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No introduction is required for Herb Ritts, but the exhibition dedicated to his work at the Palazzo della Ragione in Milan also includes unpublished images. Running through June 5, “Herb Ritts. In Equilibrio [‘In Balance’]” displays more than 100 photos. The poster for the exhibition is an arresting black-and-white image of a naked dark male model over a red graphic title of the show.

Ritts began his photography career in the late Seventies, earning a reputation for artistic as well as commercial work. Besides working for magazines including Vogue, Vanity Fair, Interview and Rolling Stone, Ritts created advertising campaigns for such brands as Calvin Klein, Chanel, Donna Karan, Gap, Gianfranco Ferré, Versace, Giorgio Armani, Levi’s, Pirelli, Polo Ralph Lauren, Valentino and others.

The exhibition is promoted by the City of Milan — Palazzo della Ragione, Civita, Contrasto and GAmm Giunti in collaboration with the Herb Ritts Foundation of Los Angeles, with the patronage of the Consulate General of the United States in Milan.

— Maria Stella Perno

Palazzo della Ragione

Piazza dei Mercanti

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, 9:30 .am. to 8:30 p.m.;

Thursday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Tel.: +39-02-4335-3535



Céline diehards needn’t fret that the French brand’s flagship on Via Montenapoleone is being restored — a temporary store on nearby Via Verri carries Céline’s range of ready-to-wear, shoes, bags, sunglasses and jewels.

The single-floor venue is more than 1,562 square feet with three windows, terra-cotta seats and solid tables in recycled foam on green carpeting. Metal doors have a car-paint lacquered finish with gradient colors from black to orange. Shoes and bags are presented on pedestals in terra-cotta, ceramic, wood, colored fiberglass and recycled foam.

The unit will be open until July 14.

— Maria Stella Perno


8 Via Verri

Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tel.: +32-02-7601-5579




Pisa Orologeria’s first flagship opened Tuesday, with an event during Milan Fashion Week marking the luxury watchmaker’s 75th anniversary and three generations at the family-run company.

Designed by Antonio Vittorio Carena, art director for the Pisa Group, the stately venue covers nearly 13,000 square feet. Its interior lights reproduce the winding crown of a watch.

Before the entrance area, two illuminated glass cases welcome customers. After this, customers enter the “Quadrante,” an area surrounded by partitions of circular mesh in brass representing constellations inspired by the Pisa Family members. 

The first floor, accessed via an imposing mahogany staircase surrounding a crystal elevator, has five lounges offering luxury branded timepieces, including Bulgari, Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, Chopard and Piaget, among others.

The second floor, called the Observatory, is a large space marked by lead walls and big screens, intended for hosting temporary exhibitions, shows, events and meetings.

— Maria Stella Perno


Pisa Orologeria

7 Via Verri

Hours: Monday, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m

Tel.: +39-02-762-081





Milan now counts Italy’s first Fashion Restaurant Dessert Bar, called Tiramisù Delishoes.

The venue marries food and fashion, offering lunch and dinner while customers can do some accessories shopping. Shoe brands include Lori Silverman, Joshua Fenu and Paola D’Arcano; there’s also a small selection of bags. As its name suggests, tiramisù is the unit’s specialty, but other desserts include spiced, warm chocolate cake and carrot plum cake with coconut mousse and orange sorbet.

The shoes and the bags are displayed in the windows on vintage trays and crystal cake stands.

Tiramisù Delishoes is located in a medieval former convent, and covers 2,475 square feet on two levels in Milan’s arty Brera district.

— Maria Stella Perno

Tiramisù Delishoes

2 Via Formentini

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Tel.: +39-02-9132-1602




Bumble and bumble has arrived in Italy with its first outpost at Milan’s existing Suite 01 salon, on the first floor of a historic Palazzo. The hair-care brand partnered with Suite 01 creative director Luca di Prima and his partner, Patrizia Leo, on the project, unveiled in January. Bumble and bumble plan to roll out additional salons in Italy, including one in Rome in the fall.

Described as Bumble and bumble’s living room, customers can get a new haircut, color or blow-dry in a minimalist atmosphere with wooden parquet floors, black and white wall decor and oversize illuminated mirrors. The salon also features a winter garden overlooking the inner courtyard, decorated with vintage accessories and furniture.

— Lucie Janik

Bumble and bumble at Suite 01

4 Via Spartaco

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Tel.: +39-02-8363-9511




Venini, known for its delicate, handmade, artistic Murano glass, has opened a showroom and boutique in Milan on Via Bigli, a few steps away from its original location on Via Montenapoleone.

The new 1,290-square-foot unit showcases chandeliers and vases in two expansive windows. There is no furniture in the space, putting the spotlight on the collections.

The Damiani family in January took a 60 percent stake in Venini, which was founded in 1921 and has worked over the years with artists, architects and designers including Alessandro Mendini, Tadao Ando, Giò Ponti, Gae Aulenti, Fernando and Humberto Campana and Ken Scott.

— Maria Stella Perno


6 Via Bigli

Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 7 p.m.        

Tel.: +39-02-7600-0539






Running through Milan Fashion Week, the exhibition “L’arte del bijou italiano” (‘The art of the Italian bijou’)” is taking place at the city’s Royal Palace until Wednesday, staged at the exclusive Sala degli Arazzi (Hall of Tapestries).

The exhibition presents fashion jewelry from the Fifties until 2000, retracing their history through 300 unique pieces created by designers and brands including Giorgio Armani, Ugo Correani, Gianfranco Ferré and  Krizia to Missoni, Franco Moschino, Luciano Soprani, Valentino and Gianni Versace, to name a few.

A collaboration among art, fashion and design, the exhibition is structured in two sections: the first is dedicated to the Dolce Vita and Pret-à-porter, considered the two happiest seasons for jewelry, and the second is devoted to five Milanese trinket jewelers: Bozart, Ornella Bijoux, Sharra Pagano, Ottavio Re and Unger.

This exhibition is promoted by The City of Milan, the Royal Palace, Fiera di Milano, HOMI and it is curated by Alba Cappellieri, professor of jewelry design at the Politecnico of Milan, and Lino Raggio, founder of Sharra Pagano.

— Maria Stella Perno

The Royal Palace of Milan

12 Piazza del Duomo

Through March 2 

Hours: Monday, 2:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 .pm.; Thursday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Tel.: +39-02-54-913

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