Good morning! I’m finally back from beautiful Soma Bay and cracking on with a whole lot of work! If you follow me on any of my many, increasing obnoxious social media platforms (sorry guys!) then you’ll know that I’ve been travelling a whole lot lately. Blogging has brought me so many incredible opportunities that I could never have dreamed of and getting the chance to experience new and diverse places, cultures and people is definitely a particularly amazing one. So firstly, thank you for following my adventures and now, cheesy moment over, let’s talk about my trip to Milan Design Week with Grazia Shop…
Wearing Markus Lupfer sweater & skirt with Kat Maconie boots (all available on Grazia shop) and my own Karen Walker glasses, Anne Bowes Jewellery necklace and Aspinal of London travel wallet
Even after spending a few days there over Milan Fashion Week, I still really don’t know the city at all well so when Grazia Shop asked if I fancied a 48 hour discoverathon during Design Week I leapt at the opportunity. I would be joining 4 other bloggers from 4 other countries on a MINI adventure (we were being driven around in MINI’s so, let’s pun people) to check out some of Milan’s hottest restaurants, cafes and districts as well as explore a few of the Design Week installations and parties, all while dressing up in dreamy clothes from Grazia Shop. So basically the best mini break imaginable!
After an incredibly early start I arrived in Milano dressed like a human ice cream/cartoon character in my beloved Markus Lupfer paired with some seriously cool pink alligator Kat Maconie ankle boots, my Whistles baby blue suede biker and Coach swagger bag that oh-so-conveniently matches it perfectly, complete with pink Via Clowds pom pom the addition of which needs no explanation. I’m not going to lie, this was a deeply impractical and uncomfortable outfit to travel in but having spent about two hours ogling the delights on Grazia Shop instead of working, I was determined to fit every single piece I picked into our trip. Bare legs was a major error for Heathrow at 5am but on the rare occasion I have some semblance of a tan I feel compelled to wear as little clothing as I can get away with to prove to the world (mainly to myself) that I’m not always the pastiest person on the planet.
We were staying at Maison Borella which is THE most gorgeous little boutique hotel overlooking the Naviglio Grande in the Tortona District, one of the city’s most exciting areas renowned for being a hub of design, fashion, art, architecture and all round creativity. Upon arrival, my fellow bloggers, Jessie Bush (We The People Style), Sonia Grispo (Trend And The City), Marie Von Behrens (MVB) and Erea Louro (All That She Wants) and I simultaneously asked for the WiFi password and knocked back a much needed coffee before heading to our rooms for an outfit change.
Wearing Carven polo shirt & skirt with Marni flatform sandals (all available at Grazia Shop) and my own Valentino sunglasses & Thakoon bag
My second look for the trip was THIS Carven and Marni get up! You all know how much I utterly adore Carven and the second I laid eyes on this technicolour dream of a skirt I knew it needed to have a starring role in my Milan wardrobe. What to pair with such a print n’ colour heavy item? A dizzying gingham polo skirt, of course! And the butterfly print Valentino shades I’m currently in love with, plus the most useful bag in the land courtesy of Thakoon and Marni flatform sandals from Grazia Shop that make me feel infinitely cooler than I actually am. Funny story, when I was prancing around in these bad boys the night before the trip I actually very nearly injured myself severely. Breaking an ankle falling off a pair of Marni flatforms would have to be the epitome of fashion casualty! Anyway, satisfied with my next lev pattern clashing I joined the others to pile into our MINIs and sped across town to Mantra, Italy’s first raw vegan restaurant, for lunch.
As a die hard carnivore with a deep rooted loathing of green juice and the insta smugness that tends to go hand in hand with it, this was not the part of the trip I was most looking forward to. Once we arrived however, the place did win me over a bit. Firstly, the decor is super chic. Very “design”, minimal without being stark, lots of cute details to photograph, a bloggers paradise. Secondly my rainbow salad was really tasty. The only thing that could have improved it might have been some chicken but the delicious glass of rosé I got in lieu of juice more than made up for lack of meat.
By the time we’d all polished off our meals, after art directing the table set up for instagram to a truly embarrassing degree, it was time to discover the San Gregorio district. This is another area bursting with cool, contemporary culture so the perfect spot for the Wallpaper Magazine Milan Design Week installation. Whenever I’d mentioned that I’d be going to MDW, everyone’s immediate response was to tell me that I MUST visit this installation and it sure as hell did not disappoint! I’m seriously considering going for longer next year to really explore all the incredible art, design and fashion innovations on display during Salone del Mobile; we just saw the tip of the iceberg and it was something special.
Combining contemporary art works, sculpture, furniture and design pieces within the same exhibition space, as Wallpaper Magazine and the other installations we visited did, creates an immersive experience and visual feast of creativity that you can’t help but be inspired and amazed by. Yep, the more I think about it, the more I’m dying to discover more of Milan Design Week. Le Clettico was another particularly interesting installation space that also works on a diverse range of projects spanning from curation to interior decoration, art direction and talent scouting, definitely worth checking the founder, Claudio Loria, out.
Our day was far from over by this point but this post is rapidly approaching the 1000 word mark so I will leave the next instalment, and the next two outfits, for next time!
Love Ella. X