Milano Moda Donna Spring/Summer 2016 marks the relocation of the Fashion Hub to Piazza Gae Aulenti, emblem of the new Milan and the new, fast growing luxury shopping zone. The move also reflects the evolution of the city itself.
Milan Fashion Week
Wednesday 23rd – Monday 28nd September 2015
The Mall, in piazza Lina Bo Bardi 1
In celebration of Milan Fashion Week a host of exhibitions and programs are happening around the city.
Exhibition: Under Leonardo’s Influence The Poldi Pezzoli Museum explores the flourishing of Northern Renaissance art through its rich collection of Lombard paintings and decorative arts of the XV and XVI century thanks to Leonardo’s activity in the Sforza court. The exhibition will display Renaissance textiles made out of silk and gold, velvet altar frontals, magnificent goldsmith’s objects and paintings. All these artworks testify the greatness of an international and prolific artistic hub.
Via Alessandro Manzoni, 12, 20121 Milano, Italia http://en.expoincitta.com/
What was once an oversized ex-industrial space that kept Milan Design Empress Nina Yashar’s most treasured overflow of design loot is now a full-on, full-sized three-story exhibition and display space spanning 1,500 square metres. Off the beaten track but well worth the trek from the city center, it will satisfy both art and design palettes that appreciate the greats like Gio Ponti and Ettore Sotsass as well as newer stars such as Martino Gamper and Massimiliano Locatelli. More central is Yashar’s beloved mainstay spot on Via Della Spiga 32, with a more limited but still brilliantly curated selection
Viale Vincenzo Lancetti 34 +39 02 36 59 08 00 www.nilufar.com
Good things come to those who wait, and in this case Milan finally has a vast culture compound that puts the city in the global contemporary art big leagues. Expertly exhibited across 17 striking buildings designed by Rem Koolhaas are hundreds of modern and contemporary artworks from Miuccia Prada and her husband Patrizio Bertelli’s private collection, including Damien Hirst, Louise Bourgeois and Robert Gober and pieces on loan from international art institutions. If wandering around the 19,000 square metres leaves you in need of fuel, enjoy an espresso (or cocktail) and a toasted panino at the Wes Anderson-designed canteen modeled on an old-school Milanese café.
Largo Isarco 2 +39 02 56 66 26 11 www.fondazioneprada.org
Leave it to Mr. Armani to turn a former Nestlé granary into a starkly designed, basilica-inspired space that now houses his fashion archive of over 40 years. Apart from the exhibition area currently showcasing over 300 garments and 200 accessories, the Silos has a digital archive of drawings, sketches and material dedicated to the Maestro of Minimalism, with a bespoke cataloging system.
Via Bergognone 40 +39 02 91 63 00 10 www.armanisilos.com
Museo Vigna di Leonardo
One of the most prestigious addresses in Milan, the Museo Vigna di Leonardo finally opened to the public this year. This hot spot is where the great master Da Vinci lived while painting The Last Supper and where remnants of his vineyard were recently uncovered. Famed mid-century Milanese architect Piero Portaluppi restored the property in the 19th century, and this year saw the first re-planting of the grape that Leonardo himself used.
Corso Magenta 65 +39 02 48 16 150 www.vignadileonardo.com
After checking out the impressive and thought-provoking Arts & Food exhibition in the museum’s main space, head upstairs for a light (and arguably pricey) meal in the fabulous new DesignCafé, which makes the entire Triennale experience a whole lot cooler. Or grab a quick but chic aperitivo on the garden terrace, where you can enjoy the view of Giorgio de Chirico’s Bagni Misteriosi, which finally has water in its fountains after 50 years.
Viale Alemagna 6 +39 02 72 43 41 www.triennale.org
Museo del Design
As with many of Milan’s prized destinations, this temple of design requires a schlepp that will be duly rewarded. A total of 100 iconic design pieces from Italian and international masters tell the story of the last century, with important works from such icons as Achille Castiglioni, Arne Jacobsen and Charles Eames, and spanning movements from Art Nouveau to Memphis and Bauhaus.
Via Giosuè Borsi 9 +39 02 83 41 33 02 www.museiitaliani.org
Tired of all of the pasta? This sleek spot just a stone’s throw from D&G’s HQs offers an Asian-inspired menu. The Japanese chef reinvents traditional Chinese and Italian dishes—the Wagyu Carpaccio and the insalata caprese made with tofu are ideal for the vegetarians
Corso Concordia 8 +39 02 76 02 38 73 www.gongmilano.it
La Grande Madre
Milan is saturated with praise of motherhood—Head to Palazzo Reale to see the Trussardi Foundation’s latest mega-show. Among the 400 works filling the 29 exhibition rooms are gems by Frida Kahlo, Diane Arbus, Salvador Dali and Jeff Koons.
Palazzo Reale Piazza del Duomo 12 www.artpalazzoreale.it
The oldest original café in Milan—a beacon of Milanese propriety and (edible) excellence—has opened its second location in the heart of the city’s shopping center, thanks to Prada, its new owner. Expect the same traditional spirit and impeccable quality as the original, with the advantage of finally sitting down at a proper table to enjoy your frothy cappuccino, light lunch and evening Aperol spritz.
Via Monte Napoleone 9 +39 02 86 27 70 www.pasticceriamarchesi.it
If you ever wanted to see how a proper Milanese lunch or dinner spread should be laid out, look no further than Richard Ginori, whose porcelain housewares have been perfectly kept and maintained in Milanese pantries and china cabinets for years. The first new boutique since the brand was re-booted by Gucci, this place feels more museum than shop—but everything is for sale.
Piazza San Marco 3 +39 02 89 01 16 46 www.richardginori1735.com
Living Divani at Torre Velasca
Piero Lissoni has designed a temporary terrace around architectural gem Torre Velasca’s perimeter. Visitors can pop by and not only view (and lounge in!) Lissoni’s custom-designed plywood benches and his iconic Frog Chair that he created for Living Divani, but also participate in what is part café, part Urban Zen forest smack in the city center. Check out the historical exhibit dedicated to the Torre on the ground floor.
Piazza Velasca 5 +39 393 88 19 191 www.livingdivani.it