You can't avoid getting caught up in Milan's celebrations for Carnevale, which happen later than in most Italian cities. Children roam the streets throwing confetti and spraying foam, while on the first Saturday in Lent (8 March) there's a fancy-dress parade around the Duomo.
Wait and See is a great ethnic clothing and souvenir shop. This elegant space dates back more than 200 years and inside you'll find must-have stocking fillers with prices from €1 to considerably more. It also stocks books, stationery and art from around the world (14 Via Santa Marta, waitandsee.it).
With the revamping of the once-tatty Garibaldi station area, Milan has what is fast becoming a second fashion quarter around Via Maroncelli, home to boutiques, galleries and restaurants. More bohemian and ethnic than other areas of the city, this whole area is well worth a browse.