Before Milan Fashion Week spring/summer 2020 officially commenced, Fashion & Beauty Editor Jolene Khor, aka me, stopped by Fondazione Prada to check out Wes Anderson's art curation.
Nobody could resist taking an OOTD at Fondazione Prada's golf leaf building, known as 'Haunted House'.
... so why should we? Along with our Christian Dada coat, we were wearing the new Hardy Hardy fall/winter 2019 skirt, available in stores now.
Fashion week puts editors through 12 to 15-hour days, so it's important to nibble at every opportunity (proper meals are not always possible) to maintain energy levels. Also, a closer look at our Hardy Hardy skirt.
Fun trivia: Bar Luce at Fondazione Prada was designed by Wes Anderson, and features cool props such as pinball machines and a jukebox.
From Prada to Prada — the spring/summer 2020 runway show, that is.
As usual, the fashion set was early at the first presentation of the season. It would be a great shame to miss the chance to see Miuccia Prada's work as she intended it to be seen.
Soo Joo Park was spotted discussing her Prada pumps with A$AP Rocky, while Sunmi (previously of Wonder Girls) gave the paparazzi her best smize.
A fashion show is quietest right before the music comes on.
Before our next appointment, a pit stop at Moschino.
Furla showcased its latest bags at Corso Monforte, in the style of a classroom.
We found a blush satchel to go with our Gucci loafers. On proud display, Furla's new logo.
There were various immersive worlds at Furla, each thematic, distinguished by rooms.
Mark our words: chainlink is still going to be big next season.
We were grateful for this oasis at Brunello Cucinelli's showroom.
Especially because they have the best spread, hands down. At Buro. Singapore, we do not believe in starving, for fashion or anything else.
Batik tops and relaxed suiting were the major highlights at Brunello Cucinelli.
To end the day, the famous cotoletta alla Milanese, aka the veal cutlet, and homemade crisps. They almost always come in epic portions.
Day two of Milan Fashion Week spring/summer 2020 season began with a dash — first to Max Mara, and Emporio Armani, then Fendi. Good thing we had a Hardy Hardy cardigan to keep us toasty.
Max Mara's fall/winter 2019 crocodile-print thigh-high leather boots were all the rage.
Bottleneck outside the Fendi show venue. We waited in bated breath for Silvia Venturini Fendi's first collection without her longtime friend and collaborator, the late Karl Lagerfeld.
"Where's the car?" is the only question on our minds after every show. Time is currency. At fashion week, editors, buyers, VIPS, and influencers spend as much time waiting as we do working.
Taking a closer look at a collection that just showed on the runway is called a 'resee'. At Prada's, we discovered a petite shoulder bag we missed initially. We love the bamboo detail.
Still haunted by last night's sinful dinner, we opted for a healthier, lighter lunch, a poke bowl, to sustain us through the day. To our surprise, the fish was fresh and the brown rice, well-cooked.
If we had a speech bubble above our head, it would read: Dear God, please don't let us be late for Bottega Veneta.
Another highlight of the season, the second Bottega Veneta show under the helm of Daniel Lee. The designer is poised to be the next Phoebe Philo.
We were almost late for Sportmax, but first, a snap of the label decal before we dashed to our seats.
Bottega Veneta's spring/summer 2020 collection made a strong second impression.
Similar to Lee's debut for the brand, the footwear was a major step up.
You're not in Italy until your face is full of pasta.
Some people wear their hearts on their sleeves. We wore Hardy Hardy's on our back on day three. This mixed material denim jacket is out in stores now.
Fendi's latest Baguette bags will be beaded next year. 2020 cannot come soon enough.
It was a sun-drenched morning on our way to the first show of day four.
The situation before Paul Andrew flexed his muscles at Salvatore Ferragamo at 9.30am.
At Tod's showroom, we gave their new exotic skin clutch a go. We thought it brought out the lace detailing on our Hardy Hardy skirt, no?
Confession: we weren't *truly* awake until we found champagne at Stuart Weiztman, and tried on their spring shoes.
How happy are these feather stilettos? If we're going to put our feet through major elevation, they better be outstanding.
A little exhausted by 5pm, but there were a few more stops before we could rest.
Dapper Dan in the flesh, at his book signing at the Gucci flagship. Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem: A Memoir is a New York Times bestseller.
Never have we related this hard to a Bally model.
A slight snafu at the entrance to Missoni's spring/summer 2020 show.
There are certainly worse ways to end an evening.
Bella Hadid was one of the 72 models Angela Missoni sent down her runway holding a portable solar lamp, created with Little Sun and Olafur Eliasson in support of Global Climate Strike.
Happy faces after a wonderful dinner at Alla Cucina delle Langhe, our favourite eatery at Corso Como.
What happened when we decided to look out the car window instead of looking at our mobile phones.
Our driver Claudio was strangely telepathic. Somehow, he knew we needed a cannoncino snack though he wasn't aware that we missed the breakfast service.
Petite figures don't often find compatible bomber jackets, but this patchwork edition from Hardy Hardy did us good. Also, we somewhat regretted not buying the wicker bag from Salvatore Ferragamo.
A few of Paul Andrew's moodboards for Salvatore Ferragamo spring/summer 2020.
Al fresco dining at Ristorante A Santa Lucia, another popular spot among the fashion set.
Question: did Gucci audition the security dogs guarding the runway venue? Because they were all crazy cute.
We had a good feeling about this — and we were right.
Another day, another sighting of A$AP Rocky. This time, he was taking photos of his seat neighbours with a disposable camera, and getting chummy with Jared Leto.
Gucci Orgasmique was Alessandro Michele's theme for spring. To find out what he meant, read Buro. Singapore's exclusive review.
For those of us who nap on the go, a stylish pillow harness for convenient, sanitary, hands-free transportation.
A toast to another successful Milan Fashion Week! We'll be back for more in February 2020. Stay tuned.