On the Runway

Milan Retail Therapy

Any fashion editor worth her salt knows that a trip to Milan – especially during fashion week – requires at least two retail pit stops. 1) Corso Como, 2) Mari Outlet.

Corso Como is a Milan institution. Owner Carla Sozzani – sister of Italian Vogue E-in-C, Franca, stocks her uber stylish shop with of the best edited designer pieces in the world. From Burberry to Alaia to Givenchy to Miu Miu, there all there. They’re accessory selection – especially jewellery and sunglasses are extensive. The women’s and men’s department flank and great novelty department with scented candles, stationery, (even some, ahem battery powered personal items). This is a full stop shop with a gorgeous courtyard cafe and restaurant. During fashion week, you’ll spot countless editors (we do eat!) and cool people aplenty. And the book store is one you could get lost in for hours. The iconic black and white printed bags and wrapping paper are enough to make me want to buy something.

In the midst of an unassuming residential area and behind a closed gate, is fashion heaven: the Marni Outlet. This place is so out of the way and discreet, you feel like you’re on a top secret mission. For years, editor’s were sworn to secrecy by the editors that brought them there – in fear that too many people would find out. Unlike other outlets, this neatly merchandised shop is filled to the brim with last season’s left overs. Clothes, jewellery, sunglasses, shoes and belts. Prices are generally less than half of regular retail. Hard to walk away empty handed!