In this exclusive guest-blogging series, the impossibly dapper stylist Brad Goreski shares his favorite moments from men's fashion week in Milan.
When I was unpacking my two suitcases, I thought I was crazy for bringing an entire wardrobe with me. But because I changed looks three or four times a day, I ended up wearing everything. And yes, it has to be organized. I'm a stylist so I've been conditioned to setting up my own clothes like a fitting. It helps me to plan ahead because when I'm running around, there isn't time to figure out what to wear .
I told my friend at Ferragamo that I didn't have a pair of shoes to wear for my first day in Milan, and he told me he would send me some from his own closet. I thought he was joking, but when I arrived at my hotel, they were in my hotel room! Perfect.
Being in my room and seeing all these show invites was like Christmas morning. I love saving them and feeling the texture of the paper, the thickness, and the calligraphy. There's a whole art to them—it's the first taste of what the designers are thinking each season.
I wear these Swarovski-encrusted Louboutins morning and night and travel with them everywhere. I love them so much that even if they don't go with what I'm wearing, I'll put them on anyway. (Even if I don't wear them, I just like having them around.)
I lined up my fast-growing collection of Prada espadrilles. After this photo was taken, I got a tricolored pair in Rome. I hear that they have specific colors made for each store in different cities and there's an eight week waiting list. I'm so lucky because one of the tricolor pairs was actually the last in my size—a custom order that got returned.
Every good day starts off with a cappuccino, and there's no place better to enjoy some frothy caffeine than at the Bulgari Hotel.
My outfit on day one was Tommy Hilfiger pants, Gant blazer, a Tommy shirt and bowtie, a Louis Vuitton bag, and my friend's Ferragamo shoes. I just love this look as a first statement. I was so tired that first day, but I wanted to kick it off by representing with an American piece. I also took a picture of myself wearing my orange-glow Jil Sander suit for the first time and sent it to all my friends to their approval. I probably spent $50 just texting those pictures all the way from Italy, but it was worth it.
I was eating while wearing in my orange Jil Sander suit. So I'm eating orange while wearing orange. People on the patio literally stopped eating their meals to look at me. The Italians are used to some crazy fashion, but I think the image of me eating the rainbow salad in my Technicolor suit was a lot to comprehend.
—By Brad Goreski