I like to think of January not so much as an entirely fresh start – because, let’s face it, it never is – but more of a triumphant comeback. The return of a Me 2.0 to work, school, side projects or life in general.
This is probably because most people slink home for the Christmas and New Year period ready to get 12 hours of sleep a night, watch bad Vince Vaughan movies and eventually get round to evaluating their lives with the disconcerting free time. Here’s some of my favourite comebacks from the worlds of fashion, film and I suppose, real life to give you the nudge you need.
Burberry check: The defining fashion of 90s council estate “chavs”, Burberry didn’t exactly have an easy time in the PR arena. But now, with ever more beautiful Christopher Bailey designed trenches and macs coming out of Burberry Prorsum every season I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t love some Burberry outerwear to make them feel warm and fuzzy.
Pick up any monthly mag and you’ll see plenty of fashion reinventions too – if you look stylish in 2013, old photos of past fashion mistakes can’t really hurt you. Let us know in the comments which fashion reinventions amuse you the most.
Celebrities: They’re all at it – Robert Downey Jr, Mickey Rourke, Jennifer Aniston, even Britney Spears gives it a shot every six months or so. Famous people do much more embarrassing things than we do in front of much more people – if this lot can make a comeback then I’m pretty sure we can.
Comeback Movies: It’s a little lazy but where would cinema be without the story arc of characters reinventing themselves or coming out on top by the closing credits? Some of Style and Then Some’s favourites include: Groundhog Day, Confessions of a Shopaholic (Isla Fisher is very good), and of course Rocky. Cue montage music.
And some comebacks we’re looking forward to in 2013:
David Bowie: He contributed to the Olympics Closing Ceremony with his song Fashion soundtracking the odd section which saw Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Lily Cole and others prance around in British designer womenswear without Bowie actually turning up to perform. Now he has a new album out entitled ‘The Next Day’ and a big V&A retrospective ‘David Bowie is’ opening on 23rd March though a tour is still being ruled out.
Natural faces: A comeback in the sense that this must have been the natural order of things before humans starting daubing their faces with powders and paints, I loved Sophie Caldecott’s piece on the upcoming beauty revolution not least because it would free up so much time for women to get on and do something rather than making their faces, and hair, the number one priority all the time. Plus I have it on good authority that men don’t like to be surprised when they first see a girl with zero make-up on, might as well let him know what he’s in for.
Arrested Development: One of those incredibly funny US shows which was cancelled by HBO before gaining a cult following via DVD and the web, Arrested Development promo shots for the new season have already surfaced. Michael Cera’s first awkward role, clever in-jokes for you to discover on repeat viewings and tons of celebrity cameos – the new episodes will be shown in May, on Netflix, and a full-on film is also rumoured.