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They don’t agree about Balenciaga bags, either. "I’m so tired of this bag," sighs Angela, as Margherita slings one across her body with a pout. "Big or small, to me they’re all the same. I’m bored."
Margherita pleads, pulling one bag then the next from a display. Mom rolls her eyes. "I’d never buy something that everyone has," says Angela. "I’m not a snob, but I like things that are unusual." Take a metallic gold Bottega Veneta bag from last season, for example. For $200, Angela determines it can’t be left behind. Margherita hopes to carry her school books in it.
Though she insists that none of her classmates in Milan know about her fashionable background, at Columbia University, which Margherita wants to visit while she’s here, she’d be the gorgeous Italian exchange student with the killer wardrobe. She’s thinking of transferring next semester when her boyfriend, an international business student, graduates and moves here.
She’d be farther away from home, but closer to the Marc Jacobs boutique. "He’s my favorite designer," says Margherita, who pairs Jacobs’ brass-buttoned boots with her Missoni dresses. "I took my grandma to get the same boots in black. They’re good for old ladies too!"