There is one thing remarkably characteristic about Milan fashion week street style, something that distinguishes the city deemed out of touch by many from the other major fashion capitals, and that is the overwhelming dominance of Italian women. You never see the same example in New York with American women, in London with British women or in Paris with Parisian women (I love how Paris is like a country on its own) – fashion weeks are occupied by bloggers and editors from around the world but in Milan, it’s always about Italians. Case in point: Gilda Ambrosio, Giorgia Tordini, Linda Tol and Erika Boldrin ruled MFW so much that no one will remember anyone else but them, and maybe Yoyo Cao.
For anyone who lived in Milan for a while (but is not Itailan) witnessing fashion week is like entering an exclusive party that had been kept secret from you all that time; on a regular day Milan is surprisingly un-stylish, 20 somethings destroying the grand heritage of the city with their shiny puffer coats while tourists are tackying up all over Montenapoleone, the real fashion people in the city usually hide in their caves (or private parties) and you’d be lucky if you can spot one or two around Naviglio, 10 Corso Como or Brera. Someone I know even said that Milan is still on top of the fashion scene only thanks to its advanced (60+) fashion scene. But during fashion week, it all changes. Suddenly anywhere you look turns into colorful, meticulously tailored and perfectly styled runways. It’s been 5 years since I left Milan and I see it’s still the same, so here are my picks from Milan Fashion Week streets, with Yoyo Cao and Diletta Bonaiuti as obvious winners.
I recently discovered why I love Milan fashion week street style so much and the reason is not just city’s sartorial heritage or women’s fearlessness especially in terms of color or even because it’s the country that embraces (and graces) masculine style the most. I get to see so much more of Ada Kokosar in Milan, that’s why, it’s that superficial. Here are my favorite 130 looks (fashion week really is a circus, innit?) from Milan streets, the beautiful city I spent one whole awesome year of my life in.
The fashion month is really the gift that keeps on giving and I totally believe there’s a reason behind the line-up of cities. With every passing week the fashion, on the runway and on the streets, gets better and better.