We’ve really enjoyed our time in Milan, and wish we’d scheduled more days here to explore the city. It’s a stylish city too, and very eclectic.
What they’re wearing…
We’ve mostly been exploring near the city center, and I’ve been taking notes about the styles I’ve observed. Milan is a fashion capital and while there’s a definite nod toward what’s current, you don’t see a lot head-to-toe trendy. (And almost no athleisure or loungewear.) “Smart casual” but well put-together seems to be the dominant aesthetic.
So what flies in Milan?
- Sneakers, sneakers, sneakers! Everywhere, and just about any style. Sleek or chunky, classic or funky, all white or colorful, and some metallics. Worn with everything, including dresses and skirts.
- Ankle boots. Lots of chunky, combat styles, but also some sleeker ones, and shorter cowboy styles.
- Plaid blazers. Also check, houndstooth and solid colors. Slightly oversized. Worn over jeans, trousers, skirts, dresses.
- Quilted and puffer jackets and vests. Especially in cool evenings and mornings. Sleeker, slimmer styles (but again, it’s not cold enough for big winter puffers).
- Cropped, wide leg trousers. Usually more soft, fluid fabrics.
- Jeans. Mostly light to medium washes, everything from skinnies to baggy cuts.
- Trench coats. Mostly classic styles, usually khaki or black.
- Neutrals. Black, various shades of navy and blue, browns/tans. Colors mostly as accents or outerwear, usually reds, purples, some lavender.
- Scarves. By our last day, scarves were beginning to make an appearance. As in Paris, they are often the same or a close color to a top or jacket.
- BIG sunglasses.
An afternoon with Armani
I wasn’t sure what to expect when we visited Armani/Silos (a museum of Armani design) but it did not disappoint! The “Silos” in the name references the fact that the building was once used for food storage. There are four levels, each with a different theme.
The ground floor level is a rotating exhibition, currently featuring a tribute to 40 years of Emporio Armani (the mid-priced Armani line).
What’s immediately striking is how both timeless and modern so many of the pieces look. You could combine many of these pieces with current ones and they wouldn’t look dated.
The fabrics are stunning, and many are very textural. I was absolutely smitten with this jacket, but forgot to note what past year/collection it’s from. Just look at those whimsical sea creatures!
The next three floors feature designs from the main Armani line. Each floor has a different theme. These photos are (mostly) in order as we progressed from Androgynous to Ethnicities to Hollywood.
Toward the end of the tour my phone was running out of battery, so I had to snap judiciously, but trust me, the entire exhibit was just dazzling. The clothes aren’t behind glass, and visitors can get up close to really see the details.
Exhibitions like this really showcase the potential for the true artistry of fashion, and I remain in awe of the people who can design and execute these beautiful creations. If you love fashion and will be in Milan, give yourself a couple of hours to explore Armani/Silos.