With London slowly leaking history and Anna Wintour preparing to invade Milan, it may be time to find a new fashion capital. (Other than, you know, New York.) Allow us to suggest a dark horse candidate: Shanghai.
This International Herald Tribune article points to Chang Le Road as a potential wellspring for the new Shanghai Style. Most of the shops sell less-than-exciting factory overruns, but designer shops like Etsune are starting to buck the conservative style that has kept China out of the fashion spotlight thus far.
But as the middle kingdom—and Shanghai in particular—becomes more prosperous, a niche appears for more expensive, offbeat clothing. The movement is still in its early days, but it will be interesting to see what the folks in Shanghai come up with.