Fashion-Forward Cities

The world’s most historic and culturally rich metropolises are also some of the top destinations for sartorial excellence. Four Bergenites share what they experienced during their travels—from iconic sights to trend-setting styles.


A fluted skirt and striped tee are typical of a French ensemble, but nothing says “Paris” like a statement scarf and the Eiffel Tower.

“Visiting Paris felt like a time warp to another era. The architecture and art of the Renaissance was very prominent in the city and in the museums, and they’re all breathtaking! Walking among Parisians made me feel like I was in 1920s New York, a time when everyone was put together so elegantly. People out on a casual stroll were dressed nicely—women in nice but subdued dresses, jackets, scarves and boots, and men donning blazers and trousers. Of course, there are clothing and fashion boutiques everywhere, so there are plenty of options to find the best outfits.” —Yvonne Marki, Harrington Park


Catch a glimpse of Milan’s chic and sexy style (as seen in Josephine Skriver’s pieces that closely resemble lingerie) while strolling the Piazza del Duomo.

“My friends and I were mesmerized by the beautiful architecture in Milan. I’m a photographer, so I was a little giddy seeing the intricate details of the Gothic cathedrals and castles. Milan is a fashion mecca, so walking around the city was like experiencing a live fashion show, especially around the Piazza del Duomo. Everyone looked amazing, and the styles were very sophisticated and individualized. Guys embraced the tailored look; and while many women were chic, others were more bold and daring— some wore bright reds and oranges, others were in head-to-toe Gucci.” —Mark Pineda, River Edge


Singapore’s cosmopolitan and polished style mixes Eastern and Western influences, as does the modern architecture found around Marina Bay.

“I visited Singapore on business but was lucky enough to have some free time to explore, visiting the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel. And Merlion Park, with its mythical statue of a half-fish, half-lion, is a must-see. I was surprised to find so many hole-in-the-wall-type restaurants that featured amazing food. As for the fashion, it was cool to see so many people going about their daily lives and looking so polished. The use of bright hues to offer a pop of color to otherwise neutral looks was interesting. I couldn’t resist bringing back a pair of laser-cut black wedges. I’d never seen anything like them before.” —Sophia Belloso, Paramus

New York

From oversize wool coats by Olivia Palermo to slogan beanies, there is plenty of fashion inspiration on the streets of New York.

“There are nearly 1,000 fashion headquarters in New York City, and I am lucky enough to work at one in the heart of the Garment District. Street style is really what makes this city stand out because people are not afraid to take fashion risks and flaunt what they like. Lately, I’ve been seeing oversize faux fur jackets in beige and pastel tones and black combat boots, but styles are changing every day. The city is rich in fashion history, and fashionistas should make a point of visiting The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute, Historical Garment Center and Macy’s Herald Square, to name a few places.” —Melissa Richmond, Wyckoff

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