Top Global Fashion Capital for 2011
London has overtaken New York City as the Top Global Fashion Capital for 2011, the Global Language Monitor, announced today. London and New York were followed by Paris, Milano, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong. Barcelona, Singapore, Tokyo and Berlin rounded out the top ten. New York had reclaimed the crown from Milan last year. Previous to this, New York had been the top fashion capital for five years running. Berlin and Singapore broke into the Top Ten for the first time.
2011 Ranking, City, Previous ranking, and Comment
- London Fashion City (3) – Kate Middleton and Alexander McQueen help raise the City to No.1 status.
- New York Fashion City (1) – New York is strong but London has Kate. ‘Nuff said.
- Paris Fashion City (4) – No. 1 in our hearts but No. 3 in the media.
- Milano Fashion City (6) – The Earth has returned to its proper orbit: The Big Four once again occupy the top four spots.
- Los Angeles Fashion City (5) – LA solidifying her hold on No. 5.
- Hong Kong Fashion City (2) – Down from No. 2 but tops again in Asia.
- Barcelona Fashion City (10) – The Queen of the Iberian Peninsula. Once again.
- Singapore Fashion City (15) – Up seven spots and into the Top Ten.
- Tokyo Fashion City (14) – Third Asian city in the Top Ten.
- Berlin Fashion City (18) – Completes a long climb into elite status.
- Sydney Fashion City (7) – Drops a bit but leaves Melbourne in the dust.
- Madrid Fashion City (11) – Iberia now has two cities firmly ensconced in the top echelon.
- Rome Fashion City (22) – The Eternal City set the tone for fashion throughout the Empire for a millennium. Today the tradition continues, though on a smaller scale.
- Shanghai Fashion City (12) – Shanghai shines along with Hong Kong in the Middle Kingdom.
- Monaco Fashion City (Debut) – The principality debuts at No. 15 more than doubling the ranking of the next newbie.
- Las Vegas Fashion City (16) – Las Vegas and Monaco virtually tied on the Top Fashion Capitals ranking.
- Melbourne Fashion City (9) – Though a top twenty fashion capital, slips a bit in its on-going battle with Sydney (No. 11).
- Moscow Fashion City (20) – More billionaires (79) call it home than New York City and its continual move up the fashion rankings reflects it.
- Amsterdam Fashion City (17) – Moves up two spots ; now No. 10 in Europe.
- Buenos Aires Fashion City (24) – Dramatic rise as she moves into the Top 20.
- Bali Fashion City (32) – The world is discovering the allure that has been a quiet secret for centuries.
- Mexico City Fashion Capital (29) — The vast metropolis now claims the No. 2 spot in Latin America.
- Rio de Janeiro Fashion City (19) – Ever readying for the Summer Olympics, also strengthening its fashion knowhow beyond swimwear.
- Mumbai Fashion City (28) – Mumbai is beginning to display the swagger of old Bombay.
- Sao Paulo Fashion City (13) – A burgeoning fashion scene and a bustling fashion industry.
Top 26-50 Global Fashion Capital for 2011
26. Miami Fashion City (8)– More than just swim- and leisure-wear town.
27. Dubai Fashion City (21) – Tops in its region but feeling the pressure from intense global competition.
28. Stockholm Fashion City (33) – Stockholm and Copenhagen both moving up in tandem.
29. Copenhagen Fashion City (34) – Up five on the rankings, as was Stockholm.30
30. Santiago Fashion Capital (31) – A strong No. 5 in the Latin America region.
31. Florence Fashion Capital (Debut) – Firenza undergoing a Renaissance in 21st C. fashion.
32. Bangkok Fashion Capital (35) – Quietly moving up the rankings.
33. Warsaw Fashion Capital (36) – No. 2 in the Middle and Eastern European region.
34. Toronto Fashion Capital (38) – Now known for more than its fine Film Festival.
35. Vienna Fashion Capital (27) – This once Imperial City is staking a 21st C. claim in its own right,
36. Chicago Fashion Capital (38) – City of the Big Shoulders stretching out toward word-class fashion.
37. Dallas Fashion Capital (40) – For Western Wear, please see Fort Worth.
38. San Francisco (Debut) – Makes the list, like Austin, for it quirky, eclectic style.
39. New Delhi Fashion Capital (30) – A strong, emerging presence on the Global Fashion scene.
40. Austin Fashion Capital (Debut) – Eclectic? Outlandish? Even Green Fashion? Austin has it all.
41. Johannesburg Fashion Capital (25) – Maturing fashion industry a boon to a city in transition.
42. Abu Dhabi Fashion Capital (Debut) – Attempting to break into the world of fashion at the highest ranks.
43 Frankfurt Fashion Capital (38) – Holding its own amidst a thriving European fashion scene.
44. Antwerp Fashion Capital (Debut) – The legend of old becomes the reality of today. A fine debut.
45. Atlanta Fashion Capital (40) – Learning the ropes of competing globally, with a definitely Southern flair.
46. Cape Town Fashion Capital (23) – In the process of gaining evermore attention for a worthy effort.
47. Krakow Fashion Capital (38) – One of the world’s cultural treasures with a penchant for the eclectic.
48. Prague Fashion Capital (26) –Bohemian fashion influence is moving into its 2nd millennium.
49. Montreal Fashion Capital (Debut) – A strong debut into the Top Fifty.
50. Caracas Fashion Capital (40) – Despite internal turmoil, fashion savvy can be hard to ignore.
Top Fashion Cities by Region
Europe (12): London, Paris, Milan, Barcelona, Berlin, Madrid, Rome, Monaco, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Florence.
Middle and Eastern Europe (5): Moscow, Warsaw, Vienna, Krakow, Prague.
North America (11): New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami, Toronto, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Austin, Atlanta, Montreal.
Asia (5): Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Shanghai, Bangkok,
Subcontinent (2): Mumbai, New Delhi,
Oceania (3): Sydney, Melbourne, Bali.
Latin America (6): Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Santiago, Caracas.
Middle East and Africa (4): Dubai, Johannesburg, Abu Dhabi, Cape Town