Beauty in the City
Top addresses where you can find the most exclusive cosmetics and the most sought-after fragrances… for ‘readyto-wear’ beauty!
THE FRAGRANCES OF THE QUADRILATERO
It’s no secret that countless big fashion labels have branched out into beauty. The striking boutiques of the Quadrilatero della Moda are packed with the latest collections of designer fragrances and beauty products for him and her. Get on the bandwagon and be seduced by the stunning designer packaging covering beauty products created by Chanel, Hermès, Burberry, Gucci, Fendi and Valentino, and don’t forget the products of Giorgio Armani that are characterized by his sought-after aesthetic and quality, and are on sale at his boutique at number 31 via Manzoni (www.armani.com). There are also many monobrand stores like the Acqua di Parma boutique in via Gesù, an ideal location to rediscover the innate values of Italian excellence and artisanship (www.acquadiparma.com). 1989 saw the birth of Etro’s ‘fragrance library’: a universe, consisting of fragrances bottled in the brand’s signature packaging, that uses colour to spark the desire for a perfume and images to play with the imagination. Etro’s fragrances can be purchased at the brand’s centrally located standalone boutique in via Verri, corner of via Bigli (www.etro.com). The eye-catching boutiques of historic perfumer Jo Malone are located in via Manzoni 18 and at no. 13 via Santa Maria alla Porta. This is a world dedicated to the rarest fragrances steeped in British culture, where heritage pieces of furniture in shades of beige and black are juxtaposed with more contemporary elements, creating an environment where shopping becomes an intimate, luxurious experience (www.jomalone.com).
AMIDST THE PERFUMES OF BRERA
If you happen to find yourself in the heart of Brera, the new district of Artistic Perfumery, we recommend three go-to addresses for the beauty addict. First of all, the new boutique of The Merchant of Venice, an historic perfumery epitomizing the art of Venetian perfume-making. It offers a luxury line encompassing a wide range of exclusive perfumes for men and women, body-care products, home fragrances and accessories contained in elegant bottles inspired by the tradition of the city’s famous hand-blown Murano glass (via Brera 4, www.merchantofvenice.com). Set within a truly ‘futuristic’ ambience, the
Diego dalla Palma make-up studio offers the entire range of the Milanese guru’s products dedicated to professional makeup and beauty treatments (via Madonnina, www.diegodallapalma.com). And, for connoisseurs only, L’Officina Profumo – Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, whose name conjures up the scents of times gone by, still sells traditional elixirs, along with more contemporary skin-care products, oils and perfumes (www.smnovella.it).
ALL IN ONE
Rinascente in piazza Duomo is another reference point, where all the most exclusive brands in the sector are found under one roof. After crossing this threshold, you will be welcomed by an entire floor devoted to fragrances and make-up, with dedicated corners where you can treat yourself to a customized make-up experience executed by a highly qualified staff member (www.rinascente.it). Finally, Sephora, with numerous boutiques scattered across the city, is a top spot for the latest pampering products. Here, you can lose yourself amidst thousands of fragrances for him and her, skincare products, and the brightly-coloured cosmetics of some of the most celebrated brands in the sector (www.sephora.it).