U.K. Newspaper Pair Challenge New York ‘World Fashion Capital’ Ranking

Lisa Armstrong is fashion editor for London’s Telegraph newspaper, a contributing editor to Vogue and the owner of Twitter handle @LisaDoesFashion. When she and an equally well-qualified colleague in town for New York Fashion Week – Telegraph deputy fashion editor Luke Leitch – question a recent NYC world ranking, it’s worth paying attention to.

In case you missed it, a survey by Austin, TX-based outfit The Global Language Monitor recently crowned Manhattan ahead of Paris, London and Milan as the world’s top fashion capital. Armstrong and Leitch break down the necessary elements for such NYC legitimacy, based on their time here at NYFW 2014. Starting with the number of truly fabulous runway shows:

On the Amazing Show Front we are left with pretty slim pickings. There was Rag & Bone’s endless succession of skinny-jeans-you-already-own, worn with jumpers-that-look-as-though-you’ve-already-worn-them (think Jack Wills, but with grumpier-looking models). Far more amazing was the Ukrainian streaker who insinuated his posing pouch on to Prabal Gurung‘s catwalk on Saturday – although it wasn’t all that useful for the poor designer…

OK, we may be over-egging New York’s lack of pep a little; Michael Kors is always an enjoyable upbeat, sexy, smiley experience; Luella Bartley‘s and Katie Hillier‘s joint debut at Marc by Marc Jacobs last night will have been worth seeing; Proenza Schouler remain the slickest duo in this town – albeit without a great deal of competition.

Ha ha, nice little dig there. The Telegraph pair go on to analyze how much style NYC locals have, how well organized this latest Fashion Week has been and the worthiness of the event’s sponsored nomenclature. Ultimately, it seems that The Global Language Monitor has done justice to the slogan of its TX home base and simply kept it weird.

@hollywoodspin rhorgan@gmail.com Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.