Thursday, May 15, 2008

Milan part one

Milan is truly a shopping Mecca like no other. The city and its inhabitants oooz style and fail any attempt to not seem all stylish. So here is a stylish list over "miss-me-not" things in Milan for all the senses.
Corso Como
We might as well start at the top. This secluded place in Corso Como just 3 min metro ride from the very center of Milan offers all you need to feel alive, cultured, relaxed, sooo stylish, and a dash of intellectual.

It used to be the "IT" place for the ├╝ber fashion pack of Europe, with its perfectly provoking, ahead of the crowd and deliciously fashionable store of the latest Prada, Balenciaga and Hussein Chalayan and much, much more. I must admit that I felt a tad overwhelmed with delightful emotions when I touch a impeccably beautiful floor-length creme colored dress by Vionnet, the first collection after the french fashion house reopened with Sophia Kokosolaki as its head designer.
Then there is the gallery. This month, May, they have two exhibitions. Families around the world and war shots form a handful very skilled photographers.
So after some shopping that will totally empty any well filled bank account, hit the gallery, the incredible bookstore on the second floor. Then relax the rest of the evening under the stars in the back yard lounge and restaurant where the mandatory bread is replaced with chocolate covered apricots.

Vittorio Emanuele

Ok, so I just had to toss this logo in here. Humor me, for one cannot go to Italy without allowing oneself to enjoy at least a visual of a Prada. Right next to the famous Duomo in the city center you will find the most exquisite shopping mall ever!
If you have ever been to a mall, abandon that image of a tasteless food-court, mainstream brands not to mention the tasteless and destructive to the esthetic eye kinda architecture. Vittorio Emanuele is something completely different. Prepare to actually for a moment forget that you are there for the shops and catch yourself staring at the ceiling, the mosaic on the floor, the sculptures and.... wait for it.... while the scenery is breathtaking like an italian art museum, the stores very high end, what really caught my eye was the aged whit-bearded man that was an onlooker from a secluded corner.

I wonder what he is thinking....watching all the buzz from a distance..
More to come....

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