After three years of pandemic-related disruptions, on Tuesday, Milan Design Week returned to its usual slot in April with a bang. Alongside the annual celebration of interior design and homewares at the Salone del Mobile furniture fair, which attracted over 300,000 attendees this year, came a whole host of installations and projects from outside players, all seeking to capitalize on the buzzing energy of the city throughout the week.
Chief among them was an impressive array of fashion brands that landed in Milan to showcase their latest projects of all shapes and sizes. Some returned to burnish their reputation as an established presence at the events orbiting Salone, while others made their first forays into the packed schedule with installations that spoke to their broader design ambitions. Here, find Vogue’s pick of the week’s varied offerings from the world of fashion.
You can always count on Hermès to deliver one of Milan Design Week’s most refined offerings—although this year, the storied French house threw a few more playful notes in the mix too. Sure, the unabashed luxury of the brand’s homewares dazzled whichever way you turned, whether in meticulously hand-embroidered rugs, or chairs sheathed in bull calf leather—and all were housed in an enormous geometric structure of iron rods, theatrically lit within the cavernous space of La Pelota in Brera. But the sideways nods to the house’s equestrian heritage (look closer and you might spot horse’s heads on the ceramics, or shapes inspired by pommel horses on the rugs), as well as the punchy colors that united the collection, carried a fresh and ever-so-slightly offbeat charm.