AUTUMN/WINTER V. 1, 2018 November 23, 2018 Alana Francis EDITOR’S LETTER MINE Editor, Astrid Joss, tells us why it’s OK to be style obsessed and what to look out for in our latest issue We have long had an interesting relationship with style. It’s a way toexpress ourselves without breathing a word or making a move. You allowthe eye of the beholder to place you, even judge you, with a single glance.Little wonder so many of us obsess over it. Dismiss it as you will, style isan art form; one that brings joy to many and creates millions of jobs. Soit’s okay to take fashion and beauty seriously. You’d be a fool not to.What I find fascinating is where the industry currently sits. Thechanges have been momentous. Gone are the days, when I started onVogue, when the main luxury style fix was magazines. It certainly made fora straightforward life. Now ‘influencers’ take centre-stage. At first many afeather was ruffled; how I laugh when I think back to how the old-schoolprint lot – including myself – would scoff! But what has emerged areincredible (and credible!) influencers and brands. As a result, magazineshave begun to work differently. Collaborations and partnerships arecommon place and we’re better for it. It’s artistically more interesting andcreatively more challenging, and that’s how magic happens.I’m proud to have worked with Chanel on our Sai Bennett cover shoot.It’s Chanel. Enough said. However (I can’t help myself) I want to shoutfrom the rooftops how fantastic it is to shoot with the A-team. HavingZoe Taylor, makeup artist for Chanel and one of the hottest on the scene,direct makeup was a sight to behold. Her inspiring talent, showcasingA/W makeup trends, can be seen on pages 13 and 34-46. Sai herself is amodern-day exemplar, playing the fame game off the Instagram books.Being cooked for by the unstoppable chef du jour and London’s latestfancy Tom Kerridge was mind-blowing. I adored experiencing his latestrestaurant at Corinthia hotel, which has megawatt style (p68). You’dbetter hotfoot it there before he’s into the next thing!Less down to earth, more reaching for the heavens, is Hetty Chidwick’sbling. See what’s trending on page 16. And for fashion trends we’regraced with the fabulous ex-Vogue retail editor Virginia Chadwyck-Healey’s take on the essentials that will never go out of style (page 30).Finally, congratulations to my dear friends at By Appointment OnlyDesign on the long-awaited launch of their new home fragrance collection(page 54). It brings style to your home, which is what they do best.So have a good read and let me know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you!Enjoy!