It’s the shortest month, but there are so many amazing things to see, do and buy this month that it is sure to be busiest. Here’s your stylish guide to the month ahead.
- Go to the Theatre. There are so many must see performances/shows this month that you may have to sit down and replan that diary. The musical ‘Shoes’ is back at London’s Peacock Theatre from the 8th February, a must see for anyone with a shoe closet! Kiera Knightley and Elizabeth Moss make ‘The Children’s Hour’ the hot ticket to beg, steal or borrow (from 9th February at The Comedy Theatre), whilst The Royal Opera House is showing ‘Anna Nicole’, based on the tragic and tawdry life of Guess jeans and Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith.
- Get to a gallery or museum. There are so many amazing exhibitions this month, taking place all over the country. For those in the Midlands, there is the fantastic Film/POP exhibition which explores the links between the ‘Pop Art’ movement and the world of movies. This is taking place at Wolverhampton Art Gallery until May. There is also the ‘domestic Glamour’ exhibition that is currently housed in the Lighthouse Arts Centre in Wolverhampton. A series of photographs by Monica Fernandez showing ordinary women putting on their make up and doing their hair, you can send your own photographs to Maria if you would like to be a part of the on-line slide show. ( www.domesticglamour.com). Moving further South, The Fashion Museum in Bath will reflect Royal Wedding fever with its Wedding dress exhibition, which starts 14th February. Also well worth a look is the Rankin exhibition for The National Portrait Gallery that explores ideas of beauty, by using photographs of women aged from 18-80. This will be showing for just one night, Friday February 11th, so put the date in your diary.
- Check out one of the many new fashion collaborations to hit stores this month. 2nd February sees the launch of the 4th Uniqlo/J+ collection, the fabulous Jil Sander collection for the High Street chain. Also launched this month is Biba Brides for House of Fraser, a series of soon to be iconic wedding dresses that are named after celebs ( the Daisy…the Alexa…), and the second Barbara Hulanicki collection for George. I have had a preview of this and love the calf length Midi dress with the stripy sleeves! This launches on the 14th February in stores, this is also the day of the unveiling of the new designer at Debenhams Editions line, featuring Roksanda Illincic, Preen, Jonathan Saunders and Johnathan Kelsey.
- Enjoy the Red Carpet. February is the month that awards season frenzy goes into overdrive. The Baftas and The Grammys take place on February 13th, whilst the biggie – The Oscars- is all set for Sunday 27th February. Expect to see presenter Anne Hathaway in some stunning dresses.
- Check out what’s happening in Selfridges. To celebrate the opening of the new Leighton Denny nail bar, free nail consultations are available during February in Birmingham. If you’re in Manchester, you could enjoy ‘The Beauty Banquet’, with mini makeovers, live music and refreshments.
- Enjoy a romantic, and ethical Valentines Day. February 14th may be the most romantic day in the Calender, but this year it is also the day of the launch of the fairtrade/fair mined gold hallmark. From this date, you could trace the source of your ethically sourced gold right back to its mine. So, if you decide that the gift of gold is your fancy, make sure it is fair trade. Or, why not wear your heart on your bag. Vivienne Westwood’s handmade heart tote/shopping bags have been handmade in Nairobi using recycled materials, and support the Ethical Fashion Africa Project.
- Countdown the days to London Fashion week…but if you can’t get there, make sure you go to London Fashion Weekend instead. Taking place at Somerset House when LFW ends, this is a fashionistas shopping paradise, with catwalk shows, goodie bags and major discounts on designer lines. For tickets – check out the London Fashion Weekend website.
Enjoy your month poppets!