What’s Going On In 2014?
I don’t know what’s going on in your part of the world, but it’s been a pretty bleak, very rainy start to the year over here, and I’ve done nothing all day but eat biscuits (which is okay by me). Plus, it seems that almost everyone I speak too is feeling sorry for themselves today; perhaps because of that deflated feeling which creeps up on you after the holidays are over, or (more likely) because of one too many drinks last night. With this in mind, I started having a look around for some fun things I could look forward too this year; and it seems like 2014 is not going to disappoint my fashion-hungry brain!
So, if you’re fighting off your first hangover of the year, or suddenly feeling the onslaught of those dreaded January blues, you’re in luck; here to lift you from your misery is my guide to everything there is to look forward too over the next few months in the wonderful world of fashion, culture, and everything in between.
Move Marc, Get Out The Way; Nicolas Ghesquière Calling.
Ever since Ghesquière took over from Marc Jacobs at the helm of global sartorial super-power, Louis Vuitton, the world has held its breath in eager anticipation as it waits to see what the French designer is going to throw at us. Ghesquière first found fame when he was named creative director of Balenciaga in 1997, at the age of only 25. What was to follow over the next fifteen years would transform Balenciaga into one of the most talked-about labels of the past decade or so, bringing it back to life in a way that founder Christobal Balenciaga himself couldn’t have imagined when he closed the doors of his house in 1968 with the weary words “there are no more women left to dress.”
Vuitton apparently expect the Frenchman to bring “modern creative vision to the house’s women’s collections, building on the values of refinement, savoir faire and extreme quality.” Not exactly an easy list of requirements for anybody to meet, but with Ghesquière’s forward-thinking and creative flair (he was named Avant-Garde Designer of 2000 by the VH1/Vogue Awards, and was recently described as “fashion’s most sought-after and influential figure” in Vogue), there is no doubt that Louis Vuitton is in for a treat; I can’t wait to see his first collection in March!
…JW Anderson’s bringing his snappy, stylish game to Loewe, whilst rising star David Koma is taking over as Creative Director at House of Mugler. However, there are yet a few fashion mysteries to be resolved; who will replace Emma Hill at Mulberry, who have cancelled their show at London Fashion Week in February as the search for a new leader continues? Who will take over at Jil Sanders’ namesake label, after she has left it for a third time? Perhaps all will be revealed over the next few weeks…
Enter The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier; From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk.
This exhibition, which opens at the Barbican in April and runs until mid-August, is the first of its kind to be dedicated to one of the most celebrated couturiers of our time; Jean Paul Gaultier.
Gaultier’s innovative designs have continuously given the way society thinks about fashion a good shake over the past four decades or so, blurring the line between playful and formal, streetwear and couture, male and female. He promoted skirts and kilts as a menswear staple, created costumes for several films and designed that infamous cone bra, worn by Madonna in the early nineties. This exhibition, which brings together over 140 of Gaultier’s couture and ready-to-wear pieces, as well as many of his iconic costumes, is surely not one to miss if you’re in or around London this year. Have a look here if you want to know more.
Three Designers Prepare to Open Their Debut British Flagship Stores
Yes, Christopher Kane, Victoria Beckham and Roksanda Ilincic are all setting up shop in Mayfair; shame I won’t be able to afford even a single glove from any of them! Karl Lagerfeld is also set to open his first stand alone store in London, and his largest boutique in Europe, on Regent Street in March. It’s about time Karl came to London!
Kate Moss is up to Her Old Tricks at Topshop
She’s back! Three years since her last collaboration with the high-street chain, Moss is back with a new collection for S/S 14, consisting of around forty different items to be sold in stores across the world.
Italian Fashion is Celebrated at the V&A
London’s Victoria and Albert Museum will this year pay homage to the influence of those stylish Italians in an exhibition aptly entitled The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 – 2014. Between April and July this year, the museum will be exploring the influence of fashion on a post-war Italy, and the huge impact that fashion house such as Valentino, Gucci, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada and Versace have had on international style and culture. Read all about it here; this is definitely going to be a good one!
The Forecast for the Met Gala; Chic Romance
Couturier Charles James is set to be the focus of this years exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which will trace, through the medium of the designer’s beautiful designs, the glamour-laden years which filled the middle of the last century. This bodes well for the potential theme of fashion’s biggest night out, the Met Gala; whereas last year we saw our favourite stars in their edgy, rock n roll best in honour of the museum’s Punk; Chaos to Couture exhibition, this year we could be moving into a dreamlike world of sumptuous, vintage ball gowns. Fingers crossed!
Luxury Online Shopping Giant Will Launch Their Own Magazine
Hints have been floating around for a while that Net-A-Porter have been preparing to release their own publication, and now, apparently, the time is here; the bi-monthly magazine, entitled PORTER, will publish its first issue in February, under the direction of Lucy Yeomans, former editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar. Indeed, PORTER aims to rival publications such a Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and Elle, and seems to have big plans for the future of fashion journalism in general. The question is; who do you think will be their first cover star?
A Whole Host of New Films Are Waiting to Hit The Screen
This year one of my very favourite film directors, Tim Burton, is set to release a biographical film on artist Walter Keane, entitled Big Eyes in a reference to the kitsch paintings of large-eyed waifs which came to characterise Keane’s style. As always, I can’t wait to see what Burton does, especially with a figure so strange and compelling.
No less than two films will focus on designer Yves Saint Laurent in the upcoming months; one chronicling his romantic relationship with life and business partner Pierre Bergé, and the other concentrating more on the launch of the fashion house and its successes throughout the sixties and seventies.
As well as these exciting gems, there are also so many more films to look forward too this year, including Wolf Of Wall Street (directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a New York stock broker), 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle (both of which have received seven Golden Globe nominations), Gone Girl (adapted from Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel and starring Emily Ratajkowski, she of Blurred Lines fame) and Disney’s Maleficent (starring Angelina Jolie).
David Bailey is Honoured With His Own Exhibition
Hosted by the National Portrait Gallery, Stardust will exhibit over 250 pictures (some which have never been seen before) taken by the hugely distinguished and influential photographer, David Bailey. Running from February through to June, the exhibition bring together the wide range of individuals whom Bailey captured in his lens throughout his career, from models, actors, musicians and designers to the ordinary and the anonymous people he ran into across the world here. Have a look on the National Portrait Gallery’s website here.
So, whether 2014 is going to be a busy one for you, or if its looking a bit empty at the moment, never fear; as long as fashion still exists, there will always be something to look forward too 😉
May 2014 be your most stylish year yet!