Chiara Totire

Stylist; Vogue Japan

| Milan

A navajo blanket draped over a cinched-at-the-waist blazer and generous cargo pants may sound like a lot— that is, until you spot Chiara Totire clad in exactly that and, all of a sudden, nothing has ever sounded cooler. Of course, the Puglia-born, Milan-dwelling fashion influencer is known for her superlative sartorial taste— perennially sporting newfangled pieces like zebra-striped coats and varsity-lettered skirt suits, she’s a regular on the street style scene. But, make no mistake, it isn’t just “what” she wears; it’s “how” she wears it… Totire could make a stark lab coat look chic (Fun fact: she was once on track to be a pharmacist and, indeed, has several lab coats to her name). Now, surely it won’t surprise you to learn she spends most of her days next to Anna Dello Russo (AKA Italy’s crown jewel of far-out fashion), where she styles bold and magnetic editorials for Vogue Japan. In honor of this week’s MFW (Milan Fashion Week), we asked the Vogue trailblazer and all-around babe to give us the inside scoop on the world’s fashion capital… Here, Totire sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on Milan.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: My favorite place for a good meal is UGO on the Naviglio (MAP IT). It’s the perfect place to taste some quality food and enjoy a good aperitivo. My favorite snack is the “Crostone ai Carciofi”— it’s just two slices of bread with artichoke sauce and parmesan cheese. Delicious!

COFFEE OR TEA: Coffee. One of my favorite places to grab a cup is the café section of Osteria Delbinari on Via Tortona (MAP IT) because of its truly beautiful atmosphere!

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Langosteria Café (MAP IT)— the fish is super fresh and of great quality. I would recommend ordering their “Cavatelli ai Frutti di Mare con Purea di Fave;” I like it because it reminds me of a dish I used to eat in Puglia (where I’m from).

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: A Moscow Mule. I like the Mules at Dry Cafè on Via Solferino (MAP IT)–and their fresh pizzas too!

LADIES LUNCH/DINNER: Al Fresco (MAP IT)— it’s lovely both during the day and in the evening.

MUSIC PICK: TOM on Via Molino delle Armi (MAP IT) is a really great place to listen to good music while enjoying a good meal and cocktails!

BEST BRUNCH: I love American-style brunches at Tizzy’s on the Naviglio (MAP IT). The owner is a super sweet, New York girl so she knows a lot about American brunches and what makes them so delicious!

WHERE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWNERS: I recommend a little vintage shop on Foro Buonaparte called Madame Pauline (MAP IT). If you are lucky enough, you will find rare vintage pieces as well as meet the owner, Alessandro (the sweetest guy in the world who loves fashion and its history; he will tell you everything about it if you ask!).

HEALTHY STAPLE: Fresh fruit juice at Fruteiro in Lanza (MAP IT).

GUILTY PLEASURE: I love the ice cream at La Gelateria della Musica (MAP IT)— I could eat 1 kilo by myself!

WHERE TO STAY: I have been told the Palazzo Parigi (MAP IT) is really worth a visit!

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: My pets and my bed…

REGULAR AT: I love going to the beauty salon Bahama Mama on Viale Col di Lana (MAP IT). It is a beauty business, but it’s also a second hand/vintage shop and a place you can watch movies while getting a manicure! I go almost every week and, although I hate being in any one place for too long, I found they have the perfect balance there!

CLOSET CHECK: My style is masculine with a touch of rock. I usually don’t have much time to shop around so I do a lot of online purchases, but, as mentioned, Madame Pauline has the best vintage finds! Also, there is a little jewelry shop on Via Cesare Correnti called Atelier VM (MAP IT)— the space, the setting and the pieces make you want to buy everything.

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: My hairstylist, Gianluigi Gargaro from Aldo Coppola (*Email [email protected]).

FIT PICK: I have a really good personal trainer. We do pilates and crossfit three or four times per week. It’s a treat for my mind and body.

ULTIMATE MILAN MOMENT: I have so many good memories related to this city. One that makes me smile is an editorial shoot I assisted on years ago: we started the shoot at 10 pm at Arco Della Pace and we were suppose to work all night; sadly, we finished earlier (around 3 am), but it was amazing working out in the streets with nobody else around— it felt like we owned the city! CP

Chiara’s Milan

From L to R: Inside Dry Café; Pasta from Langosteria Café; DJ set at TOM; Gelato from La Gelateria della Musica. Second Row: Healthy bite from TOM; Vintage basket bag at Madame Pauline; Inside Al Fresco; Jewelry from Atelier VM.

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