The Best Moments of the Decade
We’re nearing the end of a decade, looking back at we’ve gained and lost as well as our favorite moments is only fitting. I haven’t had as much time to write as usual but I wanted to look back at some lovely moments over the last decade.
Usually I start with books but not this time. I’m beginning with weddings: the royal wedding of the decade. Watching Prince William marry his college sweetheart Kate Middleton was lovely, their wedding incorporated family throughout the ceremony. The Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress was stunning. It was definitely one of the most gorgeous wedding gowns of all time. So I think this was the most iconic royal wedding of the decade.
In February 2010, the fashion world lost Lee Alexander McQueen. It was a devastating loss. I thought he was a fashion genius, he really pushed boundaries and his designs often defied convention but that’s what we loved about his work. The brilliant Sarah Burton is now creative director of Alexander McQueen and she keeps Lee McQueen’s artistic vision alive.
Some books that stood out over the decade are Zadie Smith’s NW and Swing Time. Ali Smith’s seasonal quartet series: Autumn, Winter, Spring are utterly beautiful. I can’t wait for Summer. Ali Smith’s How to be Both is one of the most thoughtful books I’ve ever read, it is brilliant and clever every way possible. I firmly believe she should’ve won the Man Booker and no one can convince me otherwise. Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West is such an important novel that I had to mention it. Reading Deborah Levy’s books has been a true joy. I’ve read Hot Milk, Things I Don’t Want to Know, The Cost of Living, and The Man Who Saw Everything. I couldn’t choose just one book as they were all brilliant.
Films: Roma. It was stunning. I thought it was honest, thought-provoking and one of the best films I’ve seen in the last ten years. I’m sure there are plenty of other films but this one was my favorite.
One of my favorite moments of the decade was Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. I was beyond thrilled as I long believed this would happen.
I’m going to begin 2020 reading Booker Prize Winner Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other. Wishing all of you a Happy New Year!