Which Fashion Capital Should You Visit?

If you consider yourself something of a fashionista, then you know that preparing to go on holiday is akin to preparing for a runway ...




If you consider yourself something of a fashionista, then you know that preparing to go on holiday is akin to preparing for a runway show. Your destination is your catwalk, as you take in the elegant scenery and boutique shops, all the while looking nothing less than Instagram-worthy for all your holiday snaps. After all, it’s not a real holiday unless you post plenty of pics to make people back home jealous.

The question is, which fashion capital should you tick off your bucket list first?

New York

Can you even call yourself a true fashionista if you’ve never visited the concrete jungles of Sex and the City? Renowned for its infamous Fifth Avenue – perhaps the most famous shopping street in the world – NYC is the crème de la crème of style, ranging from high-end department stores like Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s to a hipster’s paradise in the form of the Brooklyn Flea Market. Lose yourself amongst the stylish boutiques, market stalls and thrift shops, and make sure to visit the bohemian cobblestone streets of Soho if you’re seeking vintage gems. It’s worth making extra space in your suitcase, as you definitely won’t be leaving the Big Apple empty-handed.

Berlin
The fashion capital of Germany, Berlin is a mishmash of culture and style, making new style rules and then breaking them. It’s little wonder that this city has attracted so many creative characters over the years: music legend and style icon David Bowie once resided in the district in Schöneberg. By exploring Berlin’s many flea markets (the largest of which is Mauerpark), you’ll be mesmerised by the unique art, clothing, food, and antiques. Or, for a shabby chic wonderland, you can visit Neukölln, as raved about by Mrhudsonexplores.com. A Haven of students and artists, Neukölln is dotted with discount stores, cafes, pastry shops and bars. The aptly named Repeater is a popular vintage shop, which, although German, is also inspired by LA fashion.

Melbourne

Australia might be notorious for its wild Outback and critters, but it is also home to one of the world’s most prominent fashion capitals. While you might assume that to be Sydney, the title in question actually belongs to Melbourne. The words ‘cool’ and ‘effortless’ spring to mind when trying to describe the vibe of Melbourne fashion, with the timeless colour black being a main staple.

Some of the city’s shopping top spots include (but are not limited to):


· Collins Street – Home to luxury brands Chanel, Giorgio Armani, and Louis Vuitton
· Chapel Street – Occupied by Top Shop, Nine West and MIMCO
· Bourke Street Mall – Presenting H&M, Zara, Myer and David Jones



Tokyo

Tokyo is the Asian style capital and an ideal destination for anyone who wants to experience breaking the boundaries of fashion. Notorious for its flamboyant youth fashion culture, Tokyo has garnered its reputation thanks to its Harajuku’ style, named after the Tokyo district that became the birthplace of youth culture in the ‘80s. Harajuku represented young people’s rejection of mainstream fashion and popularised the alternative, ostentatious trends that are still going strong today. Whether you’re looking to break out of your shell or want to use this as an opportunity to play dress-up, you need to sample Tokyo yourself to truly understand it.

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