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Italiana: Italy through the Lens of Fashion, 1971-2001
Milan is one of the top international fashion capital, and elegance is everywhere as you walk around the city: in the high-end shops, in the businesswomen dressed in black and graciously wearing high heels, in the quiet courtyards of the historic centre.
If your interest in fashion is half as strong as ours, do not miss a new exhibition recently opened at Palazzo Reale: Italiana: Italy through the Lens of Fashion, 1971-2001.
“Italiana” celebrates the Italian fashion system in 3 key decades that shaped the world of today. The starting point, 1971, is the year that symbolically marks the break with high fashion and the beginning of the period of Italian ready-to-wear: in 1971 fashion designer Walter Albini chose Milan for the first show of his line, and in that same period the women’s liberation movement emerged in Italy.
On the opposite end, 2001 is the year that marks the transition between two centuries, the year of the attacks of 9/11, but also the period when Italian fashion finally became a global phenomenon.
Fashion is a complex, polycentric phenomenon that draws on a whole range of expertise and intelligence, involving such diverse players as designers, industrialists, artists, architects and intellectuals. Industry and art converge into fashion, and in Italiana you will get to know its protagonists. From the industrial production of quality clothing in the 70s to the system centered on the fashion designer that emerged and triumphed over the course of the eighties; from the names and brands that in the nineties shaped a global economy of styles, to the new figure of the creative director.
As the subtitle of the exhibition reads, fashion can be seen as a lens, a key to the understanding of Italy. Fashion reflects the social, political and cultural history of Italy, and “Italiana” will take you on a voyage of discovery of the Italian soul.
What is in store for Milan in 2018
Fashion and art and all things nice: that is what’s in store for Milan in 2018. The calendar is simply overflowing with events, so let’s take a closer look.
January 12-15 – Men’s Fashion Week – At the last Fashion Week, in June 2017, the overall takeaway was that designers were ignoring trends and proposing what they do best. We will see in a few days if such attitude is confirmed also for the Fall/Winter 2018 collections. Follow live events here.
February 21-27 – Milan’s Fashion Week - The woman collection fashion shows are the most awaited moment of the international fashion system.
March 2-4 – Museocity will turn Milan into a mega arts centre with extended opening hours, special exhibitions and children’s workshops. And 15 extraordinary venues, such as artist ateliers and designer and architect studios, will be open to curious visitors.
April 9-15 – Art Week – An extensive programme of events, inaugurations and special openings all revolving around Miart, the fair dedicated to contemporary art.
April 17-22 - Design Week – If Edinburgh International Festival is accompanied by the exuberant Fringe Festival, Milan’s Salone del Mobile is matched with the Fuorisalone, possibly the world’s most important date with design. Created from grassroots and organized by the municipal districts, during the Salone del Mobile it transforms the city into an exciting collective design event with entire urban areas transformed by temporary exhibitions.
May 18-20 – Pianocity - The annual peaceful invasion of pianos: over 400 concerts, piano lessons, tributes to great Masters and debut performances, often in unconventional places.
June 4-10 – Photo Week - At its second edition, a week full of exhibitions, meetings, guided tours, workshops and openings.
September 17-23 - Movie Week – Screenings right across the city in collaboration with Milano FIlm Festival; a whirlwind of exhibitions and special events in cinemas, plus, meetings with actors and directors
November 8-10 – Bookcity - Over 1000 events, both for bookworms and accidental readers.
And even more is yet to come!
Welcome to Far from the madding crowd – #2 Milan’s East End. This it the second of a series of posts which will guide you around less known neighborhoods of Milan, away from the busy center but where real locals go.
Breakfast will be a pleasure at Elettrautocadore, a former garage now turned into a versatile cocktail bar. It is quite popular among the hip Milanese youth and offers good freshly baked croissant since dawn.
Hop on bus 45 and head to Monlue’, a tiny rural village built around the eponymous Cascina Monlue’, an ancient abbey dating back to the 13th century. It ancient name, Mons Luparium, “hill of the wolves”, refers to a period in the past when the area was more hilly and infested by wolves, but the constant labour of monks has turned this wild land into a rich agricultural paradise.
Back to modern times! Take Passante railway and reach Marni outlet, brand of choice of the Milanese boho.
After spending money and energies in your shopping rush, what you need is a tasty stop. Pretend you’re in Berlin and pedal (or walk) to Upcycle Milano Bike Cafè, an urban meeting point where you can eat (food is super fresh and the menu changes every day), buy and read books, work, meet people.
Relax and smell the upcoming spring in the Botanical Garden of the Biosciences Department of the University of Milan, we bet you’ll feel like Alice in Wonderland as you walk among exotic plants and tiny ponds.
Piscina Caimi, a jewel of the ’30s, has been recently restored and brought back to life. The swimming pool is just part of a bigger project, including appartaments for the middle class, a theatre to rejoice the soul and a gym club to empower the body. The theatre named Franco Parenti has been recently renovated by world famous architect Michele de Lucchi and the swimming and it’s worth a visit in itself.
For a special dinner, we have two suggestions, at the two extremities of a wide range of restaurant choices.
L’albero fiorito is a jump back in time to the Fifties, when it was opened as a very basic informal bar & kitchen. Time hasn’t passed, here: be prepared to enjoy simple homemade food, to pay ridiculously small prices (pasta 3 euros, meat 5 euros), to share your table with other guests, to fetch water and wine yourself from the bar. And never, never tell Gianni, the owner, that we recommended his restaurant! A few years ago Corriere della Sera, the most important newspaper in Milan, wrote a very posititve review of L’albero fiorito. Gianni called the newspaper complaining about the crowd of new hip guests who were queueing at his door! By the way, it is not possible to book in advance, and be there not later than 7.30 pm (or a little before midday for lunch).
At the other end of the spectrum, I Valtellina restaurant will welcome you with an incredibly elegant and at the same time cosy and warm atmosphere, flawless service and the typical food of Valtellina, an alpine valley north of Milan. The valley is famous for a top quality red wine, Sfursatt, and for Inferno, a less noble but equally enjoyable wine whose name comes from the steep terraces where vineyards are grown, so steep that living and working there is like being in hell. But at Valtellina you will feel like you’re in heaven.
Well, we wanted to write a post about the Milan Fashion Week but…you can’t really describe it without images, so here you are: today during our walking guided tours we took some pictures portraiting people going aroud in these days. But truly said in Milan every day is Fashion Week, we love the vibe of the city and the style spread everywhere.
Milano Moda Uomo will take place in Milan between January 16th and 20th and will bring a blast of fashion through the city with more than 40 fashion shows! If you’ll be around and don’t want to miss anything, just download the calendar here.
But surprises are not over, for 4 days the central, charming Via Del Gesù will be turned into a classy Via dell’Uomo, a 270 meters path entirely dedicated to men’s elegance where people can stroll around through the real Italian lifestyle. Kiton, Brioni and Acqua di Parma are just few of the brands you’ll find there.
To make your day perfect, have a drink by the Foyer, the elegant bar at Four Seasons Hotel or a light lunch by Il Salumaio di Montenapoleone. In the courtyard you’ll find one of the several hidden gems of Milan, the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum, a dreamy, enchanting historic-house museum decorated in a rich Neo-Renaissance style.
And everything in just 270 meters…can you believe it?