Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Editor's Letter -

W“That you are here – that life ex­ists and iden­tity/ That the pow­er­ful play goes on, and you may con­trib­ute a verse.”

And there you have it, the tra­jec­tory of this edi­tion, the power of cre­ativ­ity. Says cover man Redza Min­hat, “It’s dream­ing that got me here. But not even in my wildest did I think I’d be writ­ing a screen­play at 32. Back in the day I watched movies to try to form an iden­tity in a small town up north.” In ‘Re­nais­sance Man’ (page 28) we meet the ac­tor and writer de­ter­mined to tell sto­ries that change lives.

De­con­structed, it is this very en­ergy that charged the Au­tumn/Win­ter menswear run­ways. Think fu­tur­is­tic spins on the clas­sic bomber jacket and struc­tured sweaters that would have ar­dent Next Gen Trekkers reach­ing for plas­tic – there are crisp de­tails to match in the run­way trend re­port on page 14. In other news, luxed-up Seat­tle grunge re­turns with more at­ti­tude. Fur­ther down the track, for in­spi­ra­tion on how to edge up the mod­ern coat, look no fur­ther than ‘Street Fighter’ (page 22).

The metaphor of cre­ativ­ity flexes its mus­cles through­out: from the jet-set life of art world en­tre­pre­neur Si­mon de Pury, who opens the doors of his new May­fair home to BAZAAR; to Leo DiCaprio’s de­sign col­lab­o­ra­tion with TAG Heuer, and fi­nally, to con­ver­sa­tions be­tween Malaysian A-list play­ers like Joe Fl­iz­zow and Ashraff Dewal, who make art and en­ter­tain­ment their daily busi­ness.

And just when you thought we could not pos­si­bly pack more in, Brit menswear icon Jeremy Hack­ett de­lin­eates what you should have in your closet; Amer­i­can writer Michael Helf­man dis­con­nects from tech in the Hi­malayas and, in be­tween, a lex­i­con of the cars, watches, and groom­ing es­sen­tials to take you from hero, to leg­end.

Get into the is­sue, then get out there and con­trib­ute a verse.

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