Hello Sunday, hello fourth day of Milan Fashion Week. It is almost time to go home and prepare for Paris. Before that (and before sharing one of my favorite, if not my very favorite show of the season so far), I wanted to share some random things I noticed while in Milan.
1. People are chic, as in super chic. Coats are long and classic, trousers are often part of a suit and perfectly cut. All is worn with sneakers, like this lady en route to Jil Sander. I love it!
2. No one speaks English. And when you tell them you don’t understand Italian, they just keep going. Mi dispiace, non capisco!
3. Make-up is either quite out there or super natural, both backstage ánd on the streets.
4. Low Dr. Martens are all the rage – especially in light pastels or cutesie prints – and stylishly worn with either men pants or a skirt + sock combo. I am not sure if I think they are hot or a little too alternative for my taste, yet.
5. Turtle necks are here to stay, they are on almost every single runway. It is a great layering staple.
6. It’s ok to wear sunglasses at night. All day errday.
7. I had a Milan Fashion Week resolution to not eat too many carbs. It’s impossible, obviously. Pizza, pasta, more pasta.
8. Speaking of food, there’s no need to be hungry or stuff my bag full with energy bars. This is Italy, there is food everywhere.
9. I have never seen this many animal prints on a daily basis in my entire life. Sometimes all worn (or should I say thrown?) together.
10. The sun finally came out, yay!
Fashion Week is fun et all, but it is hard work too. Though the catwalk photographers are the true working horses of the whole happening, some of my days, too include 15+ hours of running from show to show and an occasional meeting in between. To easily survive this month of fun and terror, trial and error and – especially this season – finding the right balance between attending shows and presentations, going backstage and shooting streetstyle, I came up with a list of personal rules.
My 10 commandments of Fashion Week, winter style.
1. Don’t go bare legged – or bare midriff’d for that matter – unless you are a polar bear and therefor used to the cold ór you want to have a snotty nose for the rest of the marathon.
2. Don’t wear heels. That is unless you have a driver or are immune to pain.
3. Break in your new shoes at home. Brand new leather is stiff and can pop up at least 5 blisters in 15 minutes. I am speaking from experience.
4. Listen to your mom and eat loads of fruit, before you set foot in Paris and all you will want to eat is their bread. And their pain du chocolat.
5. Pre-plan everything you will wear from day to night. It sounds ridiculous but this way you won’t overpack ánd you’ll get an extra 10-20 minutes of sleep in the morning instead of trying to figure out what to wear.
6. Make wherever you are staying feel like home. Whether it is a scented candle, your favorite tea or a daily Skype conversation with someone back at home, it keeps potential homesickness down to a minimum.
7. Carry around as less stuff as possible during the day. Heavy bags are a nightmare.
8. Cut down on the coffee. After a quick and short up, it will only bring you down. Carbs do the exact same.
9. Don’t bring anything that will crease very easily. Trust me, ironing is not going to happen.
10. Treat yourself when it is over. Get at least an hour long deep tissue massage (not really a treat, since it kind of hurts like hell) to get the shoulders back on track.
PS: I took this photo of Pernille‘s messenger bag on the second day of London Fashion Week.
Ahh February, the month of love – you know, Valentine’s Day – and Fashion Weeks around the globe. Since I will be skipping New York this season (we don’t want to get a USA overkill here), I thought it would be fun to dedicate the first half of the month to love and everything that has to do with it style wise.
Think nail idea(s) for Valentine’s Day, the perfect red lipstick and some other favorite hues, random things that I love, a super sexy/sophisticated mini trend and a fresh new editorial (up tomorrow!).
And then when I set foot in London, Milan and Paris, it’s all fashion. I am going to try and show you as much as I can (suggestions and tips on what you would want to see most of are more than welcome!), through the eyes of, well…me.
So why this image of Hanneli in the most romantic dress I have ever laid eyes on, surrounded by an uncountable amount of photographers and me? Because it is the epitome of an intertwinement of exactly those two things we’ll be discussing this month.
Cheers to a month filled with heart shaped thingies – even though Valentine’s Day secretly/obviously is the cheesiest thing out there – and new style injections. Welcome to The Fashion Issue.