Agenda: YMC and Clarks Originals; Solange Knowles; John Grant; Most Important Cats of 2012

 

Fashion: New life for old loafers

Start the New Year with a spring in your step – the latest collaboration between the hip London label YMC (it stands for You Must Create) and Clarks Originals is proof that you can tweak a classic. The footwear brand’s iconic Chukka desert boot is remade in supple tan and chocolate leather, while loafers come in zingy azure blue, atop the traditional crepe sole. From £89, clarksorginals.com

Face to watch: Solange

Beyoncé’s hipper younger sister shares her mononymous status but not yet her superstar reach – though thatmight be redressed in 2013, with her stunning EP “True” released on 7 January ahead of a new album.

Lexpionage: Me-tox, n.

A period of intense self-regard, usually undergone in January following a December of intense self-loathing, during which one prattles on about the exclusion of alcohol/biscuits/bonhomie from one’s diet.

Social networking: Match the tweet to the star

Mary Beard, Tamara Ecclestone, Frank Ocean, Christine Hamilton

1. Taking the frog in my thoat 2

2. Notice in post office "customers who need assistance shd ask a member of staff for help" go figure.

3. Word of the day: philautia

4. Looking forward to throwing my sisters surprise birthday party tonight

Answers at the bottom of the page

App watch: Pong World

We expect you’ve had more than enough organised group entertainment by this fag-end point in the festivities – and therefore might be looking for an antisocial yet compelling entertainment option, such as this 40thanniversary update of the Atari bat-and-ball classic. Free from iTunes Store

On the radar: Because some things are still worth getting excited about…

Music: John Grant

How to follow an album as heart-stopping as 2010’s Queen of Denmark? Well, the Denver songwriter has gone electronic for single “Pale Green Ghosts”, and it bodes brilliantly for March’s sophomore LP. bit.ly/RpqcTH

Interiors: Giant year planner

If you’re truly concerned with remembering what you’re supposed to be doing, then forget dog-eared calendars and invest in this mahoosive marker-penable 125cm by 117cm wall sticker. purlfrost.com

Internet: Most Important Cats of 2012

Because, The New Review’s aside, no end-of-year round-up truly registers the pulse of 2012 better than this top 30 of the funkiest, French-est and most fearsome felines. bit.ly/TVjhjp

Match the tweet: 1. Christine Hamilton; 2. Mary Beard; 3. Frank Ocean; 4. Tamara Ecclestone

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