Actress: Lily Collins
Les Misérables star Lily Collins currently gracing our screens on BBC1 every Sunday night – and we couldn’t be more impressed with her visceral portrayal of the tragic Fantine. 2019 looks set to belong to her: next up from Phil Collins’ daughter is a gritty thriller about serial killer Ted Bundy (Zac Efron) Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile; and circus drama Halo of Stars alongside Holliday Grainger and Stacy Martin.
Album: Sharon Van Etten
Sharon Van Etten’s fourth album, Remind Me Tomorrow, is released four years after Are We There – her most acclaimed album to date. In the intervening years, she’s gone back to school, had a child and won plaudits for her first acting role in Netflix’s The OA. The life experience shows – this is her most ambitious and experimental album yet. Look ahead to March, when she’ll play both the Roundhouse and the Royal Albert Hall.
Out on 18th January
Event: Couture Shows
Couture week may not be as firmly on your radar as the bi-annual fashion events, but it should be – taking place in Paris in the final week of January, it’s an opportunity for top design houses to really show off. Expect impossibly glamorous offerings from usual contenders, including Chanel, Valentino and Giambattista Valli, and look out for an offering from Hedi Slimane at Celine – no one’s quite sure if he’ll stick to his couture promises after the disastrous reception of his debut show last season. Either way, we’ll be watching…
This season, draw inspo from The Vampire’s Wife, Batsheva, and the feminine aesthetic of other emerging labels by channelling the prairie trend. But billowing, floral print styles that wouldn’t look out of place in a Laura Ingalls Wilder novel don’t have to cost a fortune; Insta brand M29 is creating similar styles for a lot less, and the fashion pack are already sold. So new you can only order through IG messenger, everyone will be asking where you got it.
Exhibition: Van Gogh
This major exhibition – which opens in March – brings together 45 works by Vincent van Gogh to reveal how he was inspired by Britain and how he inspired British artists. Some of his most famous works will be brought together from around the world – including ‘Shoes’, ‘Starry Night on the Rhône’ and ‘L'Arlésienne’. The exhibition also looks at the British artists who were inspired by Van Gogh, including Francis Bacon, David Bomberg, and the young Camden Town painters. Make sure to book ahead now.
If you’re not already following Aussie blogger Yan Yan Chan on Instagram, you should be. With a penchant for girly separates, tonal block colours and quirky accessories, she highlights the under-the-radar labels from down under that are worth having on your feed – all while giving you a masterclass in posing, naturally.
Opening: Din Tai Fung
This superlative steamed bun emporium has been crafting its world-famous delicacies since the 1970s. The slick Michelin-starred Taiwanese restaurant’s new Henrietta Street outpost offers a selection of the group’s signature dishes, including its world-famous xiao long bao (steamed pork dumplings) made with a delicate dough skin, which is then pleated, twisted at the top and steamed. Comprising at least 18 folds, every bun passes through six separate stations manned by a different team of dim sum chefs. Further must-trys include the six-hour steamed chicken soup and shrimp fried rice.
Book: The Art Of Life Admin by Elizabeth Emens
Elizabeth Emens was a working mother with two young children when she realised that life admin (planning a party, buying a present, filling out paperwork) was consuming her. Desperate to survive and to help others along the way, she gathered favourite tips and tricks, admin confessions, and the secrets of admin-happy households. Drawing on her research, Emens shows how this form of labour is created and how it affects our lives; how we might reduce, redistribute and even prevent it; what 'admin personalities' we might have; and how to deal with admin in relationships.
It only takes a couple of big Instagram names to propel a brand into the mainstream and previously unknown label Daphine is the latest to benefit from the power of the 'gram. Their small capsule selection of gold bangles, hoops and necklaces have been a hit amongst everyone from Monikh to Alexis Foreman, with the coolest girls doubling up on the cult Oli ring to declare a statement return to the chunky jewellery trend.
Fragrance: Jo Malone
One of our favourite fragrance houses has added a new scent to its range. Part of Jo Malone’s Cologne Intense collection, Bronze Wood & Leather has to be up there with our favourite to date. Housed in a cool, masculine-inspired bottle, this is a smoky, edgy scent that can be worn alone or layered on top of others to create a particular mood or style for women and men alike. We like to combine it with Wood Sage & Sea Salt for a fresh woody fragrance.
Netflix: 7 Days Out
Witness the excitement and drama behind the scenes in the seven days leading up to major live events in the worlds of sports, fashion, space and food in Netflix’s latest docu-series. While we loved episode one – the Westminster Dog Show – the highlight has to be the Chanel show, which follows creative director Karl Lagerfeld as he prepares for the spring/summer 2018 couture show. Directed by Andrew Rossi, the man behind The First Monday in May, this is a must-watch for fashion fans.
Podcast: The Collector's House
Lulu Kennedy (the woman behind Fashion East), Alexa Chung, Richard Quinn, Skye Gyngell, Molly Goddard, Luella Bartley and Lucinda Chambers are just some of the guests to feature in Matches Fashion’s new-ish podcast The Collector’s House. Within each 45-minute listen, the chosen guest talks through a series of important objects in their lives and a discussion on the things that inspire them most. Fascinating stuff.