Fashion world shocker: Singapore is 8th most fashionable city on earth
Paris, London, New York ... Singapore?
According to a survey by Global Language Monitor, Singapore -- a city where most of its residents' default attire is a pair of slippers and a tank top -- is becoming quite the global fashion capital.
Based on Narrative Tracking Technology which analyzes the Internet, blogosphere, print and electronic media, as well as new social media sources (such as Facebook and Twitter), Singapore has broken into the top 10 list of 2011's fashion capitals, landing at the no.8 position.
In just a year, Singapore has leapfrogged seven places from its number 15 spot in 2010, and is even considered more stylish than Tokyo who came in at number 9; but to be fair, the perennially chic Tokyo had much more on its mind this year, rather than pondering what 2011's version of black would be.
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Singapore fashionistas do have to thank Asia's inaugural Men's Fashion Week (MFW) for this new honor. The MFW held in March was the first in Asia, and only the third of its kind in the world, which certainly helped boost Singapore's fashion quotient.
The MFW presented shows by big name brands such as Hugo Boss and Shanghai Tang, as well as a range of up-and-coming Asian designers such as Gil Homme from Korea, Jail.Jeans from Philippines and JBB* from Thailand.
Also lending some weight to Singapore's fashion stakes was the annual Audi Fashion Festival which was held in April, as well as the impending opening of H&M in September, the chain's first outlet in Southeast Asia.
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The Lion City will have to come up with more fashionable initiatives if it wants to top northern neighbor Hong Kong -- which clinched the number 6 spot -- and groom some bona fide fashion personalities such as the Duchess of Cambridge, if it has ambitions to be the world's next top fashion capital.
For a list of the top 30 cities, go to www.languagemonitor.com