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How to have a high-brow 2015 in fashion

Banish FOMO. Here’s what you need to diarise now to make 2015 your most stylish and cultured year ever


Fortitude press
Photograph: Press

Last time Sofie Grabol was involved with a gruesome TV murder series, the fashionable landscape was transformed by that jumper. Her new series, heading to Sky Atlantic in the New Year, sees Grabol play Hildur Odegard, governor of the Icelandic town of Fortitude. Grabol’s cute gamine crop and fur collars look to be nicely set off by all that snow. Watch closely, and not just to find out whodunnit.

(Screening date TBC)


Keira Knightley in The Imitation Game
Photograph: Allstar/BLACK BEAR PICTURES

The Oscars are coming! Can Jennifer Aniston do a Matthew McConnaughey, and win a gong for her breakthrough post-candyfloss role, in Cake? Will Keira Knightley be rocking red-carpet maternity, for The Imitation Game? Or will Patricia Arquette revive our Boyhood-induced girlcrush? Get your DVD revision nights booked in now, so you can be all-knowing on the night.

(Oscars February 22nd)


Alexander McQueen
Photograph: Martin Godwin/Martin Godwin

It’s been a long time coming, but here it comes: Savage Beauty, the Alexander McQueen retrospective which broke box office records during its run at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, arrives in McQueen’s home town with an opening at the VA in March. Book your tickets now – and be sure to check in online on what is sure to be a spectacular red carpet, on opening night.

(14 March – 19 July VA)


Chloe Sevigny
Photograph: Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic

Looking for a companion piece to Alexa Chung’s visual autobiography, It, to sit between those House of Hackney bookends? The wait is over: Chloe Sevigny is collaborating with the gorgeous-coffee-table-book powerhouse that is Rizzoli for a “Chloe Book”. The book – which Sevigny herself disarmingly noted in a recent interview “sounds really narcissistic and annoying” will be a scrapbook of images and ephemera tracking Sevigny’s look back all the way to the seminal days of ‘Kids’.

(April 2015)


Beyonce arrives at the 2014 Met Ball
Photograph: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

The Met’s annual costume exhibition is a game of two halves. The click-bait part is the opening night Met Ball; the highbrow part is the show itself, which sets the dress code for the party. This year’s show is entitled “China: Through the Looking Glass” and is already stirring up controversy on opposing fronts. Eyebrows have been raised on the Upper East Side about the theme being picked for commercial, global-sponsor-friendly reasons rather than highbrow curatorial ones. There are concerns, also, that the dumbed-down, red carpet version of Chinese style will be, as Jezebel put it, a bit chopsticks-in-the-hair. Frocks and controversy? Yes please. The gala is to be co-hosted by Marissa Meyer, Jennifer Lawrence, Wendi Deng and Anna Wintour. Put May 4th in your diary to scroll through some sure-to-be-entertaining pics.

(Exhibition opens May 7)


Lionel Richie
Photograph: Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images

Hello? Is it me you’re looking for? Of course it is! Lionel Ritchie takes a baton passed on by Dolly Parton, with the teatime slot at Glastonbury on Sunday. And everyone knows that it’s the festivals which set all the summer trends, these days. So what will it be: the moustache and mini-goatee? The crucifix necklaces? Evening pottery classes? Whatever – count us in. All night long.

(Sunday 28 June)


Audrey Hepburn
Photograph: Norman Parkinson/PA

In a world where the moniker ‘style icon’ is woefully overused, the National Portrait Gallery will remind us what the real deal means with ‘Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon’, which opens.. Hepburn’s image is rarely more than a click away, in fashion – if we had a Mount Rushmore, those perfect cheekbones and eyebrows would surely be carved into rock. This exhibition will trace her image from an early career as a chorus girl, through the dreamlike Givenchy years – look out for that gorgeous Norman Parkinson portrait, standing in an Italian arbour of bougainvillea, in a rose ballgown – via the knowing, almost parodic elegance of 1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany, to Hepburn’s work as a humanitarian later in life, before her death in 1993.

(Opens July 2nd)


British sculptor Barbara Hepworth
Photograph: Fox Photos/Getty Images

Save yourself the six hour car journey. This summer, St Ives is coming to London with Tate Britain’s major retrospective of Barbara Hepworth. Hepworth’s ovoid, feminine sculptures and organic, textural contrasts have always been beloved in the fashion industry. In 2013, Peter Jensen staged a Hepworth-inspired collection at the Hepworth Wakefield gallery. For spring, Jaeger designer Sheila McKain-Waid names Hepworth as a key inspiration for Jaeger’s first 2015 collection. Keep a sharp eye out for artist portraits: Hepworth’s own in-studio style – think mid-century Margaret Howell – was fabulous.

(24 June – 25 October)


Jackson Pollock at work
Photograph: David Lefranc/David Lefranc/Kipa/Corbis

Fashion and Jackson Pollock have history: it is now 63 years since Cecil Beaton shot models in pastel ballgowns posing for the March 1951 issue of Vogue, against a backdrop of Jackson Pollock paintings at the Betty Parsons gallery in New York. Pollock was a reference for Alexander McQueen’s spring/summer 1999 catwalk show, in which two robots fired paint onto a dress being worn by Shalom Harlow. With fashion moving away from nostalgia and into a phase of experimentation and abstraction, the Tate Liverpool’s summer exhibition Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots (30 June – 18 October) may well reverberate onto catwalks well into 2016.

(30 June – 18 October)


UKIP Leader Nigel Farage
Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Start planning your Halloween costume right now. 2015 looks set to have no shortage of bad guys to reference. Depending on how the election goes in May you could go mainstream Panto-baddy with a Nigel Farage look. If the Spectre rumours look set to be true (see: November) you could borrow a white cat and jump the 007 gun with a Blofeld look. If you were one of the lucky ones who scored tickets to Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet at the Barbican, a Claudius get-up is the perfect excuse to drop that fact into party conversation. At the time of writing, Kim Jong-Il costumes were looking timely. But if anyone asks, we totally didn’t suggest that, OK?

(Halloween October 31st)


The cast of Spectre, the new James Bond film
Photograph: Jonathan Hordle/REX/Jonathan Hordle/REX

The 24th James Bond film, Spectre, will be autumn’s major popcorn-moment when it hits cinemas. Daniel Craig has hinted of a shift away from shoot-em-up action towards the kooky Bond films of the 1960s, with their oddball villains. (Christoph Waltz might even be bringing Blofeld back.) We’re excited for the locations – Morocco, Mexico, Austria, Italy, to name just a few – for the return of Naomie Harris as Miss Moneypenny, and for Monica Bellucci as a modern, age-appropriate Bond girl (at 50, she is 4 years older than Craig.)

(Cinema release November 6th)


Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly
Photograph: Guy Levy/BBC/Guy Levy

The Strictly Come Dancing final is the most glamorous Saturday night of the year by a country mile. Sequins and St Tropez spray-tans still rule on the dance floor, but the advent of an all-female presenting team has seriously upped the style stakes. Tess, Claudia and Zoe reflect a polished version of contemporary, mainstream glamour back at audience: the series 12 wardrobes of Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman reflected how the jumpsuit has become a go-to Saturday night look. (Daly’s jewel-collared Pucci jumpsuit and Winkleman’s purple DVF were highlights.) Sit back and be dazzled.

(Last Saturday before Christmas)

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