So I began to gather some of these beloved vintage items, style them with modern day clothes and photograph them on real women in their personal spaces. As a fashion journalist, I had access to many of Milan’s most creative women “ they invited me into their beautiful homes and fascinating worlds and in turn I dressed them in garments that couldn’t be found in every store in every city around the world. a new collection of modern dresses I’ve had made silk archives of the Lake Como based textiles manufacturer Mantero. Wildly bold in print and colour, I layer them with oversized sweaters take inspiration from Milan’s own code book “ simple, impactful, beautifully crafted pieces that instantly make you feel dressed. I’m now routinely asked to dispense advice architects, fashion designers and gallery owners who I feature on my website end up wanting to buy the pieces they wear in the shoot. Weirder still, I often get stopped by people on the street who remark on my vibrant colours, unusual prints and to raise their eyebrows at me, they’re now eager to know where I got all of it. Who on earth would have ever thought I’d be the one giving fashion advice to the Italians JJ Martin is the founder of LaDoubleJ, an online shoppable magazine dedicated to vintage, fashion and the Milanese high life.