Milan is buzzing on this warm spring-like day. I arrive early in the morning after the red-eye from Toronto. Unfortunately, my bags have taken an extra-long pit-stop in Frankfurt and are not expected until after midnight. Fingers double crossed. My black cardigan and leggings with Prada motorcycle boots combo is great for the plane but not tomorrow night’s Prada show.

I spend an hour sorting my invitations – Prada, Fendi, D&G – are all here. The rest will come over the next few days.

I take a quick tour of the area around my hotel in the centre of the city. I stop by Prada first, of course. Their flagship store in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is one of my favourite boutiques in Milan. This luxe old-school boutique – imagine glass museum-type display cases and brass railings – stocks the full collection of handbags, accessories and mens and womens fashion. It’s fantastic to see the runway pieces – the photographic print dresses and lucite bejewelled tops are outstanding.

Next, I go for a walk along the Via Monte Napoleone and area where all of the top designer stores are based. Think every label from Gucci and Versace to Burberry and Alexander McQueen. Tall vases of white lillies grace the window of McQueen’s boutique in tribute to his recent passing. The DSquared store on Via Verri is a tongue-in-check homage to Canada. Dean and Dan Caten have decorated their store with logs and antler chandeliers. A fitting room features a TV screen with a flickering fireplace. Quite the contrast with the pair’s clear plastic covered dresses and neon stripper shoes.

Time for a quick bite and then the interminable wait for my luggage.