Cindy Allen's Milan Highlights

Milano is our playground!  Especially at our first stop: Marni. Tucked away in the outskirts was a warehouse turned playground, brimming with colorful sand and products... a designer’s sandbox!

All the pieces are produced entirely by women in Colombia.

Swinging with my pals Stephanie Odegard and Cheryl Durst!

Took a gelato break (personal fave: nocciola) at Bar Luce designed by Wes Anderson at the Fondazione Prada. An outing with friends Carol, Stephanie, Cheryl, Emma, and Todd.

Just a few doors down from Prada was a hideaway treasure: the dreamy Paola Lenti exhibit. A textile paradise!

The Cocci side tables.

Stopped by Paola Navone’s for a cocktail (Campari, naturally) celebrating her collaboration with Swatch!

At the fair, DDC took us on a tour of Baxter’s new collection with Paola Navone. Loved it! The table, called Matera, is made of conglomerate resin and marble… a modern terrazzo!

Me and hubby Marino enjoying a break on the Garden Layers by Patricia Urquiola, the first outdoor collection of GAN.

Here are GAN director Mapi Millet and Laura Fernandez, the marketing manager at Gandia Blasco USA, also lounging on Garden Layers.

Missoni Home table from the Silver Springtime collection.

While shopping at 10 Corso Como—something you should never miss—I happened upon a blast from the past! A fabulous Pierre Cardin installation featuring a dress we put on our fashion issue cover from 2004!

The cover and the dress!

On the upper floor of 10 Corso Como, there was also a shapely furniture exhibit by Pierre Cardin.

Peeking behind a leather screen by Marcel Wanders—look at the stitching!—at Louis Vuitton's Objets Nomades.

Hanging Cocoon chairs by the Campana Brothers for Louis Vuitton.

More at Louis Vuitton: an infinite perspective of the Concertina Shade by Raw Edges.

Before heading to dinner, gave a quick hello to George and Glenn from Yabu Pushelberg at their party in Brera!