Female speaks to 5 style icons, including designer Tory Burch, Swarovski’s creative director Nathalie Colin and Kaiser Karl’s kitty, on the city they’ve tipped to be the next Paris and New York.
“The world is so closely networked today – there are so many cities beyond New York, London, Paris and Milan that are fashionable… I’ve loved Istanbul for years. It’s where I met the incredible jeweller Sevan Bicakci – his work is like none other. Just walking through the city’s streets, bazaars and mosques is also inspiring and has given me so many ideas for colour pairings and mixes. There’s always something new to uncover there.” – Fashion designer Tory Burch
“For me there are two new major scenes: Sydney, where Swarovski participated in Fashion Week in April. It’s got great energy and emerging talents, which I find very stimulating… As a big fan of Asia, I would also say China, where (a lot of) attention is paid to fashion and emerging style icons. You see it not only on the runways, but also in its blogosphere. I like this sense of daring and creativity.” – Nathalie Colin, creative director of Swarovski
“I think it’s Hong Kong – I recently spent a week there and got a chance to dig deep into its fashion and design scene. I was very impressed with everything going on – from its street style to its bespoke tailors with a modern twist.” – George Esquivel, creative director of Tumi
“Singapore where there is an interesting mix of cultures; where Asian values meet (Western-influenced) lifestyles. Every time I’ve been there, it feels very positive seeing tradition next to innovation, heritage next to technology. People also seem to have a strong interest in knowing about other cultures and craftsmanship.” – Edoardo Caovilla, chief operating officer/designer of Italian shoe label Rene Caovilla
“Paris, the city of lights ignites my chic side, but Tokyo revives my kawaii kitten within. Shopping in Tokyo is the ultimate zen experience. Meow.” – Choupette, Karl Lagerfeld’s pet cat/style icon
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