Dec 18, 2014

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THE FASHIONISTA’S GUIDE TO MILAN

The Italian city of Milan has many strings to its ornate bow. It has famous football teams and awe-inspiring architecture. It is the country’s main commercial and financial centre (no mean feat when the capital Rome packs a good punch of its own on the world stage) and in 2015 will host the Universal Exposition. But for some the city is all about fashion, and many have put their Euros card to good use in Milan.

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There is an interesting fact about Milan. Familiar with the term “millinery”? The design and manufacture of hats? Well the word is derived from the middle English “miliner” – an inhabitant of Milan. That is just one example of what a significant contribution the city has made to global fashion.

One doesn’t even need to set foot in Italy to find that fashion is dominated by the capital of the Lombardy region – open a glossy magazine and “Milan” will be printed on multiple advertisements for high couture, or you will see it on the expensive looking carrier bags issued by designer stores.

The city is home to an unrivalled number of fashion houses – some founded there, and others which could not resist the magnetism of Milan to go and set up their headquarters in town. Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Ermenegildo Zegna, Missoni, Miu Miu, Moschino, Prada, Trussardi, Valentino, Versace, Zagliani… the list goes on and on.

Naturally though Milan’s fashion scene is not just about head offices – it is bursting at the well tailored seams with stores and boutiques that delight native and visiting fashionistas alike. For a shopping spree Milan style, make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes as there is a lot of ground to cover.

The main shopping districts are Piazza del Duomo and Quadrilatero della Moda. The latter is the home to narrow streets lined with upmarket shops – look up Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga, Corso Venezia and Via Manzoni.

Piazza del Duomo meanwhile is home to one of Milan’s most famous landmarks – the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping arcade. This architectural masterpiece is one of the few places where shopaholics may be distracted from the designer window displays, simply because they’re looking up to admire features such as the glass dome and canopies and the triumphal arches.

As a major world city with a penchant for commerce and retail, visitors to Milan will find plenty of opportunities to use their prepaid foreign currency debit cards.

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