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Natasha Slater – an insider guide to Milan

Brand consultant Natasha Slater lives in Milan and runs a hip club night called Punks Wear Prada that is a magnet for party-goers on the city’s newly energised scene. Here she shares her favourite city spots with Harriet Quick

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Harriet Quick,

How long have you been connected to Milan and how has the city changed in that time?
I have been coming to Milan since I was eight years old as my maternal grandparents lived here, and I moved permanently over 10 years ago. Milan was always been a fashion capital but today it’s also a lifestyle destination. The nightlife scene is more alive than ever, creating a bigger buzz in the city, and the development of new fashion and design schools means the city is attracting a bigger international community. With the arrival of the Expo this summer, Milan feels dynamic.

How do your office and home neighbourhoods compare?
I live and work in the south of Milan, right by Parco Solari in the Tortona district. It’s one of the centres of Milan’s design week and home to many big fashion houses, including Armani, Fendi, Zegna and Diesel. I love the mix of green, residential space and edgy nightlife a few minutes from my doorstep.

How would you describe your style?
It’s very rock ‘n’ roll-influenced, with skinny jeans, a lot of black, 60s-cut miniskirts and playsuits. I like my clothes to be edgy but with a romantic feel. Winter is usually a mix of blacks versus creams and in summer I introduce more vibrant colours.

Which items and brands do you have most of in your wardrobe?
Dolce & Gabbana, Miu Miu, Gucci, Vivetta, Acne, Sandro, Alice McCall for all my party playsuits, Francesco Scognamiglio, Fausto Puglisi and Dondup. I shop at Zara and &OtherStories for basics and Gianvito Rossi and Aquazzura for shoes.

What are your beauty essentials?
Jo Malone Rose Water & Vanilla cologne, Biologique Recherche Crème MSR-H as my daily moisturiser, Algenist Gentle Rejuvenating Cleanser, GlamGlow youth mask and Chanel eyeliner in Noir.

Which eateries and restaurants do you adore the most?
Fiore is a local restaurant I love for a casual lunch or dinner – the food is excellent and you’ll always run into a friendly face. Pacifico is a new ceviche bar and restaurant owned by a friend, with great pisco sours and an amazing interior. La Libera in Brera is an old-time favourite. It serves typical Milanese dishes to a jazz playlist. Langosteria for fish – it’s the best. Ceresio 7 for cocktails at sunset by the pool.

Who are your Milanese style pin-ups?
There are a number of very stylish girls here who are constantly snapped by the fashion paparazzi. I love Chiara Totire’s style – she’s one of Anna Dello Russo’s assistants and a young stylist. Amina Muaddi, the founder of Oscar Tiye shoes, has a inspiring look, as does store-owner Eleonora Carisi from Turin.

Which shops, streets and boutiques are thrilling you now in Milan?
The Clan boutique on Via Pontaccio, Brera – it has a great selection of cool brands for men and women. Gianvito Rossi for fabulous heels. Antonia – this multi-brand boutique has the season’s must-haves.

Which is your favourite view, and at what time of day?
Over the Duomo. The best view is up on the eighth-floor terrace of the Boscolo hotel, where I currently organise a cocktail party, Lola’s Terrace, on Thursday evenings.

Tell us about your top walk in the city.
From my home in Parco Solari up to the Duomo. I always stop by Cucchi, a fantastic Italian pasticceria, for a brioche and Via Torino for the shops.

Which cultural centres shouldn’t be missed?
The Duomo, the Palazzo Reale and the Pinacoteca di Brera. I also recommend a visit to the Navigli canal area for cool bars and nightlife.

After dark you like to …
Go to my club night PWP – Punks Wear Prada – every Friday night, or pass by for a drink at Tom, a new restaurant, bar and club that’s open seven days a week.

Which is the best day trip outside the city?
Lake Como. Make sure to have lunch at the Gatto Nero – the views are breathtaking. It’s also a favourite of George Clooney’s.

Which Milan fashion houses and brands make you weak at the knees?
Francesco Scognamiglio and Fausto Puglisi are my current crushes. I also love MSGM, Miu Miu, and Valentino.



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