The Ladybug is a Colombian cumbia dancer at Marni Ballhaus!

The Ladybug Chronicles Marni Ballhaus (2)

As every year Milan was the perfect stage for the most hated-loved event in town: the Design Week and the even more hated-loved Fuorisalone. The town is full of people from all over the world and hundreds of events take place almost everywhere.

As every year I receive the catalogue for all the events and choose my favorite ones but as every year I manage to see only a few! But my favorite events of this last Milan Design Week was definitely the Marni Ballhaus. Marni showroom in viale Umbria was transformed into a ballroom for the occasion mixing fashion, design and dance to present the new design collection and the traditions of the country that inspired it, Colombia.

The Ladybug Chronicles Marni Ballhaus (5)

The Ladybug Chronicles Marni Ballhaus (3)

It was also the occasion to discover the “cumbia”, a traditional Colombian couple dance mixing different rhythms and cultures, and the beautiful long circle skirts worn by cumbia dancers as well as the colored foulards worn by men. The colored choreographies of cumbia are the perfect frame for the new design pieces from Marni: chairs, tables, lamps, vases with all the beautiful colors of Colombia, all handmade by Colombian women. This year again part of the proceeds from the new design pieces will be donated to charity.

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The visitors of the event were actively engaged: it was possible to see the cumbia dance exhibitions, participate and take lessons of cumbia but also wear the beautiful skirts…which I did of course! I picked up this amazing green and red skirt and the magic happened: it is true that wearing beautiful pieces can change a woman’s mind! I immediately felt the atmosphere of this exotic dance and started dancing with my new skirt in the middle of the room where other fantastic skirts where hanging from the ceiling!

Congrats Marni for the best event, again!

I wore Topshop shirt and mom jeans, Zara coat and – occasionally – Marni skirt!

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The Ladybug Chronicles Marni Ballhaus (7)

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