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How's 2013 been for you?

Princess Julia reflects on what was and looks forward to what will be!

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Somehow Christmas and New Year gives us the opportunity to reflect on the past, take stock and start planning the year ahead. How's 2013 been for you? Over my way I've been on the fast track to ever starting new projects and setting myself a few new challenges. It's all a learning curve I always say and 2013 saw some seeds of change start to flourish...

As always I've been casting an inquisitive eye over fashion, music and art with some surprising and enlightening results. 2014 kicks off with further developments and it all starts with London Collections: Men on the 6th January, a highlight of the fashion year ahead and our menswear designers really are making groundbreaking statements. Shows I'm looking forward to are - take a deep breath - Lou Dalton, James Long, Bobby Abbley for MAN, Sibling, Christopher Shannon, Richard Nicoll, Nasir Mazhar, Astrid Andersen, Fashion East Menswear Installations, Jonathan Saunders and a debut show for Casley - Hayford amongst others! I'll be djing for James Long at Browns on the 8th January as well! Get yourselves on londoncollections.co.uk/men for the full lowdown.

On the music front I managed to catch Marc Almond at the Union Chapel recently, yes I am a super fan of Marc and yes I think it's quite acceptable to be a fan of your friends, especially when they're so inspiring and prolific! He's been working with Jarvis Cocker and Carl Barat no less, plus the legendary producer Tony Visconti. The result? A four-track EP, track list as follows... Tasmanian Tiger, Worship Me Now, Love is Not on Trial and Death of A Dandy, due for release in early February, pre order here.

I've also been hearing whisperings of the return of pop princess Kylie Minogue, not that she ever really goes away. Currently putting the finishing touches to a new album, no title as yet, I gather she's gearing up for 2014 in style, I can't wait to see and hear what she's been up to. As you see my tastes are eclectic and for a melodramatic moment I popped into Rough Trade in Brick Lane to see John Grant under the tuition of dj Mark Moore from S Express, Mr Grant sporting a rather becoming beard as is the fashion and, in reflective mood, rather movingly, sung his way through his latest work album Pale Green Ghosts and we loved it! 

New band I'm gunning for is Telegram, guitar-laden, energetic and tunefully psychedelic, I've become a loyal follower, expect to hear more from them in 2014, that's one of my tips for the top! 

Now for a bit of art, in between being a bit of a muse myself, lol! I'm always peering in on the art world. Up at the ICA there's a whole lot planned for 2014, including installations Man, Machine and Motion (1955) and An Exhibit (1957) from pop art ledge Richard Hamilton at the ICA itself and original home which is now Dover Street Market and coincides with the Tate Modern's retrospective. 

Makeup is art ain't it and I for one am continually fascinated with the art of makeup. I got a glimpse of MAC's spring/summer 14 looks with mystro Terry Barber and what an occasion that was. Girls think 'slept in Bardot' and a return to radiance... It's a very sexy kind of radiance though if you're wondering. On that note I shall leave you to enjoy the rest of the festive season festooned in glamour!

@PrincessJulia__ x