“Bold looks, eccentric outfits, confident manners: Milanesi are the beating heart of a city whose reputation enchants the world. To us, every passer-by represents the quintessential spirit of Milan. They’re all unique.” So say the anonymous founders of Milanesi a Milano, an Instagram account that has won nearly 80,000 followers over the last eight months thanks to its faithful chronicling of real Milanese street style—and strictly no #ad hype—in Italy’s fashion capital.
The last few days have seen Milan fire into life thanks to a buzzy menswear Fashion Week that felt—at least here on the ground—like the beginning of a new beginning. As Giorgio Armani observed before his show last night, Milan’s unique intermingling of creative and commercial cultures means it is often well-equipped to thrive in moments of recovery: “Since the early ’70s