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Guest Editor | Ciao from Milan

Marie Claire’s Kyle Anderson reports from the front row in Milan!

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JC: What did you read on the plane?

KA: Whenever I go to the airport I buy magazines. I love Vogue Paris and Harper’s Bazaar UK. I also bought British Vogue, Muse and Pop at the airport in Milan.

JC: What are your favorite restaurants?

KA: In Milan we always go to the same places. There are about five spots.  Every lunch and dinner consists of our fashion team, myself, our market director Nina Sterghiou and our fashion director Nina Garcia meeting with the teams from designers like Fendi, Versace and Prada. Il Bice is definitely a favorite. We stay at Principe di Savoia Hotel and their buffet is enormous. I always say that I eat like a straight man.

JC: Favorite shopping destinations?

KA: I never shop in Milan.

JC: Tell us about the major trends on the runways? On the street?

KA: On the street it’s chunky gold, chunky silver or fun takes on big jewels in bright colors or neon. Pajama dressing has been huge on the streets. So many girls are wearing head-to-toe silk one print pajamas. It sounds odd but they really do. On the runways it’s a lot of ’60s. Different takes, from poppy mod to evening. Gucci’s big bright ruffles with ’60s plexi clutches and patent heels. Moschino had a big ’60s moment of mod as did a lot of shows in Milan. Who knows what we will see in Paris.

JC: Any good celebrity sightings?

Not really. Celebs used to go to shows for publicity. Now they require contracts for cosmetics or ad campaigns or cash to go. I’m sure in Paris we’ll see some big actresses or ones that star in the ad campaigns. I went to the AMFAR dinner in Milan; Sharon Stone was the presenter.

JC: Any tips for staying fresh and focused while traveling?

KA: Hmm…if you know any, please tell me. It’s difficult because in Europe, the shows which are back-t0-back don’t have restrooms, so we can’t drink that much water because otherwise you have to pee every five minutes and there’s no where to go. In NYC there are always restrooms. It’s also difficult to get food because the service is so slow. Even if you have a free hour it takes 45 minutes just to get a menu in Milan. It’s very slow going…I say drink water, try to sleep, avoid alcohol, and eat whenever you can.

JC: How do you pack for fashion week abroad?!

KA: I try to wear mostly black. I bring three large suitcases, but it’s not that much when you’re gone for about 20 days. I mix all black with funky bags, shoes and sunglasses. Everything for me is mix and match.

JC: What can we gals be most excited about come spring 2013?

KA: Milan is very commercial, but so far the ’60s will be a fun trend. Start thinking of your favorite ’60s icon and make an inspiration board. Mix vintage with retro or even a mod shoe to update your classics. But you don’t have to look like a swinging ’60s girl head-t0-toe! Try a patent heel or lucite clutch, so as to not overdo the trend. In Milan we also saw Asian influences, especially at Prada and Pucci. Prada was a modern geisha with wraps and prints and little bags and platform flat sandal wedges. Definitely will be fun to work with this season.