RELAX, RESTORE, REBOOT!
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