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Wes Anderson's Bar Luce, Milan | THE VIOLET FILES | @violetgrey

BAR LUCE / DESIGNED BY WES ANDERSON / FONDAZIONE PRADA MILANO / PHOTOGRAPHY BY ATTILO MARANZANO / COURTESY FONDAZIONE PRADA

When Prada opened the doors of its impressive new museum and cultural center inside an old Milanese distillery, it caused just about as much buzz as designer Miuccia’s ’70s candy-colored fall coats. And this Fashion Week, a visit to the Rem Koolhaas–designed Fondazione Prada—which houses not only an impressive collection of contemporary art, but also an equally intriguing dining opportunity, Bar Luce—is essential. It’s a traditional Milanese café interpreted through the lens of director and frequent Prada collaborator Wes Anderson, whose idiosyncratic sensibilities have great synergy with the designer’s. The director channeled his quirk and charmingly nerdy attention to detail into a midcentury-Italian neorealist cinema-inspired venue, which he outfitted in pretty pastels (very fall 2015), formica furniture, and intricate trompe l’oeil printed wallpaper. Many of the building’s original details have been preserved (including its arched ceiling, a scaled-down version of the landmark Galleria Vittorio Emanuele’s glass roof), while strategic touches, like the Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou pinball machine, are entirely Anderson’s own.

Bar Luce at Fondazione Prada, Largo Isarco 2, 20139 Milan