New York, Milan, London and Paris are the four major hubs of the fashion world. It’s long been up for debate which city stands as the capital of the industry and the conversation continues to grow with the rise of streetwear. With no further explanation, Donatella Versace named New York as the center of the fashion universe sending media into a craze over the truth of this statement. Designers and brands move their shows at a moment’s notice so presentations are not a trustworthy standard for relevance. In an effort to find a new rubric to discover the real fashion capital, we’ve turned to street style as a litmus test.
We dove into our archive of streetsnaps to single out the best-dressed people of each city. The winner? We’ll let you decide. Scroll through the street style photos below and be sure to vote for your choice on Twitter.
New York Fashion Week 2018 was a whirlwind of tracksuits and all things glitter. Though the runway was dominated by colors and textures of all kinds, attendees maintained their cold and hard-pressed style. We saw blazers accented with Off-White™‘s buzzy Industrial belt and the latest items from Balenciaga. Where New Yorkers have an advantage is their proximity to the most popular labels. Attendees mixed the old and the new creating clothing collages that only true fashion lovers would appreciate. The footwear within the crowd was the most diverse among the four cities, giving the Big Apple a clear advantage in the fashion capital race.
Londoners were lucky enough to have a spell of agreeable weather during LFW. This allowed for attendees to experiment with outfit composition no longer being held back by bulky outerwear. The group previewed spring style pairing cardigans and light coats with slouchy pants. Bags were noted as the must-have accessory for the group featuring pieces from JW Anderson, Gucci and Jacquemus. Due to the stiff competition we would usually count the grey city out, but this year London is in strong standings.
The city of Milan celebrates all things elegant and graceful. This vibe translates directly into the garments people wore to the week of presentations. While logos are usually the primary feature of a look, we see that patterns and color juxtaposition took its place. Attendees didn’t hold back breaking exclusive selects like vintage Prada bags or Nike’s recent Air Max 270 release. It’s clear that the styling in Milan is superior to the other cities. Is this enough to secure the crown?
As the city of love and timeless style, Parisians have a high standard to live up to. This year’s group of attendees accepted this challenge and exceeded our expectations. The Burberry revival was a common theme throughout all four cities but Paris locals threw a spin on this trend. Instead of the typical trench coat, we see the brand’s plaid on a dad cap and button-up blouse adding a personal flair to a popular fashion movement. The headwear was next level for this group as well. We spotted Chanel‘s plastic Spring/Summer 2018 brimmed hat and of course a classic beret was used to complete the simplest of looks. Paris has presented a strong case for its dominance.