Edi­tor’s Let­ter

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - News - Natasha Kraal

“The free­dom to pur­sue an es­thetic qual­ity in life is an ex­tra di­men­sion, like be­ing able to fly where oth­ers walk,” sur­mised Tru­man Capote, in his best­selling biog­ra­phy by Ger­ald Clarke. “It’s mar­vel­lous to

ap­pre­ci­ate paint­ings, but why not have them? Why not cre­ate a whole es­thetic am­bi­ente? Be your own liv­ing work of art?” Babe Paley, Glo­ria Guin­ness, Marella Agnelli et al.—swans and

princesses, as he called his fab­u­lous co­terie of lu­mi­nous con­fi­dantes— were fine works of art them­selves; women who per­son­i­fied el­e­gance, style, and in­tel­lect—

and knew how to, not only flut­ter, but soar in those oth­er­worldly skies. The mise-en-scène in Capote’s so­ci­etal land­scape, the pro­tag­o­nist and his stars, are all by­gones, re­placed

to­day by hy­per­bole and In­sta-flashes that barely cap­ture 15 sec­onds of fame. With De­cem­ber be­ing the month for mem­o­ries, we wanted to craft an is­sue that truly de­liv­ers beau­ti­ful sen­ti­ments and liv­ing dreams. Swirling in the colours of Capote’s le­gendary Black and White Ball, and sparkling it up with

fes­tive metal­lic, we present The Sil­ver Edit to in­spire you with some mag­i­cal think­ing. First, take on the mys­ti­cal light of night: bril­liant stars set­ting the scene for the most gor­geous evening gowns and their glo­ri­ous ac­cou­trements—for this De­cem­ber, it’s all about ex­quis­ite dress­ing, din­ing, and danc­ing. There’s a syn­er­gis­tic port­fo­lio of gleam­ing sil­ver looks in­spired by the Haute Cou­ture and up­com­ing Cruise col­lec­tions, in unique in­ter­pre­ta­tions from min­i­mal­ist Carolyn Bes­sette-Kennedy slips

worn with sharp sil­ver blaz­ers; gun­metal se­quinned minis popped up with candy red; or ul­tra­mod­ern metallics – it’s never just one note. And when it comes to the ac­tual women who wear it, Malaysia’s Most Stylish Women of 2015—our very own swans and princesses—are fash­ioned in a ro­man a clef

of sil­ver screen leg­ends; them­selves ex­ud­ing such chic, smarts, and class. While sil­ver paints the past with the patina of vin­tage al­lure, the present is a mod­ernist mir­rored gloss. No longer an ar­chaic par­a­digm, Haute Cou­ture is pre­sented in this is­sue with plenty of at­ti­tude (‘Ex­cess All Ar­eas’ on page 192, and ‘All Mighty’ on page 202)—and nary a jewel in sight as the cre­ations speak

of a fresh, in­tel­li­gent spirit with a real fo­cus on sil­hou­ette. Then Carine Roit­feld, global fash­ion di­rec­tor of BAZAAR, throws us yet another per­fectly ir­rev­er­ent fash­ion fan­tasy, this time a swash­buck­ling Christ­mas tale of ‘Pi­rates and Princesses’ (page 174) fea­tur­ing the

Cruise col­lec­tions, with just the right glint of Long John Sil­ver. This soli­taire of an is­sue scopes out with sil­ver-themed din­ners, sparkling per­son­al­i­ties (Iris Apfel, any­one?), and daz­zling beauty looks. And then, full cir­cle, a lit­tle Christ­mas gift of an es­say by Tru­man Capote, first pub­lished in Harper’s BAZAAR in the 1950s. “A swan is in­vari­ably the re­sult of ad­her­ence to some aes­thetic sys­tem of thought, a code trans­posed into a self-por­trait,” he writes in ‘A Gath­er­ing of Swans’ (page 228). Let this is­sue of glit­ter­ing ideas and in­spi­ra­tion spark that thought. Happy hol­i­days!

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