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Take a stroll through fashion: a short guide to the most beautiful Milan Fashion Week locations

A stroll through the Quadrilatero della Moda, and beyond, to discover all the Milan Fashion Week locations among art foundations, historical palaces usually closed to the public and little-known places full of history.

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Amid insiders, models and the jet set, the Lombard capital for one week twice a year – four if you count men's fashion events – teems with events and places not to be missed to see Milan’s most glamorous face up close.
For this reason, we have compiled a small map of the essentials: all the right addresses so that you don't miss the events of the upcoming fashion week, which will be held between 20 and 26 September, and so you can discover the city’s hidden beauties.

1. Emerging talents at the Fashion Hub Market

fashion hub market

Milan Fashion Week and young designers. Emerging talents parade in the spaces of the Fashion Hub Market in Piazza Gae Aulenti, beating heart of the new Milan. Besides meeting the designers and seeing their creations up close, touching creativity in evolution, it is worth taking a tour inside the beautiful structure of the UniCredit Pavilion imagined by architect Michele de Lucchi.

2. The former Arnaldo Pomodoro Foundation for Fendi

arnaldo pomodoro fendi

Fendi shows at Via Solari 35 in the spaces of its Milan headquarters, former headquarters of the Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro. Today, it houses the maison's offices and showroom as well as temporary exhibitions paying tribute to the artist's creative genius. Among the must-see permanent installations is the work 'Entrance into the Labyrinth' created between 1995 and 2011 using bronze, fiberglass and copper.

3. Alberta Ferretti at the Sferisterio in Brera

alberta ferretti in brera

The Sferisterio in via Palermo is in the Brera district not far from Parco Sempione, since 1945 when it was built as a sports facility. For decades it hosted Basque jai alai ball matches, becoming an event space in 2001. Just a stone's throw from the Quadrilatero della Moda, often hosting fashion shows. The location of this year’s Alberta Ferretti show.

4. Max Mara shows at Piazza Affari

max mara piazza affari

Since its inauguration in 1932, Palazzo della Borsa designed by architect Paolo Mezzanotte has been one of Milan’s symbols. Some of its rooms are now used for conferences and events. Over the years it has hosted the Ferragamo and Versace fashion shows and this year it is Max Mara's turn.

5. DSquared2 at Palazzo Citterio

Dsquared2 Palazzo Citterio

The address to mark down is via Brera 12: here you will find Palazzo Citterio, an 18th-century building that hosts exhibitions of ancient and modern art, temporary exhibitions and, occasionally, fashion events. In September 2022, it will become the backdrop for DSquared2's new collection. The new exhibition centre inside the building is scheduled to open in 2023, but the Milan fashion shows will be an opportunity to get an early look.

6. A fashion show and a visit to the Prada Foundation

fondazione prada

Prada shows at home, in the spaces of the Fondazione Prada at Via Lorenzini 14. Don't miss a visit to the Haunted House, a former distillery completely covered in gold leaf. Nor a trip to the Grotesque Trial, a work by Demand that reproduces a cave in Majorca with cardboard and a 3D model. Stalactites and stalagmites included. Then climb to the fifth floor for a view of Milan from above.

7. Appointment at Armani/Silos

armani silos

Armani with Emporio and the first line shows in Via Bergognone 6, which has housed the maison's headquarters in the former Nestlé factory since 2000. Architect Tadao Ando has reclaimed the disused building using water, concrete and light to create a minimalist, metropolitan space that includes a theatre and museum space called Armani/Silos. The designer explained that wheat was stored here. Wheat which was essential for life. Like fashion.

8. Sportmax at the Senate building

Sportmax at the Senate building

This is not the first time that the Palazzo del Senato has hosted a fashion show, and this time Sportmax will present its new collection in the magnificent courtyard of the 17th-century palace surrounded by a loggia with a double order of columns. A spectacular location.

9. Dolce and Gabbana in a 1940s cinema

dolce e gabbana in the '40s

There is all the atmosphere of times gone by, but a contemporary approach has transformed the spaces to suit the use that the Metropol has in the new millennium. It was a 1940s cinema hall, an icon of old Milan, today it is a multi-purpose space that Dolce and Gabbana have chosen for their next fashion show. And it is not the first time. Address: Viale Piave 24.

10. Luisa Spagnoli at the Permanente

luisa spagnoli

The Palazzo della Permanente, designed in 1886 by Luca Beltrami in neoclassical style, has been promoting and hosting exhibitions and cultural events for more than a century. Fashion shows included. Luisa Spagnoli will present its next fashion collection here. The address is Via Turati 34. In addition to the temporary exhibitions, one can also visit the permanent art collection, comprising about 300 sculptures and paintings.