We asked a few for their curated tour of Milan, so they shared where they gather to shop, drink, eat, relax and look pretty.
The Just Cavalli boutique, in the Fashion Quadrangle, has plenty of shoe inspiration.
The Quadrangle is bound by four intersecting streets — Via Monte Napoleone, Via della Spiga, Via Manzoni, Corso Venezia — and boasts all the luxe designer brands. Santos’ regular drop-bys are Brunello Cucinelli’s cashmere store and the Armani and La Perla lingerie boutiques.
Avenue Corso Buenos Aires offers opportunities aplenty to lay down one’s credit card.
She also exercises her credit card along Corso Buenos Aires, one of Europe’s longest shopping avenues, lined with dozens of boutiques, where “prices are a bit more affordable and you can find all labels, not just super luxury. I adore Calvin Klein.”
OneBlockDown, selling fashionable streetwear, is one of 19-year-old Wonderwall-repped Italian model Romano Diotti’s favorite stores, alongside Diesel, in the San Babila area. “I only wear jeans, and there’s a wide choice of awesome varieties, from worn-out to tight ones.”
Calvin Klein: A, Via Felice Casati, 1, 20124 Milano MI, Italy; +39 02 2953 2164
Aperitivo, AKA ‘Italian Happy Hour’
The aperitivo, what the Milanese call their evening drinks, rules. And it often takes the place of dinner.
One of the fashion industry’s regular hangouts is Armani Bamboo Bar.
“It’s an elegant, sophisticated place with a stunning cityscape view and elaborate drinks,” says Luigi Junior Giuliani, director of Wonderwall. But it’s also fairly casual. There’s no dress code at Bamboo Bar, and a pair of blue jeans and a white T-shirt will do.
The classy-chic rooftop lounge bar feels luxe, with its onyx and black marble retro-illuminated floors within a metal and glass cage-like structure. Take in the spectacular Duomo while sipping on a signature Ginza Tower, made with sake, lime, blackberries and Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, or a Privé, with Gin Mare, lime, basil infusion, ginger beer and absinthe.
Ceresio7, a panoramic rooftop bar and restaurant with two terrace pools, is “great for Sunday brunch chilling-out and for the exclusive spa and gym,” adds Giuliani. On a given week, he or one of his clients might be relaxing poolside with a Penicillin — tequila, orange sherbet, ginger and agave nectar — or winding down the night with a Pride of Silk, an artful blend of kumquats, whiskey and honey.
Romano Diotti, who has done shoots for designer labels Blauer and Imperial Fashion, prefers to sip his Moscow Mule or the country’s now iconic Spritz (Prosecco, Aperol, soda) at Terrazza Duomo 21.
“It’s such a unique location and with the terrace view, right in front of the Duomo cathedral, you get to admire Milan from the top.” Diotti, a university student, also likes to enjoy an aperitif at one of the many laid-back bars in the vintage Navigli canals district.
The stereotype that models don’t eat is just that, according to this group.
Model Amanda Santos loves a glass of wine and a burrata pasta in the flowery garden of Al Fresco restaurant.
Andrea Squeo Wonderwall
“The silence and peace are a break from the city buzz,” Santos says. “I come here with my baby to enjoy a glass of wine and a nice pasta dish, possibly with greasy burrata cheese.”
Santos, who appeared in a Campari advertisement directed by Oscar-winner Paolo Sorrentino, confesses she loves carbs and can’t live without pizza nor mozzarella — as well as bread in the morning, when she has the time.
“It’s got a cool ambiance and you can hang out from morning till evening drinks, savoring tasty dishes. I enjoy seeing stressed-out people flock in after work,” she laughs — when she’s not one of them, that is.
Panino Guisto is perfect for a quick nosh of Italian-style sandwiches (panino) on the run.
Salon Aldo Coppola rules for getting good hair — try the curative treament with mud, herbs, and oils.
When it comes to getting good hair in Milan, Aldo Coppola rules. The salons cater to women, men and children.
Santos regularly gets a curative treatment with muds, herbs and oils. “It hydrates and feeds my wavy hair, so it becomes shiny and smooth.”
Also on the menu: collagen hair wraps and a “cocooning” treatment for head and body performed with flavored warm oils on a Zen Beauty Bed, a massage setup with a backwash unit.
The open-air jacuzzi at Terme Milano is a wellness respite with stunning surroundings.
QC Terme Milano