AS A STUDENT of classical mythology, I was introduced to Janus, worshiped by the ancient Romans as the god of all beginnings as well as the god of exits and entrances. A “janus” was a ceremonial gateway in Rome through which mighty armies once marched. In paintings, sculpture and on coins, the god is represented by a double-faced head, which is thought to be looking forward and looking back.
Speaking of science fiction, the new film, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” is poised to influence our fashion choices for 2016. Says fashion critic Vanessa Friedman in The New York Times, …”I would look out for (in no particular order, and in both men’s and women’s wear): the return of sand tones; the rise of the flight-suit variation of the jumpsuit; distressed leather; pleated drapery beyond Fortuny silks; and tailored kimono dressing.”