Red Magazine - - Editor's Letter -

Fash­ion and de­sign are cycli­cal. What was once con­sid­ered avant-garde be­comes con­ven­tional. Some even ac­quire the sta­tus of a clas­sic, sim­ply rein­ter­preted to fit in with the times. Not all past trends are worth re­liv­ing, though, and bring­ing back a look or a style from by­gone eras doesn’t mean copy­ing it from head to toe.

Eric Paras’ workspace, for ex­am­ple, has an old-fash­ioned charm to it, es­pe­cially since it is within a post-war house. Yet the fur­ni­ture designer has also made his per­sonal space feel fresh with mod­ern-day de­sign el­e­ments that work well with the vin­tage feel. Read how he cre­ated a taste­fully eclec­tic at­mos­phere in our squaRED story on page 12. The mod­ern-meets-the-past aes­thetic also marks the re­vival of the famed Dodie Thayer table­ware, this time done in col­lab­o­ra­tion with designer Tory Burch. The re­sult: beau­ti­ful glazed plates, bowls, and cups that look as re­fresh­ing as spring (de­siRED, page 8).

The ’70s is also experiencing a re­vival, but keep those polyester bell-bot­toms hid­den at the back of the closet as the decade’s come­back in­volves the softly fem­i­nine look. Makeup artists give their spin on the ’70s-rem­i­nis­cent beauty in our ed­i­to­rial start­ing on page 20, and also pick up ideas on how to in­te­grate the vel­vety suede—a ’70s fash­ion hall­mark—into the con­tem­po­rary wardrobe.

The low-key Paola Zo­bel is beau­ti­ful, no doubt, but what makes her even more com­pelling is her ded­i­ca­tion to all of her pas­sions. Not only is she an equestri­enne, she is also a busi­ness­woman run­ning a restau­rant in Cadiz, Spain that is fre­quented by power bro­kers and so­ci­ety fig­ures. Es­sen­tial beauty rit­u­als help her keep on top of things, but she also shares some of her life hacks in ad­miRED on page 19—no doubt tried, tested, and proven through time.

Look­ing to the past for in­spi­ra­tion is a good thing, as long as we don’t get lost in it. Af­ter all, as corny as it sounds, the present a gift to be en­joyed.

Ria Pri­eto

@ri­a­pri­eto: #Throw­back to a chance en­counter with Bill Cun­ning­ham

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