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Not forgetting AC and Inter Milan Football Clubs for all you avid sports fans out there. For those intrigued about discovering Milan, if you like Paris then you came to the right place for sought after luxury designer shopping and high end restaurants take your fancy
The city’s historical landmarks the Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral testify to centuries of art and culture including Leonardo da vinci’s mural ‘the last supper’ housed in the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent pays homage to the grandeur of Italian Renaissance.
THE BEST HOTELS IN MILAN
NYX HOTEL MILAN
This stylish new concept and contemporary hotel in the heart of Milan’s city centre is every fashionista’s dream as it’s very close to all the main attractions and just a stone’s throw away from the shopping Mecca of via Corso Buenos Aires and Central Station area of Eateries, bars and bustling nightlife. Metro station access Republica, Centrale and Porto Venezia are all within walking distance from the hotel.
The historic Landmark Duomo di Milano is one of Milan’s most treasured gems being the most grandest Cathedrals in the world that you will ever encounter with its Gothic architecture is quite impressive in all it’s all awe and beauty. I really do think it’s worth visiting and you can gain access to the inside of the building by buying a ticket pass for a couple of hours at a price of 3-4 Euro’s. Tickets can be purchased by the issuing tourist ticket office nearby which is not alot as you get to admire the art work of the cathedrals stained glass windows and visit the Crypt in the lower levels of the building. Separate passes for lift access to the roof is also available at a extra cost too for great views over the city.
Top image: Stain Glassed Window. This image Rooftop of Milan’s Cathedral
Just imagine the streets aligned with an array of your favourite restaurants and bars to cater to all cuisines both local and international taste this would be where it’s at. It’s like a mini Amsterdam situated along the canal as you watch the day go by. But just remember restaurants close at 3pm and re-open at 7pm to bear this in mind compared to what you’re used to elsewhere in the world. But you must try The Apitervo bars and restaurants who offer a complimentary drink and a food buffet offered at various places along the canal and rather enjoyed taking a stroll along the canal and worth exploring day or night.
MILAN FASHION WEEK
Arriving in Milan for Men’s Fashion Week over the summer I just did not know what to expect as it was my first hand experience of visiting the city while doing a bit of sightseeing in between the shows. Already I just knew there was so much I wanted to see and experience during the next few days before returning home to London. Just out of curiosity I was so keen to compare how the Italian’s do fashion week over here in Milan compared to us Brit’s in London. It really took me by surprise how good it actually turned out – no words. Camera Moda the equivalent of the British Fashion Council organise the bi-annual Fashion Week Schedule which require accreditation for both Press and Photographer’s if you happen to get approval is a great way to take in shows and atmosphere during the duration of Milan Fashion Week. But, if you’re not one of the lucky few who can secure an invitation you can still hang around outside the shows and do some street style spotting of fashion influencers on the scene and participate as a blog photographer.
DISCOVER A TASTE OF CULTURE THROUGH CUISINE
OSTERIA MAMMA ROSA
The first thing which comes to mind when you think about living the Italian way of life is culture through cuisine and only the finest authentic food can be found at this Top Milanese Restaurant Osteria Mamma Rosa just off the trendy Corso Buenos Airies. My favourite signature dish here has to be the Sea Bass prepared the Liguria way served with potatoes’ as an alternative to the Grilled Seabass which is also delightfully sumptuous. On arrival prosecco is served before dinner as a gesture of good will and the atmosphere is very friendly and welcoming at this family run restaurant in the heart of Milan.
Ligurian way Sea Bass Fillet with violet potatoes, olives, and “pinoli” pine nuts
In Italy there are so much choice when it comes to desert especially the selection of Gelato Icecream you can find in various icecream palours dotted around the city such as this place I found ‘Vechi’. The mango sorbet and strawberry with a bit of chocolate was the best way to cool off during a hot summers day in the city while sight seeing in Milan.
The signature drink when you come to Italy had to be my favorite always the Aperol Spritz that really reminds of summer and it’s so refreshing with its blend of Aperol liqueur, Prosecco and Soda Water combination is my go to drink during Milan Fashion Week.
DESIGNER FASHION LABELS & SHOPPING
GALLERIA EMANUELE VITTORIO II
The Galleria Emanuele Vittorio II is Milan’s premiere shopping destination that houses all under one roof the world’s most exclusive designer label boutiques from Prada, GUCCI to Chanel and more. Inside this elegant four storey arcade you’ll find high end restaurants if you want to experience authentic Italian cuisine and luxury cafes to unwind after an afternoon of shopping. It’s also a short stroll just outside of the Duomo di Milano piazza which connects with Teatro alla Scala if you want to admire and catch a glimpse of Milanese renaissance in all its splendor.
CORSO BUENOS AIRES
The Corso Buenos Aires the equivalent of London’s Oxford Street you’ll find everything from high street brands, independent small boutiques to designer labels and shop till your heart’s content if you wish. Compared to the shopping streets of London it’s less overcrowded and a bit more laid back so you can shop with ease.
VIA MONTENAPOLEONE MILAN’S DESIGNER SHOPPING STREET
When you come to Milan I highly recommend checking out the Montenapoleone District for its luxury fashion boutiques serving the well heeled and discerning clientele. If you’re after the latest styles from the international catwalks you will find it here from big name luxury fashion houses such as Prada, Gucci, Dolce & Gabanna, Missoni, Versace and many more. This neighborhood is rich in history showcasing fine craftsmanship based on tradition to luxury fashion where money talks in this town. Once a upon a time the street was home to aristocrats and the choice of wealthy families who resided here to open ateliers, boutiques and jewelers.
HOW TO GET THERE
Milan has two Airports Malpensa and Linate that serve both Europe as well as connecting International destinations worldwide. The airport with the closest proximity to the City is Linate which is 20 mins a Taxi to the city center and Malpensa 45 mins drive away.
From the U.K Milan is easily accessed by a short haul flight journey duration of 1 hour and 30 minutes from London Gatwick Airport with EasyJet and cost approximately £ 89 return which is fantastic value. You can always rely on EasyJet for competitive price and great customer service with a warm welcome from it’s friendly staff who are always very helpful.
I really recommend booking the extra add-ons when booking your flight through EasyJet such as extra leg room and speedy boarding as it makes all the difference so you can travel with ease and not need to worry about being in held up so you spend less time at the Airport.
Airport Transfer’s from Linate into the City Centre I would suggest taking a Taxi outside the Airport as it’s the easier option than taking public transport and cost approx 20 – 30 Euro’s or there’s the option of using an UBER which is available in Milan too if you prefer using this service is present in many countries worldwide.
For more information and booking inquiries on Flights to Milan Linate or Malpensa please visit EasyJet Airline
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Ciao Milano Fashion Week! I have missed this city, the mornings espresso’s and cappuccinos, the fresh pasta, the Prosecco and Milanese vibe! I haven’t been to Milan since last 2 years and I was so thrilled to be back for MFW and checking out my favourite stores and restaurants.
// The first day was all about classic summer staples and denim //
// The second day was all about mixing smart casual and classic statement pieces //
Today I went to preview the new Menswear and Womenswear collection during London Fashion Week Men over the weekend for Belstaff Spring Summer 2020 Travelogue in Hoxton Docks East London. I always rather look forward to each season because I admire the contemporary take on the brands history by Belstaff’s Creative Director Lehnhardt-Moore where he captures the imagination of the labels industrial heritage.
For this season the inspiration is drawn from the original archive where travel and exploring remain at the heart of the brands aesthetics hence the self title of the new collection Travelogue.
Fine details in the collection were kept contemporary with use of contrasts such as juxtaposing textures and colours between soft and hard where the contrast provide the essential look for a modern wardrobe.
Signatures pieces that inspired this seasons collection were the sleevless Castmaster cotton fishing jacket in orange from the archive in orange dry waxed cotton vs khaki version retains sleeves of the original and the XL500 Nautical Jacket from the nineteen seventies was re-imagined in Oxford Nylon.
Themes in the collection explore the influence of military is evident in the use of deep English rifle green and the newly introduced camo tech fabric.
Throughout the collection worn in looks are created with the use of slub yarns and pigment dyed fabrics for a vintage feel including pieces in dyed sahara cloth and cotton broadcloth create a military look.
Belstaff have catered to those who love to travel and explore with key looks such as a battered safari jacket is teamed with raw Ecru denim
With this in mind Belstaff have catered to those who love to travel and explore with key looks such as a battered safari jacket is teamed with raw Ecru denim, while new adventure print show line drawn illustrations applied to a rayon shirt for women and linen version for men.
I really liked the luxury fine knits and oiled suede polish up the look, contrast with sun faded pique shirts and sweatshirts for men and women.
Lastly, to finish off the look for the modern man and woman trooper boots in brown leather and canvas, along with a chukka boots with commando sole in suede and stonewashed cross body canvas bags with leather trims give edge to the collection this spring summer 2020 collection.
To find out more about the Brand please visit
Disclaimer: Many Thanks to Belstaff for inviting me to preview the new seasons collections and all opinions expressed will be my own
The House of Holland returns to London Fashion Week this season to showcase their new collection ‘Global Citizen’ for Autumn Winter 2019 inspired by a utilitarian uniform for a generation who feel oppressed by how their world is governed. They want their voices to be heard and are prevalent in today’s society where fashion and politics are intertwined to make strong statements as the woman’s contemporary F**k you uniform staple.
This collection represents new millennials as the ‘Global Citizen’ to be outspoken and rebel for those who cross boundaries and show that creative inspiration cannot be confined. It is a reminder that women are strong, empowered and invigorated to make change which inspired Designer Henry Holland’s muses this season.
THE LOOK ( 2 )
Dress House of Holland; boots Grenson
WHAT’S THE INSPIRATION THIS SEASON
“An exclusive collaboration between the House of Holland showcased a T-shirt project with the Netflix Show Sex Education and necklace accessories as vape cage carriers were created in partnership with VYPE”
An exclusive collaboration between the House of Holland showcased a T-shirt project with the Netflix Show Sex Education and necklace accessories as vape cage carriers were created in partnership with VYPE. I also noticed the signature Grenson hiking boots were a carry over staple from the previous season but given a western woven paracord spin gave the collection a new edge too.
A juxtaposition between hard and soft details created outfits that were practical but still feminine were understated to form transition pieces for everyday work wear without being too overdressed.
GET THE LOOK
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It’s the last day of Mens Fashion Week, but I managed to catch only part of it upon my return after the Christmas Break. It’s great to be back in town as New Year has come around so quickly and before you know it we are in work mode again.
This season I noticed at fashion week it has been cut from 5 to 3 days with some designers pulling out of schedule while other’s are talking about attending Pitti U’mo in Italy. But, still we can make the most of Fashion Week and attend some shows to view the new seasons collections.
With the exception of Belstaff I’m always looking forward to attending the presentation and support British Fashion as there’s all this speculation surrounding how Brexit will affect the fashion industry if we leave the EU.
Heritage brands are deeply rooted in tradition which make it so special that it’s worth celebrating it’s success because men’s fashion week is the ideal platform to promote British Style on an international level with the exceptional pool of talent we have in London.
Creative Director Sean Lehnhardt-Moore and reflects his passion for the roots of the brand where technical fabrics capture the modern day essence of advanced treated raw materials.
Exciting times, but not forgetting it’s all the hard work and effort people put in as the industry must be worth billions in the U.K. Economy which is why Brexit might not be great in terms of the single market for business. The Belstaff presentation was held upstairs at their flagship store on Bond Street as I was kindly directed upstairs via a lift in the discreet lobby. It was a smaller venue this time round so I’m glad I attended the event early on as I was not the only one as the venue soon reached it’s maximum capacity being the last day of Men’s Fashion Week. As you would expect during LFW MENS very busy indeed as Stylist, Bloggers, Influencers and Press all mingled together to view Belstaff Autumn Winter 2019 Collection: Great British Roots hosted by Brand Ambassadors The Turner Twin’s and various VIP’s in attendance.
Experience the distinctive spirit and contemporary evolution of the brands story revisiting the history of outfitting motorcyclist and adventurers.
I noticed in the centre of the room at Belstaff House in Mayfair the space was dominated by large packing crates with large Persian rugs suggesting the spirit of travel iconic with the brands DNA. It was an amazing experience to observe up close the distinctive spirit and contemporary evolution of the brands story revisiting the history of outfitting motorcyclist and adventurers.
What drew me to the brand during my first encounter with the label is the innovative use luxury fabrics and finishes where are hand waxed leather, suede and shearling, the finest blends of merino wools and cashmere to name a few. Although we associate the brand with their renowned signature jackets this season explores an in depth look of knitwear styles which can be styled as layering pieces as the answer to modern outerwear.
The Autumn Winter 2019 collection is the first by newly appointed Creative Director Sean Lehnhardt-Moore and reflects his passion for the roots of the brand where technical fabrics capture the modern day essence of advanced treated raw materials. To this day Belstaff stays true to this philosophy since pioneering the label in the industrial north of England during the 1920’s. All the clothing is very versatile to wear and these iconic jackets instantly stand out as classic staples to form part of your wardrobe essentials which make it ideal for traveling too season to season.
Most of all I love spotting the fleet of London Fashion Week Mens Wagons sponsored by Mercedes Benz which you always see around town during the shows confirms no doubt it’s fashion week has arrived once again this season.
To find out more about the Brand visit the Belstaff Social Media handles and Website below
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