Once again Milan is brightened up by the Women’s Fashion Week, organised by the National Chamber of the Italian Fashion, from 20 to 26 February.
There are over 170 fashion shows scheduled, presenting 127 new collections for the autumn and winter 2013. As well as the great Italian brands of Gucci, Prada, Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace and Giorgio Armani, some young, emerging stylists will mark the catwalks on the last day. Among the New Upcoming Designers (N.U.De) and the winners of the Next Generation competition are Mauro Gasperi, Francesca Liberatore, Ryuya Ohishi, Miguel Garcia Abad, Lucia Ji Youn Jang, Isabella Zoboli on 26 Feb at 10.30 at Castello Sforzesco and Wang Peiyi, who shows at 11.30 at Piazza Mercanti 1.
Many cultural appointments, which contribute to confirm Milan as one of the world fashion capitals take place throughout the week. On 23 Feb there is Talent Day 2013 at Palazzo Giureconsulti, a workshop during which companies meet students. Il Dandy al Femminile, a retrospective of images and photographs by fashion magazines is showing at the same location until 26 Feb.
The Fashion Hub includes five historically important locations, such as Palazzo Giureconsulti, the services centre and pulsing heart of the fashion week, Castello Sforzesco, the luxurious Palazzo Clerici, the historical site of Circolo Filologico and the ancient Palazzo della Ragione. As usual there is a good shuttle bus service and the press can use Bike-Mi, an ecological and practical bike-sharing service. All fashion shows, which take place at Via Mercanti, are open to the general public. There are also some mega screens positioned between Piazza Cordusio and Piazza Castello, which stream the catwalks live.
The next Women’s Fashion Week will take place from 18 to 24 September the spring/summer 2014 collections.