New York Is Leading the Fashion Trends This Fall

Last month, a New York-based nonprofit organization, Global Language Monitor, launched an annual survey for the biggest fashion city. New York beat Milan this year, becoming the world’s first fashion capital. From 2004 to 2008, New York was reelected five times the winner of the charts, but in the last year, Milan, broken the monopoly of New York, thus ranking on top. This year, New York came back again, showing a glimmer of hope to the sagging U.S. economy. It is also providing the opportunity for everyone to look there for the newest fashion elements this coming fall.

New York: the new capital for fashion trend

Early in the 17th century, Dutch settlers, who came to North America to find a new paradise, started at New York as a brilliant place. Presently, New York still seems just like old time fashion capital. In fact, before World War II, New York designers were still slavishly imitating the great masters of Europe, Paris and London. Back then, New York was just a follower. The European fashion industry suffered a fatal blow during World War II. Famous Chanel (Chanel) boutiques were forced to close all their stores. Now, American designers have become “independent” and are finding their own fashion direction. Thus, the timing of the formation of the New York style is finally mature.

World War II, with the U.S. economy’s growth in strength, brought the gradual industrialization of the garment industry, the emergence of a group of talented designers made patterns and styles which changed in the world. New York stood out as the world forefront of fashion trends.

2004 was the first year of five consecutive years New York was voted to be the capital city of fashion trends. Each year the world’s top buyers, fashion designers, magazine editors, models, makeup artists, stylists, etc. gathered in New York Week with Beiqiyuehan Johnson (Betsey Johnson), Ralph Lauren (Ralph Lauren), Calvin Klein (Calvin Klein) as well as many other famous designers for a designer fashion show. This fashion shows brought in the total of approximately $ 253 million revenue for New York City.

Trend: fall fashion outlook

The New York Week festival is always at the forefront of fashion trend, six months ahead of the popular predictions. It gives you enough idea and time to prepare for the upcoming season’s fashion trends.

Tan lines

This fall, many brands have launched a tan line of clothing, including D & G, Marc Jacobs and Fendi (Fendi). On the Chloe show floor, the models show the fashion line from head to toe of the camel. Although the color is monotonous, it looks very modern and new. If you want to invest in a dress this season, a camel coat is a good choice.

Fur loaded

Conference in the clothing, and numerous decorative fur fitted T-units. At Fendi and Yike Ni (Acne) show, fur in collage form; in blue text (Lanvin) show, is the extensive use of fur; Burberry – Posong (Burberry Prorsum) of luxurious plush leather. However, or Karl Lagerfeld (Karl Lagerfeld) had the last laugh. In Chanel, everything is set with fur edge – are artificial fur, jackets, bags, pants, living in harmony with the texture of the hair feels very comfortable.

Simple style

Some people jokingly say, “People enter the fashion industry because they do not want to wear clothes according to the company dress code.” However, this season seemed to open up everyone’s joke. Men’s suits and coats became a critical shape. The minimalist stepped forward again. On the Delaisifan Norton (Dries van Noten) show floor, the models wore oversized suit with black dress, with the first coat. Women showed more neutral feel. Stella McCartney (Stella McCartney) of the show, displayed the personal tailoring design, with no excessive jewelry, no fancy stacked with. Simple style is very obvious.

U.S. Wind fiber

It is time to put away a super-mini skirt and high heels. Designers began to stare dignified but lively Youth skirt length to the middle leg, Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton are all true. Some designers also introduced to the ankle length skirt, such as Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren. This new style, with a pair of comfortable low-heeled shoes, goes up, elegant, swaying, especially with style.

Layering

Despite the rapid development of minimalism, there are also some designers who use the more the better approach with patterns. J. Crew ‘s Jenna Lyons Fuxing and chief designer with sequins, wool, cashmere, denim dress her models; reggae & Boone (Rag & Bone, 2002, was founded in New York, men in jeans and started, then, female Celadon installed quickly by the general public gaze) is a shape with eight items of clothing. This kind of nomadic style layers of feeling. In Rodarte (Rodarte), you can see a sweater, skirt plus hand-woven blankets. This winter is not cold.

Box-shaped package (boxy bag)

Handbag this fall, will hit box-shaped package. However, improved version of the box-shaped bag, discard the grandmother’s subtle style becomes fashionable and avant-garde, Fendi, D & G Dior and other big names also have a similar design.

At the show, LV a retro-style box-shaped packages this trend to the limit. The use of bold handbag leather with embroidery and precious and a simple box-shaped bag body length ratio and the hand with a big fuss, crisp bag body is a lot to love. Hermes (Hermes) SWIFT calfskin bag, moderate volume, firmness of outline, this package can be said to be able to accommodate items of the treasure chest.

T-station to lead the trend of fall fur designers have also been used for bags, LV, and Michael Kors’s works are eye-catching with the use of gray and black fur to create a beautiful checkerboard pattern.

Knee boots

Jackboot is a very practical winter boot. Last year, much like New Yorkers, it was popular again. Jackboot Ji can provide a full range of warm as well as protect the legs. The slightly loose style of the jackboot on the legs can be a slightly modified form. The jackboot 2010 autumn and winter boots add a more decorative design, and flat over knee boots style is increasing, but also greatly increased the wear and with the nature of the real.

Chloe orange flat knee boots and Valentino bow decorated high-heeled knee boots are a good choice. As an extension of style boots, stockings will also appear this year, if you do not like to be leather bound their knees, you can use the beauty of the boots or boots with stockings, warm, comfortable, which can also be a modified leg line.

Singapore – Emerging Fashion Capital

Each summer, the Global Language Monitor ranks the Top Fashion Capitals of the World. Singapore and Berlin broke into the Top Ten for the first time this year. Singapore is ranked eighth in the World, coming in behind only Hong Kong in the Asia list.

The impact of Princess Kate and Alexander McQueen propel London over New York as the Top Global Fashion Capital for 2011. That may come as a bit of a surprise. However, to many, the bigger surprise must be the entry of Singapore into the Top Ten, jumping seven spots from last year and overtaking Tokyo.

Singapore is a young city known for its order and conformity. It was not too long ago that Singapore was described by quite a few as a boring, sterile place. It is fair to say that Singapore’s fashion scene has been undergoing some dramatic transformation. For those who know how Singapore works, it would not come as a surprise to see government agencies playing a big part in creating a buzz in the fashion scene. When the Singapore government sets its mind on developing a certain sector or industry – whether it is aviation, pharmaceutical or the creative arts – spectacular success stories usually follow. Thus, when it is declared that International Enterprise Singapore, SPRING Singapore and the Singapore Tourism Board would jointly support the development of Singapore as Asia’s fashion gateway, the foundation was laid for a fast track development of the fashion industry. The government agencies, in collaboration with the private sector, adopted a three-pronged approach to develop the fashion industry in Singapore by cultivating design talent, stimulating demand locally and internationally and positioning Singapore as a fashion centre on the international stage.

In 2010, Asia Fashion Exchange (AFX) was launched as an event which would comprise both business-to-business and business-to-consumer components, as well as talent development programmes to identify promising local and regional talent. Some 50 exhibitors and 1,000 buyers and visitors from regional markets, as well as from Europe and the United States, attended the AFX’s Blueprint – the business-to-business fashion tradeshow targeting fashion professionals. The AFX also incorporates the Audi Fashion Festival which features top international designers and supermodels.

Globetrotting fashionistas now has reasons to add Singapore to their list of not-to-be-missed destinations. The fashion calendar in Singapore boasts AAMA-TEX (for buyers, textile and apparel producers and exporters), the Blueprint, the Asian Fashion Summit, the Fashionably Sustainable Competition, the Star Creation (design competition for new Asian talents) and hosts of other trade fairs and exhibitions. In 2011, Singapore hosted the first Men’s Fashion Week in Asia. Singapore is only the third city in the world to host that event, besides international fashion cities Milan and Paris.

A wealth of fashion education programmes offered by good quality institutions, like LaSalle College of the Arts, Raffles Design Institute and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts ensure a steady flow of fresh faces and new ideas. Its position as a regional education hub also helps to attract creative talents to Singapore.

A design incubator programme was set up where selected designers would have the privilege to be mentored by established professionals. Under the programme, the designers undergo an 18-month incubation which includes operating an actual retail business and attending group workshops and seminars and participating in overseas mission trip. The programme has helped to launch a number of exciting local labels such as Chalk, UNCVRD, Mae Pang, OwnMuse and Ready.Made.

A common characteristic of the major fashion capitals of the world is the strong support for local labels. This is something Singapore may still lack but things are also changing. Ashley Isham, having made his name in London, now has a loyal local following. He retails his own label at the flagship store at The Fullerton Hotel. Jonathan Seow’s Woods & Woods, Keith Png’s KOOPS, Al&Alicia and Nicholas and the likes are becoming recognised names among the fashion conscious. The increasing number of boutiques offering trendy labels of local designers is further evidence of growing support for the local fashion industry. Blackmarket at Jalan Pisang (Kampong Glam), [A-mod] at TripleOne Somerset (Orchard – Somerset Belt), Antipodean at Lorong Mambong (Holland Village), Egg3 at Erskine Road (Chinatown) and a string of similar boutiques stocking local labels have sprung up in different shopping precincts across the island.

Singapore is now a place that welcomes and promotes fashion innovation – a stimulating environment with buzz and creative energy. There is a vibrant fashion scene and an established platform for designers and creative talents to showcase and retail their works. There is a belief that designers can flourish, fashion business is viable and the whole industry is moving up in the world of style and glamour. The stage is set for Singapore to take its place among the top global fashion capitals. Eighth in the World is a great achievement – but don’t expect Singapore to be content to stay there.

August 2011

NYC: Shopping the Fashion Capital

Girls weekend! In need of some retail therapy, a girlfriend from high school and I went to exciting New York City for a weekend of shopping and, well, more shopping.

Our hotel, the Ritz Carlton, was located merely a block away from fabulous Fifth Avenue where we spent the majority of our weekend. Saturday morning, as soon as the shops opened, we energetically began perusing the racks at Bergdorf Goodman. Floor after floor of beautiful clothing beckoned us. Three hours and a pair of Armani pants later, we emerged slightly less energetically from the historic walls and began our walk down Fifth Avenue. Louis Vuitton, Prada, Tiffany, Escada, Cartier, Gucci! We could have shopped for days, if our feet would have allowed it. After making it halfway down the strip of shops, my perfectly pedicured and Manolo Blahnik shoed feet begged me to take a break. Reluctantly, we stopped into a sandwich shop for lunch. After reenergizing with food and rest, we found ourselves back on Fifth Avenue in Yves Saint Laurent. I was in search of a pair of sunglasses that would fit my face, and be trendy without being too trendy. Erin, my good friend and former optician’s assistant, had been brutally honest about the glasses I had been trying on throughout the day. But we both found ourselves falling in love with a pair of dark brown round lenses in YSL. I usually deliberate over my potential purchases, but I didn’t blink before handing the sales associate my credit card.
Erin’s beautifully tailored Armani pants and my YSL sunglasses were the only purchases made on this first day. We walked tiredly back to the hotel, purchases in tow, to collapse in our room watching The Cosby Show before heading out for the evening.

We did not leave that first shopping day without a valuable lesson, though. Food, caffeine, and comfortable (while still cute) shoes are necessary for the abundant amount of shopping we had planned.

The next morning was a fresh start. Donning my much more practical Cole Haan sandals, we ate a hearty breakfast (okay, I had a Coke, a waffle with chocolate syrup, honey, and sugar on it, and a bowl of fruit, but I was not lacking energy afterwards). The evening before, we had made a list of all our must see stores and we started on our trek to find them. By chance, we wandered into Salvatore Ferragamo where I found a perfectly adorable silver charm bracelet. In addition to two Ferragamo horseshoe charms, there were two crystal studded shoe charms and a crystal encrusted heart. As I mentioned earlier, I brood over my potential purchases before committing to them. Erin and I made it exactly one half block before I made us turn around so I could buy the bracelet.

We then proceeded to SoHo where we stopped for lunch. Long term energy was a goal in this meal, so I stuck to a turkey sandwich, no chocolate syrup on top. In SoHo, we wandered through the narrow streets taking in the New York City atmosphere and searching through the shops. The crowds and hot, humid weather started to exhaust us and so we began searching for a Starbucks. What we found was even better…Betsey Johnson. The boutique seemed a wonderful resting place. Erin could relax while I got to try on all those adorable girly girl dresses and shoes. To our dismay, the air conditioning in the store was not working but it didn’t stop us. The dress I found had an old fashioned rose print on cream fabric and a pink silk bow wrapped around to create an empire waist. The classic style was redefined with a form fitting shape and a double cut V neckline. I also found myself purchasing the most perfectly pink stiletto heels. For lack of a better way to describe them, I have nicknamed them my Barbie shoes. They are bright pink with an ankle strap and a peep toed heel adorned on top with a large pink and light pink wire and glass beaded flower. I love the dress because it will never go out of style and any time I want to feel feminine, I now have the perfect shoes to do so in.

We spent a significant amount of time debating the pros and cons of a sexy black and red corseted and ruched gown in Dolce and Gabbana, but I ultimately decided against it and we headed back to our Central Park hotel.
Monday, our last day in the city, we found ourselves back on Fifth Avenue one last time to visit Burberry (where Erin found a trendy pair of blue shades with the Burberry plaid logo on the sides) and Christian Dior. In Dior, I found a gorgeous brightly colored bikini (for half off, mind you) and a cute gold bracelet with pink glass beads and charms that spelled out Dior. Shopping in Dior was the perfect way to end our perfect New York weekend.

If you find yourself in New York City, I would recommend going to SoHo before Fifth Avenue. The area feels much less touristy and much more New York City. July, although quite hot, is a great time of year to visit. All the pre-fall clothing is coming in and stores have dropped the prices on many of the summer clothes to make room for the new merchandise. Be sure to think carefully and plan out your excursion. There is so much shopping to be done in this metropolis and you could never make it into the stores you truly want to see if you don’t plan carefully. Don’t do as Erin and I did and look hopelessly for Saks on Madison or Park Avenue without remembering that the store is called Saks Fifth Avenue. Check to see what time shops open before you get up early to go to them just to find they are all closed. No matter how comfortable you think your three inch Jimmy Choo stilettos are at 10 am, don’t wear them. They won’t be comfortable at 3 pm when you are making your way up four flights of stairs at Louis Vuitton. Be sure to eat a healthy breakfast, drink lots of Starbucks and water, stop for lunch, and, most importantly, have fun!