25 Ott Strolling along the Prada Foundation
Believe it or not, when the time came to choose my outfit to visit the Prada Foundation, I couldn’t imagine that my skirt would have been exactly the same color of the Bar Luce flipper, or that my shoes would have been en pendant with the golden palace, but I loved it, as I loved the whole location.
Actually, I thought of wearing something by Prada or Miu Miu, and thus I would probably have matched with everyone else there, but everything I had in my closet was not quite comfortable, so in the end, the result was what you can now see in the pictures. It allowed me to stroll around the galleries without ending the day with my feet hurting.
If I lived in Milan, I’d have each and every one of my business meetings there. I’d spend my afternoons writing on those colorful armchairs sipping sparkling champagne and tasting fruit tarts, among Nino Rota or Mina’s songs coming out of the pink juke-box: it is perfectly working, but it just plays what it wants to, not what you choose, but this is ok because its playlist is vintage too, and thus absolutely cool as well.
What else… you all already know that Bar Luce was designed by Wes Anderson, director of the Gran Budapest Hotel and many other movies. I really like him, and I liked him even more since I discovered his personal passion-obsession for symmetries in his scenes, that made me feel a bit more “normal”: proportions are essential and I’ve always claimed that.
The Bar is separate from the Foundation, and besides the juke-box and flipper that you will love at first sight, it has formica furniture which reminds of our 90’s school desks, or maybe today’s school desks as well, since probably they were never changed from then on. Chairs and armchairs are in pastel shades and the marble floor reminds me of my grandmother’s one, that I adore, the ceiling and walls decorations are inspired to the Vittorio Emanuele Gallery instead.
Now, let’s talk about the desserts. Yes, I know…who works in the fashion industry does not eat, drink, breath and whatever. But we are going to talk about this because we eat and do all the rest… Behind the counter, in the jars, you can admire so many colorful candies and jujubes to make every kid go crazy. Pastries come directly from the historical Milan pastry shop Marchesi, a guarantee.
The Foundation’s structure, hosting many different exhibitions, is the result of the transformation of a distillery dating back to the first decade of 1900. I photographed every single thing and I appreciated the way old and new interact and merge in this space, which is what art and fashion should aim at.
I was wearing:
– Asos lace-up shoes
– Zara shirt and skirt
– Vintage wool cardigan
– Eva damier clutch by Louis Vuitton
– Alto Milano socks