The Ladybug’s world tour at Expo 2015 in Milan

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In a week Expo 2015 in Milan will be closed and I think that everything about it has been said: from the numbers to the incredible queues of the last few months, from the criticism to what to visit; did it meet the expectations? Did it reach the target? Was it useful? Was it interesting? Which country represented its spirit most? Was it worth a visit and the long queues?

Of course I’m not here to answer these questions because maybe you are not here to hear about it, but I just wanted to share with you through my pictures my recent visit to Expo for those who couldn’t go or for those who are just curious about another point of view!

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I visited it a couple of times since the opening in May but usually at night and I didn’t have a chance to have a proper visit until a few weeks ago, when I decided to use my ticket to spend a whole day around the pavilions – or at least those where there was no need to wait for hours to get inside!

Even if the expectations weren’t good I managed to visit a lot of pavilions, but instead of targeting the “impossible ones” like Italy or Japan, I went for smaller pavilions. I usually don’t follow the defined paths and this is the reason why I enjoyed wandering around the small African, Caribbean or Eastern European pavilions where it was so easy to have friendly chats with people or to eat delicious food (Haitian pavilion was my favorite…I could also dance after a perfect dinner!).

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I managed to visit France (my favorite pavilion!), Poland, Russia (where I could sip vodka on the terrace), Malaysia, Cambodia, Turkey, United States (another lovely terrace!), Lithuania (where I had a delicious lunch!) and many others and in the end I can say that it was fun to have a kind of “world tour” even if I was totally destroyed at the end of the day!

If you visited Expo in Milan tell me more about your experience and what you liked (or disliked) about it!

I wore Zara white jeans, Acne Studios green sweater, Momonì scarf, Nike at & Other Stories white sneakers and Miu Miu bag.

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The Ladybug devours the Magic of Armani | Silos

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The 3rd of May, two days after the opening of the EXPO 2015 in Milan, another very important expo was inaugurated: Giorgio Armani decided to celebrate 40 years of his wonderful career by offering to Milan what the New York Times defined as “the place to be” – the Armani | Silos.

This museum, located in the Tortona area, celebrates the history of “King Giorgio” by offering 4500 square meters, consisting of four floors, of amazing creations from the ’80s to now in a surreal yet enveloping atmosphere.

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The mayor of Milan defined it as a gift Armani offered to the town in order to demonstrate his love for the city, and believe me it really is!

The building is an old silo used for storing food and Armani decided to leave the name as it represents the way for fashion to be “nutrient” for the soul. The architecture is spacious and the game of lights are absolutely amazing. Not to mention the music: it’s a perfect accompaniment for the visitors.

The selection of the creations exposed doesn’t have a chronological order, but it tells the story and the most representative pieces of the Italian designer. Every floor represents a leitmotif that inspired or keeps inspiring Armani’s art work.

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The ground floor is dedicated to men and women daywear- with a huge selection of men and women suits, especially from his latest collections, coats and day dresses with a huge prevalence of grey and camel tones.

But the more you climb the floors, the more you will be amazed and in awe.

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First floor, I guess my favorite one: it’s completely dedicated to Armani’s exoticism: it collects all his pieces inspired by faraway lands, from India to Japan, Northern Africa, to Spain and the Far East. It is a blossoming of flowers, colors, embroideries, sequins and sparkling pieces… I spent most of my time there! In the middle of the floor there were also a collection of clutches, shoes, jewelry and accessories that will make you fight the simple desire of touching them and try them on!

The second floor is dedicated to Chromatism: the colors are darker. Stripes appear on night gowns, cocktail dresses and jackets and Armani’s use of black is surprising and thrilling. Even in the dark the embroideries sparkle and the cuts are amazing. A lot of black and white, red, electric blue, navy blue and many more “vintage” pieces coming from the ’80s!

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When you reach the last floor, you can really say that you have seen the light! Light is, indeed, the inspirational theme for the last floor. There, you can be overcome by the sparkling of wonderful embroidered gowns and two pieces- from gold to silver. It is a jubilation of pure ecstasy and fashion perfection!

The floor also hosts a video room and a digital archive with more than a thousand outfits selected by category and collections.  It features more than two thousand pieces and accessories, sketches, backstage and catwalk videos, photographs from the advertising campaigns.

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On the ground floor you can also find a gift shop, a cafeteria and the installation “Stars,” a red carpet leading to a big screen with images of all the celebrities wearing Armani.

As for me, I wore Imperial red pleated shirt, Amelia Verona trousers and Zara flats with a vintage touch: round sunglasses by Oggetti Smarriti, red quilted bag by Frendo Vintage and headband by Traffic People London.

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