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The CF To-Do List: October

Your monthly cultural crib sheet compiled by Citizen Femme.

Designed for cosmopolitan globetrotters – based anywhere from London to New York – we’ve rounded up the best exhibitions to see, the films to watch, and the events to catch in your chosen city this month.

Photography by Sebastian Nevols

The Tragedy Of Macbeth, Almeida, London

Saoirse Ronan makes her UK stage debut as Lady Macbeth, alongside James McArdle, in Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth at the Almeida. Directed by Yaël Farber, this “elemental production about a world in transformation, the shadows in all of us, and one couple’s spine-chilling quest for power” is all but sold out; however, there’s still a window of opportunity to get tickets. The final batch of tickets (for performance from 8 – 20 November) will go on sale from 18 October – make a note in your iCals now.

La Chimère Collection, haute couture Fall-Winter 1997-1998 © Alan Strutt

Thierry Mugler, Couturissime, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

Featuring 150 outfits, created between 1977 and 2014, Thierry Mugler, Couturissime retraces the work of Thierry Mugler, “a singular artist who has revolutionised the worlds of fashion, haute couture, and perfume throughout his distinguished career”. Presenting iconic fashion photos by the industry’s top talents – including Guy Bourdin, Karl Lagerfeld, and Helmut Newton – alongisde key pieces, Mugler has also lent numerous sketches and research material to the exhibition, offering visitors further insight to his creative process. A must-see show.

Paloma (Ana De Armas) in Cuba in NO TIME TO DIE, a DANJAQ and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film. Credit: Nicola Dove © 2019 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

No Time To Die, Worldwide

If you’ve yet to see the latest Bond instalment, No Time To Die, then we suggest you get thee to a cinema, pronto. The film, starring Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux, Ana de Armas, Ralph Fiennes, and Naomie Harris, smashed UK box-office records its opening weekend. With Phoebe Waller-Bridge brought on board to inject the script with her trademark offbeat writing style, viewers can expect revitalised Bond patter – wittier, more nuanced and of the times. Plus, with this being Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007, there’s even more reason to catch No Time To Die whilst it’s in cinemas.

© The Metropolitan Museum of Art

In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion, The Met, New York

This year’s main Costume Institute exhibition, In America: A Lexicon of Fashion, will be presented as a two-part exploration of fashion in the United States. Part one – which is currently on display – is organised into 12 sections – Nostalgia, Belonging, Delight, Joy, Wonder, Affinity, Confidence, Strength, Desire, Assurance, Comfort, and Consciousness – i.e. the “defining emotional qualities” of American fashion. Though this year’s exhibit is more pared-back than past, more theatrical exhibits, it’s content is no less engaging. Part two, In America: An Anthology of Fashion, will open in the American Wing period rooms on May 5, 2022 and will “present sartorial narratives that relate to the complex and layered histories of those rooms”. We recommend booking ahead for both.

GUCCI Circolo Pop-Up, Shoreditch, London

Gucci Circolo Shoreditch takes up residence in a GG-monogrammed building, by renowned architect Sir David Adjaye, in East London. Plotted on the corner of Chance Street, the building was originally designed as a private home and studio for artists and today plays host to a store-cum-event space, which promises visitors a wholly immersive Gucci experience. Beginning with the Gucci 100 collection, created by Alessandro Michele to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the house, the store’s ground floor also features a bespoke bookstore stocked with one-of-a-kind tomes curated by David Owen, of IDEA Books. Next, dive into their upstairs Listening Lounge, where a collection of records curated by Gucci’s musical friends await your perusal; you’ll also find the Gucci Café on this floor if you’re feeling peckish/thirsty. Head down to the newly opened space today to discover it for yourselves.

Restore at Fora, London/ Online

Restore at Fora is a 10-day wellness festival for the mind, body, and soul. Featuring expert advice from leaders in contemporary culture, delving into their approach to wellness, sign up today to attend in-person as well as online events between the 10-21 October. We’ve already booked in to two talks: Bittersweet – Jessie Cave and Pandora Sykes in Conversation and Fireside Chat with Dr Alex George and Shareefa J. Take a look at their full listings here to see what takes your fancy. All profits from ticket sales will be donated to YoungMinds, the UK’s leading mental health charity for children and young people.

Feature image: Jerry Hall – Nouveau-Mexique, 1995 Campagne publicitaire du parfum AngelCollection Superstar Diana Ross Prêt-à-porter printemps-été 1991 © Manfred Thierry Mugler

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