Twice a year the industry led events take place for leading brands to display their latest designs through a series of fashion shows and exhibitions. The original fashion week started in New York, with The National Chamber of Italian Fashion creating their own event which has been running since 1958 and considered one of the “big four”. Household names including Calvin Klein, Gucci and Prada are on display, whilst famous faces such as Salma Hayek and Elton John have been spotted in attendance. If you’re looking for major designers or discover an emerging brand elsewhere in the city, fashion week is the perfect time to visit Milan.
There are three main airports into Milan, Malpensa, Orlo Al Serio with Linate being the closest. The fashion shows for Milan Fashion Week are held at Palazzo Reale and Palazzo Serbelloni, both of which are on the main tram and metro lines. You need to register with the National Chamber of Italian Fashion through the official website for details on accessing the industry events. Contact the brands directly or check local listings nearer the time for other displays throughout the week. If you are attending a show remember to dress to impress, or you may not be allowed in.
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). Although it’s not just at the main fashion shows, look into further details at major retailers for any additional events. If you run a fashion blog or own a 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 and encourage sending your CV to try and gain work.
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.
View Milan from the top of one of the largest cathedrals in Europe at the impressive gothic Duomo di Milano. There’s the Leonardo da Vinci painting of “The Last Supper” at the Santa Maria delle Grazie, visit one of the many art galleries in the city or watch an 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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