World’s Top Fashion Cities

The verdict is in for the top ranking cities for fashion, and New York City has outscored Paris by a hair. At least, that is according to the annual report by Global Language Monitor, a company that specializes in analyzing Internet traffic to derive current information.

But fashion is hardly something you can reduce to numbers. Being the most popular in terms of hits is hardly the same as being the most influential when it comes to fashion. The word “fashion” itself suggests fickleness, so these numbers can be as representative of influence as a person’s vital statistics describes character.

It is only historically that we can see which cities have the deepest impact in the fashion world, and in fact, New York City does come into the list, but not as the penultimate. Most people would agree that Paris is the center of fashion, and indeed, it has been so for more than 300 years. But this should be qualified; it is the center of haute couture or high fashion. For more robust tastes, they turn to Milan where the top Italian designers are based getting ready for their next foray for fashion week.

And then we have London, where the culture mix is reflected in the eclectic feel of much of its seasonal offerings, ranging from almost traditional to the funky. This is something that can also be seen in the fashion scene of New York City, but perhaps in a more in-your-face style.

But if you prefer quirky often bordering on the bizarre, you will want to head out to the fashion districts of Shibuya and Harajuku in Tokyo. Not haute couture, perhaps, but equally interesting.

So the next time someone tries to convince you that a city with the right numbers qualifies as the top fashion capital of the world, feel free to challenge his or her fashion sense. It is, after all, a matter of perspective.

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Fast FAQs about Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is the surgical reconstruction of the nose that will alter its look, size or shape for esthetic or functional purposes. It is commonly referred to as a nose job.

The typical rhinoplasty may cost between $2,000 and $10,000 depending on the type of procedure and where it will be performed. Any hospital stay is over and above the cost for the procedure itself. It may be possible to have a portion of the costs covered by health insurance if there is a documented functional i.e. difficulty in breathing component to it.

In general, rhinoplasty is as safe as any surgical procedure can be, although there is still a risk of infection or an allergic reaction to the anesthesia. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and takes about 2 hours. The biggest risk with rhinoplasty is being disappointed by the results if patient expectations are unreasonable. According to the Des Moines-based plastic surgery center Bergman & Folkers website, the emphasis should be for a natural-looking result based on the patient’s facial characteristics and bone structure. A competent plastic surgeon will discuss how the procedure will go and what to expect to minimize revisions.

Prior to the day of the procedure, the patient is typically asked to refrain from medications that can thin out the blood and inhibit clotting to prevent excessive bleeding such as those containing ibuprofen and aspirin. Smokers are advised to refrain from smoking for at least a month before and after the procedure to allow faster healing. Recovery usually takes about three weeks, and may be accompanied by pain and difficulty in breathing. Swelling and bruising around the eyes may also manifest for about 14 days. A nasal splint may be used as support and may be removed after approximately 7 days. Patients are advised against any strenuous activities for a month after surgery.

Results from rhinoplasty may be seen in about two months after the surgery when most of the swelling has gone down, although the appearance will continue to improve after several months. For best results, rhinoplasty should be performed by a reputable surgeon in the area who has wide experience and a good track record in performing the procedure.

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