- ANTEPRIMA OPENS GALLERIA
Anteprima flagship — 9 Corso Como
In the year marking the 20th anniversary of its debut on the Milanese catwalk, Anteprima, the label founded and designed by Izumi Ogino, is opening Galleria, a new exhibition space. Located inside the brand’s flagship on Milan’s Corso Como shopping street, Galleria seamlessly blends with the retail area, infused with a minimal, elegant attitude. In keeping with Ogino’s continuous attention to the world of art, which has deeply influenced her work over the years, Galleria will team with both established and upcoming painters, sculptors and photographers. For the inauguration, Anteprima has selected Mario Arlati, an eclectic materic painter who will showcase the “Incomplete Flags” series.
- ELIZABETH SULCER X MISS SIXTY
7 to 9 p.m.
Miss Sixty flagship — 31 Piazza Duomo
New York-based stylist Elizabeth Sulcer has joined forces with Italian premium denim brand Miss Sixty to design her first capsule collection, available at the brand’s online store and Milanese flagship from Feb. 21. Inspired by the Robert Palmer Girl, musician Robert Palmer’s iconic band of five women sporting black dresses, slicked back hair and red lips, Sulcer defined a look that also reflects her personal aesthetic where French glamour is fused with a Nineties’ downtown New York mood. The “Elizabeth Sulcer x Miss Sixty” collection includes 24 pieces where Miss Sixty’s iconic denim plays a pivotal role. Straight-leg jeans, cropped denim jackets, as well as boyish denim shorts feature raw edges and distressed details. In addition, patent leather is crafted for miniskirts, trenches and biker jackets embellished with faux fur details, while lightweight nylon injects a dynamic, athletic spin into oversize pants and Windbreakers. The capsule also includes a relaxed checkered suit, sexy corset tops, as well street-savvy T-shirts and hoodies splashed with the “Elizabeth Sulcer x Miss Sixty” logo.
- ARIZONA MUSE X BLAZÉ MILANO
Noon to 5 p.m.
Don Carlos — 29 Via Manzoni
For those looking for an impeccable blazer that is also fully sustainable, Milanese fashion house Blazé has teamed with model and green activist Arizona Muse to launch an eco-friendly capsule collection. In particular, Muse has selected two of Blazé’s most iconic pieces, the Everyday Blazer and the Blazer Dress, which she customized with a cactus pattern printed on the linen made with a sustainable cupro and viscose fabric produced by Italian textile company Tessitura Marco Pastorelli. Each style is presented in two variations. The Everyday Blazer is crafted from both a sustainable black warm wool with a Loden-inspired effect developed by Lanificio Subalpino and from a lighter and more fluid military green wool by Lanificio Zignone. The Blazer Dress is presented in a sage green shiny viscose and in a multicolor striped textured blend, both included in the Canepa “Canepa GreenLab” collection. Each piece is finished with eco-friendly certified Australian and acoya mother-of-pearl buttons created by Italian manufacturer Bertrand’s. “Finally, the fashion industry, which has such a dramatic impact on the environment, realized that it is extremely urgent to start thinking in a sustainable way,” Muse said. “What excites me most about the fashion industry is that there is so much potential for decreasing our negative environmental impact and increasing our sustainable practices. What I see is that this never needs to compromise the quality or luxury of our garments.”
- CRACCO IN GALLERIA
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Michelin-starred chef Carlo Cracco is unveiling his most ambitious project so far, Cracco in Galleria, a unique venue located in Milan’s prestigious Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping arcade. Spanning on three levels, plus a basement with a wine cellar listing 2,000-plus labels and more than 10,000 bottles, Cracco in Galleria was designed by Studio Peregalli, paying homage to the most authentic Milanese style and referencing the arcade’s architectural elements, such as pilasters, bas-reliefs and mosaics. On the first level, a café serves — both indoor and in the outdoor space decorated with plants — breakfast with fresh-baked croissants and pastries, as well as light lunches and dinners. A corner will also be dedicated to patisseries and chocolate creations by pastry chef Marco Pedron. The restaurant occupies the second floor, which accommodates 50 people in three rooms and two VIP areas. Here, guests can enjoy Cracco’s most famous dishes, including the marinated yolk Olivier salad; the saffron risotto; the grilled bone marrow, and the cocoa crusted turbot. A separate menu is dedicated to oysters and caviar spaghetti. The third floor houses a customizable venue for private events and special occasions, which is accessible from a separate entrance. In addition, in April Carlo will unveil “Galleria Cracco,” a special project aimed at having Italian contemporary artists creating specific artworks for the lunettes at the mezzanine level.
- THE NEXT GREEN TALENT
6 to 8 p.m.
Palazzo Morando — 6 Via Sant’Andrea
An evolution of The Next Talents project, launched in 2011 by the late Vogue Italia editor in chief Franca Sozzani along with Yoox founder and YNAP chief executive officer Federico Marchetti, The Next Green Talents puts the focus on sustainability. This season Vogue Italia and Yoox selected emerging designers and labels putting sustainability at the center of their creative and manufacturing process. The list includes Gozel Green’s Sylvia Enekwe and Olivia Okoji from Nigeria; Bobby Bonaparte and Max Kingery of American brand Olderbrother; ByBrown by Melanie Brown from the U.K.; Laura Meijering, founder of Dutch brand Unravelau; Italian designer Tiziano Guardini; Lucia Chain, and Nous Etudions’ Romina Cardillo from Argentina. From Thursday to the end of fashion week, they will showcase their fall 2018 creations, which will be on sale on Yooxygen, Yoox’s area dedicated to sustainable fashion, starting from September. In addition, from Thursday, Yoox will sell a collection of exclusive T-shirts conceived by The Next Green Talents’ designers.
- PINKO X TREEDOM
6 to 9 p.m.
Palazzo Giureconsulti — 2 Piazza dei Mercanti
Pinko is celebrating during Milan Fashion Week its collaboration with Treedom, the only web site in the world enabling users to plant a tree with a simple click and watch it grow online. Thanks to this initiative, the company will be able to create its own Pinko Forest with about 10,000 fruit trees to be planted in Kenya in 2018. The sustainable project, which will have a positive impact not only on the environment but also on the population living in the African region, will be promoted with a limited-edition T-shirt, crafted from organic Italian cotton and coming in an eco-friendly packaging. Through a minimal print, the T-shirt encourages consumers to take action by inviting them to fill in the gap of their own social promise. “This initiative is only the first step of Pink’s long path to build a strong set of social values which are extremely relevant for the younger generations,” said Pinko founder and chief executive officer Pietro Negra. “These are definitely more and more environment-conscious and we have the responsibility to support their dream of a world resurrected from its present terrible state.”
- TOMMYXGIGI @ ANTONIA
Antonia — 5 Via Cusani
If you are in a rush, we highly recommend to avoid trying to access Via Cusani on Saturday afternoon around 2 p.m. On the other hand, if you are crazy for social media celebrities and you need to satisfy another fashion craving, make sure to reach the Antonia luxury boutique in time for the appearance of Gigi Hadid. The model will attend an in-store event to celebrate the retail launch of the new “TommyXGigi” spring 2018 capsule collection, which will be available exclusively at Antonia in Milan. Customized windows will be dedicated to the capsule, which is going to be officially presented on the catwalk of the TommyNow see-now-buy-now runway show closing Milan Fashion Week on Sunday night. “The spring 2018 TommyXGigi collection is inspired by speed and racing, combining my love of motor sports with Gigi’s signature cool twist on ath-leisure style,” Hilfiger said. “Collaborating with Gigi has been an amazing journey, and we’re thrilled to present our collection, designed with the next generation of fashion-forward ‘Tommy Girls’ in mind.”
- DODO BY MIDNIGHT
2 to 5 p.m.
Palazzo Crespi, 22 Corso Venezia
Ada Kokosar, the New York-based Italian stylist and the mind behind the Midnight creative project, which debuted with an eye-catching footwear capsule launched with Cesare Paciotti last July, is teaming with Israeli fashion label Dodo Bar Or. The result is the “Dodo by Midnight” collection where Midnight’s signature couture-like shoes wrapped with PVC, developed in five new styles, are paired with five outfits combining Kokosar’s aesthetic with Dodo Bar Or’s decorative approach. Infused with a whimsical, hyper feminine attitude, the “Dodo by Midnight” collection addresses contemporary Cinderella, who loves to believe in fairy-tales but, at the same time, is aware that dreams sometimes can turn into nightmares. The shoe range includes pumps, sandals and boots embellished with sequined embroideries, flamboyant ruffles and crystals and worked in a color palette of lilac, pink, baby blue, white and black. The same tones and decorative motifs return in the demi-couture fashion outfits, including an asymmetric short dress with a high-collar, a draped polka dot mini frock with a maxi ruffle at the shoulders and an Eighties’ see-through polka dot top with an inlaid corset matched with high-waisted carrot pants.
- ADR BEYOND FASHION
10 Corso di Porta Romana
Anna Dello Russo is celebrating her 30 years in fashion with a three-act event on Saturday, when publishing house Phaidon will also launch “AdR Book: Beyond Fashion,” a box filled with eights objects offering a compelling overview of the Italian fashion editor and social media influencer’s career. The book will be available in exclusive at Net-a-porter through the end of April and from May it will be sold in selected bookstores. Organized in partnership with Swarovski, the event will kick off with a Christie’s auction where 30 full outfits from Dello Russo’s archives will be auctioned. Bidding will start at an affordable sum of 50 euros in order to give young people the chance to take part to the auction. All the proceeds will benefit the Swarovski Foundation Scholarship program, an organization focused on supporting young upcoming talents. The auction will be followed by a dinner and a party, which will coincide with the kick off of a Net-a-porter flash sale, including a selection of 150 pieces from Dello Russo’s archives. Retailing from 15 pounds for accessories to 700 pounds for outerwear, products will be available through Net-a-porter’s Instagram stories until the last piece is sold. The entire proceeds from the sales will be donated to the British Fashion Council Education Foundation.
- LARUSMIANI LOVES ATTICO
Cocktail party on Feb. 25
5 to 8 p.m.
Larusmiani boutique — 7 Via Montenapoleone
Attico is bowing on Via Montenapoleone. The hyper feminine, glamorous label founded by social media stars Gilda Ambrosio and Giorgia Tordini is opening it first temporary shop inside the street’s historic Larusmiani flagship, whose second level is getting an Attico makeover with vintage furniture combined with the high-end G.Lorenzi accessories regularly carried by the store. To celebrate the partnership, Ambrosio and Tordini have created an exclusive limited edition collection, featuring six pieces crafted from Larusmiani’s textile division’s fabrics in a fresh color palette of pink and turquoise. The capsule, combining Attico’s signature eye-catching, eclectic femininity with Larusmiani’s sartorial tradition, includes a revisited suit, which matches pants with an Eighties’ silhouette with a blouse decorated with feathers; a trench showing an archival pattern; an embroidered dress; a pair of corduroy pants, and a double-breasted jacket. The temporary store, which carries a selection of ready-to-wear pieces and accessories from Attico’s spring 2018 collection, will be open trough the end of May.