1. We welcome the return of the female pop duo...
Beau: Childhood best friends Heather Golden and Emma Rose mix rock, folk and a bit of soul to create the ultimate odes to friendship. Look out for their debut album, That Thing Reality, in March.
Channel 4’s luscious drama Indian Summers returns to our TVs this February. Look out for 24-year-old London actress, Aysha Kala – she’s the star of the show and was the winner of the Bafta Breakthrough Brits Award. Prepare to be mesmerised.
6. Enter Utopia
It’s the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s classic novel, Utopia – a tale of the ‘perfect’ island and its religious, social and political implications. Somerset House is marking the occasion with an event (19-23 February) featuring works inspired by the book from emerging international fashion designers, including Lasha Devdariani and Futraspective.
7. Dine with Jackson & Levine
ELLE Food Editors Laura Jackson and Alice Levine (above) have cooked for Jamie Oliver, are writing their first book (out in 2017), and this month they’re hosting a feast of locally sourced seasonal fare at an exclusive supper club (26 February, £40). Second helpings are guaranteed. Contact email@example.com for tickets.
8. Pin your identidty
Baseball jackets covered in badges appeared on the SS16 catwalks at Marc Jacobs so it’s suddenly a trend again. Get ahead by adding scatterings of pins to a jacket right now.
9. Have a spring clean
Never has there been a better excuse to clear out your wardrobe. Give Up Clothes For Good is a clothing collection partnership between Cancer Research UK and TK Maxx, and it raises funds for the treatment and cure of childhood cancers. Drop off unwanted garments in the special boxes provided in TK Maxx stores nationwide throughout February.
10. Just Janis
Before there was Chrissie Hynde, or Patti Smith, or Joan Jett, there was Janis Joplin. The documentary, Janis: Little Girl Blue (in cinemas 5 February), is a stunning portrait of the spirited soulstress who died at just 27, featuring beautiful archive footage of the singer throughout her career.
11. Tilda Vs. Tilda
It’ll be all eyes on Tilda Swinton (below) this month as she returns with two new films. Be ravished by her in the stylish thriller A Bigger Splash (12 February), a story about an ageing rock star co-starring Dakota Johnson and Ralph Fiennes. Then chuckle atthe Cohen brothers’ new comedy Hail, Caesar! (4 March) about Hollywood in its heyday, with an all-star cast including George Clooney and Channing Tatum.
12. New grazing spot
Artist Damien Hirst reopens his Nineties restaurant Pharmacy, which was the fashion world’s favourite hangout and the scene ofmany a debauched evening. It’s now the Pharmacy 2, in Vauxhall, London. How will Kate Moss and her crew cope with travelling south of the river?
13. Superwomen of the world unite
To mark International Women’s Day (8 March), here’s what you need to know about the new Wonder Woman, played by actress Gal Gadot, who also stars in this month’s Batman v Superman (in cinemas 25 March). Not all superwomen wear capes, but this one does. 1. She spent two years in the Israel Defense Forces as a fitness trainer. 2. She was 2004’s Miss Israel. 3. She owns a black Ducati motorbike. 4. She’s the face of Gucci’s Bamboo fragrance. 5. She plays volleyball, tennis and basketball. Yes, she’s officially super.
14. Twin for the win
From the twins on the runway (Ruth and May Bell, Giulia and Camilla Venturini, the list goes on) to the off-duty dress-alike moments spotted on the street, duplicates have become the most unexpected of Insta-trends. That means it’s now perfectly OK for a grown woman to dress like her bestie – in the world of street style, anyway. Just don’t go too literal. Grab a girlfriend, buy a vaguely matching look, be bold and go forth.
15. Bionda Castana x L.K.Bennett
After teaming up with a model (Laura Bailey) and a street-style star (Caroline Issa), going full-on designer seemed like a natural progression for L.K.Bennett, which reveals its collaboration with Bionda Castana in stores this month. A little bit playful and every bit covetable, the 20-piece collection dreamed up by Natalia Barbieri and Jennifer Portman, the founders of Bionda Castana, comes with their signature ladylike scallops and lacing in raspberry-jam checkerboard prints. The designers say they created it with a clear muse in mind: ‘[She’s] elegant in a non-conventional way.’ Yes, that’s you.
16. See, Follow, Snap
Eva Chen @evachen212
Alex Stedman @thefrugality
Tina Leung @tinayilayleung
Tamu McPherson @tamumcpherson
Danielle Bernstein @weworewhat
Imaan Hammam @imaanhammam
Edie Campbell @ediebcampbell
Greta Varlese @greta_varlese
17. Use this fashion lexicon
‘SLAY, QUEEN’ Verb: To unequivocally own or monopolise a look.
WORDS: Kenya Hunt and Lena de Casparis