A is for… Anna Sorokin
B is for… Bottega Veneta
After Daniel Lee’s surprise Bottega Veneta exit, the Italian house promptly appointed Raf Simons’s protégé Matthieu Blazy in his stead. Stay tuned for the fashion world’s verdict on his debut during the autumn/winter 2022 collections.
C is for… The Candy House
Jennifer Egan returns with The Candy House on 28 April, a novel set in the world of tech that will feature key characters from her Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad.
D is for… The Dorchester
It’s a big year for London hotels, with Raffles set to open its first British property in the Grade II-listed Old War Office building in Whitehall and private members club and hotel The Twenty Two launching on Grosvenor Square. Meanwhile, The Dorchester will undergo a major renovation, with Martin Brudnizki reimagining the hotel bar.
E is for… Elvis Presley
Austin Butler will gyrate his way towards an Oscar nomination as the King of Rock ’n’ Roll in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic, out 24 June. Also bringing to life an ill-fated American icon on the big screen? Ana de Armas, who will make her Netflix debut as Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik’s adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’s Blonde.
F is for… Ferrante mania
Maggie Gyllenhaal’s adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s The Lost Daughter, starring Olivia Colman and Dakota Johnson, hits Netflix in time for the new year. Also due out this spring? In the Margins, the Italian novelist’s reflections on her struggles and triumphs throughout her illustrious career.
G is for… The Gilded Age
Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes returns with The Gilded Age, another sumptuous period drama set in the Manhattan of the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts.
H is for… Hanya Yanagihara
Following her bestselling 2015 novel A Little Life, the T editor drops her long-awaited follow-up, To Paradise, on 11 January – an epic that ranges across 200 years of alternative American history between 1893 and 2093.
I is for… Ikebana
One way to do more with fewer blooms: study the Japanese art of ikebana, with workshops available at the London branch of Tokyo’s Sogetsu institute. Need to stock up on some tools? Head to the newly opened Niwaki on Chiltern Street, an exquisitely curated boutique devoted to gardening and floristry implements from Japan.
J is for… Joséphine Bonaparte
After dominating headlines with The Last Duel and House of Gucci this year, Ridley Scott returns with a Napoleon Bonaparte biopic in 2022. Joaquin Phoenix – who last worked with Scott on his Oscar-winning epic Gladiator – will star as the French general in Kitbag, while Jodie Comer will appear as Empress Joséphine.
K is for… The Korean wave
If you binge-watched Squid Game, listened to Blackpink on repeat, or shed a tear over Minari’s powerfully understated conclusion in 2021, make a point of visiting The V&A’s Hallyu: The Korean Wave when it opens this September. The landmark exhibition will celebrate the best of South Korea’s dynamic pop culture across both fashion and the arts.
L is for… Laila Gohar
Chef Laila Gohar has turned dinner parties into high art; in 2022 she’s finally launching Gohar World, a collection of her own homewares, including plates by Laboratorio Paravicini and glasses by Ted Muehling.
M is for… Martinis
After more than 18 months of questionable at-home mixology, we’re leaning into the classics: namely, ice-cold martinis. Of course, the Connaught Bar serves one of the best martinis in London from its dedicated trolly, while Christina’s Shoreditch now offers an oyster shell martini, and Three Sheets has a beetroot-infused “earth” option. If you’re a confirmed lightweight, try Tayēr + Elementary’s dirty “one-sip” martinis, while Silver Lining’s “marTiny” is the equivalent of a cocktail appetiser. Prefer to spend the night at home? Stock up on canned freezer martinis via Whitebox.
N is for… NFTs
One of 2021’s biggest surprises: the rise of NFTs, with everyone from Kate Moss to the British Museum getting on board the trend. The next British icon to get the “non-fungible token” treatment? Banksy, specifically his early work “Gorilla in a Pink Mask” in Brighton, with an auction set for early next year.
O is for… Oslo
Following the opening of the 13-storey Munch Museum, the Norwegian capital will launch its 50,000-square-foot National Museum this summer; the largest gallery in the Nordics, its vast permanent collection will include Munch’s “The Scream”.
P is for… Phoebe Philo
For team #OldCeline, the return of Phoebe Philo with her own eponymous label is without question the biggest fashion event of the year.
Q is for… The Queen
Her Majesty will become the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum jubilee in 2022. In honour of the occasion, the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are due to exhibit a series of photographs taken of the young monarch by Dorothy Wilding, which served as the basis of the Queen’s likeness on stamps until 1971.
R is for… The Roaring Twenties
The pandemic may have made drinking moonshine in a speakeasy impossible, but you can at least visit the National Archives, which opens The 1920s: Beyond the Roar on 21 January, filled with ephemera ranging from lonely hearts ads to ’20s fabric swatches by Chanel, along with a full-scale recreation of the Soho nightclub The 43.
S is for… Sustainability
The biggest (and most important trend) in fashion this year by far: the demand for brands to go beyond greenwashing and make real sustainability commitments.
T is for… Tatale
Named after a plantain-based dish, Akwasi Brenya-Mensa’s brilliant supper club Tatale takes its inspiration from west Africa’s so-called chop bars: bustling roadside stalls where all are welcome. From this January, the Ghanaian chef and world-renowned DJ will bring his Pan-African cuisine to a 50-cover restaurant at The African Centre, with signature dishes including jollof couscous and cassavas bravas.
U is for… Urban Farming
The demand for hyper-local produce means urban farms are set to crop up everywhere in the year ahead. Get ahead of the trend by paying a visit to Sitopia Farm, which recently launched its regenerative agricultural project in Greenwich, and join the waitlist for their deliveries of spring greens and British flowers now.
V is for… Van Gogh
Forget immersive Van Gogh displays. From 3 February, The Courtauld Gallery will stage the first-ever exhibition of the “The Starry Night” painter’s most remarkable self-portraits, including Self-Portrait as a Painter (1853-1890) and Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear (1889).
W is for… Wet Leg
Isle of Wight-based duo Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers – aka Wet Leg – have gone from strength to strength since dropping their languorous “Chaise Longue” this summer. This April sees the indie darlings release their first LP, also titled Wet Leg, with a UK tour scheduled to begin the same month. Get tickets for their performance at Koko in London while you still can.
X is for… XS minis
Consider yourself forewarned: skirts this year have been miniaturised. Miuccia Prada memorably revived the daring Noughties trend during Miu Miu’s spring/summer 2022, and where Miuccia goes…
Y is for… Y2K icons
Stretchy chokers, boot-cut everything, velour tracksuits… For better or for worse, the Y2k trend is going nowhere in 2022 – and neither are the original queens of low-rise jeans. Britney Spears is getting married in Versace; Paris Hilton is trying for a baby; and Lindsay Lohan is reviving her acting career with a Netflix rom-com. Fetch.
Z is for… Zadie Smith
Following her pandemic essay collection, Intimations, Zadie Smith has turned her hand to adapting Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath for the stage, reimagining the medieval parable in 21st-century London – specifically an old NW10 pub. Take in a performance at the Kiln Theatre (until 15 January) – where actual pub tables have been set up within the stalls – before reserving tickets for her performance with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican on 22 April.