As one of the largest global industries, fashion has an influence that has reached every corner of the world. In the age of online shopping, you can have the boutique experience delivered to your front door. However, a true fashionista knows it takes a global mindset to cultivate true style. This year, broaden your horizons and explore the best cities the fashion world has to offer.
Arguably the style capital of the world, Milan is home to top designer brands. Titans of haute couture, such as Versace, Prada, and Armani, were founded at the heart of this city. A charming blend of old and new, Milan hosts some of the top fashion houses inside ornate marble buildings. Any fashionista knows that the Golden Triangle of Via Della Spiga, Via Sant’Andrea, and Via Montenapoleone are absolute must-sees. Here you can shop luxury to your heart’s content, all while soaking up the Italian culture. Milan is well connected to the rest of the world, with three airports serving the city and the cost of living is quite reasonable, so you won’t have to break the bank.
Without a doubt Paris is a city that lives and breathes Couture. Steeped in the history of fashion, Paris can offer you a thorough education. The concept of Haute Couture was born here in the late 19th Century, and Paris has dominated the scene ever since. You can dive further into the history at The Musée de la Mode et du Textile in The Lourve. Take a stroll down Rue Saint Honoré and you will find every major French house, such as Dior or Hermès. Just off Rue Saint Honoré, you can find the original Chanel boutique located on Rue Cambon.
Paris is also served by three different airports so you should be able to get there easily. Often topping the list of the world’s most expensive cities, you will need to be able to splash some cash when in the French capital. If you’re tight on cash, there’s always the option to take out a personal loan. The rates can be very flexible and you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you have enough cash to really enjoy the city of love.
If streetwear and celebrity style are more your thing, look no further than the city that never sleeps. Although style is mostly dominated by European cities, New York carries the torch for the USA. Find your inner Carrie Bradshaw and take a stroll through the Lower East Side, where you can spot some of the best street style in the world. Renowned for luxury outlets, you need to take the pilgrimage to Fifth Avenue at least once.
New York is also host to some of the biggest annual events, including New York Fashion week. The Met Gala is the Oscars of fashion, where the hottest celebrities compete for Best Dressed on the iconic steps of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. There, you can see editor-in-chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour, rub shoulders with top actors, musicians, and supermodels. With three airports within spitting distance of the Big Apple, getting there should be no issue. That said, budget wisely, as the cost of living in New York is no joke.