RE­LAX, RE­STORE, RE­BOOT!

Red - - EDITOR’S LETTER -

Wel­come to the first is­sue of the freshly minted brand new year. I al­ways par­tic­u­larly en­joy our Fe­bru­ary ‘Hap­pier, fit­ter you’ is­sue with its bril­liant Re­boot con­tent, thought­fully cu­rated as ever by health di­rec­tor Brigid Moss. (If you are suf­fer­ing the New-year blues at all, please do read Sarah Knight’s ode to dar­ing au­da­ciously and not giving a damn on page 142. Re­ally, it’s a tonic.) Plus, we proudly present the Red Spa Spe­cial, the theme of which, this year, is heal­ing (af­ter some of the shocks and tur­bu­lence of 2016, who isn’t crav­ing a lit­tle ten­der phys­i­cal and spir­i­tual re­pair right now?). Turn to page 87 for far-flung emo­tional res­cue cen­tres and the lat­est in high-tech medis­pas.

On the fashion front, it can feel like an oddly coun­ter­in­tu­itive month for shop­ping, with the stores caught be­twixt rails of wilt­ing party dresses and the first spring drops. Un­sur­pris­ingly, it is quite the best time of year to detox your wardrobe and when it comes to re­boot­ing your look, there is no bet­ter place to start than with some new jeans. I joined a cou­ple of

Red’s fear­less fashion edi­tors to brave the seem­ingly im­pen­e­tra­ble wall of denim out there in Lon­don’s jeans em­po­ria. The re­sults were a rev­e­la­tion (page 16).

When it comes to the plea­sure of reading, there are few things I like bet­ter than to de­vour a piece of per­fect pro­file writ­ing, when it feels like there could be no bet­ter au­thor on earth to cap­ture their sub­ject. This is­sue boasts some ge­nius pair­ings from Mi­randa Sawyer on poet Lemn Sis­say, to Lorien Haynes on cover star Jan­uary Jones, to Dolly Alder­ton’s en­counter with Kirsty Young, which made my heart sing. Plus, on page 22, Red meets the re­doubtable fashion de­signer Amanda Wake­ley, whose ca­reer is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a new creative high (ab­so­lutely noth­ing to do with the leather trousers de­ba­cle). I hope you love them as much as I do.

Ballerina Kate Byrne in­spired Amanda Wake­ley’s new col­lec­tion, page 22; Sarah Bai­ley finds the per­fect pair of jeans, page 16

Shop the lat­est spring trends on page 26

Edi­tor-in-chief SARAH BAI­LEY

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