Reporting live from the WHITE SHOW at the Milan Fashion Week

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OK, so let us just assume that you are not following me on either Instagram or Facebook for a moment and you have not become sick of my photos yet….this post is to let you know that yesterday was the last day of the Milan Fashion Week and also the last day of the most important fashion tradeshow in Italy – WHITE.

 

By the time you read this I will be away for a week of training for a new collaboration I am working on in ASTI in the North of Italy near Torino.  The only issue is that I have a new, small, light convertible / tablet computer that I seriously do not know how to use.  Hence the fact that this article has NO apostrophes for contractions or exclamation marks *If I knew how to make an exclamation mark there would be one here, and if I new how to make a bracket there would be one here*

 

So I thought I would just take a moment to fill you in on life lately and for those of you who do not have Instagram or Facebook, this post includes some coverage of fashion week.  I am also working on two comprehensive articles that will be published in LAVISH MODE MAGAZINE *more on that soon* in collaboration with fashion photographer Theo LaMotta.

 

IN DIRECT FROM WHITE

The WHITE Fashion Tradeshow is the top destination in Italy for multi brand department stores and boutiques because it is the absolute most important in the country for apparel not to mention brand scouting and research.

 

It was the dream of Massimiliano Bizzi and Brenda Bellei and soon I will share an interview I did with Mrs. Bellei about what direction they are taking the show.  I hope you will enjoy some of this coverage from a off the beaten path aspect of fashion week that is just as important as the mega brands with their mega fashion shows.

 

Deep in the layers of fashion there are regular people, rushing to meetings, eating lunch while they stand, signing deals that will launch new fashion stars and wearing sneakers every day of fashion week.  Actually there is a saying in the industry, that the more comfortable someone is dressed, the more important they are because they really need to run all week *exclamation mark*

 

As a side note, I am trying to make an effort in my own small way to try and give as much exposure as I can to brands that mean a lot to me in the future.  And I am working on another article for the IFB The Independent Fashion Bloggers community with over 60,000 members, to encourage other bloggers to do the same….stay tuned and here goes….

"La colazione" in #Milan! I'll be sharing stories today of all of the up and coming collections presented at the #WHITEMILANO fashion tradeshow. There is so much more to #FashionWeek than the big brands and catwalks, this is where all of the cutting-edge designers get their breaks. Yesterday's "no one" is tomorrow's biggest star! #mfw

“La colazione” in #Milan! I’ll be sharing stories today of all of the up and coming collections presented at the #WHITEMILANO fashion tradeshow. There is so much more to #FashionWeek than the big brands and catwalks, this is where all of the cutting-edge designers get their breaks. Yesterday’s “no one” is tomorrow’s biggest star! #mfw

 

#whatimwearing at the #WHITESHOW - Dress by @renamedapparel via @shopbop , super soft, slouchy suede boots by @minabuenosaires , @rebeccaminkoff #camerabag and @maccosmetics "Russian Red" lipstick (of course!) On the blog you'll find a whole selection of #RebeccaMinkoff square bags currently on sale in my latest post http://reasonstodress.com

#whatimwearing at the #WHITESHOW – Dress by @renamedapparel via @shopbop , super soft, slouchy suede boots by @minabuenosaires , @rebeccaminkoff #camerabag and @maccosmetics “Russian Red” lipstick (of course!) On the blog you’ll find a whole selection of #RebeccaMinkoff square bags currently on sale in my latest post http://reasonstodress.com

Since for this edition of the #MilanFashionWeek I'm going off the beaten path and actually visiting the real #fashionfairs where buyers visit and smaller labels present their collections, I WOULD LOVE SOME FEEDBACK!! What would you like me to blog about? The #streetstyle trends and characters I see from the #fashionworld ? Up and coming designers and brands? Info on how to launch a new brand and get found? Interviews with Italian designers that I can translate into English? Please feel free to comment and let me know! If you're interested I alao wrote a comprehensive article for the @_ifb on how to navigate #FashionWeek if you are a small fish in a big sea!!

Since for this edition of the #MilanFashionWeek I’m going off the beaten path and actually visiting the real #fashionfairs where buyers visit and smaller labels present their collections, I WOULD LOVE SOME FEEDBACK!! What would you like me to blog about? The #streetstyle trends and characters I see from the #fashionworld ? Up and coming designers and brands? Info on how to launch a new brand and get found? Interviews with Italian designers that I can translate into English? Please feel free to comment and let me know! If you’re interested I alao wrote a comprehensive article for the @_ifb on how to navigate #FashionWeek if you are a small fish in a big sea!!

 

One of my favorite styles from the #SS2017 @minabuenosaires collection! These #heels are so comfortable that you'll think you're walking barefoot on smooth pebbles! Check out the cutrent collection online at @mauropoluzzishop . These are reasonably priced and completely #handmade in #Bologna #Italy by skilled artisans!

One of my favorite styles from the #SS2017 @minabuenosaires collection! These #heels are so comfortable that you’ll think you’re walking barefoot on smooth pebbles! Check out the cutrent collection online at @mauropoluzzishop . These are reasonably priced and completely #handmade in #Bologna #Italy by skilled artisans!

A special thank you to my friend and journalist @crisprovenzano , who invited me to the incredible concept store @nonostantemarras today where I met the Italian fashion genius himself @antoniomarras_personal ! Cristina interviewed Marras at the opening of his most recent showroom which is a magical garden dreamscape, filled with artifacts, his designs, vines and an elaborate interior. Meeting him was an incredible honor #grazie Cristina!

A special thank you to my friend and journalist @crisprovenzano , who invited me to the incredible concept store @nonostantemarras today where I met the Italian fashion genius himself @antoniomarras_personal ! Cristina interviewed Marras at the opening of his most recent showroom which is a magical garden dreamscape, filled with artifacts, his designs, vines and an elaborate interior. Meeting him was an incredible honor #grazie Cristina!

 

"Navigli" {pronounced nah-vee-yee} is by far my most favorite area in #Milan ... Especially after 7 pm. This is where you'll want to go to bar hop, be seen and get into trouble! Last night we started the evening off at @pinchmilano followed by a 1930 Prohibition style bar and ended the night sitting along the Darsena, Milan's impressive river lined boardwalk, completed in 2015 for the EXPO. I'm sure today I'll be paying for yesterday's bad mistakes, but as they say "When in Milano do as the Milanese".....

“Navigli” {pronounced nah-vee-yee} is by far my most favorite area in #Milan … Especially after 7 pm. This is where you’ll want to go to bar hop, be seen and get into trouble! Last night we started the evening off at @pinchmilano followed by a 1930 Prohibition style bar and ended the night sitting along the Darsena, Milan’s impressive river lined boardwalk, completed in 2015 for the EXPO. I’m sure today I’ll be paying for yesterday’s bad mistakes, but as they say “When in Milano do as the Milanese”…..

 

Back in the #fashionfair today and I'm loving the #SS2017 collection of @pomikaki . Have you heard of this Italian brand? Their designs are so chic plus they are well made (and well priced!) #WHITESHOWMILANO {day 2}

Back in the #fashionfair today and I’m loving the #SS2017 collection of @pomikaki . Have you heard of this Italian brand? Their designs are so chic plus they are well made (and well priced!) #WHITESHOWMILANO {day 2}

 

Continuing my adventure through the #WHITESHOW with a visit to the #FalieroSarti showroom space. Did you know that I now write a bi-monthly column in the @LavishModeMagazine , a Milan based high-fashion glossy magazine that has just printed it's 3rd- 300 page edition. I'm taking over their instagram account for the day so come follow along for lots of pictures and stories of up and coming designers.

Continuing my adventure through the #WHITESHOW with a visit to the #FalieroSarti showroom space. Did you know that I now write a bi-monthly column in the @LavishModeMagazine , a Milan based high-fashion glossy magazine that has just printed it’s 3rd- 300 page edition. I’m taking over their instagram account for the day so come follow along for lots of pictures and stories of up and coming designers.

 

#lunchbreak (because even #fashionistas get hungry!) It is a beautiful, sunny day in Milan and I'm wearing this lovely 100% pure silk ruffle top by the brand @lovesamclothing available online at @shopbop . Wearing silk gives me so much confidence because it is completely breathable and I love the way it feels and moves. A special thank you to my partner in crime for #fashionweek Theo LaMotta (aka @t_moneyovereverything ) who is photographing my outfits and the photoshoots were SO FUN I can't wait to share! But for now a walk along Milan's new #Darsena .

#lunchbreak (because even #fashionistas get hungry!) It is a beautiful, sunny day in Milan and I’m wearing this lovely 100% pure silk ruffle top by the brand @lovesamclothing available online at @shopbop . Wearing silk gives me so much confidence because it is completely breathable and I love the way it feels and moves. A special thank you to my partner in crime for #fashionweek Theo LaMotta (aka @t_moneyovereverything ) who is photographing my outfits and the photoshoots were SO FUN I can’t wait to share! But for now a walk along Milan’s new #Darsena .

 

So.... Wanna hear a beef I actually have with #Milan? .......... BLACK. There is way too much black in this city. This weekend I swear I've past stores entirely filled with *just* *black* *clothing*. I mean, I get it people - black is trending, slimming and oh so #metro, but enough is enough. So imagine my delight when I spotted these three beauties from afar. As I was complimenting their exuberant and vibrant silk tops, scarves and socks I discovered that the blonde babe on the left is the designer of this brand!! @monchafou is completely #MadeInItaly in silk and fine textiles and their designs are fantastic. "Dai su Milano! Ci vuole in po' di allegria nella vita!"

So…. Wanna hear a beef I actually have with #Milan? ………. BLACK. There is way too much black in this city. This weekend I swear I’ve past stores entirely filled with *just* *black* *clothing*. I mean, I get it people – black is trending, slimming and oh so #metro, but enough is enough. So imagine my delight when I spotted these three beauties from afar. As I was complimenting their exuberant and vibrant silk tops, scarves and socks I discovered that the blonde babe on the left is the designer of this brand!! @monchafou is completely #MadeInItaly in silk and fine textiles and their designs are fantastic. “Dai su Milano! Ci vuole in po’ di allegria nella vita!”

 

While I'm on the theme if #silk this is a closeup of my beautiful #silkblouse by @lovesamclothing . You can find their collection on @Shopbop and they have a great sale going on now at shopbop.com! Is anyone else in love with #ruffles this season? I'm going through a bit of a personal style breakthrough, making a conscious effort to be more feminine. #ifitfeelsgooddoit

While I’m on the theme if #silk this is a closeup of my beautiful #silkblouse by @lovesamclothing . You can find their collection on @Shopbop and they have a great sale going on now at shopbop.com! Is anyone else in love with #ruffles this season? I’m going through a bit of a personal style breakthrough, making a conscious effort to be more feminine. #ifitfeelsgooddoit

 

Have ypu ever had the sensation, when you meet someone new, that you are in the presence of greatness? That is how I felt this weekend when I met Manfredi Manara. He is quiet, polite and unassuming. He gave me this vibe of having incredible culture and sensitivity and I honestly felt as though I was standing in the ranks of someone like Giuseppe Zanotti or Manolo Blahnik. His inaugural shoe collection @manfredi.manara is handmade in #Italy & used the finest lace, leathers and accessories. I was introduced to him by Mauro Poluzzi. Mauro is the man behind the @minabuenosaires brand and one of Italy's most important shoe talent scouts of all time. In fact, his store @mauropoluzzishop was the first in Italy to sell brands that no one had ever heard of only to become the same brands every luxury department store was coveting YEARS LATER! So....you heard it here first, #ManfrediManara , don't forget him!

Have ypu ever had the sensation, when you meet someone new, that you are in the presence of greatness? That is how I felt this weekend when I met Manfredi Manara. He is quiet, polite and unassuming. He gave me this vibe of having incredible culture and sensitivity and I honestly felt as though I was standing in the ranks of someone like Giuseppe Zanotti or Manolo Blahnik. His inaugural shoe collection @manfredi.manara is handmade in #Italy & used the finest lace, leathers and accessories. I was introduced to him by Mauro Poluzzi. Mauro is the man behind the @minabuenosaires brand and one of Italy’s most important shoe talent scouts of all time. In fact, his store @mauropoluzzishop was the first in Italy to sell brands that no one had ever heard of only to become the same brands every luxury department store was coveting YEARS LATER! So….you heard it here first, #ManfrediManara , don’t forget him!