Global Fashion Scene

Global Fashion Scene

Sept 2013

Vivian Liu

Here’s a quick look at the two fashion powerhouses: The United States and European countries.

After doing some research on the two sides’ runways, we have come to a consensus that American designers tend to sway towards more wearable fashion, while European fashion is often high couture, making most of their lines impossible to wear on a day-to-day basis.


Women’s Fashion:


The main difference between these two types of women is that American women dress for comfort versus European women, who mainly dress for appearance.


When you think of American designers, you think of Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang, and Tommy Hilfiger etc. Whereas European designers consist of: Versace, Gucci, Prada and Georgio Armani etc. Americans are truly lovers of simplicity; simple in the silhouettes, designs and patterns. On the other hand, the Europeans admire more complicated designs that seem to exude a feel of romance and ambiguity.


Men’s Fashion:


With regards to men’s fashion, the biggest difference is the use of accessories. Besides the use of scarves, hats and pocket squares etc., the most noticeable difference is the satchel or the “man-purse” as we call it. A big difference is what is seen as normal in Europe is perceived as somewhat homosexual in the Americas.


In general, European fashion and accessories are more daring and more of a cutting edge in comparison to the daily wardrobe selections here on our side the globe.