When it comes to all things Milan-ian, writer and fashionista Michela Proietti is the authority. For years, the famed author and journalist has been humorously chronicling the lives of members of Italy’s high society for national newspaper Corriere della Sera.
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After garnering countrywide acclaim for her books “La Milanese” and “La Milanese 2 – The Journey Continues,” she has also been recognised for her upbeat podcasts. In the whimsical setting of the Grand Hotel Poltu Quatu, located in the seaside hills of Arzachena, she chats with the Dressing Screen about her style.
Are you very attached to this area?
I have had a house not too far from here for years! It is a place to which I am very attached but not as a tourist.
Evenings at home, dinners with friends and outings to a few go-to spots characterise my daily life: groceries at Nonna Isa (where I can also put my dog in the cart), fruit shopping at Fratelli Marino, fresh fish in Olbia from Calvisi … and then there’s happy hour in San Pantaleo, where the fantastic local market is a must see. If I am looking to buy something fashionable, I usually pop into Yashu & Prem boutique.
I love Berenice in Porto Cervo, where a talented interior designer selects very interesting items from local and international markets: plates, tablecloths crafted with Gallurian embroidery, carafes, pillows and more.
Pizzeria Vecchia Costa: it boasts a family atmosphere with amazing local products and comfort foods. For a more festive vibe, there’s Nikki’s Beach, which is reachable by boat and where you wash up just for a coffee or excellent sushi.
And on nice days, it’s great to escape to La Maddalena or Caprera… with a picnic basket full of excellent sandwiches from Gusto, a bottle of Vermentino or simply a ice-cold beer.
The first dive of the season?
I really like Tahiti, Caprera’s wonderful beach. You can rent a boat with friends and reach a place that, for me, is simply heaven. Off season, to avoid the crowds, I also find a great classic one like Spiaggia del Principe fantastic.
What’s always in your suitcase?
I pack light, but I always have the essentials. Evergreen items like the Hermès Oran slippers are a must. When it gets breezy, I cover myself with a soft sweater by Chicca Lualdi, while somehow I manage to fit my whole world inside one of the bags the “La Milanese” brand has created with MC2 Saint Barth [swimwear]! Not only are the bags perfect for the beach, but also T-shirts and swimsuits.
Among the TDS selection, I loved the Rossella O’Hara-effect straw hats by Anperfect and the I_AM shirt dress, to be worn tightly at the waist with a belt — a look that takes you from morning to night … just like the Ambleme slippers (in the tawny brown color).
I selected a white shirt by Pina G to wear easily with a hand-woven vegetable leather bag by Iacobella or with a more exaggerated skirt for the evening.
And for cocktail hour, a beautiful dress in colourful silk by Mantero 1902, fashioned with a very simple silhouette and very feminine straps. It is simply perfect. You can enhance it and make it more chic, with a nice heel or one of the splendid turbans and headbands from the Ama Soul capsule collection by Helen Nonini.
In September, the new Milanese 2023 guide is coming, where you can find a plethora of tips and itineraries, recommended by twelve Milanese men who love the city. Among them Scott Schuman (The Sartorialist) and Tomaso Trussardi… And then we will start again with the second series of “La Milanese. The Podcast”. The first one went very well! It will be possible to listen to it on Spotify, Corriere della Sera and Apple platforms — this time to delve deeper into the life of this Milanese women and her children.