Milan Fashion Week Diary by Silvia Bergomi

Milan Fashion Week is underway and we have the lovely Silvia Bergomi documenting the action for us! Check out her recap and photo diary below.

Silvia Bergomi by Tommy Ton for style.com

One of the best things about February Fashion Week in Milan is that often it coincides with the coming of Spring… You start to see colorful and floral looks, and it seems that everybody allows themselves to be more relaxed.

As a good start, on Wednesday I went to Numèro 21 show, which is actually one of my favourite brands.

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Right after, I was invited to the opening of the first Vionnet shop in corso Monforte.

Palazzo Visconti hosted Elisabetta Franchi Dinner Party

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Party @ Palazzo Visconti

Around 8.30 pm I had dinner at Palazzo Visconti, followed by a party hosted by Elisabetta Franchi. The music coming from Dj Seth Troxler and Marcelo Burlon was totally fascinating. We closed the dancefloor with a special song in memory of Whitney.

Silvia Bergomi @ Hotel Principer di Savoia phographed by Ed Kavische

As usual, we ended the night with a goodnight drink at the bar Hotel Principe di Savoia.

Karl Lagerfield & Silvia Venturini Fendi after Fendi show

Thursday started with Fendi, which brought amazing shapes to the catwalk based on furs and knee-length skirts.

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After Fendi, I went to have a quick look at the new Fausto Puglisi AW collection. Leather, studs, embroidery, rhinestones, but also optical patterns and fluorescent colors: all this together was really photogenic.

Silk and Tiger for the DM (Dead Meat woman) collection

After a quick lunch at Grazia Pop Up, I had chat-tea with my friends from Dead Meat. They were presenting their new collection, which is based on the figures of princesses like Maria Callas and Romy Schneider. Graphics are as always full of imaginative and literary references.

Moodboard @ Yo No Fui backstage

Arizona Muse, Yo No Fui backstage

At 5 pm was the start of Jo No Fui, with the amazing Arizona Muse and a special attention to color combination.

unFLOP Paper launch cocktail @Marcelleria

At 8 pm I ended the day at the launch cocktail party of unFLOP paper 3; they also presented a Short Film by Silvia Morani and an exclusive art cover plus vinyl by artist Simon Fujiwara.

More to come!

Silvia

Our Zen Garden

We have a new addition to our lobby… a beautiful zen garden! The peaceful garden is home to plants, succulents, crystals, gold painted rocks, various wildlife creatures and of course some pink sand for good measure. A jar in the corner holds little rakes so that we can all quite literally leave our mark in the sand.

I wish I could shrink myself and live in this tranquil little world!

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DO: Stay in touch

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It’s funny how life events coincide around similar themes to get you thinking. I went back to my hometown for visit the other weekend and brought a good friend from Philly along. I got to see some old friends and spent quality time with family. The warmth I felt from seeing everyone made for a good weekend, and also coincided with the conversation my friend and I had had on the car ride up.

She was telling me about an article she read that summarized the top five life regrets people report on their deathbed – one of which was losing touch with friends. They wished that they hadn’t let themselves get so caught up in the day-to-day here and now, and instead, picked up the phone or written a letter once in a while. People who once really mattered got lost in the mix of life, but in the end what’s going to matter is who you’ve loved and who loves you back.

In the days following my visit my thoughts resonated on this article and my hometown visit. Some of my friends weren’t around when I was home, and I found myself wanting to give them a call. I’ve vowed to try and do better at staying in touch, so that I don’t let those people get away. Especially today, with all of our technology – smart phones and email – there’s no excuse to not take a little bit of time. Learn from what the dying have said and stay in touch. When you come to the end of your road, you don’t want to be looking back with the same regrets.

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Book Love: Pilgrimage by Annie Leibovitz

An outtake from the iconic shoot with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, which took place hours before he was killed.

When it comes to role models, one of mine has always been Annie Leibovitz. She inspired me from a young age to study photography, and to this day her work sets a standard that few others can live up to. From her role as chief photographer for Rolling Stone magazine in the 70s, to touring photographer with the Rolling Stones, to her more recent fashion editorials, she has a gift for capturing people and history through her lens – some of the most iconic moments in music have been brought before our eyes because of her talent.

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Pilgrimage is a book of photos that are unlike her other work – they contain no people.  It began with a trip to Niagara falls with her daughters, and plans she had made with partner Susan Sontag, who has since passed. They had talked about making a book of all the places they wanted to go, and years later Leibovitz returned to the idea, and thus came Pilgrimage. The photos are of spaces, places, things – heavy with the ghosts of the legends who lived in and used them, like Virginia Woolf, Thoreau, Elvis, Georgia O’Keefe, and so on.

“I NEEDED to save myself,” she says of the work contained in the book. “I needed to remind myself of what I like to do, what I can do.”

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Niagara Falls

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Emily Dickinson’s only surviving dress

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Virginia Woolf’s Bedroom

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Elvis’s Television, in storage at Graceland (he shot it).

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Georgia O’Keefe’s handmade pastels

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Annie Oakley’s heart target.

You can also see the photos on exhibit right now at the Smithsonian Museum in DC!