The Seventh Annual Analysis by the Global Language Monitor
NEW YORK, September 12, 2014 – “All things New York” has been named the Top Fashion Buzzword for 2014, in the Global Language Monitor’s seventh annual ranking. Attitude, Reds, Underbut(t) and Visible Panty Lines (VPL) follow. Boyfriend Jeans, Side Boobs, The Kardashian Clan, Robe-style Coats, and Pastels follow.
“All Things New York”, capturing the essence of the New York fashion sense, dominates the 2014 Top Fashion Buzzword list,” said Rebecca Roman, Manhattan-based Fashion Director for GLM. “It is difficult to think of any global fashion trend that does not have a strong presence, if not its origin, in the New York City.
The Top Fashion Buzzwords of 2014 follow:
Rank, Buzzword, Comment
- “All things New York” — In 2014 New York stands astride the world of fashion.
- Attitude — It’s not just what you wear but how you wear it.
- Reds — Big , bold, and bright.
- Underbut(t) — Yes, we said ‘underbut(t).
- VPL (Visible Panty Lines) — For decades, the idea was to eliminate VPL; VPLs are now in style.
- Boyfriend Jeans — Popular but not always fashionable.
- Side Boobs — Same as above.
- The Kardashian Clan — Same as above.
- Robe-style Coats — More bedroom-style in the streets.
- Pastels — Appropriate now for all seasons.
- Funky Eye Makeup — You know it when you see it.
- Earthy Tones — Mixing various earth tones together.
- Sneakers — Still popular in all shapes and sizes.
- Transparents — Updated Peek-a-boo look.
- Sweaters — Particularly Wool, particularly big.
Methodology: GLM’s various word analyses are longitudinal in nature covering a number of years that varies with the particular analysis. The rankings are based upon actual word usage throughout the English-speaking world, which now numbers more than 1.83 billion people. GLM analyses billions of web pages, millions of blogs, 300,000 print and electronic news organizations, and new social media sites as they emerge. To qualify for GLM’s lists, the words, names, and phrases must be found globally, have a minimum of 25,000 citations. and the requisite ‘depth’ and ‘breadth’ of usage. Depth is here defined as appearing in various forms of media; breadth that they must appear world-over, not limited to a particular profession or social group or geography.
Top Fashion Buzzwords of previous years include:
- London (2013)
- the Princess Effect (2012)
- Kate Middleton (2011)
- Lady Gaga (2010), and
- Chiconomics (2009)
Each year, the Global Language Monitor ranks the Top Global Fashion Capitals. In 2013 New York topped Paris and London followed by Los Angeles (!?), Barcelona, Rome, Berlin,