The Global Language Monitor’s 10th Annual Survey
The Difference between New York and Paris was 0.05%
And No. 4? Los Angeles! Yes, LA.
February Fashion Weeks, 2014 New York and Austin, Texas — New York was reclaimed the title of the Top Global Fashion Capital from London, which had held the tile for 2011 and 2012. Paris, which also won the title of the Top Global Fashion Capital for Haute Couture, finished in the No. 2 spot overall. New York and Paris were separated by 0.05%, the closest in the 10-year history of the Global Language Monitor’s survey. In another development, Los Angeles move into the esteemed Big Four status, moving up five spots from 2012.
The rest of the Top Ten included: Barcelona, Rome, Berlin, Sydney, Antwerp, and Shanghai. Berlin solidified its position, while Antwerp completed it steady climb, Sydney had a triumphal return, and Shanghai returns to what many consider its rightful place in the Top Ten. Asia was well represented with Tokyo (11), Singapore (19), and Hong Kong (20) in the Top Twenty.
“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 for The Global Language Monitor.
“Paris, with the Top Haute Couture ranking, of course has a centuries-long heritage, having invented the very concept, also scored highly in the pret-a-porter category. 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.”
The Top Global Fashion Capital Rankings are listed below, in the format: Position, City, Change from 2012, and comment.
- New York (+1) — The Big Apple is back on top of the fashion world by slipping past Paris by .5%.
- Paris (+2) – The Top Global Fashion Capital for Haute Couture is surprisingly strong in pret-a-porter, also.
- London (-2) – London has enjoyed a fabulous two-year run and is now secure in its place in the top echelon for global fashion.
- Los Angeles (+5) – Zut alors! Tinsel Town in the Top Four? The result of the melding of the Red Carpet, the Industry (film, of course), and West Coast cool.
- Barcelona (-2) – Espana, again, places two Fashion Capitals in the Top Fifteen. Barcelona also wins the Top Fashion Capital for Swimwear.
- Rome (0) — Rome may have Seven Hills but Italy now has Three Fashion Capitals (and Milan is No. 2).
- Berlin (+3) – Berlin continues its steady rise moving deeper into the the elite ranks.
- Sydney (+7) – Sydney towers over OZ distancing (and distinguishing) itself, once again, from Melbourne.
- Antwerp (+2) – Ah Antwerp, reverberations of the avant garde Antwerp Six continues into the 21st century.
- Shanghai (+12) – As China further emerges onto the world stage, Shanghai leads the fashion charge.
- Tokyo (+9) – Tokyo made a leap in 2013 that many consider long overdue.
- Milano (-4) – Milan was the Top Global Fashion Capital back in 2009 and remains a strong contender for the top spot year-after-year.
- Florence (+3) – Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli — A proud heritage to a thriving fashion industry in 2013.
- Madrid (-9) – Still strong in 2013, further cementing its place among the elite Fashion Capitals.
- Sao Paulo (-8) – Again, the Queen of Latin American Fashion Capitals.
- St. Petersburg (+35) – Russian comes into 2014 with two Fashion Capitals in the Top Twenty, with Petrograd surprising Moscow. Read more