A Fairytale of Fashion and Frescoes; Destination Milan

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It’s fashion week in Milan; the capital of ultimate style and sheer grace. Sitting dreamily over a macchiato in one of the famed coffee shops, splurging at the Galleria Vittorio, and treading softly on the rooftop of the glorious cathedral – it’s easy to imagine Gucci, Prada, and Dolce & Gabbana all starting their iconic fashion houses right here.

The chic city never drops the ball when it comes to high fashion and luxury living; Milan is the ultimate address in your little black book for living the highlife. Take a look at these fabulous ways to spend fashion week in Milan.

Where to Stay

Milan boasts that fascinating blend of contemporary chic meets old world glamor. The city is a smorgasbord of sparkling glass and peeling facades. It’s a fairytale of frescoes, piazzas, and gothic spires in the way Italy always is. Yet, it’s also a foray into multimillion dollar minimalist design and new age luxury.

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If you want a hint of regal old world glamour, then book the presidential suite at Principe di Savoia. This is the room celebrities always choose when they sashay into town; lured by the swaths of velvet and gold. The three-bed suite is bedecked in European antiques and priceless art and you have your own butler on hand to feed you high class canapes. The star of the show in this suite isn’t the staggering wraparound terrace or the private kitchen with personal chef. The star happens to be your very own Turkish bath, swimming pool, and jacuzzi.

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If you want to surround yourself with the suave sights of fashion week then there is no better place to stay than in the Armani Hotel. The man himself designed every nook and cranny of this place and during fashion week it is sure to be brimming with supermodels and designers. Black marble and Onyx glisten, color palettes are gloriously muted, the breakfast buffet is lined with sculpted edible wonders, and the Bamboo Bar is the place to be to get your fill of celebrities and cocktails.

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Where to Dine

Italian food needs little introduction; the simple pleasures of pure tapestry farmlands, organic delicacies, and deft hands makes dining in Milan a dream. You can go full blown Italian with the riches of gelato, the softest buttered veal, and perfect al dente pasta or you choose fusion. Nobu is one of those heavenly spots that blends Armani design with Japanese sushi.

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Speaking of Armani once again, you can choose to dine at his favorite restaurant in town – Da Giacomo. The exterior may whisper humble words but once inside you almost become giddy at the bright and gorgeous bourgeois design by Renzo Mongiardino. Tuscan fare adorns the menu – traditionally Italian with generous play on white truffles and homemade desserts. This is the perfect place for a dress down unpretentious dinner.

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Cracco is the place for when you want to dine at one of the world’s best restaurants. Boasting 2 Michelin stars and a sterling reputation, you can lose your sense and sensibility in the purely creative and captivating dishes.

Where to Play

Milan is a playground for fashionistas and those who are awe-struck by the beautiful aperitif culture. The city is a must for lingering over late afternoon cocktails and watching the dwindling sun splash the cobblestones of the nearest Piazza. Bar Luce, designed by filmmaker Wes Anderson, is where the art crowd likes to gather and linger over the 50’s style tables. For something a little less quirky and more sophisticated the Radio Rooftop Bar is more than a flash in the pan with the ‘it’ crowd. Sip a sweet negroni and admire the ancient skyline of the world’s coolest city.

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It wouldn’t be a trip to Milan without pushing the Black Amex across the counter at your favorite stores. We suggest hitting up Corso Como for haute couture delights by the likes of Azzedine Alaïa, Maison Martin Margiela, and Roberta Di Camerino. Tie lovers should swing by Masel for a master crafted tie spun from pure Mongolian cashmere or silk. The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the oldest and most lavish malls in the world –  a stunning soiree of glittering glass, high class designer names, and the most spectacular mosaics.

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Finally, a trip to Italy isn’t complete without a night at the opera. La Scala is one of the world’s most famous opera houses with its 18th century gilded charm. Dress to impress and prepare to shed a tear at heart wrenching songs by Puccini and Verdi.

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