NEED TO KNOW: JANUARY
Get ready for 2016 and all the excitement a new year brings – from the latest television shows and albums to niche magazines. And, of course, awards season, aka, the longest red carpet ever.
FOR YOUR BODY
Dear Lifers (we can call you Lifers, right?), it’s a new year so January’s What’s On naturally focuses on how best to start 2016 and regain your energy after the holidays. The obvious place to start? Where you are, in your home. Let’s see, did you perchance get any facial massage rollers as a gift? We sure hope you did, since they are the new thing everyone’s talking about in skincare. Because this is the dark and dreary season for many of us, facial massage sure sounds like the perfect remedy! For the more energetic of us, there are tons of great new fitness apps, like Lark, Waterminder or Pocket Yoga, which are all available for the Apple Watch.
FOR THE BED BOUND
Yes, yes. Sometimes we all just want to stay under the duvet. The good news is that there are plenty of reasons to stay duvet-covered. On 24 January, X-Files returns for a mini series! Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny reprise their roles as Scully and Mulder, and maybe, just maybe, we’ll get all the answers this time! Before that though, it’s time for some ubiquitous Kardashian Klan presence, as Khloe Kardashian’s TV chat show Kocktails with Khloe starts on 20 January. But for the ultimate in guilty pleasure viewing, look no further than the first of two new Real Housewives series, the first one being The Real Housewives of Potomac, premiering on 17 January.
FOR THE MEN (AND THE #MENSWEARDONTCARE CROWD)
Menswear month kicks off with London Collections: Men on 8 January. Craig Green is still a hot ticket, as well as Grace Wales Bonner, who has quickly made herself a name on the London scene. In addition, Tom Ford is also showing his menswear on a catwalk for the first time. In Paris, all eyes are on Raf Simons now that he has left Christian Dior and can focus completely on his own label. Also, don’t miss out on the street style from Pitti Uomo, 12-15 January, where South Korean designer Juun.J is the menswear guest and Marco de Vincenzo the featured womenswear designer.
FOR THE STARS
Awards season is upon us again, and we are bound to see a veritable red carpet walk-off by celebrities galore. It all kicks off on 10 January with the Golden Globes, again hosted by Ricky Gervais, after three years of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler amazingness. The stars are holding their breath, though – Ricky is known for his acerbic take-downs. Fast forward to 17 January for the Annual Critics’ Choice Awards and then to 30 January for the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Phew! Questions abound: Will Gucci steamroll the competition on the red carpet? Or will this finally be the year when celebrities start taking cues from Björk and turn up in Walter Van Beirendonck? Only time will tell.
FOR YOUR MIND
Just picture yourself on your favourite sofa. You are reading a magazine you’ve never read before, possibly Sabor – the first issue of this food magazine is about Paris and the “waxing and waning relevance of French cuisine”. Or why not Wildling, a magazine for seekers of adventure – even those who happen to have kids, as the magazine sees itself as the place for the truly modern family. You also put on some new music. Is it the new David Bowie album, Blackstar, out 8 January? Or perhaps the 1990s Britpop favourites Suede, who return with Night Thoughts on 22 January? For something more contemporary, the choice is clearly all-girl rock group Savages, and their sophomore effort Adore.
FOR THOSE WHO VENTURE OUT
Staying in is all good, but if you do go out or travel, there are plenty of things to see. In London, the Saatchi Gallery puts on Champagne Life to celebrate 30 years in business – the gallery’s first all-female exhibition opens 13 January and you can expect names like Jenny Saville, Paula Rego, Tracey Emin, Alice Anderson and Phoebe Unwin. Another tip is to take the last chance to see Victoria & Albert’s major show Shoes: Pleasure and Pain. It closes on 31 January. A more unexpected alternative is to go to Tokyo where the annual calligraphy exhibition opens with Kanji You Can Feel andTOKYO “SHO” 2016: Japanese Calligraphy Today on 4 January.
FOR THE FASHIONISTA
If you are starved of fashion at the end of the month, haute couture in Paris starts on 24 January!