Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis Everyone who’s anyone itches to be there. The chiselled cheekbones, designer cuts, chilled aperitivo, the best designers in the world, surprising venues, catwalks, the monumental landmarks, the latest fashion news, the most beautiful people in the world. With all that glamour, beauty and style in one place, one worries the city may bubble over from the heat.

Twice a year Milan transforms into the most fashionable playground in the world. Come September it’s happening all over again. But Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 promises to be layered with even more intrigue and delight than usual. Following Milan Expo 2015  the city is abuzz with the coolest repurposed structures filled with makeshift bars, restaurants and shops. The New York Times included it in the top 52 places to go this year. In their view there is “an energy coursing through this thoroughly Italian yet outward-looking city that is likely to last long after the Expo.”  For those hungry for up close and personal fashion news, there’s no finer place to be this September.

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Perks of Milan Fashion week

It’s said to be a true Italian city. It’s full of gritty edges, forward-thinking dynamism, hip bars, hot fashion and hidden beauty just waiting to be discovered. Beyond the stars, the style, the fashion, Milan is a dreamy canvas for this masterpiece of haute couture. Venues range from studios and showrooms to magical old landmarks. Past shows have happened in the Piazza Duomo, the Baroque Palazzo Litta, the Arco della Pace and majestic ancient castles.

Following last season’s spectacle, Conde Nast Traveler’s Fashion Director, Sarah Meikle raved about the autumn/winter Milan Fashion Week 2015, citing the carefully designed invitations to the shows as one of the perks of the week. She said they sometimes provide a “peek into the designer’s show”. Her vote for the best invitation went to Fendi.  “The invite was a small reproduction of abstracts by the early 20th-century Swiss artist Sophie Taueber-Arp. In the show space, the walls were lined with enormous reproductions of abstracts by the same artist.”

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How difficult is it to get into the shows?

Although some of the special events are open to the public the majority of the shows require special invitation, however with the wherewithal and the right connections, access to exclusive spaces can occasionally be acquired. More importantly after long days on and around the catwalk the city swings to life with dazzling after-parties that cannot be missed. Vogue’s Fashion Night Out springs to festive life in the fashion district when hundreds of stores stay open late into the night, DJs spin vinyl into the electrifying atmosphere, and all through the streets cocktail parties burst from the city’s seams.

For some aesthetic inspiration from Milan’s most recent fashion week, peruse Vogue’s gallery featuring stylish celebs from front row to party.

Between soaking up the show’s fashion news, what else can’t be missed in Milan?

Beyond the scope of the show itself Milan simmers with off-beat fashion districts, rooftop aperitivo spots, awe-inspiring churches and exhibitions, as well as lip-smacking local establishments in typically delicious Italian style.

With the beautiful flood of rich and famous running through the city, it’s vital to book your spot in the best boutique hotels, transfers and restaurants as far in advance as possible. You want to ensure you can access hot-off-the-press fashion news as it happens. Get the scoop on Milan’s fashion secrets and experience Italy at its exclusive best at the finest boutiques, hottest spots and hippest parties in Italy by getting in touch with Charme & Adventure. These in-the-know insiders are local professionals in exclusive, tailor-made tours that insist you experience Italy as authentically as possible.

by Luca on Aug 28, 2015