Posts Tagged ‘City Fashion’

Shopping the Fashion Capital

Girls weekend! In need of some retail therapy, a girlfriend from high school and I went to exciting New York City for a weekend of shopping and, well, more shopping.

Our hotel, the Ritz Carlton, was located merely a block away from fabulous Fifth Avenue where we spent the majority of our weekend. Saturday morning, as soon as the shops opened, we energetically began perusing the racks at Bergdorf Goodman. Floor after floor of beautiful clothing beckoned us. Three hours and a pair of Armani pants later, we emerged slightly less energetically from the historic walls and began our walk down Fifth Avenue. Louis Vuitton, Prada, Tiffany, Escada, Cartier, Gucci! We could have shopped for days, if our feet would have allowed it. After making it halfway down the strip of shops, my perfectly pedicured and Manolo Blahnik shoed feet begged me to take a break. Reluctantly, we stopped into a sandwich shop for lunch.

After reenergizing with food and rest, we found ourselves back on Fifth Avenue in Yves Saint Laurent. I was in search of a pair of sunglasses that would fit my face, and be trendy without being too trendy. Erin, my good friend and former optician’s assistant, had been brutally honest about the glasses I had been trying on throughout the day. But we both found ourselves falling in love with a pair of dark brown round lenses in YSL. I usually deliberate over my potential purchases, but I didn’t blink before handing the sales associate my credit card.

Erin’s beautifully tailored Armani pants and my YSL sunglasses were the only purchases made on this first day. We walked tiredly back to the hotel, purchases in tow, to collapse in our room watching The Cosby Show before heading out for the evening.

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Which Is The Capital Of Fashion?

Fashion is all around us and no matter if we like watching the fashion shows on TV or simply look in glossy magazines, we are surrounded by it. In many capitals of the world fashion is an important subject and one of the major concerns for young girls (and not only them!). But where exactly is the capital of Fashion?

This is an ongoing battle between the most famous capitals that also hold some of the famous Fashion Weeks. If last year the top places in the chart where occupied by Milan, New York, Paris, Rome and London, this year according to the Global Language Monitor’s annual global survey things have changed dramatically. The state of the financial environment has also affected the fashion industry just like anything else. The fashion shows were still abundant, the catwalks were still crowded but the fashion buzz was a lot dimmer.

This year’s top ten fashion capitals of the world include (1 through 10):

Milano – The city that managed to overtake New York but also some other important cities on the fashion radar such as Rome and Paris.

New York – After five years when it occupied the first position, being the world’s capital of fashion, NY was overtaken by Milano this year. Read the rest of this entry »

The Barcelona Fashion Scene

New York, Milan, and Paris dominate the fashion scene, but beautiful Barcelona has made a name for itself in this fiercely competitive field. The city has created Barcelona Fashion Week to showcase its innovative designers, unique perspectives, and cutting-edge fashions. Planners of the 2007 premiere said they hoped to “turn Barcelona into one of the foremost showcases for fashion on an international level and an unmistakable point of reference in the world of fashion and cutting-edge design.” They hoped to create a “culture of fashion” and show the world that Barcelona. The eyes of the fashion world are on Barcelona.

Perhaps the most famous of Barcelona’s designers is Custo, created by David and Custodio Dalmau. Their designs have been featured on Sex and the City, Friends, and on numerous gorgeous celebrities. Coveted, award-winning, and internationally renowned, Custo does Barcelona proud and shows the world that Barcelona is indeed a point of reference in the world of fashion. Exciting designers Josep Abril, La Casita de Wendy, Antonio Miro, Joaquim Verdu, Armand Basi, and many more are helping to transform Barcelona into a leading fashion capital.

In Barcelona, one can find all the international designer labels, including Chanel, Mont Blanc, Miro, Gucci, Armani, and Cartier, as well as the city’s own exciting designers. Read the rest of this entry »

The Most Fashionable Cities of the World are Announced

The Russian capital is officially considered the most expensive city in the world, but it hasn’t overtaken the most fashionable mega city yet. The research Global Language Monitor Company has made a list of the five most fashionable cities of the world. 3 American, 4 European and 3 Asian cities take the first lines of the list. Moscow takes only the 16th place.

Californian Global Language Monitor Company annually composes the rating lists of the most fashionable world cities, tracing words and phrases on the English internet and blog areas. Leaning to the linguistic base (frequency, contextness of the words using and appearance in global media sources) it has named the most fashionable city New York which has forced out the leading position even Paris – the traditional crib of the fashion.
Two other American cities: starry Los Angeles and “sin city” Las Vegas are included in ten “fashion plates” list being on the 7th and the 9th places of the list.

In 2007 Paris took just the third place, stepping aside the Rome (the second place). London took the 4th place but Milan has closed the leaders quintuple. Hong Kong having got the 8th place became the most fashionable south-Asian city. African Continent has been represented by Johannesburg (SAR), which took the 23d place. Polish Krakow was lucky to be included in the most fashionable cities list, it became the last one, conceding better places to Buenos Aires and even Santiago. Read the rest of this entry »

Fashion In Clothes – An Expression Of Emotion

Fashion in clothes has allowed wearers to express emotion or solidarity with other people for millennia. Modern Westerners have a wide choice available in the selection of their clothes. When people who have cultural status start to wear new or different clothes a fashion trend may start. People who like or respect them may start to wear clothes of a similar style.

Design

Designs are difficult to protect in court, because they incorporate elements that are effectively in the “public domain. Designers in turn respond to this obsolescence with new designs. Although tailors and dressmakers were no doubt responsible for many innovations before, and the textile industry certainly led many trends, the History of fashion design is normally taken to date from 1858, when the English-born Charles Frederick Worth opened the first true haute couture house in Paris. Since then the professional designer has become a progressively more dominant figure, despite the origins of many fashions in street fashion.

At the same time there remains an equal or larger range designated (at least currently) ‘out of fashion’. Fashion houses and their associated fashion designers, as well as high-status consumers (including celebrities), appear to have some role in determining the rates and directions of fashion change. Read the rest of this entry »