Must-Sees In Milan-------
Milan fashion week is officially under way. The party of the week (make that party of the season) is next Monday’s celebration for Extreme Beauty in Vogue, an exhibition opening March 2 at the Palazzo della Ragione. The mayor of Milan will be there, not to mention co-hosts Anna Wintour, Domenico Dolce, and Stefano Gabbana. And we’re willing to bet Scarlett Johanssen (Dolce & Gabbana‘s latest campaign face) and a number of her celebrity cohorts won’t miss it either. Check back here Monday for a preview of images from the exhibit—Meisel, Leibovitz, Penn, Avedon…now you understand why the beauty’s extreme. In the meantime, here are a few of our favorite Milan diversions to keep you busy.
Food: Fashion crowd favorite Da Giacomo, pictured at left, consistently finds itself near the top of any Milanese Best Restaurants list. After 60 years in business, the cozy, pistachio-walled eatery has expanded, buying up a tobacconist, a bistro, and a patisserie all on the same block. Some locals sniff that the food at the main establishment has slipped a notch, but we put that down to a typically Milanese resistance to change. If you find the torte selection at the patisserie a little overwhelming, we recommend the Bomba for the name alone.
Culture: A visit to 10 Corso Como, the mini-department store and cultural space in the courtyard of a palazzo, is as obligatory for the style set as a tour of the Duomo for the more casual tourist. Fortunately, Carla Sozzani usually manages to make the trip worthwhile. At the moment the first-floor gallery space is devoted to glossy seventies glamour, with a collection of photographs from fashion shutterbug Guy Bourdin. In the downstairs shop, Cacharel has reissued a selection of its most popular pieces from the same trippy decade. That should combat any gray overload your winter wardrobe may be experiencing—assuming you’re feeling buoyed by the euro exchange rate.
Shoes: For something more cutting-edge, the resident artist at sneakerhead paradise Par 5 will provide you with your very own personalized pair of Kawasaki, Victoria, or Stan Smith kicks.
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Wine: When it comes to drinks at the end of the day, the unassuming cellar space of N’ombra de Vin next to St. Mark’s Cathedral is the perfect space to sip high-quality vino in a low-key atmosphere. Best of all, you don’t have to wait till evening: Tastings begin at 9 a.m.
tags: 10 Corso Como, Anna Wintour, Annie Leibovitz, Cacharel, Carla Sozzani, Da Giacomo, Dolce & Gabbana, Extreme Beauty in Vogue, Guy Bourdin, Irving Penn, Milan Fashion Week, N'ombra de Vin, Par 5, Richard Avedon, Steven Meisel
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