I love the start of a new year. I’m always so full of hope that things will be better than the year before and that my annual horoscope will predict that wonderful things are in store for me. Of course, my love for January is enhanced by the fact that it’s my birth month – and no matter how old I get, I do love a good birthday party!
This month, I’ll be traveling around the world in my dreams. I’ll be seeing fashion in Berlin, a Diva in Las Vegas, a twisted classic in Sydney and putting my best foot forward in Toronto. Busy busy busy – so let’s get to it!
January 15th – 20th, 2013
When it comes to arts, literature and now fashion – Berlin is a city with a lot of buzz. I visited Berlin in 2002, and the energy around the arts scene was picking up speed – now, 10 years on, it is officially the go-to city for young artists, writers and designers. Cities like Paris have a classic, timeless appeal – but I’d like to see the up-and-comers at Berlin Fashion Week.
Through to March 16, 2013
Maybe it’s because I’m Canadian…maybe it’s because I’ve lived in Montreal for the last 12 years…maybe I’m just a sucker for a good love song. Whatever the reason, this year I’d like to spend my birthday (!) at the Coliseum at Caesar’s Palace watching Celine Dion work the stage. Some slots, some sun, some ‘My Heart Will Go On’ – now that’s how you celebrate a birthday!
January 11th, 12th, 14th and 15th at Sydney Town Hall
The Sydney Festival runs from January 5th – 27th and brings a wide variety of music, theatre, dance and visual arts to locations across the city. A highlight this year – and the reason why I dream of jetting across the globe this month, is the Semele Walk at Sydney Town Hall.
The Semele Walk is a modern take on Handel’s 1743 opera. Based on Greek mythology, the opera is a lesser known work – and is rarely performed (even in ‘classic’ staging). In Sydney, Semele returns as a 20th century punk – and who better to design the costumes for the production than Vivienne Westwood. The movement and energy of Westwood’s clothes should add a vibrancy to the opera – and I’d love to attend the tactile tour of the sets and costumes that is being hosted on January 15th. Seeing Westwood’s clothing on stage would be wonderful – to get to touch the costumes? A dream.
The Bata Shoe Museum, Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection
Through to April 7th, 2013
When the winter blues set in and I’ve grown tired of trudging around in my boring winter boots, escaping into the world of Roger Vivier’s work would be the perfect way to restore energy and get myself excited about the world of footwear beyond the waterproof variety. The Bata Shoe Museum’s exhibition ‘Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection’ features a series of events that are a draw, including ‘The World of Dior’ on January 27th. I’ve always enjoyed museums, but love having the opportunity to learn more about the business and history behind the designer’s work. Teaming up with the Royal Ontario Museum, Dr. Alexandra Palmer (Senior Curator) will explore the history of the Dior label, the licensing business and how Roger Vivier’s designs contributed to the firm’s success.
What are you dreaming of seeing or doing in January 2013?