Carey, the blonde translator, who also does work for the Where Milan publication, spent the entire afternoon with me. We planned to meet outside the Camparino bar/ristorante in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele at 1pm leaving us just enough time to honour our lunch invitation a half hour later. From there, we rushed through La Rinascente so that Carey could give me her opinion on a gorgeous black Roberto Cavalli dress that I was thinking of buying for my evening event. As ravishing as it was, I eventually refrained from swiping my credit card because I figured that just maybe the same garment will be waiting right there when I arrive in June with my family. For such big purchases, I usually require my mother’s very honest opinion.
We left the big multibrand haven in a mad rush anxiously looking for a nearby Pasticceria where we could buy some sweets to take with us to the Jarach family home, so that we did not pitch up empty-handed. With some tarts neatly wrapped in a box, we made our way from Duomo to the Conciliazione metro stop where my darling publisher, Andrea Jarach and his golden dog welcomed us at the door which leads up to a fabulous home filled with wall art and and so many books, that it seems like the house is in fact a private library – evidence of the entire family’s love for words, stories, ideas and great literarture. Andrea’s lovely wife, Pia, had prepared mango and blueberry salad, fresh fruit, an assortment of breads and then my favorite: a generous block of Parmigiano cheese which I finally discovered how to ‘crumble’ rather than slice. Coffee was served with a typically Italian custard tart topped with raspberries.
From there, Carey and I commuted to MonteNapoleone where she was my journo ‘helper’. A born South African, she is married to an Italian man and has lived in Milan for so many years that she speaks the language perfectly and could thus ask all the correct questions to salespeople on my behalf – a huge help! We found fun creatures in the Louis Vuitton store, each one made up using their own bags, belts, pouches and purses. This Alberta Ferretti beaded dress contained all the colours of the South African flag and Bruno Magli has injected bright and beautiful colours into sandals, some of which boast unusual wedged heels. And finally, who can ignore Etro’s amazing signature prints on their men’s and ladies clothing?