10 Things: J.J. Martin is wearing and doing during Milan Fashion Week - Neiman Marcus

10 Things: J.J. Martin is wearing and doing during Milan Fashion Week

Regina Campbell

September 17, 2014


Ciao Milano! With Milan Fashion Week just around the corner, it’s a fact that the fashion game changes quite a bit as we enter Italian lands. The streets breathe with fashion, as there’s always a reason to dress up; men are dapper, women are ladylike yet daring, and the fashion on the runways is just as inspiring, coming from iconic houses of the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Missoni and Bottega Veneta. What and how to wear the latest fall arrivals is always in question, which is why we asked for input from our favorite American living in Milan, J.J. Martin. As Editor at Large of Wallpaper* magazine and contributor to WSJ Magazine, Martin’s wardrobe is as covetable as her own point-of-view is compelling. If you’re visiting Milan during MFW, or love adding some Italian flair to your lifestyle and are planning your next trip to Italy, take a look at Martin’s picks to wear this week in Milan, as well as the city’s hot spots to stop by, between and after shows.

Ten Things



Knit Sweater with Floral-Leather Collar & Long Leather Flare Skirt

This is an ideal fall-to-winter look. I love a long leather circle skirt—it’s that perfect balance between prim and racy—and it looks just right with a sweater and shirt with a feminine floral leather collar. I’d mix it up with either a super bright pink or yellow cashmere sweater.

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Saffiano North/South Dome Bag

During fashion week, I carry my entire office in my handbag, so no cute clutch or small handbag is going to work. This shape from Prada is perfect – it’s spacious but tidy and compact, and it makes your stuff feel put together.  I love the shiny cherry color.

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The Small

Bistro - Food Store - Lifestyle

I love homey restaurants that are casual and informal but have top-notch food. The Small is exactly like that but has the added bonus of chic design and great lighting (which you never find in Milanese restaurants, trust me.)  Via Paganini Niccolò, 3

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Davide Diodovich

Hair Salon

Right before the shows start, I visit my friend Davide Diodovich’s hair salon. He is the only person in Milan who knows how to cut hair in a modern way, and his colorist Susanna is the best. Via Torquato Tasso, 4

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Short Shearling Fur Zip Jacket and Sleeveless Belted Satin Dress

I just bought this Altuzarra shearling jacket in black and I’m obsessed with it. It’s like a luxury Patagonia, completely lined in leather, and will dress-down any fancy-looking dresses or skirts. This is my go-to, resolve-everything jacket this season. Just please don’t wear it with sweatpants.

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Gianvito Rossi

Leather Ankle-Wrap Pump

I got the flat, open-toe sandal version of this Gianvito Rossi shoe for spring and wore it nearly every day. The stiletto version is super sexy (the ankle cuff is perfection!) but the heel is still manageable. It will go well with three-quarter skirt lengths like the Valentino (#1) or Altuzarra dress (#5), or slim pants (even though I rarely wear pants).

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Ceresio 7

Pools & Restaurant

Dean and Dan Caten – the twin brothers behind Dsquared – have created the hottest spot for drinks and dinner in Milan. Where else can you lounge by a rooftop pool and gaze over the entire city? I’ll definitely be swinging by for a poolside drink with colleagues. (Meanwhile, the interiors were designed by Dimore Studio). Viale Ceresio,7

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Marco de Vicenzo

Honeycomb-Cutout Coat with Shearling, Long-Sleeve Rib-Knit Optical Sweater & Jacquard Lace Pleat Wave Miniskirt

My favorite young Italian designer is Marco de Vicenzo. I would take ANYTHING from his fall collection, but I love this coat with the wavy jacquard skirt. You can dress it up with the Gianvito Rossi heels or bring it down to earth with flat pointy-toe booties.

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Wait and See

A Unique Milan-Based Store

After you’re done hitting up Prada, Fendi and Valentino (my three favorite Italian brands), you should go check out Wait and See, a small boutique that features cool, niche brands you probably haven’t heard of, plus vintage. I love to visit the owner Uberta Zambeletti, who is one of the chicest girls in town. Via Santa Marta,14

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Dimore Gallery

A Desitination For Art And Design Lovers

Sometimes you need a break from fashion during fashion week, so I like to bring visitors to the Dimore Studio design gallery. It’s run by two friends: American Britt Moran and Italian Emiliano Salci, who have the most impeccable taste.  I want to transport the whole gallery home. Via Solferino, 11

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