From jaw-dropping Prada finales to bowls of delicious pasta, how Milan Fashion Week's hippest showgoers hit the city is fascinating. We followed two influencers around the fashion capital to see what happens behind the scenes: fashion friends Soraya Bakhtiar and Bettina Looney took us on an Italian adventure, sharing the looks they loved both off and on the runway (including their own outfit creations), as well as where they go for a quick shopping fix and up-close shots of the coolest presentations for S/S 18.
Keep reading to see their Milan Fashion Week diary.
"Checked in at the ME Milan Il Duca hotel, and we started organising our joint closet. Can you guess which side is which?" — Bakhtiar and Looney
"It's always the best feeling getting to your hotel room and opening up the tickets that have been sent over in advance. It gets you excited for the shows and the week ahead." — Bakhtiar and Looney
"Taking our favourite bags (Fendi and Tara Zadeh) to lunch." — Bakhtiar and Looney
"People say we look like sisters—we'll take it! Aperol Spritz for lunch at Il Salumaio di Montenapoleone." — Bakhtiar and Looney
"This is hands down our favourite dress from the Alberta Ferretti show. We love that most fashion shows in Milan are outdoors." — Bakhtiar and Looney
"Right after Alberta, we ran over to the No.21 show. We wouldn't have missed it for the world. This collection was so dreamy and girly with a little bit of edge. This show was every girl's dream." — Bakhtiar and Looney
"To end the day on a yummy note, we had to make a stop at Papermoon, a classic. We really love pasta. Can you tell?" — Bakhtiar and Looney
"The Luisa Beccaria show was an absolute Italian dream. Each look was better than the one before it. We certainly wouldn't mind having those gorgeous dresses in our closet." — Bakhtiar and Looney
"Next stop: Fendi." — Bakhtiar and Looney
"Finale at Fendi. One of each, please. What a mindblowing collection. We loved everything, especially the plaid bags." — Bakhtiar and Looney
"Here we are at the Blazé Milano presentation. We're both equally obsessed with this brand. Soraya hosted a trunk show for them in in Geneva last spring. Every blazer can be customized to the clients liking (lining, buttons, fabrics, collar, etc). This S/S 18 collection is inspired by Loulou de la Falaise and boasts gorgeous velvets, animal prints and bamboo sponge fabrics. It's music to our ears." — Bakhtiar and Looney
"At the Attico presentation, Giorgia Tordini and Gilda Ambrosio, the girls behind Attico, are showing a bright and sparkly S/S 18 We loved everything about it. Can we fast-forward to next summer already?" — Bakhtiar and Looney
"The much-awaited Prada show. What an honour to be there. Prada never fails, and we loved how playful this collection was." — Bakhtiar and Looney
On Bettina Looney: Zeynep Tosun jacket; Gucci tee; Zara jeans; Spektre sunglasses; Bulgari bag; Céline shoes
"We had a bit of free time, so we did some cardio, aka shopping. Visiting Excelsior Milano is always a good idea. We could spend hours in there." — Bakhtiar and Looney
"What to buy?" — Bakhtiar and Looney
"Our favourite look at the Bally presentation with a special crush for the socks." — Bakhtiar and Looney
"A little airport treat. We had to! Ciao, Milano." — Bakhtiar and Looney
Next up, what to wear to brunch this weekend.