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

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!

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