Milano and Fashion are an inseparable duo in the international eye.
For label lovers the famous "quadrangle" bordered by Via della Spiga, Via Montenapoleone, Via Manzoni and the beginning of Corso Venezia offers an exclusive selection of the most iconic labels, the historic "maison" that have turned Made in Italy into a coveted brand. The quadrilateral encompasses elegant and prestigious streets such as Via Borgospesso, Via Santo Spirito, Via Gesù, Via Sant’Andrea and Via Bagutta.
In addition to Via Montenapoleone, another requisite stop-off for luxury shopping is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II from which, escorted by the allure of glittering shop windows, we reach the nearby spectacular "La Rinascente" building.
Via Torino south of Piazza Duomo is a ‘must’ shopping experience suitable for every budget and from there you can then head towards the "Armani Silos” in via Bergognone and, subsequently, Corso Buenos Aires, the shopping street which extends from Porta Venezia to Piazzale Loreto with hundreds of shops to suit all tastes.
A stop not to buy but to admire the Fondazione Prada, with its new buildings and exhibitions and the bar designed by Wes Anderson, closes a day full of fashion.
Absolutely not-to-be-missed is the twice-yearly Milano Fashion Week where designers present their new ranges for the forthcoming seasons and the city buzzes with collections, models, catwalk shows and all the related style events. It is interesting to know that the fashion week in Milan, founded in 1958, is part of the "Big Four" circuit, the four major events that take place in the fashion capitals. The other three "Big Four" fashion weeks are those in New York, London and Paris.