On the third day of our Milan Fashion Week experience, we found some new designers to love, took in the Emporio Armani show and hung out with Alexa Chung. Here are our highlights...
1. FROW&TELL at the Emporio Armani show
The Emporio Armani show is always a larger-than-life affair. Forget being on the second row, there are TEN rows of seats here, each one individually numbered like a super-chic cinema with a gigantic catwalk running down the middle. When we arrived at the venue, we spotted the likes of Laura Whitmore and even Calvin Harris (sans Rita, boo) hanging out backstage waiting for the man himself. We grabbed a chat with Laura about her first time at Milan Fashion Week...
'The collection was unbelievable and just so elegant and graceful,' she told us after the show. 'You know when you go to fashion shows and a lot of the things you may not wear yourself? Well, this time I was like, "I want that, I want that!". Armani is all about the female figure and the dress I'm wearing today makes me feel good so that's what fashion should be about.'
We also met Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad who looked resplendent in a Burberry ensemble. As a top-notch fashion blogger, we wanted to know her tip for our fashion week wardrobes. 'Try to wear something that is comfortable and although this isn't the most comfortable outfit, it makes me feel self confident.'
2. What We're Wearing
The sun came out today here in Milan (hurrah!) so it was time to pack away our oversized coats and tights for something a little lighter. Here's Charlie Miller, Grazia's Executive Fashion and Beauty Director, wearing a black Cos sweater with a Victoria Beckham skirt topped off with Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti boots, Chanel aviators and a tasselled Gucci bag. Meanwhile, our Editor In Chief, Jane Bruton, is looking MFW-tastic in a Prada coat over a Jonathan Saunders sweater and MiH jeans. She's finished off the look with a Fendi bag and Sophia Webster shoes. The perfect combo of Brit meets Italiano chic!
3. Meeting the names-to-know
As well as the high-profile catwalk shows the Fashion team enjoy, there's many smaller appointments on the agenda too. Today Charlie met Paula Cademartori, the lady behind a selection of luxury handbags designed in Milan, who talked us through the bags and clutches in multiple colours and leather combinations. We've also fallen in love with Mauro Grifoni and his super furry stripes and the Darlin' sweater is definitely for the Grazia girl.
4. Anna Dello Russo's fash-tastic selfie
ADR is always guaranteed to brighten up the streets of fashion week so it was no surprise to see she was the first lady to get her mitts on Jeremy Scott's brilliantly bonkers debut for Moschino. Approximatley 12 hours after it had hit the catwalk, Anna was showcasing the Macdonalds-inspired sweater dress at the Emporio Armani show, complete with matching bag and iPhone case. She even found a vespa to strike a pose on. Well worth a selfie, we're sure you'll agree.
5. It's on with Alexa Chung
It's always nice to see a familiar face on the fashion week circuit and after chatting to Alexa Chung over in New York, we were delighted to find her here in Milan to judge the International Woolmark Prize. Looking as stylishy-spot-on as ever in a Valentino cape dress, she dished on her style icon status. 'I don't think I'm different to anyone else, it's just easier for me [to wear nice clothes] because of my position,' she humbly explained. Chungers also revealed she loves following Rihanna on Instagram and spoke about overcoming self-doubt. Read - and watch! - the full interview here.