• The Interview
    The CEO of global debating forum Intelligence Squared, Tate board member and a British fashion ambassador, YANA PEEL’s influence is limitless. ROSIE MILLARD meets a stylish tour de force
    Photographs by Philip Sinden

    Forget the theater, cinema or ballet – debating is where you’ll find the smart set these days. Spearheading the trend is a new leader in global intellectual stimulation, Intelligence Squared, and at its head is the formidable – and very chic – Yana Peel. It was founded in the UK in 2002 with a simple idea: a traditional debate, with two speakers per side (high-caliber names have included Tony Blair and Patti Smith) arguing passionately over subjects such as terrorism, pornography,


    NAME: Yana Peel

    PROFESSION: CEO, Intelligence Squared

    MY STYLE IS: Bold but never uncomfortable

    MY GO-TO DESIGNERS ARE: Mary Katrantzou, Roksanda Ilincic, Duro Olowu, Peter Pilotto, Céline, Victoria Beckham

    MY FAIL-SAFE PIECE IS: My Rick Owens leather jacket

    Dress by Valentino;

    ring by Ippolita

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