From Marni mania to medal ceremonies – here’s what to look out for in the year ahead.
2012 is Diamond Jubilee year, prompting a series of sparklingly patriotic events, including an exhibition of intimate portraits of Queen Elizabeth II by society photographer Sir Cecil Beaton, featuring many Vogue sittings (Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton, The V&A, from 8 February). The royal hoopla culminates in an especially long Bank Holiday weekend on 2-5 June.
In the archives
Every page of every edition of American Vogue since its debut in 1892 has been installed online in a searchable archive. The bad news: a year’s archive subscription costs $1,575 (£1,017). The good news: a limited version will be made available to Vogue magazine subscribers this year.
Marni for H&M
The next smash-hit high-street collaboration is H&M’s hook-up with the Italian brand Marni. We can’t wait to get our hands on Marni’s signature clashing prints and patterns – at a fraction of the usual price. Pitch your tent on the pavement now for the launch on 8 March.
The London Olympic Games
From Tom Daley in the pool and Shanaze Reade on her BMX through to Sir Chris Hoy in the velodrome and Jessica Ennis and Phillips Idowu on the track and field – Team GB will be going for gold from the moment the 2012 Olympic Games kick off on Friday 27 July. A host of medals are available on the final day of Sunday 12 August, but all eyes will be on the marathon – will this be the year home favourite Paula Radcliffe finally wins an Olympic medal?
The release of The Great Gatsby
Baz Luhrmann’s big-screen adaptation of The Great Gatsby could be the perfect Christmas Day treat – the release date has been named as 25 December. The Australian director’s film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel, reportedly being shot in 3D, stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Gemma Ward – to name but a few. Let’s hope it’s not a turkey!