How I Snuck Into a Versace Fashion Show

Yes, you read that right. It is Milan Fashion Week 2018, and my roommate, and I decided to go. We wanted to see all of the street style during the weekend, and perhaps get a glimpse of a show. Little did we know that we would end up smack in the middle of Donatella Versace’s fall/winter collection fashion show in the Royal Palace of Milan.

We arrived this morning by train, and checked into our hotel early so that we could attempt to go shop and find outfits that looked much more expensive than our wallets actually allowed. After hurriedly rushing to and from Zara and H&M, we got ready for the night. Maddy’s outfit is mostly pieces from Zara, and my black pantsuit is from H&M. I’m all about dressing for less and this was a great addition!

Although the venue was not listed on the official Milan Fashion Week website, we did some digging and were able to find out that it would take place at the Royal Palace, or Palazzo Reale. We took a taxi there with no expectations, simply having fun getting dressed up and wanting to see what would happen. After approaching the main entrance, where we asked the security guard if we could go in without invites, shocker- he said no. So we lingered for a bit with about ten other people who seemed to have the same agenda, but decided the best move would be to wander a little bit.

We walked for a while (by the way, it was raining and in the thirties!) in what felt like a sad attempt to find the back entrance. We had just decided to give up, when a random security guard left his door to approach us. This was the one part of the night that we are still not able to figure out. He asked us if we were looking for the Versace show, to which we sadly said no, we did not have invites. Although we kept saying no, he insisted it was ‘no problem’ and pointed us to a small lit up door. Having no idea if this was even the right building, we went where he said. We took the elevator up, having literally no idea where we were going, and walked out into a bathroom kind of area. That was when we saw signs on the door that said Palazzo Reale. What?!

After venturing into the bathroom and seeing models with pins in their hair who were clearly getting ready, we gathered our nerves and followed them into an unknown room. We were asked by one guard if we had tickets, to which we said no, but he pointed us to another door. Once we walked in, we were shocked. Kaia Gerber was sitting on the floor amongst the other Versace models. We were IN the backstage dressing room with probably about ten other people.

We desperately tried not to look out of place, but felt that it was so obvious we were the only people who did not belong. After staying in there for a few minutes, and even witnessing them making video montages that we tried not to get in, we decided to walk towards ‘the light’. The dressing room led us straight to the runway, where we very inconspicuously walked out… ha. The venue was stunning. Did I mention Anna Wintour was sitting in the front row?

We had about forty minutes before the show was supposed to start, so we made it our mission to not get caught before then. We made a few friends who were our age, two girls dressed in super blingy outfits that were not exactly subtle. After exchanging a few words and pictures, a security guy came up to us asking for our surnames and asking if we were on the list. Maddy and I literally ducked out, and hid in a group of forty somethings, hoping badly that we could make it until the show started. We watched the two girls get escorted out, and were terrified that it would happen to us as well. We continued to stay out of the guards’ eye as long as we could, and then the lights dimmed. We did it. Unfortunately I can’t add my videos to this, so I’m putting a few terrible quality screenshots in here.

Our standing spot among probably less than 20 people (my estimate is 150 sitting) was right next to the head honcho of light/sound, and so we heard him say ‘go’ and then the music and the lights came up. Kaia Gerber, Gigi Hadid, and other rising models made appearances in amazing pieces from the collection. I am absolutely in love with the collection, and Kaia Gerber (in the photos above) is my new favorite model! She is only 16 years old, and killing the game. My favorite outfit from the collection was the one she wore in those pictures. Donatella came out at the end for about .5 seconds, but it was so cool just to be able to see her.

I also got to meet Nicola Peltz, one of my favorite actresses, after the show which was so exciting. She is just as beautiful in person, and was very down to earth which is refreshing! We walked out at the same time as her, which was hilarious, because paparazzi were everywhere and Maddy and I felt like celebrities. Keep an eye out for me in the tabloids.

We were exhausted after this 4 hour adventure (if you didn’t know, the shows only last about 10-15 minutes!!) so we needed to eat. Someone recommended we go to Gino’s for pizza, which was like two minutes away from the Duomo. I definitely give this place a 10/10, they gave us free champagne when we sat down! I think they thought we came from the Versace show, and technically weren’t wrong… The crust and cheese were so perfect and I would definitely suggest going here to visitors.

Hope you enjoyed reading about this insane night that I had!



Valentine’s Day Lookbook

Valentine’s day is tomorrow, and I am always finding myself looking last minute for outfits! So I decided to make a lookbook with outfit ideas and themes for those of you who do the same.

This first outfit is great for a during the day look that emphasizes pink for V-Day! I love color blocking, especially with blush pink, so I had fun with this outfit. Even though it is still pretty cold in Florence, this was comfortable and easy because of the layering. The super versatile coat is from Zara, which has become my go-to shopping place for everything warm while I’ve been here. My skirt has been a favorite piece for a few years, and was from PacSun, but I have seen many different places that have similar ones. And finally, the fun blouse is from Beehive, which is literally my favorite place to shop in Austin and Fort Worth.

Finally, the purse! My crossbody is from Tory Burch (thanks aunt Jaci and uncle Jim!) but I gave it a fun twist with the strap. It is a sort of copycat of Fendi’s fun purse straps, but was actually super cheap from the local leather market here in Florence.

The second look is a great night out look! I’m all about neutrals these days, and next up is grey. I found this amazing fur vest in one of the local stores here, where you can find anything fur and anything leather you dream of. There are major sales that happen here twice a year, and we came during one of them so we had to take advantage! My shirt,  and pants, not so surprisingly, are from Zara as well! I really love the dark outfit with a dramatic red lip for a night look, especially with the red in the pants. It’s also an easy transition from a day outfit like the one above. My two favorite red lips are Nars lip pencil (the one I wore here) and Mac’s ‘Russian Red’.

For a really girly, delicate look, I always recommend lace! This pretty romper is from Free People a few years ago, but they always have boho outfits that are very similar. Accessories are a great addition to a white piece, like fun rings or colorful necklaces! I also love a textured/messy half up half down hair style to contrast the elegance of an all white outfit.


Finally, a look that can be worn day or night, and that is classic with a little edge! I found this blouse in a local store for so cheap, and thought it was a little too business-casual, so I wore black under it to spice it up a little bit. I’m always a fan of a good all black or white and black outfit, and a pop of color on the lips to finish it off. The little bit of lace on the blouse also gives it a little something! Pants and shoes are from Zara, duh.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Let me know which look was your favorite in the comments and make sure you are email subscribed for my next post!