ELLE.MY editor's Milan Fashion Week diaries: Day 4
It's another luxurious day for Kate as she gets up close and personal with some of the season's loveliest collections
Day 4 was much calmer than the previous day so I had time to do a little exploring. With no ticket for the Bottega Veneta show at 9.30am, my Saturday morning could be spent shopping, working and marvelling at Milan's magnificent Duomo (the fifth largest cathedral in the world, it took nearly 600 years to complete).
Then after a leisurely (and fiscally responsible) jaunt around the flagship Prada store, I headed for lunch with Hogan and the Southeast Asian press at a homely trattoria not far from my hotel. We ate fennel, artichoke and caprese salads and veal osso buco, one of Milan's (many) specialities. It was totally decadent, but when in, er... Milan!
Giuseppe Zanotti AW15 (Photo: ellemalaysia/Instagram)
Afterwards we headed back to the castle where Friday's Tod's show was held for the resee. I was already a fan of the knitwear I saw the day before but now I can appreciate all the small details and accessories, such as the hefty geometric pale pink and white stone rings, the belts and of course, the foundations of the label, the shoes and bags. Stay tuned.
From here, I rushed down to Montenapoleone for two appointments: Giuseppe Zanotti's presentation, and the Versace resee, which were, handily, just doors away from each other. Giuseppe himself was there showing people his rock star shoes. Seeing him live in action, so energetic, exuberant and enthusiastic, I better understood why he makes the youthful anti-wallflower shoes he does. It was really nice to see.
Ralph Lauren AW15 (Photo: ralphlauren/Instagram)
A quick champagne on the terrace, then onto Versace, whose AW15 collection has a similar exuberance. But there was little time to linger as there were four events to get to that night. I raced back to the hotel to get ready and then was out the door again within the hour, on my way to Ralph Lauren's palazzo to view his newest collection.
Yes, Ralph owns a palazzo in Milan (see lead image, above), and this season the label brought over the AW15 collection to show press and buyers who didn't make it to New York Fashion Week. The pieces were hung against the cream walls in two rooms, and we were free to wander about, admiring them like artworks. And there was a lot to admire, especially if you're an Upper East Side sort of woman. Macramé twists, lush cream knits with fringing, black evening wear adorned with toggle-like beading, and what at first looked like fur lapels spliced with feathers, but which I later found out were actually made of shearling, because the label doesn't use fur.
Emilio Pucci AW15 (Photos: Imaxtree.com)
From here, onto the showing of a label that is equally legendary but worlds apart in terms of style: Pucci. We didn't know it for sure at the time but this was to be Peter Dundas's last collection as creative director. The show was held at the same venue as Moschino, but where that was in a stadium-like space on the ground floor, at Pucci we all tottered up a winding staircase in our heels and emerged into two quite intimate frescoed and gilded rooms.
The show notes told us that Stevie Nicks, the moon and stars were among the inspirations this season, but while that rang alarm bells for me, the interpretation was not as literal as I feared. Yes, there were one or two midnight blue, floor-length capes embroidered with constellations, and some girls wore astrology dresses with their own star signs on them, but they were really very cool. And there were still enough minidresses and signature prints to please Pucci purists. It will be exciting to see if, and how, Dundas branches out next.
Mark Ronson at the Emporio Armani Sounds Fashion Week Party (Photo: Emporio Armani)
Next, on to a dinner hosted by ELLE Italia at Castello Sforzesco, an enormous castle in the heart of Milan. Editors from all 46 editions of the magazine, including our newest sibling, ELLE Kazakhstan, were there to celebrate Milan's food, fashion and design achievements in the lead up to Expo 2015, which the city hosts from May to October. It was great to meet them, and share ideas for magazine making.
Finally, at about 11.30, we arrived at the final event of the evening: Emporio Armani's party at the nightclub at the Armani Hotel. It was absolutely rammed, and no wonder, with Mark Ronson on DJ duties. I lasted about 45 minutes before my crippled feet won out and bed called but it was huge fun while it lasted.
In fact, all of today was great, and tomorrow is going to offer even more of the good stuff because: Marni!