God Save The Food is this popular restaurant in Milan that sits opposite Armani’s spaceship grey headquarters, and close to those of Zegna, Canali, and Moncler. On any given day it’s filled to the brink with the young Milanese fashion crowd, who come for the salads and fresh-squeezed juices (labeled smoothies on the menu), and who probably stay for the gossip, but I don’t speak the language so it’s hard to tell. It’s also the closest any of us out-of-towners come to healthy-ish food while we’re here for fashion week, so it’s a regular pitstop during the shows.
As a vegetarian, it annoys the bejeezus out of Jenny to have to pay the same price for a not-very-good-by-her-standards salad as we meat-eaters pay for club sandwiches, burgers and chicken caesars. It’s also difficult to get a table, even harder to get a waiter to come to the table, and impossible to get the check when you’re finished eating and your next show is about to start.
But anyway, it was at God Save The Queen last night, between the Missoni and Prada shows, that I had my favorite moment of the fashion week thus far. As per usual, it had nothing to do with clothing, and everything to do with being human.
Jenny and I were sitting there with Richard Biedul and Robert Spangle (of 1000 Yard Style talking about male vulnerability. As you can imagine, fashion week is the site of much posturing, chest-puffing, and attempted swaggery — and I’m as bad as anybody else because like everybody I want so badly to be cool — so to sit there with a male model (Richie) and a street style photographer AND former member of the US Marine Corps (Robert) and have an honest conversation about feeling uncool AND being Men Who Cry felt amazing.
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: There’s nothing like fashion week to slap you in the face with your own crippling insecurities, so a moment of genuine heart to heart connection trumps any runway show 10 times out of 10.
Photos: Marco Baehler
I’m wearing: Coach jacket; Missoni vest; AS Colour T-shirt; 3X1 jeans; and Santoni boots.
Jenny’s wearing: Coach jacket; Missoni skirt and sweater; and Helmut Lang boots.
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