passion for fashion
Fashion is no longer a strictly geographic affair. Thanks to online shopping, even folks in far-flung corners can be as stylish as those scraping by in cities. Boutiques are no longer limited by who walks in the door, but to where they can ship. Still, there are certain cities with an outsized impact on global fashion — not only places where tastes are made, but where fashion houses, rows of stores, and annual fashion week festivities keep them central to worldwide style. Ahead of New York Fashion Week — running Feb. 6-13 — we consulted with the folks at Global Language Monitor and, from their rankings of the top 63 fashion cities in the world, picked 20 worth a visit, starting with the big four.