Get your calendars ready
Are you, like us, struggling to come to terms with the fact that the holiday period is over and work has resumed once again? No? Just us? Well, either way, the good news is that the year is only three days in and there are already big fashion moments to look forward to in the coming months. From TV shows and exhibitions to new collections (obviously), here are some of the highlights of 2018 that you won’t want to miss.
THE MET BALL
After last year’s Comme des Garçons-dedicated exhibition, the Met Museum in New York announced that this year’s show would focus on Catholicism. Entitled Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, the exhibition is set to include work by Catholic designers like Riccardo Tisci, John Galliano and Gianni Versace. You might already be wondering what attendees will be wearing to the Met Ball on May 7. Will host Rih turn up wearing a giant crucifix? You’ll have to wait and see.
AZZEDINE ALAÏA’S FINAL FAREWELL
It is safe to say the fashion world is still mourning legendary designer Azzedine Alaïa. While those close to him said goodbye at an intimate ceremony in Tunisia held over the holidays, those who didn’t attend can take comfort in the fact that there is an exhibition dedicated to his legacy opening in London at the Design Museum on May 10. With 60-looks curated by Alaïa himself, it is definitely one not to miss.
AMERICAN CRIME STORY
After first being announced in 2016, this year will finally see the debut of the second season of American Crime Story – set to focus on the events around Gianni Versace’s murder. With Penélope Cruz playing Donatella and Ricky Martin as Gianni’s lover Antonio D’Amico, the show will air on January 17. And if that wasn’t enough from the Italian designer, there’s also a retrospective dedicated to his work opening in Berlin on January 30.
PHOEBE PHILO’S LAST COLLECTION FOR CÉLINE
At the tail end of last year – just when you thought it was safe to relax – Phoebe Philo announced that her upcoming AW18 collection for Parisian house Céline would be her last. After design highlights over the years that have included laundry bag-inspired looks and those furry Birkenstocks, fans of Philo’s work will no doubt be looking forward to seeing what the last collection will hold.
VIVIENNE WESTWOOD IS STARRING IN A DOCUMENTARY
A question you might often find yourself asking: Is there anything Vivienne Westwood hasn’t done? Over the years the legendary designer has gone beyond design to campaign extensively for the environment and her political beliefs. Now, Westwood is branching out into film – starring in the first feature-length film about her. Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist will be directed by Lorna Tucker and will include interviews with friends and collaborators as well as the Dame herself.
VETEMENTS’ RETURN TO THE RUNWAY
Admittedly, it was only a short break but Vetements’ presence was definitely missed from the fashion week schedule when it decided to present a ‘no show’ for SS18. After the announcement that the label would be returning to the menswear schedule during PFW, it will likely be pulling out all the stops for its grand(ish) reprise. Well somebody has to try and top the Chanel rocket…
THE V&A’S FASHION EXHIBITIONS
After exploring the legacy of Balenciaga last year, the V&A’s main fashion exhibition in 2018 will look to nature for inspiration. Fashioned by Nature will explore sustainable works created by brands as well as looking into the damage that the textile industry has on the planet. Elsewhere at the museum, there will also be an exhibition that will explore the wardrobe of iconic artist Frida Kahlo. Titled Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, it will be the first to feature items belonging to Kahlo outside of Mexico.
THERE WILL BE A MAISON MARGIELA RETROSPECTIVE
Martin Margiela, the designer who is as influential as he is anonymous. As the man who notoriously doesn’t do interviews, or give any insight into his design legacy, those desperate to know about archive Margiela will be glad to hear the retrospective that was first announced last year is finally opening. Curated by Olivier Saillard along with the man himself, the exhibition – opening on March 3 – will focus on work from the SS89 collection to SS09. Little is known on what else to expect, but there will no doubt be Tabis galore.