What To Look Forward To In 2014

EXHIBITIONS, new music and films – 2014 is set to be a good year indeed if the array of fashion and arts activity is anything to go by.

There are many changes a foot in the fashion industry – just how will Nicolas Ghesquière’s vision translate at Louis Vuitton? Who will succeed Emma Hill at Mulberry? Aside from designer moves, we have four long-awaited store openings to look forward to, including Christopher Kane and Victoria Beckham.

We’ll see newcomers dominate our catwalks, screens and iPods, but who to look out for? We’ve compiled our definitive chart of what and who to look forward to in the next 12 months – so diaries at the ready, see Vogue UK’s guide to the coming year below:

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01 / 12 – Designer Moves

2014 will see many of this year’s big designer announcements play out. In Paris, the big news is still Nicolas Ghesquière’s appointment at Louis Vuitton – his first show for the brand will debut for autumn/winter 2014-15. Alessandra Dell’Acqua will take the reins at Rochas after the brand’s former creative director left to join Schiaparelli. LFW star David Koma will take on Mugler, revealing his debut offering for the brand in June, and JW Anderson will bring his sharp, modern luxe to Loewe. Meanwhile in Milan, Jeremy Scott will add his stamp to Moschino as its new creative director in February. And then to London – who will replace Emma Hill at Mulberry? Although Sophie Hulme and Erdem have both been mooted as potential suitors, the brand has cancelled its February London Fashion Week show as the search for a design head continues. We’ll also be keeping an eye on the Burberry catwalk next season, as Christopher Bailey takes on the role of chief creative officer and CEO, having recently replaced business-minded powerhouse Angela Ahrendts.

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02 / 12 – Music

Expect UK tours from some of the world’s most established and exciting emerging artists – from Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake to Brit trio London Grammar. Make sure you listen out for King Krule, a 19-year-old singer-songwriter who has punk-like, acerbic disillusionment down to a fine art; Los-Angeles-raised Banks, known for her moody, husky electro sound; Sam Smith, whose acoustic melodies have already won him the Critics’ Choice 2014 Brit Award; and also New Yorker Nicolas Jaar, who creates melancholic, slow, left-field electro that makes you feel as if you should be sitting in an intimidatingly cool bar in Berlin.

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03 / 12 – Exhibitions

The next 12 months promises a host of unmissable exhibitions. The Victoria & Albert Museum will showcase some of the world’s most iconic wedding dresses in Wedding Dresses: 1775 – 2014 (May 3 2014 – March 15 2015), before later in the year looking at the influence of Italian style in The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 – 2014 (5 April 2014 – 27 July 2014). The Barbican will host the first ever dedicated Jean Paul Gaultier retrospective, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, from April 9 2014 until August 17 2014, while the National Portrait Gallery will focus on the work of photographer David Bailey in Stardust – featuring more than 250 images – from February 6 until June 1. In the art world, the colourful works of Matisse will be displayed at the Tate Modern from April 17 until September 7, ahead of Marina Abramovi?’s residency at the Serpentine Gallery – which opens in the summer.
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04 / 12 – Theatre

Spend these cold winter evenings either at the theatre or booking tickets for the many forthcoming productions taking place in London this year. The RSC’s dramatisation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall is on until March, before the show we’ve reluctantly been waiting for opens the same month – I Can’t Sing! The X Factor Musical, by Harry Hill and Steve Brown. This coming spring will also see Trevor Nunn bring Fatal Attraction to the stage for the first time, staged at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Over at the National, prepare for the reopening of its Cottesloe Theatre – which has been closed for a year – and redeveloped as the new Dorfman Theatre.

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05 / 12 – Sporting Highlights

As Brazil plans to stage the 2014 World Cup from June 12 to July 13, prepare for a renewed focus on its fashion talents – last season, the British Fashion Council brought eight London Fashion Week favourites to the country’s shores to ensure that our homegrown designers have a presence there. And, while Brazil may have the monopoly on football, Wimbledon still belongs to Scottish-born tennis champion Andy Murray, but can he hold his title for a consecutive year?

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06 / 12 – Changing Careers

New year, a new job – at least that’s what two of fashion’s most beautiful faces have in mind this year. Cara Delevingne will throw herself into her film career this year, with new roles in Kids In Love – an British independent film out in 2014; The Face Of An Angel, directed by Michael Winterbottom and inspired by the Amanda Knox case; as well as the cinema adaptation of Martin Amis’s novel, London Fields, alongside Amber Heard and Jim Sturgess. Emily Ratajkowski – who found fame starring in Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines music video – is also set for a career change, having been cast in the film version of Gillian Flynn’s novel, Gone Girl, with Ben Affleck.
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07 / 12 – Books

From the informative to the fictional, there is no shortage of must-reads coming over the next 12 months. The photography of Dennis Hopper and William Burroughs will both be spotlighted in two new books, respectively entitled The Lost Album and The Photography Of William Burroughs. Vogue will expand its book series with a new addition focusing on fashion’s most beautiful gowns, to be released in the summer. The life of late artist Harriet Burden will be retold in The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt – a compilation of journal entries, memories relayed by her children and academic reviews of her work. Those searching for escapism should look to Ripper by Isabel Allende – a crime page-turner that you won’t be able to put down – and the final in Hilary Mantel’s award-winning trilogy, The Mirror And The Light.

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08 / 12 – Brits Making It Big

2014 is set to see a new generation of British designers reach even headier heights, after a series of investments from luxury conglomerates such as LVMH and Kering. Christopher Kane and Nicholas Kirkwood have bought been bought by LVMH, while JW Anderson sold a minority stake to Kering. Mary Katrantzou is also tipped for big things – her recently launched debut e-commerce platform is a precursor to her first standalone store, although no date has yet been set.

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09 / 12 – Opening Shop

Three of London’s most famous talents are set to open their debut British flagships this year – Christopher Kane, Victoria Beckham and Roksanda Ilincic will all unveil new retail spaces in London’s Mayfair. In March, Karl Lagerfeld will open the doors to his first standalone store in the capital on Regent Street –his largest European boutique to date, spanning an impressive 2,700sq ft.
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10 / 12 – Film

Hype is already building around next year’s most anticipated films. If the Golden Globe nominations are anything to go by (usually thought to pre-empt Oscar wins), then 12 Years A Slave, about a man kidnapped into slavery, and American Hustle, a comedy starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, will both sweep the award ceremonies, having each received seven Globe nods. Other films to look forward to are Wolf Of Wall Street, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a New York stock broker; the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewelyn Davies, featuring Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake; August: Osage County, with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts; and Gone Girl, the cinema version of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling mystery novel of the same name. For those looking for something lighter, Disney has two new releases – Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie as the villainous title role; and Into The Woods, featuring Meryl Streep as a witch, Johnny Depp as a wolf and Anna Kendrick as Cinderella. Also watch out for Lea Seydoux’s forthcoming role in a new Saint Laurent biopic, in which she plays Loulou de la Falaise.

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11 / 12 – Newcomers

Which names to keep an eye on next year? In terms of designers, we’ll be focused on the rising trajectories of Stella Jean; protégée to Giorgio Armani and one of last season’s most talked-about emerging labels; Sophia Webster, whose feminine, candy-coloured shoes fly off shelves faster than its stockists can meet demand; and Huishan Zhang – the most recent winner of the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize, an accolade that will only increase his momentum for 2014.

In the model world, Malaika Firth is set for even bigger things in 2014 – with a Prada and Burberry campaign under her belt, her ascent will only rise. Other names to note include fellow Premiere model Sarah Douglas (more commonly known in the industry as Doug) and Scottish beauty Jean Campbell, who appeared in Vogue’s October issue and is one of Burberry’s spring/summer 2014 campaign stars.
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12 / 12 – A Vogue Year

Get ready for one of Vogue’s biggest years to date in 2014, not least because of the third Vogue Festival on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 March – which promises even more than its two predecessors – stay tuned for details of its star line-up. Miss Vogue will return not once, but twice, accompanying the the April and October issues; and, last but certainly not least, Kate Moss will make her debut as a contributing Vogue fashion editor. Amid working with Topshop on a new collection (launching in April), she’s been busy styling her first self-directed fashion shoot – to be unveiled in a forthcoming spring issue.