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London named world fashion capital

By Liam O'Brien

London has been named the fashion capital of the world, and it's all thanks to Kate Middleton and her Alexander McQueen wedding dress, according to an analysis of fashion buzzwords across print media, social networks and the blogosphere.

A growing global obsession with British style meant that New York, Paris and Milan were knocked down to second, third and fourth positions in the Global Language Monitor survey, despite their status as the commercial and creative hubs of the industry.

However, some British fashion luminaries expressed doubt about London's rise.

The milliner Stephen Jones, who works with Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs and Rei Kawakubo, said: "For young people, London is the fashion capital, but if you are an American buyer it would be Paris or Milan."

Antony Price, who made his name dressing the pop group Roxy Music, dismissed the survey results as "the usual case of everyone thinks it's 'happening' somewhere else".

"France and Italy have huge clothes companies that act as banks and can properly fund design. In London everyone wants to see a return on their investment in 25 minutes," he added.

Elle magazine's acting editor-in-chief Jenny Dickinson said that London deserved its position at the top. "As much as we feel in our bones that London is the centre of fashion creativity right now, it's always pleasing to have it confirmed."

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