Ever since moving to London this semester for study abroad, I have emerged into one of the biggest fashion capitals in the world. Designers like Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney contribute to London’s well-known fashion image. Anything goes in London, from a faux fur jacket paired with neon pink pleather pants, the streets are filled with style and taste that are so different from the next. After frequenting the “destination” fashion spots, here’s a look into what I have experienced.
Ah, Europe's busiest fashion street. I did not know what I was getting myself into venturing onto Oxford Street, but now I can’t help but find myself here at least once a week. Lined with store after store, this street is nearly always crowded and is a huge tourist attraction. All I’m going to say is that there is a 4 story Topshop and it’s the best thing ever. Oxford Street is also known for its Christmas decor, which I was lucky enough to see right when I got here.
If you know fashion, you’ve heard of Harrods. Ever since I stumbled upon my first designer handbag, I’ve longed to walk through the largest department store in Europe. Harrods is located in London, United Kingdom and is a well-known staple of the fashion world. Let me just start off with this, it’s worth all of the hype. From a YSL handbag to chocolate covered strawberries, you can find almost anything within the 330+ departments. My first experience walking into Harrods was nearly overwhelming, and if you're anything like me, you’ll be drooling walking past the Tom Ford sunglasses. From room to room they have designer after designer handbags, scarves, fragrances, and makeup, etc. It really is a fashionista’s ~dream come true~. As I walked through the huge, palace, if you will, I couldn’t help but think of how vast the fashion world is, as well as sending my mom pictures of everything I needed. Now, you could very easily say I’m overdramatic, but I’m just saying walk into a 7-floor department store in one of the fashion capitals of the world and tell me you don’t want to either cry because it’s so beautiful or cry because you want everything you see.
There are multiple other fashion hubs in London, like Covent Garden and museum exhibits, but I would go as far as to say that London fashion is like no other. Anything truly goes and people are willing/excited to be so bold with what they showcase in the big city.