Christmas in Milan, part 3: Window Displays

As I mentioned in my last Milan post, the city was a goldmine of beautiful, artistic and crafty shop window displays – of course, most were winter or anyway holiday-themed. Because part of my current uni project involves the analysis of two shop windows which feature my selected trend (fur), I took the chance to take loads of pictures of any piece of visual merchandising that caught my eye, whether because really well-done, or just plain odd or unusual. Can’t say that my boyfriend was particularly happy about me zigzag-ing from one side of the street to the other to take photos! Nevertheless, here’s a first bunch of them:

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IMG_7688bIMG_7689 copyLoved this Zara display.

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IMG_7697 copyLoved this messy festive display!

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Christmas in Milan, part 2: La Rinascente

While in Milan I had a look inside La Rinascente, an Italian retailer operating upscale department stores for clothing, household and beauty products, which was founded in Milan in 1917. It’s always great fun to go inside and snoop around all the luxury stores, and then once you reach the top you are rewarded by an amazing food floor where you can find all kinds of fancy food – unfortunately it is all very pricy… (including some branded water bottles which will set you back quite a bit!).

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IMG_7715 copyChocolate shoes!

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IMG_7766 copySome expensive designer water bottles…

Christmas in Milan, part 1: The city

Since our very first year together, my boyfriend and I have developed a sort of tradition that for every New Year’s Eve we travel to a new country (so far we’ve done Slovenia, Ireland and Estonia). This year, however, we were a little short of money, so we settled down for visiting Milan, where we could stay at my grandaunt’s flat, which is only a couple of hours away from where I live.

I had of course been to the city several times before, nonetheless it was exciting to be in such an international Fashion capital at one of the busiest times of the year.

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The Dome was spectacular as usual, it is definitely one of my favourite buildings and it is always a pleasure to see it standing in all its glory in the middle of the huge square, Piazza Duomo. Especially now that it was faced by an almost-equally-tall Christmas tree!

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Of course, we couldn’t miss taking a walk down Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, house of many luxury retailers, cafés and restaurants, including Prada’s flagship store. It has some of Milan’s oldest shops and it is considered one of the oldest shopping malls in the world.

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The Swarovski Christmas tree glimmering with thousands of Swarovski stars.

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I will post some more images later with some very creative window displays and some shots of La Rinascente, Milan’s luxury retailer and upscale department store!

Hundertwasser Haus

The colorfully decorated exterior façade of Hundertwasser House draws attention to itself almost magically. Anyone who lives in the Hundertwasser House also has the right to decorate the façade around the windows entirely to their own taste. More than 200 trees and shrubs on the balconies and roof terraces make the Hundertwasserhaus a green oasis in the heart of the city.

[Excerpt from Wien.info. Read more on Wikipedia]

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