As this is­sue went to press, I was in Paris at­tend­ing the re­cent ready-to-wear sea­son. While nor­mally I would be in the of­fice over­see­ing the fi­nal re­vi­sions to each page as they are sent to the printers, this time the fi­nal flip of the ‘book’ and last-minute changes were done on my phone via Face­Time with my team in Syd­ney. Oh, how things have changed. When I first started at­tend­ing the shows in the 1990s, the then editor would have pages and pages of the mag­a­zine proofs sent via fax to her ho­tel. She would read them in the car in be­tween shows and spend hours on the phone – I imag­ine at great ex­pense – call­ing the of­fice in Syd­ney in the mid­dle of the night to talk the art di­rec­tor and deputy editor through her changes. The dig­i­tal age has in so many ways made print pub­lish­ing eas­ier.

To­day in Paris, I met with Vic­to­ria Beck­ham to dis­cuss her up­com­ing trip to Aus­tralia, thank her for this beau­ti­ful cover (the fourth fea­tur­ing the de­signer since I have been editor), and view her lat­est col­lec­tion. I al­ways find my­self hav­ing a sneaky shop dur­ing the Vic­to­ria Beck­ham re-see. Her clothes are beau­ti­ful.

Writer Tim Blanks has wit­nessed Vic­to­ria’s trans­for­ma­tion from pop-star roy­alty to se­ri­ous de­signer from the be­gin­ning, and his in­ter­view high­lights that 10-year jour­ney, one we also cel­e­brate. The ac­com­pa­ny­ing beau­ti­ful im­ages were cre­ated thanks to a close and trusted re­la­tion­ship be­tween our fash­ion di­rec­tor Chris­tine Cen­ten­era and Vic­to­ria. Vic­to­ria told me to­day: “Only for Chris­tine.” By which she means that un­der Chris­tine’s di­rec­tion she is will­ing to wear looks she mightn’t oth­er­wise. The re­sult­ing pho­to­graphs speak for them­selves and show Vic­to­ria in a fresh new light.

With real roy­alty, care of the Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex, and fash­ion roy­alty, care of Vic­to­ria and her hus­band David, all ex­pected in Aus­tralia to­gether this month, there will no doubt be a me­dia frenzy. At Vogue we felt it was also im­por­tant to high­light in this is­sue why they are ac­tu­ally here. To that end, we pho­tographed the ex­tra­or­di­nary Aus­tralian fe­male ath­letes who will be com­pet­ing at the In­vic­tus Games in Syd­ney. We’ve also told the sto­ries of these re­turned ser­vice­women in a pow­er­ful video that I en­cour­age you to watch on Vogue.com.au and share with the hash­tag #ThanksForServ­ing.

This month, we will also re­spect­fully ac­knowl­edge 100 years since the end of the World War I, the war that was to end all wars, but which un­for­tu­nately did not. The women and men who have bravely served this coun­try then and since of­ten re­turn with scars you might not see but can im­pact for a life­time. The In­vic­tus Games brings hope, fo­cus and friend­ships that can change their lives for the bet­ter. It be­came ap­par­ent while work­ing on this fea­ture that the strength and com­pas­sion of the ath­letes’ fam­i­lies and their sup­port net­works is es­sen­tial, and so we also thank the car­ers for their love and self­less ef­forts, too.

Vic­to­ria Beck­ham in ‘ The Vic­to­rian era’, from page 146.

Vogue ed­i­tors-in-chief with Vic­to­ria Beck­ham in her show­room. From left: Chris­tiane Arp (Ger­many), Ed­wina McCann and An­gel­ica Che­ung (China).

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