January Lifestyle Edit, 2021
From an affecting debut novel to the fashion collaboration to covet, here are 10 things to have on your radar this month.
... Gucci x North Face
From fishermen's overalls to jazzed up wellington boots, the start of 2021 will see a sartorial celebration of the great outdoors, and a collaborative collection from this outerwear giant and luxury fashion house arrives just in time. The North Face x Gucci collab was recently revealed after shed-loads of anticipation, and it's just as striking and colourful as we expected. With everything from goose-down puffers to logo-clad accessories and walking boots, expect to see this eye-catching alliance in London's most fashionable parks.
... The Great, Channel 4
Elle Fanning stars as Catherine the Great alongside Nicholas Hoult (who plays her narcissistic husband Peter), in this lavish new series that chronicles her rise to power in 18th century Russia. A dark, satirical and impeccably stylish period drama infused with all the glamour of Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette with all the grit of Yorgos Lanthimos's The Favourite.
Airs Sunday January 3 on Channel 4
... Luster, Raven Leilani
Leilani's debut novel is the sharp, funny and affecting story of a young black woman, Edie, and her awkward slalom through modern life, from becoming entangled in an open marriage to crushed ambitions.
... Patti Smith's 15 minute gig
The epoch-defining punk legend Patti Smith will perform a 15 minute gig along with a new poem this month, to celebrate the end of 2020 and to pay tribute to the NHS. Originally, the performance was set to be screened on a giant electronic billboard in Piccadilly, but is now available to stream online after advice from the Metropolitan police in light of COVID restrictions.
... Aynhoe Park
We have always been fascinated by the curiosities of the 17th century manor house Aynhoe Park - with it's colourful crowds of weird and wonderful taxidermies and hallowed halls of vintage objects. Now, a three-day auction will see many of these pieces auctioned off, set to draw world-wide interest.
... Drunk Elephant face mask
Beauty lovers will be delighted to hear that Drunk Elephant is finally launching its ultimate cult product in the UK. T.L.C Sukari Babyfacial is the ideal resurfacing treatment for ultra-stubborn, dull and uneven skin, there's a reason the beauty community is utterly bewitched by the product.
... the best winter walks in London
Culture Whisper's Holly O'Manohy has selected the nine most beautiful London walks to enjoy this winter, from the frosted grasslands and pergolas of Hampstead Heath, to the wonders of Walthamstow Wetlands.
... Soul, Disney +
Set in the world of jazz, the film follows a middle school music teacher who dreams of playing for a crowd. However, an accident causes his soul to be separated from his body and taken to a centre where souls develop a passion for the unborn child they will embody. An extremely touching, unmissable offering from Pixar.
... Mr Ji, Soho
Inspired by trips to Taipei, Mr Ji's founder has collaborated with the TĀ TĀ Eatery team to re-jig his Taiwanese fried chicken restaurant on Soho's Old Compton Street. Expect brioche-prawn toast, deep-fried chicken bao buns, and an array of delicious cocktails.
Projected opening: 8 January 2021
... The Upside
From mosaic to leopard print, Australian brand The Upside is the workout gear to be seen in now. It’s the brainchild of Australian designer and yogi Jodhi Meares, who believes that versatile and stylish apparel is integral to a great workout.
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