Ed­i­tor’s Letter

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It’s not that flow­ers were ever out of fash­ion to be cel­e­brated im­pul­sively, but this sea­son they’ve bloomed onto run­ways al­most ev­ery­where that we wanted to cap­ture their beauty in all forms with a ded­i­cated is­sue. We’re not just sim­ply “say­ing it with flow­ers”; there is po­etry and phi­los­o­phy, sci­ence and art to these in­cred­i­ble cre­ations of na­ture to make a deeper di­a­logue. Botan­i­cal gar­dens, at best, are ex­tra­or­di­nary ar­chi­tec­tures of na­ture and, like any work of art, can be deeply mov­ing. Ex­plor­ing the gar­dens of Tus­cany last sum­mer gave me in­sight to how in­tri­cately de­tailed and breath­tak­ingly stylish these green oases can be— to have in­spired Bul­gari’s ‘ Ital­ian Gar­dens’ high jew­ellery col­lec­tion of di­a­mond “flowerbeds” and sap­phire “foun­tains”. In ‘ The Se­cret Gar­dens’ ( page 160), de­sign­ers Alessan­dro Michele, Sarah Bur­ton, and Stu­art Vev­ers take creative in­tel­lect for their Spring/ Sum­mer ’ 16 col­lec­tions from their favourite city gar­dens; while the mas­ter of mod­ern flo­rals, Er­dem Mo­rali­oglu, shares other places that stim­u­late his mind and heart (‘ In­spi­ra­tion’, page 176). The stun­ning Ge­or­gia O’Ke­effe paint­ing Canna Red and Or­ange, 1926, il­lus­trates a provoca­tive beauty view­point (‘ In Full Bloom’ on page 100)— as flow­ers are fetishised by Robert Map­plethorpe, doc­u­mented in a new book re­lease ( page 158). The so­phis­ti­ca­tion of flow­ers is more ab­stract in the world of per­fumery. Cen­turies- old alchemy has now reached a level of re­fined tech­nol­ogy and fine art that the ex­pe­ri­ence of fragrance is not just sen­so­rial but also speaks of some­thing be­yond tan­gi­ble ... mag­i­cal! The trans­for­ma­tive power of per­fume is mind- blow­ing in its abil­ity to cap­ture a mem­ory, a place, the imag­i­na­tion, emo­tions, an idea. It only takes a drop ... Over the years, I’ve had the priv­i­lege of in­ter­view­ing some of the most il­lus­tri­ous noses in the fragrance world. Jean- Claude El­lena, in- house per­fumer for Her­mès, took me on a per­sonal jour­ney up the River Nile in a felucca to show me the green mango tree on a small gar­den is­land that made his ge­nius for Un Jardin sur le Nil. Over­look­ing the dark waters of Venice, Jac­ques Polge, head per­fumer at Chanel, likened his com­pos­ing of Coco Noir— as with all his fra­grances— to paint­ing a mas­ter­piece with seven ba­sic colours—“the in­gre­di­ents re­main al­most al­ways the same but the pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less.” We hon­our these in­cred­i­ble ar­ti­sans in this year’s BAZAAR Fragrance Awards, along­side 40 win­ning cre­ations ( page 104) that with their unique bou­quets, of­fer dif­fer­ent sen­so­rial and ideational ex­pe­ri­ences. On the cover is Nicole Warne, pretty- as- a- picture in Dolce & Gab­bana daisies; she is the Queen of Blogs, who from a sim­ple Tas­ma­nian life rose to in­ter­na­tional fame with her so­cial me­dia per­sona Gary Pep­per Girl, clock­ing 1.6 mil­lion fol­low­ers and count­ing (‘ Dou­ble Click’ page 74). We launch this Flo­ral Is­sue with a BAZAAR Power Lunch with Nicole as our spe­cial guest, who in a room full of gor­geous blooms will talk about her so­cial me­dia se­crets. Catch the con­ver­sa­tion on harpers­bazaar. my to dis­cover how to be as scin­til­lat­ing.

Bag, Alexan­der McQueen

Watch, Roger Dubuis

Natasha Kraal

Ear­rings, Bul­gari

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