Twice a year the upcoming seasons, with brands showing off their latest designs through a series of fashion shows. The industry led events occur all over the world, with Milan considered one of the “big four” (alongside New York, London and Paris). The National Chamber of Italian Fashion and Chamber of Commerce have run the Milan event since 1958, with January men’s week showing off autumn and winter collections. Household names such as Calvin Klein, Gucci and Tommy Hilfiger are exhibited. 2016 welcomed a new initiative allowing several emerging brands to showcase their talent for the first time.
There are three main airports into Milan, Malpensa, Orlo Al Serio with Linate being the closest. It is easiest to reach the main fashion shows by public transport, with the venues Palazzo Reale and Palazzo Serbelloni both on the main tram and metro lines. Tickets for the bigger events are hard to come by, it is best to register with the National Chamber of Italian Fashion through the official website for more details. Public shows are also available in other venues, so check local listings nearer the time or contact the brands on display directly.
It is a pleasure just being in Milan during fashion week, the whole city full of excitement with a certain buzz in the air. If you run a fashion blog or boutique, contact the National Chamber of Fashion directly and see if you can gain special entry. While you need to register to attend, the shows are actively looking for volunteers so send through a copy of your CV. The main piece of advice for throughout the week though is always dress to impress.
If you are wishing to stay close to the main shows, look for a wide selection of houses, apartments, holiday homes, villas and other private rentals near to Palazzo Reale or Palazzo Serbelloni. If you are staying elsewhere in the city, Milan has a number of transport options to help you arrive at your location. Check our accommodation in Milan.
One of the largest cathedrals in Europe is the impressive gothic Duomo di Milano, make the most of your visit by viewing Milan from its rooftop. There’s also the famous “The Last Supper” painting by Leonardo da Vinci at the Santa Maria delle Grazie. Watch an opera at Teatro alla Scala or visit one of the many art galleries.
For more information on Men’s Fashion Week, including: News and events, photos and videos, the latest brands, accreditations and a list of contacts and sponsors visit the official website.
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