Stylist Erica Pelosini’s Guide to Milan

Just in time to finish out Milan Fashion Week, the street style star shares how she does the Italian city, from Nobu room service, to trips to Villa D’Este and artisanal bellinis.

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Since starting her career over 10 years ago under the mentorship of Anna Dello Russo in Milan, 31-year-old Erica Pelosini has worked with some of the industry’s most prominent influencers, styling cover shoots and editorials for the likes of L’Officiel Paris, L’Officiel Italy, and Vogue Mexico, and shooting with photographers such as Patrick Demarchelier and Mert and Marcus. The ebullient multi-hyphenate has garnered attention for her illustrious Italian style (cue: innumerable mini dresses and sky-high heels) which has led to ambassadorship for brands like Christian Louboutin, Roberto Cavalli, and Emilio Pucci. While she is currently living in Los Angeles creating video content for MatchesFashion and FarFetch, the Florentine will always consider Milan her second home. A fixture on the international show circuit, Pelosini returns to the city every year for the fashion, the Milanese risotto, and strolls down Via Montenapoleone.

Favorite place to start your day before the shows: I love my cappuccino at Sant Ambroeus!

Favorite gallery or museum: There is so much art to look at in Milano – from more contemporary art at Fondazione Prada to getting lost at Castello Sforzesco, a Milanese castle. I also love escaping in Orto Botanico’s secret botanical garden in the heart of Milano, and shopping through the amazing Galleria vittorio Emanuele and the gorgeous italian paintings at Pinatocteca Brera to name a few!

Favorite place to shop: Cavalli E Nastri is my favorite vintage store in Brera where I find special accessories for the shows. Tearose is another favorite, it sells everything from roses to Balmain jackets. And of course 10 Corso Como, a concept store that looks like an art gallery where you can get lost and shop for some limited edition clothes, books, design objects and enjoy lunch in their secret garden sipping one of their super juices.

Favorite night club: To really let loose, go to Plastic!

Fashion week spot to see-and-be-seen: The bar at the Four Seasons. The perfect central spot where everybody meets from breakfast time to the aperitivo. I also have lunch at Il Salumaio. It’s my favorite for food, location, and people watching 😉

Best hotel: The Bulgari Hotel. It feels like home to me! After staying in the same room for many years they know how to organize my closet, what I like for breakfast and how to prepare my Bellini for aperitivo time! Another great hotel is the Armani, if you like clean minimal design. It’s also a plus to have Nobu on your room service menu 😉

Milan spa-cation: One of my favorite things about staying at the Bulgari Hotel is starting my day at the pool and the spa. It’s a beautiful zen escape that pampers you with some of the best treatments, using my favorite skincare line, La Mer!

Secret spot to escape from the Milan Fashion week chaos: When I can find time to go, my secret escape is Villa D’Este at Lago di Como, a piece of paradise not far from Milano. If I can’t leave the city, it would have to be the private archive at my friend Brian Atwoods place. You can get lost looking at all the couture clothes and archive shoes sipping champagne and playing dressing up!

Cafe for a mid-day espresso break:__ I like going for a walk in Via Montenapoleone and stopping for a coffee at Pasticceria Confetteria Cova and Pasticceria Marchesi.

_Place for post-show aperitif: The rooftop at Ceresio 7 during summer time – it is perfect for a cocktail and has the best views of the city.