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5 Top Fashion Cities in the World



Just like the tides of culture ebb and flow, so do those of fashion.

However, there are certain cultural headquarters that serve as the heart, brain, and nervous system of all of fashion as we know it. These style centers have shaped the runway world since its not-so-humble beginnings, and they’ve kept their grip on fashion lovers everywhere ever since.

The fashion capitals of the world include Paris, New York, London, and Milan, with Tokyo swiftly rising to meet them as a trailblazer in the avant-garde.

So what sets these dazzling metropolises apart? Read on for our lowdown on these must-see fashion destinations.

5 of the Top Fashion Cities

#1 Paris

What Beyonce is to the music world, Paris is to the fashion world—royalty. Dating back to the 18th century, but arguably even before, France established itself as a fashionable force to be reckoned with thanks to its provocative dress, shameless opulence, and early economic prowess.

Paris has maintained its esteem in the fashion industry by staying ahead of the curb with the newest styles and trends. But more importantly, it’s the fashion capital of the world because it is precisely where that very industry was born.

The father of Haute Couture, Charles Worth—ironically, a visiting Englishman (but don’t tell the French that)—founded the style in the mid 19th century when he began putting his label on clothes and displaying them on live models. Today, Paris still dominates the fashion landscape thanks to its iconic couture houses and influential fashion week.

To understand why Paris maintains such a strong grip on this thriving industry, simply take a look at some of the brands that call it home:

  • Dior
  • Chanel
  • Celine
  • Hermes
  • Rochas
  • Louis Vuitton
  • Givenchy
  • Donna Karan

Your Paris Lookbook: If you’re looking to strut your stuff down the Champs-Élysées, make sure to do it in style. For an iconically Parisian look, pair an oversized (but perfectly chic) white knit turtleneck over flowy cream slacks. For a warmer ensemble, replace the pullover with a charming denim shirt. Top it off with some strappy black heels, a red lip, and a loose bun and voilàvous êtes jolie! 

Remember, despite what the Kardashian-Jenner clan might make you feel, you don’t need big ta-tas to be a stylish star in Paris—if you only wear AAA bras, you’ll fit right into the city of love’s fashion sphere.

#2 New York

New York rose to be a powerhouse during World War II, while Germany was occupying Paris. Since then, the Big Apple has helped shape the dominant trends of national and international fashion alike.

With a deeper focus on innovation than its more traditional predecessor, NYC fashion houses and designers find themselves at the forefront of creative styling, unique tailoring, and emerging materials.

Your NYC Lookbook: For an NYC look that would make the Sex and the City girls trip over their Manolo Blahniks, layer a long, satin blazer in a dark blue jewel tone over a long skirt. Wear some faux-snakeskin stiletto booties underneath and don’t leave the hotel without a chic leather clutch.

#3 London

Known for its classic edge and distinctive place in the history of global fashion, London is an unshakeable force in the industry. Here, you’ll find that a host of fashion’s most iconic designers and design houses made their start, including:

  • Stella McCartney
  • Vivienne Westwood
  • Vilshenko
  • M.i.h.
  • Alexander McQueen
  • Burberry
  • J.W.Anderson
  • Paul Smith

Your London Lookbook: London’s very own Carnaby Street is the proud birthplace of both the hippie and mod style of fashion, so it’s only fitting that you harken back to the retro looks of the 60s and 70s with a funky jumpsuit and some chunky, bright booties.

#4 Milan

Ah, Milan. This cosmopolitan fashion capital is known for its celebration of the modern amidst a country with a rich, ancient history. This city has staked its claim as a top spot for fashion thanks to its Quadrilatero d’Oro, or golden rectangle—a group of four streets that boast only the most creative and trailblazing minds in fashion today:

  • Versace
  • Fausto Puglisi
  • Valentino
  • Giuseppe Zanotti
  • Moschino
  • Armani
  • Dolce and Gabbana
  • Roberto Cavalli
  • Prada

Your Milan Lookbook: For this look, you’ll want to sweep everyone off their feet with a romantic combo of kitten heels, a macrame purse, and an embroidered mini dress. Billowy sleeves are a must.

#5 Tokyo

Tokyo is a fashion city that has pushed the boundaries of innovation in fashion, pioneering movements in sustainable fashion, eccentric looks, and cutting edge couture.

Here, you’ll find trendsetters that defy your wildest dreams and reinvent what it means to wear clothes. If you ever visit (and believe us, you should), watch out for these exciting fashion houses:

  • Yu Amatsu
  • Chisato Tsumori
  • Yoshio Kybo
  • Shinsuke Takizawa
  • sk8thing
  • Yuki Hashimoto

Your Tokyo Lookbook: Looking fly in Tokyo is all about letting your freak flag fly—but make it fashion. Focus on developing your unique street style by pairing cool, baggy pants with chunky sneakers and an eye-catching tee. In this high-tech city, a statement trench coat is everything.

Make Your Hometown Your Own Fashion City

No matter where you go to take inspiration for your next lookbook or vision board, don’t forget to look around you. Observe your local birds or note the subtle architectural details in your downtown area. Rummage through your mom’s closet for some must-have hand-me-downs.

Who knows? Your biggest style inspo might be right around the corner.

Whether you need to fly thousands of miles or just walk a few feet to get there, your fashion mecca is waiting. Now go strut your stuff until you find it! Work it, girl.

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Would you dare baptism in the Devil’s Bathtub?




Close my eyes and count to three as I anticipate to dive into the deep, ice cold pool of water – The Devil’s Bathtub, located in Southwest Virginia. Jumping in is not recommended for the faint of heart. I stare into the aquamarine abyss and question the life choices that led me to this.

Deciding if I have the courage to jump into the Devil’s Bathtub. Photo by Maddie Luchsinger.

The Devil’s Bathtub is a place that no person can stay for very long – it is wicked in the way its cold can take the breath away of the people who dare to jump in. It is the type of cold that sucks the breath right out of your lungs and frightens every skin cell of your body. It is a bathtub-sized pool that is, perhaps, 25 feet deep, full of the fresh spring water falling off the mountains. You’ve hiked 2.5 miles up a mountains, crossing a river 17 times. Your muscles are sore. So jump into the Devil’s Bathtub and find out what happens when you dunk them in ice.

After I was baptized by the Devil in southwest Virginia, I felt cold for days. It was a deeply guttural coldness, like I was thawing slowly from the inside out.

Swimming in the Devil's BathtubPhoto by Maddie Luchsinger

In all the time I’ve spent exploring the world, there are only one of a handful of times I can remember being this cold – in the middle of the night, camping in the desert in North Central Mexico. I was there on a church trip, to build houses in the slums of Tijuana. This was something the church of my youth did a lot in the 1990s/2000s – took groups to do manual labor rural parts of Mexico. That year, in the desert of Baja California, El Nino brought on exceptional rains that flooded our campsite and soaked my belongings. The temperatures at night would reach just above freezing, and the lumber that kept our campfires roaring was wet and ineffective. I have this memory of huddling around the dwindling embers of a dying campfire, desperate to get warm, under a deep sea of stars. I remember feeling like I would never feel warm again.

The second time I’ve felt that cold was whitewater rafting the Upper Youghegheny River in Upper Pennsylvania in the early spring. My group spent the entire weekend camping in a pouring rainstorm, on 50 degree days, and then rafted a flood-stage river of class IV-V rapids. I fell out twice, and swam down a class IV+ rapid called the Meat Cleaver. I remember feeling cold for days after, and vowing to never go whitewater rafting again.

When I jumped into the Devil’s Bathtub, these were the memories that came flooding in. This was a uniquely painful kind of cold. And the thing that was so devilish about it – it was an enjoyable pain.

Maybe I’ve cursed myself, jumping into the Devil’s Bathtub. but in 2020, who can tell the difference?


Devil's Bathtub Trailhead Duffield VAPhoto by Maddie Luchsinger

How to find the Devil’s Bathtub

At the end of Highway 619 just outside of Duffield, Virginia. Duffield is located less than 2 hours from Knoxville, about an hour North of Kingston, Tennessee.

This is a popular hike with an established parking lot at the trailhead. Hikers can choose to go left when the trailhead splits for a 4 mile roundtrip journey to the Devil’s Bathtub, or take a right for a 7-mile loop through the mountains. The trail is clearly marked with a yellow square tag.

Plan for the trail to take an hour per mile, and wear shoes that can get wet. You have to hike across a river 17 times, and you are almost certain to get wet. There are a few areas of treacherous terrain and sharp drops, so keep an eye on young children and dogs at all times.

The hike can be found near Duffield, Virginia, about an hour north of Kingston, TN. I recommend camping at Natural Tunnel State Park, less than an hour away. NTSP has a well maintained and safe campground, good for car campers or RV tows.

Natural Tunnel is a rock formation that has naturally formed in the mountains, created a naturally carved train tunnel. The park offers a fun chairlift to the bottom, a fun activity for families or tired hikers.

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Rediscover the San Juan Islands: Adventure-seekers will love this Northwest destination.




The journey starts with either a ferry or a floatplane—there are no bridges to the San Juans Islands. Leave stress behind as you board in Anacortes and set sail on the marine segment of the San Juan Islands Scenic Byway. You can relax, you’re on island time now.

The San Juan archipelago in Washington State is nestled between three great cities for visitors – Seattle, Vancouver B.C., and Victoria B.C., surrounded by the Salish Sea. Of the 172 named islands in the San Juans, three of them – Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan – have accommodations, attractions, and amenities for visitors.

The archipelago is blessed with a temperate marine climate and life in the “rain shadow” of the Olympic Mountains means an average of 247 days with sunshine annually and about half the rainfall of the Seattle area. San Juan County has more than 400 miles of shoreline punctuated by rocks, bluffs and beaches.

The arts, historic preservation and environmental stewardship flourish in the Islands. San Juan County is considered an “Arts Hot Spot” by the Washington State Arts Commission for the number of artists and galleries in the islands. It is also the first county in the USA to be designated a voluntary “Leave No Trace” area. Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, the archipelago’s only incorporated town, was named a Destination of Distinction by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

No matter your style of vacation, you’re bound to find it in the San Juan Islands. For nature enthusiasts, there’s world-class wildlife watching including orcas, humpback whales, bald eagles, Steller sea lions, and red foxes. And there’s a variety of ways to see it: along a network of waterfront hiking trails, from shoreline parks, from tour boats and private vessels.

For adventure seekers, beautiful landscapes and a calm inland sea make the San Juans a prime sea kayaking spot. Paddle your own kayak or set out with one of the many knowledgeable kayaking outfitters on San Juan, Orcas, or Lopez Island for three-hour to three-day tours.

For foodies, find quality local products, and experience the sense of community shared by island chefs, growers, winemakers, distillers, brewers, and other agricultural artisans. Some local farms even offer stays for guests who want to get up close and personal to the islands’ bounty.

If art’s your thing, you’ll find a gem in the San Juan Islands Museum of Art, with three to four first class exhibitions a year. The San Juan Islands Sculpture Park at 20-acres is one of the largest outdoor sculpture parks in the Pacific Northwest.

Humpback calf ‘Slate’ breaching by Jeff Friedman

Find variety, beauty, serenity … day after amazing day.

As we navigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, we are following the guidelines set by the Washington State Department of Health and Governor Inslee’s office. San Juan County is currently in a modified Phase 2 of Inslee’s “Safe Start” plan. Accommodations are open at 100%, and restaurants vary between curbside pickup, delivery, and limited indoor and outdoor seating. Face coverings are required to enter all businesses and public spaces.

Editor’s Note: we are working with local tourism boards to highlight destinations that are ready for tourists. Given the ever-evolving situation on COVID-19, please make sure you check the tourism website for the most up-to-date planning information.

From Nature to Nurture the San Juan Islands provide inspiration for the senses (

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This interactive map shows where you can (or can’t) travel in the US




In an effort to make traveling easier, United Airlines has developed an interactive map tool that allows customers to filter and view destinations’ COVID-19-related travel restrictions in the US. The Destination Travel Guide provides a color-coded map to highlight if a destination is closed, partially open or fully open for travel, and notes if tests or self-quarantining are required for travel.

The guide currently highlights travel restrictions and leisure offerings in the US by state, and will expand to include all international destinations the airline serves in the coming weeks. Users can click on each state to view local regulations and travel guidances, and there is also the option to filter the map by state to view specific information on each destination. This information includes the medical certificate needed, such as a negative COVID-19 test, physical distancing measures and whether wearing a mask in public is required. It also outlines the visitor accommodation, restaurants, bars and cafés, museum and heritage sites and non-essential shops that are open.

The interactive map tool that allows customers to filter and view destinations © United Airlines

“We know it’s a challenge to keep up with the ever-changing list of travel restrictions, policies and regulations so we are offering a simple, easy tool that helps customers decide where to travel next,” said Linda Jojo, executive vice president for technology and chief digital officer. “By providing the most up-to-date information on the destinations we serve, customers can compare and shop for travel with greater confidence and help them find the destinations that best fit their preferences.

Check out the new interactive map tool on here or on the United mobile app.

Lockdowns are easing globally as the planet adjusts to a new normal. Find out how COVID-19 is changing travel.

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