Fashion Week is nearly upon us here in Milan. My schedule is filling up with cool events and presentations and I am getting really excited about what the week has in stall . When I am not shooting, a lot of my schedule is spent working at home and online, so I love using Fashion Week as an opportunity to attend loads of events and shows around the city, visit cool exhibitions, check out new bars and catch up with people in town for the week. I always think the city comes alive during Fashion Week and I love the energy and buzz that comes with that.
Saying that, the week can get pretty crazy running from event to event and I have learnt, that to maximize the weeks success and fun its important to be prepared. Here is my tried and tested Survival Guide for having fun at Milan Fashion Week…
Make Sure you Have all your Essentials Packed in Your Handbag. Fashion week means being on the go all day and often into the night. So if you want to make it to the end of the day without feeling (or looking) exhausted its important you stock up your handbag with essentials for all situations. Think portable phone charger, healthy snacks, lipstick, facial powder, nail files, mini perfume and gum to name a few.
Buy Comfortable Shoes. Pre-Fashion Week, invest in some shoes that are stylish but comfortable. I literally cannot stress how important this is. You will be on your feet all day running from event to event and partying all night, so there isn’t time for painful shoes. I have invested in a pairs of heels that are cute and comfortable and some really stylish brogues for when I need a day wearing flats!
Plan your Outfits in Advance. Once you know your event schedule, take some time to plan out your outfits. Make a space in your wardrobe and hang your outfits together in groups so you always know what you are going to be wearing. As a Stylist I always do this when I have important events coming up and I can’t tell you how much time and stress it saves!
Take Time to Sit Down and Eat Lunch. Food is one of the most important things in Italian culture and there are so many chic and tasty restaurants to try around the city. Try to take at least half an hour out of the craze to sit down during lunch – your body will reward you by feeling more relaxed and energized during your afternoon events. Some of my favorite healthy and tasty lunch sports around the city are Cascina Cuccagna, California Bakery, Fluid and Mantra Raw Vegan. If taking a break for lunch is a bit of a stretch, pop back during aperitivo hour for a glass of prosecco and some tasty snacks.
Get beautiful nails at Bahama Mama. I love matching my nails to my outfits but when I have a jam-packed schedule I don’t always have much time to devote to my beauty routine. Bahama Mama is a super cool nail bar in Milan where you can get amazing manicures and pedicures in no time. They even have a coffee and juice bar there so you can load up on tasty treats during your pamper session.
Got any of your own Fashion Week Survival Tips? Or have some cool bars, lunch spots or shopping places you love around Milan? I would love to hear about them in the comments below…