The world of fashion is versatile and ever-changing. We can’t predict runway looks or the craziness of some designers and trendsetters. What we can do is speculate, poke behind the ‘closed curtains’ of the fashion world, and wait for it all to drop on us. We might not know what is going to be ‘in’ but what we do know is where to find ‘it’: the fashion capitals of the world! What makes them the best? The offices of the top notch designers, hundreds of the most famous fashionistas and fabulous models, and the highest concentration of pure art.
Let us start with the one and only Milan. First and foremost: Milan might be what everyone thinks when they hear ‘fashion capital’ but this good faithful city is so much more! Starting mid 19th century Milan was already a trend-setter in Europe, drawing in famous designers and artists to the city. Major labels based out of Milan: Armani, Dolce and Gabbana, Miu Miu, and Versace to name a few.
Paris was an inspiration behind so many wonderful art creations. The tenderness of the human soul reflected in delicate works we see on the runways – that is what Paris is about. Taking its fair place in the world as early as 15th century Paris became a true inspiration behind the crazies and the most popular pieces of clothing.
Londoners’ classy approach to life bled into their fashion scene and omg – what is fashion without London now? One look at the biggest UK trendsetter Kate Middleton can show us the depth of the artistry London has to offer. This fantastic city is home for so many greatest designers: Burberry, Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, and Alexander McQueen.
Finishing up with the big four fashion capitals of the world we introduce to you the one and only New York City! The very first NYC fashion week took place back in 1943 and yes, you guessed it: it was one of the major events in the city that year. Since then New York has been a mecca of world’s greatest trends. To this day an admission to the event is by invitation only.
Surprised to see Rio de Janeiro on this list? Rio has been such an inspiration in fashion. The first festivals in the city date back to 1723! Since then people has been going all out with their costume designs shocking people all over the globe with their choices. The fashion scene of Rio is ever-changing yet so vibrant!
Form bold street style to cut-edge high fashion, Tokyo has recently showed the world its unique style and took its place as world’s most prominent fashion capitals. Unique styles like Lolita, Gyaru, Ganguro, Kogal and many more make Tokyo fashion what it is: unforgettable, risky, and so hard to look away from.
An up and coming Barcelona fashion scene is making a permanent statement in the world of fashion. The city is home for the world’s largest fashion schools, whimsical designers, a well-developed textile industry, and a strong potential for a bright fashion future.
Shanghai has progressed in fashion hugely and is one the world’s most surprising underdogs in the fashion world. With so many skilled designers one can’t help but admire all the intricate couture work Shanghai has to offer. With the whole country on its rise to power world’s fashionistas better keep a close eye on Shanghai!
Berlin’s Fashion Week takes place in front of the Brandenburg Gate – that’s about all you need to know to fall in love with this city. Intriguing street styles and mind-blowing couture pieces – this city is doing fashion right. The scene is not as prominent yet but it is definitely growing. It won’t be long before Berlin takes over!
Don’t let sunny Los Angeles fool you: with such high concentration of celebrities in one place LA is one of the strongest fashion moguls in the world. While soaking in the best of Paris, London, NYC, and Milan fashion LA formed its own unique scene. Just take a look at all the red carpet fashion during the award season!