Inside this week's ES Magazine: The irrepressible rise of Tems

 (ES Magazine)
(ES Magazine)

It’s the morning after our Pride party so please be gentle. First things first: a big thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate the launch of last week’s Pride edition guest edited by Donatella Versace.

As you’ll see on p14, it was a quiet affair but a special night for lots of reasons: we took over the iconic Soho gay pub Admiral Duncan, which 25 years ago was nail-bombed in a horrendous homophobic attack; it’s a reminder that Londoners can never be complacent, we all need to keep standing up for queer and trans rights. Looking around the room also made me think how dull our city would be without its amazing LGBTQ+ community. Happy Pride everyone.

On with this week’s issue... Tems should need no introduction. She’s already collaborated with Beyoncé, Drake and Rihanna, been nominated for a Grammy, a Golden Globe and an Oscar — but she’s only just getting around to releasing her debut album.

Honestly, some people have no drive. Elsewhere, we pinpoint the central issue young people will be voting on come 4 July (it’s housing btw, or the lack of it); ahead of Father’s Day, Emily Phillips runs through the bizarre new breeds of dads; we get a travel masterclass courtesy of superstar DJ Honey Dijon; and there’s a My London with the legend Jane Fonda. Oh, and a brilliant interview with designer Charles Jeffrey as he marks 10 years of his label, Loverboy, with a major show and exhibition at Somerset House — actually, we’re co-hosting his launch party. I might need some more Nurofen.