Traditionally the seasonal urge is to hibernate, but here at PHOENIX we relish the winter, it’s far more suited to fashion than the flimsy days of high summer. Welcome to the Hearts Are Wild issue.

Our root theme this issue is ecology and the environment, so in our inimitable way we’ve looked at it from every angle. You’ll find AW13’s key trends flora and fauna expressed in our shoots, we’ve got an instigative report into traceability in the retail industry, and because it’s not all serious we’ve rounded up a few four-legged (and in some cases, winged) models to work accessories. Connecting with nature is also about connecting with ourselves as humans, and we couldn’t ignore those most primal of urges: love and sex.

You’re going to fall for our cover interview star Philippe Cousteau Jnr, an explorer (how many of those do you meet every day?) and oceanographer, whose Hollywood looks have also made him a natural choice as conservation’s new poster boy.

The informed ramblings of our Culture section editors is a bit like being invited to a dinner party with the best in the business; Stuart Semple on Art, Edith Bowman on Film, Disastronaut on Music, Abby Tarttelin on Books.

Wrap up warm and take a walk on the wild side.

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Portrait series: Pageant of the Species


A Life Aquatic – Philippe Cousteau Jnr talks environmental campaigning and the complexities of building on his family heritage

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Against the Grain – tailoring’s eclectic new mood

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Fallen angels in The Lady is a Vamp

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Christian Cooke melts hearts as Mercutio

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Totem – sub-tropical glamour 

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