Los Angeles

Despite not having the prestige of the ‘big four’ fashion capitals, LA is one of the most significant fashion cities in the world. Home of Hollywood, the City of Angels is buzzing with some of the most influential individuals in popular culture – those with the power to both set trends and put budding designers on the map by simply wearing one of their pieces to the grocery store. It makes sense that so many designers and brands choose to set up shop here.

With thriving food and art scenes and balmy weather year-round, Los Angeles has always been a city with a focus on a higher quality of living. Befitting their laidback lifestyle and sunny climes, California fashion is relaxed, colourful and full of personality.

Key fashion events and attractions

LA Fashion Week (each March and Oct)

Though slightly more low-key than other fashion weeks, LA Fashion Week is still a fantastic occasion for designers around the world to showcase their collections.

LA Fashion Festival (each August)

Posited as a cornerstone of LA fashion events, LA Fashion Festival is an annual program including daily screenings of fashion films, workshops, masterclasses, pop-ups and lectures.

The cost of shopping

A pair of jeans will cost an average of
$34-$75 USD / £26-£58

A summer dress will cost an average of
$24-$60 USD / £19-£46

A pair of running shoes will cost an average of
$55-$120 USD / £43-£93

Top fashion college

The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

Offering courses including fashion design, footwear design and costume design, FIDM is LA’s leading fashion school and highly regarded for launching careers in the creative industries.

LA, unlike New York, has always had a completely different vibe to its East Coast counterpart - more laid back, sporty and bohemian. The LA Fashion District hosts a huge number of smaller, new, ready-to-wear companies. This has driven an emerging community of smaller brands with sustainability at their heart - creating lifestyle brands rather than high-octane fashion labels.

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Where to shop

For affordable fashion

The Grove is a beautiful, outdoor shopping area that has a host of chain stores and well-known brands.

For luxury brands

Located in swanky Beverley Hills, Rodeo Drive is one of the most upmarket shopping areas in LA, home to lots of luxury labels.

For vintage

Retro Row is a quirky area of Long Beach that caters for those who love a bit of vintage and kitsch shopping.

Rodeo Drive

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