ShopMilan is full of beauty, as well as fabulous people that dress to the nines. It makes sense that the shopping is incredible. If you head through the district of Brera, which is not too far from central Milan, you will find funky designers you've never heard of and a few shops with sales or vintage pieces. This is a good place to buy for those of us who can't afford new Gucci purses, Fendi keychains, or Burberry trench coats. But, if you're looking to splurge, head to Quadrilatero della Moda; this is where all the big designer names have stores. My favorite include Patrizia Pepe, Gucci, and Dolce & Gabbana. In Quadrilatero della Moda there is also an outlet called D-Magazine Outlet. There I found the most beautiful D&G shoes, but they were $600, cheaper than normal but still would break my bank at the moment... college girl problems.
StayLooking for the right area to stay during fashion week? We really enjoyed our Airbnb in Chinatown. It is only an 8-minute walk from Brera where you can see a lot of great street style and shop as I mentioned before. Also, it is very close to 10 Corso Como which was top of my list of places to visit! If you haven't heard of it, 10 Corso Como is a cafe and boutique founded by Carla Sozzani who was the editor of Vogue Italia. If you are heading to a fashion week other than Milan, try staying somewhere relatively close to the fashion district or the fashion week hub.
MeetI met some amazing people during fashion week and as a blogger and young professional trying to make connections, this was important to me. The Fashion Hub Market at the Unicredit Pavillion was so fun because I met up-and-coming designers, all with an insane amount of talent. I followed them all on social media and traded business cards so we could stay in touch. These designers usually want to hear what you have to say. They will chat up a storm with you if you just ask them some questions about their work!
On a hunt to meet celebrities at fashion week? Surprisingly it's not always that difficult! I met Chiara Ferragni, some of you may know her because of her blog theblondesalad.com, at her pop-up shop. How did I manage to meet her? By paying lots of attention to social media, especially Instagram. On her story, she had posted that she would be at her shop meeting fans and showing her new collection at 4 pm, so naturally, my friend and I basically sprinted over there. There wasn't a huge crowd at first and we were almost first in line! It was so amazing! So my tip is to periodically check for updates on social media or hang out where you know celebrities would hang out (such as 10 Corso Como).
If you want to stand out among the Milanese women, you have to think and dress like they would. Wearing all black is really very dull and fails to live up to the Milan fashion vibe. I made this mistake one day and although my outfit was cute, I probably should have brightened up my outfit somehow. If you wear something exciting with even the slightest pop of color, people will definitely have their eyes on you as you walk by. If you don't have a lot of room in your suitcase, my tip would be to pack only two pairs of shoes and try reworking other items into different outfits. For inspiration, check out this outfit that I wore during MFW.
There are two very trendy places I went during my stay in Milan: 10 Corso Como Cafe and God Save the Food. I ordered some tea at 10 Corso Como since it tends to be pricey, but had a full meal during brunch at GStF. Both tend to be popular among fashion icons. If you go, I would definitely recommend getting any of the juices from GStF! So fresh!
Plan AheadInformation on where each show is being held can be found at The Fashion Hub. Although we ran out of times and didn't make it to any shows, if you go stand outside of them you will see lots of great street style and possibly even be given a ticket if you look fabulous. If you can get a hold of any information about shows before you arrive in Milan, plan accordingly! As we learned the hard way, some of the shows are held more than 30 minutes away (by public transport) from central Milan.
You will also want to plan your trip far in advance, probably at least a month to two months out. Secure your place to stay so you never have to face the problem I did with my previous Airbnb, as well as your flight or train ride.
Pin this, so you can save these tips for future fashion weeks! I hope you have an amazing time at fashion week and that these tips help you to not make the silly, little mistakes I did! The whole experience was a lot different than I imagined but still amazing in every way! Have fun!