ears of “Netflix and chill” have brainwaved our collective thinking that the magic of the big screen can be replicated with a MacBook in bed. The internet has democratised and disseminated film-making, creating the age of Online TV that the wildly gripping Stranger Things or the cultish Black Mirror, or even the oddball parody Haters Back Off, have become cultural precedents to a point that who we are is now characterised by what we watch. But Netflix has not killed the movie star (although it’s enabled some huge comebacks, cue Winona Ryder); in fact, it’s elevated the big screen experience entirely. Where original series have the space for plot and scene, real movie art is in how they can tell a complete, compelling story imbued with style, artistry, humour, philosophy, action, drama, and more, in all of 120 minutes. Although binge-watching Chef’s Table has considerably enhanced my TV dinners, no drama series not even Game of Thrones has stayed in my deep consciousness quite like Tilda Swinton in I Am Love, the visual romp that is The Grand Budapest Hotel, and every single movie starring Cate Blanchett. For this special December edition, the BAZAAR team “directed” this Modern Cinema Issue, inspired by the wonderful storytelling of contemporary film auteurs such as Wes Anderson, Baz Luhrmann, Sofia Coppola, and Quentin Tarantino. And how best to showcase this but with BAZAAR’s signature ‘Malaysia’s Most Stylish Women’, each of them playing an iconic female lead from Amélie Poulain to Margot Tenenbaum, and Coppola’s Marie Antoinette. Then there’s the Cruise ’18 report curated from the cinematography of their exotic show locations (Dior in Sante Fe! Gucci in Florence! Louis Vuitton in Kyoto!), a movie-inspired Christmas Gift Guide, and two fashion adventures, ‘True West’, starring model-actress Angela Lindvall and ‘BAZAAR Things’ on “strange is the new black” dressing that spoofs the phenomenal Netflix series. Playing the real protagonist in this issue is British actress Kaya Scodelario, who represents a new generation of young actresses who use their powerful intelligence to bring depth to their craft—beauty is almost a given—and their celebrity to make a difference. She’s a genuine feminist, believer in gender equality, and social activist, recently joining the #MeToo campaign not only to absolve herself from her own experiences but also to position herself as a role model to her son. “You have a voice so more and more can be done,” she says in the cover story, photographed in the gorgeous Art Deco theatre of The Savoy in London. And, it’s a wrap! Thank you for another wonderful year of being BAZAAR. Happy Holidays!