It’s a dazzling line-up of women of particular brilliance that makes up the autumn and winter 2018 edition of The Gentlewoman, with the visionary French filmmaker Agnès Varda topping the bill – photographed at her home on rue Daguerre in Paris by Alasdair McLellan and profiled inside by Holly Brubach. Accompanying Agnès in this eighteenth issue are Sandra Oh, the Korean-Canadian actor killing it on TV; the fearless documentarian Deeyah Khan; and the one-woman electro rock-opera superstar Peaches. Scintillating conversations of the now abound with women of the moment, such as the pioneering chef Skye Gyngell, star-gazer Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock and the north London guitar trio Girl Ray. It’s high times with Ann Friedman, who reports from the frontline of the Californian cannabis revolution and the fashions take us on a rip-roaring romp from country to town. This autumn, it’s all to play for.