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Thursday 31 December 2015

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Clean up your act

Monocle suggests a New Year’s resolution for the US Republican candidates currently trailing in the polls: get back in the race by getting back in the headlines. Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie and the rest of the candidates sidelined by the Donald Trump circus had glimmers of promise before the whole thing took a nosedive into the muck. The trick, however, is to assert themselves in a way that restores a semblance of dignity to the campaign, which means leaving the fearmongering at the door.

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Stay wild, Turkey

Rather than going easy on the sauce in the New Year, Ankara might want to make a resolution to kick back a little. Increasingly strict regulations on alcohol sales have meant the customary bottle of tipple is missing from many of the New Year baskets that Turks give as gifts to mark the season. Industry leaders in the country’s nascent wine industry report a good year for exports but tighter regulation of alcohol marketing is making their job difficult. We can vouch for a few of their labels such as Suvla, which is a clear sign of Turkey’s ambition in the sector.

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Canadian facelift

Unpopular as it may be to splash the public purse on politicians’ homes, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau should make 2016 the year he renovates the official residence of the head of government. A part of Rideau Hall is currently empty because of structural concerns but this is an opportunity for Canada’s wealth of architecture and design talents to give the country a prime minister’s residence of which it can be proud.

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Get back to business

The fashion industry’s year can be characterised by one word: drama. And we’re not even talking collections. Alexander Wang left Balenciaga, Raf Simons and Dior parted ways and Lanvin dumped Alber Elbaz after 14 years. Meanwhile, Reed Krakoff and Jonathan Saunders both shuttered their labels and Band of Outsiders came to an end. And while endings can promise exciting opportunities for both brands and beloved designers, after a year of turmoil we think the industry should try to keep the surprises on the runway.

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