Red - - Editor’s Letter - Ex­ec­u­tive edi­tor SARAH TOMCZAK

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

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