48 Hours in Milan with Dulux Colour Specialist, Davina Harper

2 November 2023
By Fashion Quarterly

Davina Harper travels to Milan Design Week each year to scout future trends for the annual Dulux Colour Forecast. She tells us where to stay, shop, dine and visit during Milan’s busiest days of the year.

Brera District

Accommodation for our Dulux colour forecasting team is usually wherever we can find it during Milan Design Week. But if we can, my preference is to stay is anywhere in the Brera District. Located in the historic heart of Milan, Brera has for centuries attracted artists and designers. Colourful apartment buildings with balconies overflowing with plants, quaint churches, hidden gardens, cafes, restaurants, and fashion boutiques line the streets. It’s such a vibrant place to enjoy a coffee or a gelato and watch the chic Milanese go by.

Bar Luce – Fondazione Prada

You can find Prada’s modern art museum on the outskirts of the city in what used to be a distillery. The museum’s bar, Bar Luce, was designed by film director Wes Anderson who recreates the atmosphere of a typical Milanese café. Located at the entrance of Fondazione Prada, it’s colourful, quirky and the perfect place for an Aperol spritz on a sunny afternoon. I always leave feeling inspired with ideas for the next year’s Colour Forecast.

Rinascente Milano

For luxury shopping in Milan, Rinascente Milano is the flagship of Italy’s most upmarket department store, spread over eight stunning floors. You won’t find any bargains here, but head to the top floor for the clean bathrooms (a welcome relief during crowded Design Week) and the gourmet food hall, where you can take in showstopping views of the Duomo while you drink and dine.

Duomo Rooftop

Even though I’ve been travelling to Milan Design Week for many years, this year was my first visit to the rooftop of the Duomo di Milano. I’d always avoided it as it seemed too busy and too touristy. However, it is completely worth it! Not only are the views incredible, but you also get to be up close to a myriad of gargoyles, spires, statues, and other ornamental features – there’s not too many places you can enjoy history like this.

The 2024 Colour Forecast

Feeling inspired? This year’s colour trends reflect an inner desire for positivity and spaces that nurture within our homes. The new trends feature warm colours with a yellow inference, pink-influenced clay hues and reddy browns, olive green and accents of pale blue and zesty yellow. Discover the Solstice, Journey, and Muse palettes in the Dulux Colour Forecast 2024

Words: Supplied, Davina Harper
Photography: Supplied, Attilio Maranzano, Fondazione Prada website


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