Move over New York, Big Ben and all that comes with London has officially been named the fashion capital of the world. Needless to say, I am not surprised, and was even expecting this.
It has been a gradual rise for London to the top, from the rise and eventual tragic passing in 2010 of famed and beloved fashion designer, Alexander McQueen, that sent shock waves through the fashion industry and turned all eyes onto London.
Heads were starting to turn their attention to London before this with the upsetting passing of Isabella Blow, a former Vogue editor and coveted stylist, took her life. With the deaths of both McQueen and Blow, it is feeling like the fashion industry is just now starting to feel put back together.
Sarah Burton, McQueen’s protégé, has also been helping (helping may be an understatement), London’s rise to fashion royalty. Carrying on the McQueen legacy is not an easy feat and she has managed to surprise and delight in the same dark and twisty way as the late Lee McQueen did. The McQueen label and Burton’s fame as a designer was at the center of the Royal Wedding this past April, as she was chosen to design the dress for the now Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. Millions watched as Middleton walked down the isle towards her Prince in a white, lace beauty of a dress.
And then we have her majesty! Since the wedding (and even before), all eyes have been on Middleton. She has been named a fashion icon by not only the public, but published works as well. She is England’s sweetheart and has brought back classic, modest, yet young and sexy looks. Dresses she has worn have sold of the racks in mere seconds; she even brought back the nude colored pantyhose!
So this is not surprising that, when looking at the most popular keyword searches on the Internet, given all of these A-list names, that London is the King of the Castle. I tip my Philip Treacy hat to the land of royalty and beauty.