Milan's New Look
For years I have had a lovehate relationship with the city of Milano. In the past I have told clients, if you only have 9 days, thenk skip Milano and get right to the lakes, but now my sentiment has changed and that something happened with the preparation for The Worlds Fair of Food- Expo 2015- Feeding the planet which is now in full swing at the Milano Fair grounds -October 31, 2015 . The city has removed her dull dusty 1940's gray mask and has replaced it with new look, which is fresh, and reflective of her position as #1 ( move over Paris) in art and style. The city's new identity is encouraged by the numerous publications which have been flashing her new look under our nose. You can't read Savour, Architectural Digest, Departures , Travel + Leisure or Conde` Nast Traveler without seeing even a mention of something happening that is very Milanese.
This transformation has been linked largly in part to the Expo 2015, where the numerous off shoots from the world of fashion, food, design have gifted this revitalization to the city. Foundation Prada has transformed an old distillery into their private foundation and exposition hall and last month opened 118,000 ft of exhibitan space. Prada Foundation.
Fashion foundations seem to be the theme in the city with Armani's renovation of the old Nestle factory turned museum on Via Bergognone 46. Armani museum. Not to be forgotton fashion mavericks house of Trussardi have opened from August 25 - Nov 15 "The Great Mother" exposition by over 80 artists with the theme of, you guessed it: motherhood. Palazzo Reaem Piazza del Duomo 12. Trussardi Museum.
If that was not enough to get you to Milano north of Via della Spiega and south of Via Montenapoleone was recently inaugurated is "La Via dell Uomo", ( Man's Street) a man's place to shop in the hear of Milano. With style setters Rubinacci and Caruso opening flagship stores Milano has returned to my list as a must visit when in northern Italy. More to report to you in July when personally I can visit Etro's new outlet, Expo 2015 and dine at Joia- Haute vegeterian cuisine. Vegeterian Cuisine Joia.