By Katherine DeVito, Fashion Merchandising and Management student
Milan is the most modern city in Italy, with abstract skyscrapers, but yet is still in touch with the stereotypical roman style buildings with arches and tiny alleyways. I was fortunate enough to experience Milan for a few hours during fashion week, which was incredible. Although I didn’t see any shows, designers, or celebrities, the atmosphere in itself was enough. From art on the train station walls, to the infamous gothic style cathedral, to castles, to set ups for fashion week, there was no room for disappointment. While wandering around Milan, I ran into the set up for the Green Carpet Fashion Awards, and a presentation for the Milan-based brand, Camicissima. After this, I visited La Rinascente, which is the largest department store in Italy along with being the first location. La Rinascente is somewhat of an equivalent of Bloomingdale’s, as they had everything one could imagine, and had extravagant displays throughout the store. This was right next to the Milan Cathedral, which then led me to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele ll, the world’s oldest shopping mall. The last stop of the day was Castello Sforzesco, which was built in the 15th century by Francesco Sforza, the Duke of Milan. Overall, Milan is a beautiful city with a vast history, especially in Fashion. I would recommend that every fashion major experience Milan at least once in their lifetime!