Diversity and inclusion celebrated in Milan with refrain: Make more space for color, curves

MILAN — More curvy models than ever showed up on Milan runways this season, due mostly to a single show by Brazilian designer Karoline Vitto, while designers of color showcased their work at collateral events meant to promote their visibility in the backrooms of Italian fashion.

Wherever diversity and inclusion were being celebrated during Milan Fashion Week, which ended Sunday, there was one underlying refrain: Make more space.


“We made history! It was incredible,’’ world-renown curvy model Ashley Graham gushed as she embraced London-based Vitto after Sunday’s show.

Plus-size models like Graham, Precious Lee and Paloma Elsesser are often the only curvy models on fashion runways for any given show, but for Vitto’s preview Graham led an entire cast of models ranging in size from UK 10 to UK 24 (US 6 to US 20).

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UK Streetwear Retailer Kick Game Is Opening A Store In Milan

All images via Kick Game

All images via Kick Game

London-based streetwear retailer Kick Game is set to expand internationally with the opening of its first European store in the heart of Milan.

Located just five minutes away from the city’s iconic Duomo di Milano, the 2,600 sq. ft space will mark a new era for the company as it prepares to bring the very best UK street style and sneakers to Italy. With stores in London, Newcastle and Birmingham, Kick Game has rapidly bolstered its presence within Britain’s streetwear and sneaker scene thanks to its renowned video content and collaborations with brands such as BAPE and Broken Planet.

“Milan is home to some of the world’s most iconic fashion houses and we are thrilled to be a part of that fabric,” says Kick Game’s CEO, Alicia Thompson. “The arrival of Kick Game in Milan sets us up to open more fresh stores as we

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In pictures: End. opens first international store in Milan

// End. continues its store expansion programme with its first international location in Milan
// The new store is the luxury fashion retailer’s ‘most ambitious concept to date’, featuring three storeys of premium retail space

End. has opened its first international store in Milan, following recent openings in Manchester, Newcastle and Glasglow.

The luxury British retailer who specialises in trainers and streetwear, described the new location, at Via Mercanti 21 in the “cultural heart of Milan” as its most ambitious concept to date, featuring three storeys of premium retail space, including a dedicated sneaker zone.

While the top floor, which has a triple-height atrium and a view of the Duomo di Milano, is dedicated to womenswear.

Chief executive Parker Gundersen said: “Creating inspiring retail concepts is a key element of our strategy at End. and I’m so pleased with how well this project has come together in Milan.


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