Milan is famous to be the capital of fashion worldwide.
For your cultur, in the fashion and design field : 11 thousands of firms (5,5% of the national data) employ 56 thousands person (6,1% of the national data) there for a turnover of 15,2 billion €. (source: Modaportale.com, March 2013). In the fashion field, Lombardy is the first area in Europa for the number of firms in the fashion and manufacture sector, before the Ile de France (area around Paris).
Milan’s Fashion week:
Along the year there are 4 fashion weeks: autumn/winter for men in January in Milan, at the end of February for women ; and spring/summer in june for men, in september for women. Although these days lots of new cities start doing their own fashion week (such as Berlin, Montréal, Stockholm…); the “original” fashion week moves to the fourth main fashion cities around the world: it starts in New-York then go to London, Milan and Paris. So it lasts a month and the “fashionistas” move to these cities to attend the different events.
During this weeks; the most important luxury brands organize the fashion shows which takes place in the showroom of the brand or in a prestigious location rented for the event. You can get in only if you have a personnal invitation but the place and the time are public. If you are curious; I advise you to go at the entrance of one of them to admire how people are dressed. You might take some pictures of the look you particulary like; they are called streetstyle pictures.
The showrooms of all the most important brands also open their doors to the international buyers and journalists during these days. So at this period; Milan is full of international important people who work in fashion. Of course; these are private and only business events.
There are a few (very little) public events as for example some activities in piazza castello and often a small exhibition at Cadorna metro station.
You will find all the informations on the website of the organism that covers the event: La Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (http://www.cameramoda.it/it/) or on this website : www.modemonline.com
N.B: the pictures is the Dolce e Gabbana’s final of the last women’s FW fashion week.