The “Big Four” fashion capitals of the world include New York, Milan, London, and Paris. This past summer I had the opportunity to travel to not only one but two international fashion capitals! Throughout my visit to London and Paris it was very clear why these cities are considered to be fashion capitals. Fashion capitals have significant influence in fashion trends. They pioneer production and retailing for global fashion.
My first stop was London. I absolutely loved everything about it. London reminds me of a hangout where only legit cool and trendy people get to go. Everywhere I looked I saw innovative and unique styles. My favorite experience was my visit to Harrods. Harrods is a famous luxury department store. Your local Neiman Marcus or Saks Fifth Avenue just does not compare. Every high-end brand you can think of is located at Harrods! The store has 330 departments and 32 restaurants covering one million square feet of retail space. I can ensure you that you’ve never seen a retail store this popping!
I had heard of London’s Fashion and Textile Museum and just had to see it for myself. The museum features developments in contemporary fashion. The exhibition I had the pleasure of seeing was The World of Anna Sui. This specific exhibit showcased the effect Sui’s work has had on the history of fashion design. On display were over 100 looks from Sui’s archive from throughout her whole career, spanning from 1981 up until now 2017. Anna Sui’s incorporation of funky and retro designs are very evident in her work. I appreciate how her designs are reflections of her inspirations. The whole room was very creative and outside of the box. It allowed for hours of exploration.
Paris.. simply beautiful. It honestly looked like a movie. While in Paris I saw more of the touristy scene. Being able to see The Eiffel Tower in person was truly amaaaaazing. I found it astounding that a 1,063 ft structure could have such elegance. I also found it very powerful that a landmark could bring so many people from all across the world together. Paris is home to several famous museums such as The Louvre which is home to Mona Lisa. The painting is worth nearly eight hundred million dollars! Truly a priceless masterpiece. I can now say that I’ve seen original Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso pieces! The first thing that came to mind was the movie ATL. “You got a Picasso in yo house!” The artwork I saw dates back to the 18th century, but were still flawlessly preserved.
I wanted to ensure that I never forgot about my trip to Europe so I decided to get a tattoo. Yes.. it is in fact a hanger. The meaning behind this tattoo is quite special to me, so let me explain. Well for starters I was visiting one of the most famous fashion capitals! What better way to showcase my interest in fashion and style than a hanger tattoo while in Paris? Ya’ll know I’m bossyyyyyy. I got this tattoo placed on my wrist to help motivate me to continue to write about what it is I love.
I am very thankful to have been given the opportunity to travel to Europe. I was able to see and learn impressive things. It means a lot to me that I continue to learn and grow from different cultures. I find beauty in knowing that everyone has a different perspective on life. As I grow older I want to embrace these differences in hopes of becoming more of a global thinker.