If your Milan fashion week dreams include not just the fearlessly Italian looks that will be sent down the runway but also the swoon-inducing design and interior inspiration the city has to offer, then Alexis Brown is your perfect guide. The interior designer behind cool-girl shopping havens like Ulla Johnson’s Bleecker Street flagship and Apiece Apart’s NY and LA stores, Brown has an eye for luxe, elevated style that evokes a sense of effortless ease. Read on as she shares the go-to pieces she’s packing and the places she’s stopping along the way.
How would you describe your fashion week look — are you practical or flamboyant? Do you dress to attract street style photographers or dodge them? I am definitely practical. Not trying to attract attention.
Go-to bag: Dior Saddle Bag Go-to shoe: Adidas Matchcourt high tops or anything Céline or Manolo Blahnik with a lowish heel Go-to coat: Vintage Burberry trench Go-to accessories: Vintage Native American silver cuffs, Céline earrings
Tell us a bit more about the pieces that make your fashion week easier and more fun. This Vetements dress is so versatile. I can wear it out to dinner with friends after the shows or to a client meeting during the day with sneakers. It makes my fashion week so much easier to pack clothes that serve multiple functions.
What’s the hardest part about packing for fashion week? What not to pack!
What’s the most fun part about packing for fashion week? Meeting up with friends in Milan that I have not seen in awhile to talk about the shows.
What are you excited to debut during fashion week? I love my new Céline box bag.
What’s on your fashion week shopping list and which stores do you always go to when traveling for the shows? I love the Fiera di Sinigaglia flea market. It is every Saturday and there are such amazing finds, especially vintage lace and sleepwear. Pupi Solari has sweet kids’ clothes and also beautiful roman shades in their storefront windows. I love the traditional feeling of Milan and it is refreshing to see it when I visit.
Do you have favorite bars, restaurants or cafes to stop at between or after shows? The Mongiardino-designed restaurant Da Giacomo. He was the best, most inventive designer and it is a treat to go there for dinner. I also love Latteria, a small restaurant but so delicious — a client told me about it years ago and I try to eat there every time I am in Milan.