ELLE (Malaysia) - - EDITOR'S NOTE - @kate_ellemy editor@elle.my

Around this time a year ago I was in New York be­ing mes­merised by Michelle Wil­liams and Jeff Daniels in Black­bird, a Broad­way play that was by turns shock­ing, amus­ing and heart-wrench­ing. By the end of it I felt like I’d taken a wild roller­coaster ride, of the emo­tional kind, and look­ing around the au­di­ence I could see I wasn’t alone. I was sit­ting next to the editor of ELLE Aus­tralia, and we both turned to each other slack­jawed, un­able to find the words to de­scribe what we’d just seen. It was an un­for­get­table per­for­mance by both ac­tors, but as a com­mit­ted Daw­son’s Creek fan from back in the day (not to mention some­one who has long as­pired to, but never dared try, the per­ox­ide pixie cut) I was es­pe­cially starstruck by Michelle Wil­liams.

De­spite pos­sess­ing the kind of star­power that can pull oceans, in this month’s cover story Wil­liams comes across as about as nor­mal as it’s pos­si­ble for a Hol­ly­wood A-lis­ter with such in­cred­i­ble tal­ent to be. Part of the rea­son for that might be that she doesn’t live in Hol­ly­wood at all, es­chew­ing it for a ‘real life’ with her daugh­ter, Matilda, in Brook­lyn. Michelle rarely gives in­ter­views, so I feel very lucky that she chose ELLE to grant a glimpse into her life, as she read­ies for an­other big awards sea­son.

You might have heard that Valen­tine’s Day is this month? Whether that means any­thing to you or not, I think you’re per­fectly en­ti­tled to treat it as an op­por­tu­nity to buy your­self some fierce new shoes (page 45) or dreamy lin­gerie (page 44; and who cares if you’re the only one who sees it?), or take your­self out on a date (sug­ges­tions on page 63). Be­ing all loved up is great, but we think be­ing sin­gle is some­thing worth cel­e­brat­ing too, and we do so on page 58.

Fi­nally, don’t miss our ELLE Style Awards cov­er­age from page 29 (with a whole lot more at elle.my/styleawards)! We had such a fun night re­ward­ing and recog­nis­ing the lead­ers in Malaysia’s fash­ion in­dus­try. Con­grat­u­la­tions to all our win­ners, and es­pe­cially to Malaysian De­signer of the Year Khoon Hooi, a man who is as kind and gen­er­ous as he is tal­ented.

We had such a great night at the ELLE Style Awards pre­sented by PAN­DORA in De­cem­ber. Here’s the team get­ting lost in the gi­ant bal­loons on our back­stage set. Catch our cov­er­age from page 29.

Meet­ing Er­dem was one of my high­lights of 2016, and left me even more in awe of his tal­ents. I mean, look at this dress... (page 47).

On page 90, some of the travel in­dus­try’s most in­flu­en­tial peo­ple name the places to know and go in 2017. Per­son­ally, I’m hop­ing to spend a few nights at the mar­vel­lously max­i­mal­ist Hô­tel Mai­son Sou­quet in Paris’s Mont­martre dis­trict.

Loewe’s S/S 2017 lilies are the el­e­gant, slightly ele­giac way for grown women to wear flow­ers as ac­ces­sories. (page 22).

I can’t wait to thumb through this gor­geous cof­fee ta­ble book doc­u­ment­ing the Gucci Cruise show at West­min­ster Abbey last year (page 62).

Let­ter writ­ing is an art that I’ve al­most lost, but I’ll be coax­ing my­self back into it with this beau­ti­ful Tif­fany & Co. pen (page 27).

There are very few prob­lems that a scented can­dle can’t help solve, es­pe­cially one as pret­tily pack­aged as Dip­tyque Rosamundi (page 22).

These state­ment ear­rings from Saint Lau­rent let your ears do the talk­ing for once (page 27).

The colour pay-off, the pointed tube and the very sat­is­fy­ing pen-like click are just some of the rea­sons I’ve fallen for By Terry Rouge-Ex­pert Click Stick in Mys­tic Red. See the other red lip­sticks ELLE loves on page 73.

kate guest EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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