If you love fashion and Italian design, Milan during fashion week is definitely not to be missed!
Italy comes back to life in September. After the long summer holiday people come back to the towns and cities, and Milan is no exception. Milan's cultural calender is full of events, but the biggest one that takes part in the city every September is without a doubt Milan fashion week.
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Everyone knows that even though the Italians are generally a very fashionable bunch, Milan is the fashion capital of the country. People come from over the world to buy designer clothes here, especially during the winter and summer sales. Milan fashion week was established in 1958, and is organised by the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (The National Chamber for Italian Fashion). Altogether there are four fashion weeks held in the city each year, two womens' and two mens'.
This year's second women's fashion week will hit Milan on Wednesday the 19th of September and come to a close on the 25th, which is the following Tuesday. This September the biggest Italian and international designers will bring their Spring/Summer 2013 collections to the city following the fashion weeks in New York and London.
More than 170 shows are held during the week, with the emphasis on promoting not only established Italian maisons
but also up-and-coming designers. The main events are held in the centre of the city. For fashion week in February a large tent was set up near Castello Sforzesco for first time during fashion week
; and shows were also held in in a structure constructed in Via dei Mercanti, just off Piazza Duomo, in the heart of Milan
. Shows are also held in the trendy Navigli area, near the canals; and also around Montenapoleone, where the designer shops
Of course, there are also many events at night, with the various designers throwing exclusive parties in the city. But the city's nightlife
is livelier than usual, with many foreign and Italian visitors coming to the city especially for the week. It makes for an interesting mix
, seeing the trend-setting visitors and more casual Italians side-by-side. There's always plenty to see, daytime or nightime, and no shortage of inspiration for new trends.
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