Following a journey of elegance throughout Italy’s most treasured cities, TDS Brand Ambassador Helen Nonini finally returns home to Milan, the city where her grand tour began. Filled with new friends and memorable connections built on a common penchant for aesthetic excellence, Helen is closing this chapter, only to begin another — this time diving deeper into her own community and milieu of friends whose values, culture and experiences embody the essence of Italian savoir faire. Designers and taste-makers among them, they will walk along our brand ambassador, as she guides us through this intimate visit and peek into her own life.
Coming full circle, she stops at the atelier of Stephan Janson, a Milanese brand synonymous with timeless elegance and Helen’s go-to label for red carpet events and gala dinners alike. A French import to Milan with a passion for Morocco, Janson is well known around the Italian fashion capital for his knack for drapery and for creating timeless pieces.
As she steps into his courtyard, an urban botanical paradise and into his studio, adorned with butterfly paintings and mementos from his travels in Northern Africa, she reflects on how her Milanese relationships have shaped her.
“It’s hard to define Stephan Janson. Stephan is a whole world, not just a designer. Understanding the essence of Stephan means understanding the complexity of the vast culture he has nurtured over his career and that he has been able to synthesize expertly into incredibly essential and timeless lines. The final result is an extreme elegance and the exaltation of the personality of his clients. Exactly what happened in the past and still happens in his atelier.”
Accessorised with a Simone Rainer shoulder strap bag from his Fall Winter 19 collection, a wool Altalen turban in black and white and CB Made in Italy shoes, the perfect metropolitan loafer designed by Cecilia Bringheli – the perfect comfortable pair of shoes for a woman like Helen, who prefers to travel by foot.
Adorned in delicate bands from local, indie jewellery maker Thin Things, whose collections all start with the graphic realisation of a pictogram and are crafted with delicate gold and silver threads, she makes her way over to the city’s centre for a busy day of socialising.