The Rake’s Women’s Issue comes but once a year, though like Christmas it has been in our diary for several years now. The great thing is that again we have had no shortage of women about whom we have been able to wax lyrical. At the centre of it is our feature on women in design, compiled and written by Fiona McCarthy, who has no equal in this particular subject matter. Fiona has chosen to highlight women from different areas of design (for example, jewellery, interior design and board games), and we hope it portrays the breadth and depth of talent that women bring to their métier.
Elsewhere, we kick off proceedings with profiles of two different but distinctly rakish women. Ava Gardner and Diana Vreeland were both trailblazers in their own right, with one reinventing the idea of the Hollywood screen idol, and the other transforming the use of fashion and design in the media.
Our regular columnists are back with their various escapades, and we are also delighted to have interviewed Jeremy King, the legendary restaurateur whose unceremonious removal from his restaurant empire (by what Stephen Fry called the “greedy, soulless and mean”) left London pining for him for some time. But King has emerged from the ashes to tell the writer Stuart Husband about his trio of new establishments soon to open in the capital.
We hope this issue helps get the year off to a good start for you. It is an Olympic year and a year of important elections, and, as a result, a year with the potential for fear and doubt. Open these pages and let the positivity and the light emerge.
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