ED­I­TOR’S LET­TER

Harper's Bazaar (India) - - BAZAAR -

I was five when I fell in love with shoes, a pair that had just been gifted to my mother. They were, of course, big shoes to fill, and still are (a sen­ti­ment Ken­neth Cole il­lus­trates beau­ti­fully in our sec­tion ‘Bazaar At Five’). It is the same with Harper’s Bazaar In­dia. The magazine comes with a legacy of over 150 years, a legacy that has seen Andy Warhol il­lus­trate its pages, Tru­man Capote write, and Richard Ave­don shoot for them.

Harper’s Bazaar stands as the style bi­ble for the well-dressed woman with a well-dressed mind. This spe­cial fifth an­niver­sary is­sue fo­cuses on ex­actly those at­tributes. The theme of the ‘Bazaar A-List’ emerged last year, when we de­cided to cel­e­brate this 50th is­sue of the magazine with 50 very spe­cial peo­ple. They would not just be peo­ple in fash­ion, be­cause the well-dressed mind is in­ter­ested in so much more. Bazaar likes to talk about the fash­ion­able life, and these would be all the peo­ple you needed for it. Af­ter all, the Bazaar Life is lived with heart. And art. Mind­ful­ness. Some cheek and a lot of chic. The ‘Bazaar A-List’ is our care­fully se­lected list of peo­ple across gen­res, a se­lec­tion of path­break­ers and in­flu­encers, the beau­ti­ful and tal­ented, the peo­ple chang­ing the way we live and give, and of course, what we wear. What is an A-List? At Bazaar, the A-List is a snapshot of con­tem­po­rary cul­ture, one that re­flects what we value and who we are. So yes, there is fash­ion—de­sign­ers, en­trepreneurs, and tastemak­ers.

These are peo­ple who in­flu­ence how we dress, the way we see, what we buy, and what we pre­serve. There is film—Bol­ly­wood is the coun­try’s most im­por­tant in­flu­encer, and its reign­ing queen, Deepika Padukone,

steps onto our cover af­ter scoop­ing up all the year’s awards for Best Ac­tress, which came on the heels of the big­gest hits of 2013. There are fem­i­nists. There are phi­lan­thropists. Artists. Sports stars, debu­tantes, news­mak­ers, and restau­ra­teurs. There are a lot of women. And a few good men. These are peo­ple you need to know. If the A-List ad­dresses the well-dressed mind, then our fash­ion sec­tion ad­dresses the trap­pings. We’ve turned the fash­ion sec­tion on its head and made it our trend re­port, and the top 10 trends for spring march across its pages. The A-List theme pops up there as well, with col­lab­o­ra­tions and shoots—we went back­stage with fash­ion-in­dus­try in­sid­ers for one, asked de­sign­ers to style a trend in an­other, and chivvied artist Rashid Rana to cre­ate his ver­sion of spring’s art-in­spired trend for a third.

As the ic­ing, Carine Roit­feld ed­its spring’s new looks with Karl Lager­feld. An is­sue as spe­cial as this can­not be put to­gether with­out its share of drama. And there has been a lot of it. From a can­celled cover shoot (yes, Bol­ly­wood stars fall ill too) to a mar­riage, a few tears, in­nu­mer­able all­nighters, looks flown in in the nick of time from Paris, and half a dozen last minute dashes across the coun­try, we’ve seen it all. We’ve mostly laughed though, be­cause af­ter all, what is fash­ion with­out mad­ness and mad­ness is to be en­joyed. I hope you will en­joy this is­sue too, and join me in the cel­e­bra­tions of this land­mark. Harper’s Bazaar In­dia has turned five, but we’ve only just be­gun.

From left: Vi­nay Jha, Avani Puro­hit, Ami Unnikrishnan, Su­chita Ka­pur, Varun Rana, Nishat Fa­tima, Va­sudha Rai, and Sudhansh Sharma

Fendi shoe, ` 43,000 (ap­prox)

Chanel shoe, price upon re­quest.

Chris­tian Louboutin shoe, price upon re­quest.

From left: Nikhil Kaushik, Navya Anand, Preetika Mathew Sa­hay, Rahul Vi­jay, Kr­ishna Mukhi, Man­ish Ku­mar, Pallavi Shukla, and Yur­reipem Arthur Seated, from left: Anwesha Sanyal and Akanksha Pandey

Jimmy Choo shoe, ` 50,000 (ap­prox).

Em­po­rio Ar­mani shoe, price upon re­quest.

Tory Burch shoe, ` 15,000 (ap­prox).

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