New York Reclaims Its Fashion Crown As London’s Style Reign Ends

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  • London's reign as the Global Fashion Capital is cut short, as New York swoops in to steal back the style crown.

    New Yorkers rejoice – the American capital has been named the Global Fashion Capital, ending London’s two-year reign.

    Victoria Beckham’s favourite cities have been battling it out for the style crown once again, with the British capital having held the title for 2011 and 2012.

    Just in time for New York Fashion Week, the buzzing city is back on top following the study released by The Global Language Monitor.

    ‘New York City has, indeed, earned its Top Global Fashion Capital ranking through its disciplined, methodical yet creative approach to its fashion industry,’ said Bekka Payack, New York-based fashion director of The Global Language Monitor.

    ‘Paris, with the Top Haute Couture ranking, of course has a centuries-long heritage, having invested the very concept, also scored highly in the pret-a-porter category,’ she added.

    Los Angeles saw a jump in five places behind London in 3rd and Pairs in 2nd place, while Barcelona, Rome, Sydney, Shanghai, Berlin and Antwerp were also named in the top 10 cities.

    Surprisingly the Italian style capital of Milan, which bagged the title in 2009, missed out on a poll position after slipping to 12th place.

    ‘This year’s rankings also demonstrate the creative energy that is emerging worldwide in terms of fashion as a jobs, income and wealth generator, not to mention the prestige associated with exporting your fashion sense to the world,’ Payack explains.

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