Living La Dolce Vita: What to Wear for Milan’s Fashion Week

TBOY - Milan - GigixTommy
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Bright, bold and beautiful, this two-piece from the GIGIxTommy collection was a smash-hit at New York Fashion Week and translates perfectly to Milan’s casual dining scene. Dressing down for dinner at Da Giacomo in Milan calls for casual chic – embrace the beauty of Italian style and opt for block primary colors with flattering silhouettes.

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A reservation at Michelin star holding restaurant, Cracco, calls for a simple yet chic evening dress with a casual line to shake off the rigidness of a gown. Oscar de la Renta’s much talked about runway show at =NYFW runway featured a perfect option: a fresh, lime-green gown that flows like liquid silk. Slip it on for elegant dinners and long evenings enjoying la dolce vita.

TBOY - Milan JannyPackham Evening Gown
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With the right connections, you’ll be able to secure an evening performance at Milan’s famed opera house, La Scala. It’s imperative to dress the part so do not hesitate to wear your finest. For ladies, an evening gown from Jenny Packham’s AW17 show will have you fitting into the opulent settings with ease, and for gentlemen, very little surpasses the elegance of a tuxedo inspired by James Bond by luxury designer, Mr Tom Ford.

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Victoria Beckham embodies her luxury fashion line, and during New York Fashion Week was spotted stepping out in items fresh from her runway show. Our favorite: the Pin Pump. This heel celebrates minimalistic style, yet is luxurious inside and out – handcrafted in Italy from lamb leather, with a goat lining slip. The Pin Pumps  are currently available on pre-order and will be a fantastic accessory for putting your best (and brightly colored) foot forward in Milan’s high fashion social scene.

TBOY - Milan - Silk Giant Scarf
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There are few accessories that pack as much punch as a silk scarf from French powerhouse, Hermès. The quality and design are second-to-non, and can be considered a versatile investment – perfect for a jetsetter’s wardrobe. Drape it over a summer dress as you stroll through the Galleria Vittorio, team it with a blazer, crisp white shirt and tailored jeans to add some color to a classic travel ensemble or wind it around the handle of your Birkin, adding movement to another timeless Hermès piece.

TBOY - Milan - Hilfiger Denim Men
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A well-tailored pair of jeans, roughed up just enough to give a gentleman a contemporary edge is a must-pack item for days spent taking in Milan. This collection from Tommy Hilfiger will be flying after the designer’s recent success at New York Fashion Week. Choose a casual fit, and team them with a fresh linen shirt. For the ultimate Italian touch, throw a light, pastel sweater over your shoulders.

TBOY - Milan - Tom Ford Espadrilles
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Fashion week in Milan requires you to dress the part, as you’ll be scrutinized by the fashion-conscious Milanese. Step out in a brightly colored pair of espadrilles from Tom Ford that will fit the scene, and make for hours of comfortable strolling around one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

TBOY - Milan Tod's 24h Bag
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The velvety suede envelope bag from Tod’s is a fantastic example of Italian style and the perfect carry-on for a trip to Milan. Each item from the Tod’s collection is designed with the very best quality leather available, and is created with attention to fine detail. Rest assured, your envelope bag’s bespoke detailing will be perfect as it was handcrafted by an artisan.

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