THE WAY WE WERE
A look back through 20 wonderful years and thousands of pages of Red
DECEMBER 1998 Red hearts Yasmin
She’s graced the Red cover more often than any other woman, but Yasmin Le Bon first appeared on our Christmas issue in 1998, sporting a healthy slick of white eyeliner.
FEBRUARY 2003 Turning five
To celebrate our fifth birthday, we flew supermodels Cindy Crawford, Yasmin Le Bon and Gail Elliott to Parrot Cay for a dreamlike beach shoot – one of contributing editor Nicola Rose’s favourite Red memories. We even brought their children along for the ride!
APRIL 2003 Fashion goes to Disneyland
The kaleidoscopic Disneyland Epcot proved a dazzling backdrop for the high-voltage looks in the S/S 2003 collections. Never let it be said that Mickey Mouse and high fashion don’t mix.
SEPTEMBER 2006 Let’s go outside
Who says you can’t take the indoors out? Not us! To showcase the best in bathrooms, we set bathtubs among greenery and hung lampshades from branches. Bonkers? Yes. Brilliant? Also yes.
MAY 2003 The new singledom
Red is known as the smart woman’s go-to for thoughtful, intelligent features on topics ranging from coitus to careers. As early as 2003, we encouraged readers to ditch Bridget Jones-style longing for a man and embrace going it alone.
The ultimate gift guide The Christmas gift guide is a Red stalwart and boy, do we go to town. In this shoot, presents spilled from a vintage VW Beetle, teetered on the back of a bike and reached the ceiling of a stately home (well, almost).
JULY 2013 So Sofia
Trailblazing director Sofia Coppola posed for this heavenly summer subscribers’ cover, a moment lifestyle editor Pip Mccormac describes as, ‘The essence of Red distilled into one incredible image.’
DECEMBER 2008 Be our guest
Our first ever guest editor was none other than Nigella Lawson, who said of the stresses of the festive season, ‘We’re not superhuman. Be as forgiving to yourself as you would be to a friend.’ Wise words, Nigella.
MARCH 2012 Speak Up, Save A Life
has been a force for incredible good in its lifetime. In 2012, we launched our Speak Up, Save A Life campaign, raising awareness of domestic violence in partnership with Refuge.
Big band Where to shoot the A/W 2011 trend for 1940s glamour and masculine tailoring? On a Brooklyn rooftop, complete with a six-piece band of models, of course.
DECEMBER 2014 Christmas with the Olivers
Perennial favourites Jamie and Jools paired up for this Christmas cover. We loved it and so did they – Jamie requested a copy of the image to frame and hang in his home.
NOVEMBER 2013 David dodges the question
hit the headlines when journalist Jane Johnson interviewed then-pm David Cameron on the train. His indecisive answer when asked if he was a feminist sent shockwaves through Britain.
Food for thought
In 2016, Red ’s Pip Mccormac launched a search to find the hottest new star of African cooking in collaboration with Harpercollins. Enter Lopè Ariyo, who wowed with her recipes that included jollof cauliflower rice and suya lamb curry. She went on to publish her cookbook, Hibiscus.