Milan Fashion Week is kicking off today and is sure to make an impact. If you are going to Milan during this peek time, I hope you booked your hotel well ahead of time. For the rest of us (and for those who slacked on prompt hotel booking), we can instead enjoy the VIP perks of having a working internet connection to get up-close and personal with all the runway shows, party gossip, and emerging trends.
But before we get ahead of ourselves, I think a celebratory post for Milan is in order. In anticipation of Milan Fashion Week, we’ve put together a list of our top 3 favorite facts about the Drinkable City. There’s always 2015 Fashion Week, right?
1. The Fashion Capital of the World
Milan seemingly reins above all other fashion hubs. Its quadrilateral of fashion, best known for the notorious Via Montenapoleone street, is the most important and prestigious designer shopping hot-spot. Home to the Armani superstore and the Gucci flagship store, this luxury street became an epitome of high-end fashion locations following World War II. The greatest designers in Italy, biggest brands, and latest fashions can be found on this indulgent avenue. More than just a street, Via Montenapoleone encompasses all things luxury – from classy boutiques, lavish cars, decadent pastries, happening bistros, and eloquent music. And while you may very likely not make a single purchase (let’s be honest with ourselves), walking down this famous street will make you feel like a million bucks.
2. Home to famous Renaissance art pieces.
Under the rule of the Sforza family in the 15th century, Renaissance art was deemed as the most important art style of the period. A celebration of artistic changes to have occurred after the Middle Ages, Renaissance art was experiencing its glory days. It was during this time that Leonardo da Vinci was appointed painter of the duke, and created his greatest work, “The Last Supper”. Now located in the Santa Maria delle Grazie church in Milan, this masterpiece has brought thousands to Milan to see its wonder.
3. A Rich Story, from Destruction to Luxury
Although today referred to as Europe’s main location for industrialization and trade, Milan was destroyed during the Second World War due to allied bombings. Benito Mussolini’s Fascist agenda to overtake the Socialists was backed by his organized military group, the Blackshirts. Organized in Milan and used as a repression tool by the state, Mussolini’s immediate goal was the rule Italy. During WWII, the Blackshirts were the frontline troops, and the majority of their units were destroyed. Following Italy’s abandonment of the war in 1943, they were occupied by German forces. Resistance groups invaded and brought further warfare to Milan, publically executing Mussolini and many members of his party at the famous Piazalla Loreto.
After experiencing a post-war economic boom, many of Milan’s historical assets were refurbished and destroyed. Prior to this, Milan had been ruled by Celts, Romans, Goths, Lombards, Spaniards, and Austrians – but we won’t get into that history lesson now. Rising from the destruction, Milan became the economic power-house it is today.
Of course, Milan has many more amazing historical sights and wonders to see. What are your favourite things about Milan?