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A few new places to hit for a little R&R during a hectic show week.
This story first appeared in the February 14, 2008 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
Get in shape in high style in Milan’s first seven-star gym, Younique. The exclusive fitness club and spa boasts a luxury package of personal programs, cool design, unique machinery, privacy and service — members find workout attire is freshly laundered and folded in a personal dressing room — in the heart of the city.
But staying fit here doesn’t come cheap: an annual membership to the 18,300-square-foot, two-level complex runs $9,200.
“I wanted to create a temple for those who live in a frantic city and need to reinvigorate themselves and renew their energy and creativity,” said Livio Leardi, Younique’s founder.
On the ground floor, an oasis includes a fitness area with bikes and treadmills, Pilates and Kinesis sessions with a maximum of four trainees at a time and personal training programs. The lower level houses a beauty area and luxury thermal zone that includes a 215-square-foot swimming pool, a hydromassage, a sauna with a glamorous Swarovski crystal ceiling and a Turkish bath with hot tubs.
Other features include a state-of-the-art body-age evaluation machine that reveals one’s biological age, custom training programs and an “emotional” session with LCD screens and smells based on an individual’s cardio program — replicating a walk on the beach or a mountain trek.
Younique, 5 Via Falcone; +39-02-46746-4285.
Where the Elite Meet
Savini has always been a place to see and be seen. Opened in 1867 on the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, just a few steps from the city’s Gothic Duomo, the restaurant was known as Milan’s drawing room, attracting top politicos, artists, composers and performers, such as Maria Callas, Charlie Chaplin, Grace Kelly and Ava Gardner.
After a four-year hiatus and complete restyling, the historic three-floor boîte reopened this year under new management, ready to reclaim its post as a favorite destination of Milan’s elite.
Spread over three floors, its Swarovski crystal chandeliers and period furnishings make for a sophisticated interior. On the ground level, guests find the newly minted patisserie corner where they can sip cappuccinos and snack on home-made sweets along the long cherry-wood bar. An adjacent cafe serves up Italian classics until 11 p.m. An emporium on the lower level sells everything from food and candles to flatware and leather accessories for men and women.
The jewel, however, is the Belle Epoque restaurant on the first floor, which highlights Savini’s long culinary tradition. The menu features classic Milanese fare, with dishes like saffron risotto and ossobuco. Private dining rooms for parties of up to eight put the power back into power lunches, and a wine list of more than 500 vintages rounds out the offering.
Savini, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II; +39-02-7200-3433.
An Intimate Affair
In the trendy Corso Como area, Farenight isn’t the city’s newest nightspot, but it’s certainly one of the most exclusive for intimate, discreet parties and fashionable events. Last year, YSL, Gucci and the Estée Lauder Cos. all picked the club for events, while Beyoncé Knowles also hit Farenight’s dance floor.
Sophisticated and modern, the club carves out a restaurant, a lounge and dance floors that, after midnight, become one large dance area where experts can even pirouette on the sofas.
And if New Yorkers love to sip their Manhattan cocktails, Farenight offers Milano, its signature cocktail with a strong ginger flavor.
Farenight, 10 Via Giuseppe Ferrari; +39-02-8969-0457.
Marras in Milan
Mixing work and pleasure, Antonio Marras will inaugurate his first Milan flagship with a cocktail party on Wednesday.
Located in the heart of the city at 14 Santo Spirito, opposite the Balenciaga outpost, the 1,076-square-foot space will sell the men’s and women’s collections as well as accessories displayed in antique wood showcases.
“As soon as I saw this space, I recognized it as my new perfect wünderkammer because aside from the clothing lines, I can collect and display all sorts of antique objects, fabrics, drawings, papers and books,” said Marras.
That’s because, just like an archaeologist rebuilds history from fragments of the past, Marras turns to past artistic influences for inspiration for his collections. The flagship incorporates vintage furnishings such as antique stained-glass interior doors, hand-picked by the designer on various trips. The floor is old French oak parquet combined with stucco decorations illuminated by a drop-crystal chandelier.
Antonio Marras, 14 Via Santo Spirito; +39-02-7628-0191.
A Whiff of Paris
On Wednesday, Roger Vivier’s creative director, Bruno Frisoni, and his muse-ambassador, Ines de la Fressange, will host an exclusive cocktail party to fete the opening of the brand’s first Italian flagship. The 2,700-square-foot boutique is housed in an 18th-century palazzo, personally chosen by Diego Della Valle, Vivier’s owner. It is spread over three levels with a private salon for receiving international celebrities and other VIPs. Thanks to large windows and an internal crystal elevator, the mood is airy and luminous.
The store mirrors the decor found in Vivier’s Parisian flagship, which was inspired by the founding designer’s own Quai d’Orsay apartment. Clients will find an elegant and eclectic mix of French antiques, African tribal art and cutting-edge consoles and mirrors by French furniture designer Hervé Van der Straeten. Up next for Vivier: Tokyo.
Roger Vivier, 17 Via Sant’Andrea; +39-02-7602-5614.
Stepping inside Jo Malone’s first Italian flagship is like entering the famous English shop on London’s Walton Street. The original philosophies, product collections, in-store experience and first-class service are perfectly replicated in the 1,076-square-foot ivory white space in Milan.
The heady selection of 200 fine perfumes and skin care products encourages a hands-on experience for customers. One can choose sweet scents such as Lime Basil & Mandarin, Orange Blossom and Pomegranate Noir, but an exclusive “fragrance-building” service allows shoppers to mix a few ingredients for a custom blend.
A small central oasis is also the strategic stop for a relaxing hand treatment — even without an appointment — to relieve the day’s stress.
Jo Malone, 12 Santa Maria alla Porta; +39-02-8050-2719.