1. The breakout star of Milan fashion week last season was Haitian-Italian Stella Jean, and her show was certainly a highlight of the week for me. Her signature use of vibrantly patterned African fabrics continued for fall, but this time she also took inspiration from Italy and Japan to create a collection that was both visually unique and easy to wear for everyday. The shoes by Christian Louboutin, made in Stella Jean fabrics, are sure to be a hit.
2. One of the reasons we do showroom appointments after a runway show is to look at everything up close and personal! Two interesting tidbits from today’s resees: the straw-like embellishment in the Marni runway? Actually duck feathers! And under some of those Dolce & Gabbana tunic looks? Mink hot pants!
3. I also met Salvatore Ferragamo’s new bag introduction today: the Fiamma. The new range of handbags is named after Salvatore’s daughter, who worked for the company and in fact designed the brand’s iconic bow flats. Available in late spring, the bags will be sold in three different sizes and dozens of different fabrications. I love the versions with metallic handles.
4. Milanese fashion has always focused on the craftsmanship of its artisans and ateliers, and it was great to see all the brilliant beading and embroidery and intricate processes that went into the collections. In particular, the finale pieces at Marni and Dolce & Gabbana were simply stunning to view and touch (and very heavy to hold).
5. A trip to Milan is never complete without a few pit stops: CioccolatItaliani or Grom for gelato, spaghetti at Charleston and a visit to the Duomo to play tourist for 15 minutes. I made sure to fit these activities in before the day ended!