We visited Milan during fashion week last month. Although the city may not currently hold the official title of ‘fashion capital of the world’ it certainly oozes chic sophistication.

There was plenty of glamour to behold, not least of all on the street where it’s difficult to separate the model-esque Milanese from the international glitterati. We watched the paparazzi in action at the Dolce & Gabbana after show party at Gold Bar, got caught up amongst the photographers outside a fashion show held next to the Duomo (where a Michael Kors ad adorns the cathedral) and gazed at Anna Dello Russo sashaying round the Quadrilatero d’Oro (golden rectangle) in a £15,000 Dolce and Gabbana sequined dress (and some fruity headwear).

As well as stumbling upon fashion events we also made a trip to the design museum, La Triennale, to check out the exhibition ‘Louis Vuitton: The Art of Fashion’, curated by Katie Grand, which displayed 30 looks from the Louis Vuttion archive.  The fashion theme continued to other exhibitions at La Triennale including a fashion show backstage installation featuring videos shown within Hollywood light bulb mirrors.

If your Euros are burning a hole in your pocket then you’ve come to the right place. The city is a shoppers dream. From the Golden Rectangle area – where every high end designer has a store – to the laid back Navigli area in the south of the city where vintage shops boast second-hand treasures cast off by the uptown girls as each season rolls in.

This is a city where your holiday shorts and Havaianas aren’t going to cut it.  You might want to don your Prada just to get through passport control…

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