IT’S TIME TO PARTY!
I take celebrations very seriously (as my long-suffering husband will attest!), so I knew this, Red’s 20th birthday issue, had to be our biggest, proudest moment yet. It started with Red’s creative director, Philippa Williams, and me imagining our dream cover. ‘It should be Fearne Cotton, the quintessential Red woman,’ I ventured. ‘She should be in Paris,’ Phil added. ‘Wearing tulle!’ I whooped. ‘It’s her Sex And The City moment!’ Clichéd? Maybe, but also irresistible. Fearne, Paris and Emma Freud, who interviews her on page 36, were all as glorious as we’d hoped.
Our brilliant features editor, Natasha Lunn, shared my unerring passion for the making of this issue, and has gathered the most incredible array of women within its pages – from Emma Thompson to Amma Asante, Tina Brown to Romola Garai and Annie Lennox to Joan Armatrading. The two pieces I can’t stop thinking about are Molly Rosen Guy’s beautiful, poignant memoir on losing her dad on page 62, and Heather Havrilesky’s reflective wisdom on page 51. On what she wishes she’d known at 20, Havrilesky says, ‘I wish I knew I could just exist instead of always working so hard, and I would still be good enough.’ Hers is a manifesto to live by.
Oh, but there’s so much more! Like the for ever pieces on page 100, worn by our favourite Red women; the brands of the moment as seen on our Instagram crushes on page 114; our collaboration with Sisley to find the perfect red lipstick on page 124; Ottolenghi’s ultimate autumn menu on page 146; Dominic West talking infidelity with Sophie Heawood on page 72. There’s even 20% off some of our favourite brands (from J.crew to Decléor, page 175).
When Red launched back in 1998, Kath Brown, the editor at the time, called it ‘a magazine that respects your intelligence and also puts a smile on your face’. I sincerely hope we have managed to stay true to that over the past two decades. We love creating this magazine for you every month. I hope it brings you just as much joy.
LEFT: Instagram influencer Freddie Harrel shows us how to wear this season’s sleeves. BELOW: delicious new ways to use berries. RIGHT: radiant Fearne makes Paris her own