The industry led events take place twice a year, when in September big names such as Gucci, Calvin Clein and Tommy Hilfiger display their Spring/Summer Collections. The National Chamber of Italian Fashion has been running its event since 1958 and is one of the “big four” (alongside New York, London and Paris). The spectacular locations of Palazzo Reale and Palazzo Serbelloni host the main Milan shows, with famous designers and models coming from around the world to take part. Elsewhere across the city other locations join in to celebrate, either with their own shows or public viewings from some of the world’s leading brands.
There are three main airports into Milan, Malpensa, Orlo Al Serio with Linate being the closest and a €20 return trip on the train. Both Palazzo Reale and Palazzo Serbelloni are on the main tram and metro lines, making it easy to reach the heart of the event. In order to attend either of these venues you need to register with the National Chamber of Italian Fashion as tickets are hard to come by. If you are interested in a specific brand, contact them directly or check local listings nearer the time for other shows throughout the week.
Wherever you are in Milan during fashion week, book early as the whole city is full of excitement (especially in and around the shopping districts). If you run a fashion blog or own a boutique, it’s worth seeing if you can gain special entry by enquiring through the official website. You do need to register to attend, however the shows are actively looking for volunteers who work within the industry. Keep an eye out for famous faces, but also any special events at the major retailers. Most of all, dress appropriately as a dedicated follower of fashion.
Look at a selection of apartments and villas, holiday homes, B&B’s 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.
The Leonardo da Vinci painting of “The Last Supper” is housed at the Santa Maria delle Grazie, or visit one of the many other art galleries in the city. View Milan from the top of one of the largest cathedrals in Europe at the impressive gothic Duomo di Milano or go to the opera at Teatro alla Scala.
For more information on Milan 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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