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As you will have seen from my earlier blog, I spent the start of this week in Milan with Ford.

The main calling card? The company’s takeover of the gargantuan home to Milan Design Week, Salone del Mobile.

Over the week, a lot of the activities that Ford put together were a design-influenced homage to the upcoming 2016 Ford GT. The supercar – set to rival the best of Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren – is a car and design lover’s fantasy come to life. In fact, Amko Leenarts – Global Interiors Design Director for Ford – said it was his own”dream car…the ultimate accomplishment”.

As Ford wasn’t actually allowed to show the vehicle at what is wholly and completely a design convention, the tops of the latter challenged all of their international designers to pitch creative designs – anything they wished – to display at the show, as long as it followed the company’s design ethos.

The results (a foodball table, guitar, sofa, and one designer’s ideal sailboat model) were as sleek and patriotic as the brand itself.

Though I had less than half a day to sink my teeth into the res of Salone, a whirlwind run around interactive breathing lights, baby blue petal-accented sofas, towering mirrors and more made me feel as interiorly-challenged as ever.

I did, however, leave with the urge to add both the aforementioned sofa and a brand new Ford GT to my home. They’re doing something right.

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As weird and wonderful travel opportunities go, being invited to Milan by Ford has topped the current selection.

After sharing my love for the Zetec S, the automotive geniuses asked me to join them in Italy to enjoy both the city and my first time at Salone del Mobile.

To this, you don’t say no.

After an early flight from Heathrow to Linate, a handful of wonderful journos and I pulled up at the stunning Westin Palace Milano, made fast friends, checked in, then headed a few streets away for a refuel at La Cadrega.

The Prosecco and salad version of refueling, that is.

With one hour to empty the day’s inbox and cleanse the plane away, we jumped in a Ford (natch) and moved to the Palazzo Reale for a sneak preview of the biggest Leonardo Da Vinci art exhibition ever organised.

Continually pinching myself, we sashayed past the Duomo and into the former royal palace. Though photos were strictly forbidden, I pranced through the space – all 7,000 square metres of it – filling my mental scrapbook to the brim. There were pieces from Her Majesty’s private collection, the Uffizi in Florence, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Louvre in Paris, and many more : St. John the Baptist, the Annunciation, La Belle Ferronnière…even the Vitruvian Man.

With minds officially blown, we headed to our final stop – Ford’s interactive design installation, “FAVILLA, To Every Light a Voice”, which will live in Piazza San Fedele for the entire duration of Salonde del Mobile.

Take a close look in the video, below, and stay tuned to the blog for more Milanese adventures.

A photo posted by Lela London (@lelalondon) on

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Alessandra Ambrosio and Rodrigo Santoro

  • I am lusting over the pairing of Alessandra Ambrosio and Rodrigo Santoro on the December covers of Vogue Brasil, as shot by Eric Guillemain.
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  • Fashion Week’s Autumn/Winter 2012 drama seems to be making some headway! After the “Fashion Gods” in Milan threatened to show at the same time as both New York and London, New York have now offered to pull their September 2012 dates back a week to accommodate the new Italian schedule.

    From there, Italy was said to have agreed to change their schedule to suit New York Fashion Week beginning on the second Thursday in September, going forward.

    For the apparent ‘final’ decision, the statement below has been released:

    Confirm the previous schedule for September 2012 with New York fashion week starting on Thursday 6 of September, followed by London, Milan and Paris Agree for the next two years ( September 2013 and September 2014) with the proposal of Diane Von Furstenberg, President of Council of Fashion Designers of America, to start New York Fashion Week on the second Thursday of September, that is to say on September 12th in 2013 and on September 11th in 2014.

    2.a New York’s last day should be on September 18th in 2013 and on September 17th in 2014 in order to allow London an additional day for the presentation of the menswear collections.

    2.b. Paris will accept this structure and follow Milan as always, starting on Wednesday 2nd of October in 2013 and on Wednesday 1st in 2014

    In case those conditions didn’t happen, the above mentioned solution could not be applied.

    Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana is looking forward to receiving a feedback(sic) from New York, London and Paris.

    Drama, drama, drama

  • Today, AdWeek have released some very interesting statistics on shoplifting, ie. 1 in every 11 shoppers shoplift. (Really?!)

    Not only that, but 75% of shoplifters are said to be employed adults, and cost the U.S. $119 million dollars per year. Items that are often confused for a five-finger discount include alcohol, sneakers/trainers, women’s perfume, and – at the top of the list – filet mignon.

    This has to be a joke.

  • Milan Fashion Week

    Wednesday February 23, 2011

    10:30 am PAOLA FRANI via carlo botta, 8
    11:30 am N-U-D-E circolo filologico via clerici, 10
    12:30 pm ROCCOBAROCCO tbd
    2:00 pm GUCCI piazza oberdan, 2/b
    3:00 pm GUCCI piazza oberdan, 2/b
    4:00 pm JOHN RICHMOND giardini di porta venezia – ingr. via palestro
    5:00 pm ALBERTA FERRETTI via senato, 10
    6:00 pm No. 21 tbd
    7:00 pm GABRIELE COLANGELO tbd

    Thursday February 24, 2011

    9:30 am SPORTMAX tbd
    10:30 am FRANKIE MORELLO via palermo, 10
    11:30 am FENDI via sciesa, 3
    12:30 pm ERMANNO SCERVINO tbd
    2:00 pm D&G viale piave, 24
    3:00 pm HAUTE giardini di porta venezia – ing.. via palestro
    4:00 pm KRIZIA via manin, 21
    5:00 pm LUISA BECCARIA tbd
    6:00 pm DANIELA GREGIS piazza santambrogio, 23/a
    7:00 pm MAURIZIO PECORARO tbd
    8:00 pm JO NO FUI tbd
    8:00 pm LORENZO RIVA tbd

    Friday February 25, 2011

    9:30 am MOSCHINO via senato, 10
    10:30 am LES COPAINS tbd
    11:30 am GAETANO NAVARRA tbd
    12:30 pm ETRO via piranesi, 14
    2:00 pm BLUGIRL corso venezia, 16
    3:00 pm GIANFRANCO FERRE via pontaccio, 21
    4:00 pm GIANFRANCO FERRE via pontaccio, 21
    5:00 pm VERSACE via gesu, 12
    6:00 pm VERSACE via gesu, 12
    8:00 pm CNC COSTUME NATIONAL tbd

    Saturday February 26, 2011

    9:30 am BOTTEGA VENETA via privata ercole marelli, 6
    10:30 am EMPORIO ARMANI via bergognone, 59
    11:30 am EMPORIO ARMANI via bergognone, 59
    12:30 pm MAX MARA tbd
    2:00 pm BLUMARINE corso venezia, 16
    3:00 pm JIL SANDER via beltrami, 5
    4:00 pm JIL SANDER via beltrami, 5
    5:00 pm ROBERTO CAVALLI arco della pace – piazza sempione
    6:00 pm ALBINO tbd
    7:00 pm EMILIO PUCCI corso venezia, 16
    8:00 pm ROBERTO MUSSO tbd

    Sunday February 27, 2011

    9:30 am MARNI via alserio, 22
    10:30 am MARNI via alserio, 22
    11:30 am BRIONI tbd
    12:30 pm LAURA BIAGIOTTI via rivoli, 6
    2:00 pm DOLCE & GABBANA viale piave, 24
    3:00 pm MARCO DE VINCENZO tbd
    4:00 pm MISSONI tbd
    5:00 pm VERSUS tbd
    6:00 pm SALVATORE FERRAGAMO piazza affari 6
    7:00 pm AQUILANO RIMONDI tbd
    8:00 pm TER ET BANTINE tbd

    Monday February 28, 2011

    9:30 am DSQUARED2 tbd
    10:30 am ICEBERG via palermo, 10
    11:30 am GIORGIO ARMANI via bergognone, 59
    12:30 pm GIORGIO ARMANI via bergognone, 59
    2:00 pm JUST CAVALLI tbd
    3:00 pm BYBLOS tbd
    5:00 pm ANTEPRIMA tbd
    6:00 pm SILVIO BETTERELLI tbd
    7:00 pm SERGIO ZAMBON tbd

    Tuesday March 1, 2011

    9:30 am MILA SCHON tbd
    11:30 am CARTA E COSTURA tbd
    12:30 pm ERKAN CORUH tbd
    1:30 pm ALVIERO MARTINI tbd