Milan, the city of extremely well dressed elderly and unbelievably boring youth that suddenly (and luckily) goes into hiding during fashion week and making way for stylish crowds. That’s all I learned in my year living there; don’t expect to be inspired by anyone unless it’s one of the fashion months but if it is, just enjoy the very colorful ride.
Me being away on vacation and still trying to keep up with all the runway shows & street style looks every single night made me wonder something I haven’t given much thought before. Why am I doing this, when street style isn’t necessarily what my blog is about (I’m not the one taking the photos, it’s not my main topic, I’m just doing a compilation)? Then I realized, I’m doing it as an inspiration board for my future self, when I want to see all the best looks of that season I have a convenient place to find them all in one place instead of visiting every single website or scrolling down pages of Pinterest pins. So here it is, my favorite street style looks from Milan Fashion Week, handpicked by a very tired blogger lying in bed at an LA airbnb in the middle of the night!
If there’s one upside of being stuck to bed not going out at all sick, it’s spending hours and hours watching SATC on repeat and scrolling through street style photos all day long with no guilt at all. Don’t get me wrong, I do it on a regular non-sick fashion month too, only this time I don’t feel like screaming “get a life Elif!”. Anyways, as Paris Fashion Week approaches and inspiration is piling up, my many many shopping carts on multiple websites are overflowing. In terms of inspiration that will influence your spring/fall shopping, there are two major take outs from Milan Fashion Week streets: 1) pink and orange explosion (which I personally can’t get behind) 2) Gucci and suits (this I definitely can get behind).
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.
I can’t believe a day has come where I’m cherishing Milan style scene more than London (or even New York) as someone who always thought of Milan fashion as too caught up in their history and not inspiring at all. I remember visiting London for 3 days when I was living in Milan and wanted to live there instead so bad, I was blown away by all the creativity. Of course it’s nonsense to assume a fashion fueled week would represent the whole character of the city, but Milan Fashion Week literally saved the street style scene of this fashion month (for now, as I think the ending in Paris will make up for everything). Here are my picks of the best street style looks of Milan Fashion Week that ended yesterday.