-off like I knew it would. I spent my time inside looking and touching the garments that hung all around me. A word to the wise: visit Milan last on your trip so you don’t spend all of your money. There’s a certain sadness that comes with visiting Milan penny-less, although the inspiration and atmosphere that surrounds you is enough to make you feel rich.
After a morning shooting a fashion look post and video in my new favorite city, I headed out on my own. I walked through the part of the fashion district I didn’t quite get to the day before. I saw an exhibition: The Art of Shoes, Manolo Blahnik. I didn’t think twice before entering the doorway and heading up the stairs. It was only when I was inside that I realized I skipped the admissions sections and didn’t pay. Smiling to myself, I continued, admiring the behind the scenes look at the making of these renowned shoes. The ones on the left are my favorite.
Navigli! Where romance blossoms. Love locks adorn the bridge crossing the river, connecting sidewalks of restaurants and a large market. Perfect place for thrifting! This is where I had cena (dinner). I’m a firm believer in tasting regional dishes and so I ordered Milanese risotto- think creamy and engulfed in saffron. Brava!
The city is incredible. You see the Duomo in photos and think ‘Wow!’ but seeing it in person is almost surreal. I was looking down, trying to get a bearing on where I was when I looked up and soaked in all of its glory for the first time. Its gigantic! And so stunning- especially if you love Gothic architecture like me. You can go inside and on-top of it; both of which I plan to do in a couple of months. Other stand-out spots include the park which is close to the train station, where I ended off my trip with a picnic.
Read Part 2: My Milan Fashion Shoot