Californians and New Yorkers have plenty of opinions about each other’s fashion tastes.
Ask an Angeleno what they think of New York style, and they might respond, “Ugh, so much black.” A New Yorker could shoot back, “At least we don’t wear board shorts.”
The twin entertainment capitals of New York City and Los Angeles have more in common stylistically than not, though. They are home to countless awards shows, galas and other red carpet events — not to mention the paparazzi ambushes.
As such, the most in-demand residents of both cities must be camera ready at all times. With their armies of stylists and makeup artists, the people living in these cities are among the most heavily primped in the world.
So who’s got the better style once and for all, New Yorkers or Angelenos? We’re tempted to say New York because 1. we live here and 2. so does the country’s entire fashion industry. But Californians often give us a run for our money. Their fashion scene is growing — Saint Laurent recently opened a flagship store in L.A., and respected fashionistas such as Nicole Richie and Nasty Gal’s Sophia Amoruso call the Golden State home.
To determine which city deserves the title of Most Fashionable in America, we’ll have a weekly showdown between two similar stars from each coast — they can be musicians, actors, socialities or fashionistas. Here are our first 10. After this round, New York is in a comfortable lead with seven points to L.A.’s three.