The fashion industry will set its eyes on Milan for the next few days to see Italian designers’ new collections. Milan Fashion Week is back and I’m ready to enjoy it!

Dear Diary:

Yesterday I arrived in Milan. It’s been a long time ago since my last visit, and I must confess that had missed the magic of this city. Visiting the capital of Italian fashion is an otherworldly experience; everything is wrapped in an aura of elegance and luxury, and this effect is intensified when Milan Fashion Week comes to town. After a long time of waiting, Italian fashion week is back with in-person shows and promises to be an unforgettable event.

After a long but relaxing flight (sometimes an airplane is the perfect place to disconnect and rest), I arrived at the Milan-Linate Airport. I was nervous and happy: I was back in Milan and ready to enjoy Fashion Week, and in just a few hours I would see my brother who was also on his way in from Paris. This year, I came to Fashion Week with Camera nazionale della moda italiano (Fashion Lesson: CNMI is an organization dedicated to promoting Italian fashion since 1958), so I will be getting a super-exclusive and special Italian Fashion Week experience at the hands of fashion experts.

The CNMI provided transportation from the airport to my hotel and welcomed me with gifts from Wella Profesionals and Sunday Riley (the perfect welcome!). This  year, I’m staying at the Principe di Savoia. which is one of my favorite hotels in Milan with its spectacular views of the Piazza della Repubblica and neoclassical architecture that screams Italian glamor. As always, the first thing I did was unpack all my suitcases. I like to have all my clothes, bags, shoes, and accessories in view; it creates a more welcoming feeling in a suite that will be my home for the next few days.

Unfortunately, due to scheduling, I was unable to attend any shows on my first day (I can’t believe I missed Fendi and Alberta Ferretti) but I was excited for the night ahead and the rest of my calendar is full of exciting events. So, my Glam Squad got to work and helped me create a spectacular beauty look. I went with natural makeup with a nude glossy lip and a little color on my cheeks and eyes in golden tones. For my hair, I went with a sleek low ponytail. 

For my outfit, I chose a Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello dress. This red latex piece drapes at the waist and creates a nice silhouette with a buckled belt and pronounced shoulder pads. I paired the dress with leather pumps with a metallic toe detail and a Hermès Constance bag in black leather. It was a cold night, so I decided to wear some Wolford X Amina Muaddi tights.

Once I was ready, I left the hotel and headed to the first event of the evening. 10 Corso Como was the venue for the launch of Tod’s new collaboration with Hender Scheme. Designer Ryo Kashiwazaki teamed up with Walter Chiapponi to create a collection that fuses the DNA of both brands, and the result is spectacular: all the elegance and Italian tradition of Tod’s but in modern garments and accessories that have the avant-garde spirit of Hender Scheme.

After the event, I went to the launch dinner for the 2022 CNMI Sustainable Fashion Awards. The Camera nazionale della moda Italiana held a dinner in the Sala delle Cariatidi of the Palazzo Reale Milano. The venue was a dream–the neoclassical architecture and decoration along with the frescoes and paintings are a testament to Italian artistry and design. Without a doubt, it was the perfect place for an event celebrating the fashion of this country! During the event, I had the opportunity to listen to the President of the National Chamber of Italian Fashion, Carlo Capasa, talk about the upcoming awards for sustainability in fashion–which will take place on September 25 at the Teatro alla Scala–and also express the importance of creating an industry that is more aware of its impacts on our planet. The event may have been opulent, but it made us reflect on the importance of taking action now to ensure a better future. It was spectacular night, and I was able to have great conversations in the company of people like the Mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala, Anna Wintour, Brunello Cucinelli, Giuseppe Zanotti, Angela Missoni, and other industry greats like Carla Sozzani, Nicole Phelps, Suzy Menkes, and Paolo Stella to name a few.

The first day of Milan Fashion Week may not have been full of fashion shows, but it certainly was a memorable one!

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