Ed­i­tor’s Let­ter

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Contents -

De­cem­ber is for dream­ing, and there’s no bet­ter space to start than up in Magritte’s il­lu­sion­ary clouds in the bril­liant blue sky, where re­al­ity is sus­pended for a mag­i­cal mo­ment. And right there we close this fab­u­lous year with the cover of Coco Rocha, quite a sur­real su­per­model her­self who was plucked 15 years ago from an Ir­ish dance com­pe­ti­tion in her home­town in Canada for the run­ways of the world. In the midst of the Her­mès and Louis Vuit­ton shows at the re­cent Paris Fash­ion Week, Amy Yas­mine cap­tured the supe in all man­ners of move­ment, back-bend­ing in Ba­len­ci­aga and cat-curl­ing in Chanel, play­ing up her icon­i­cally sen­sa­tional 100 poses-per-minute, now im­mor­talised in her book Study Of Pose: 1,000 Poses By Coco Rocha. “As mod­els, we only have our face and bod­ies to tell an en­tire story, of­ten in one mo­ment,” she says in ‘Haute Coco’ (page 126), cit­ing how mod­el­ling should be a per­for­mance art as with act­ing and singing, which she’s cham­pi­oning with her Coco Rocha Model Camp that also em­pow­ers mod­els how to be

a busi­ness in them­selves. Sur­re­al­ist un­der­tones and fan­tasy over­tures theme this is­sue, which we started work­ing on four months ago with our sig­na­ture ed­i­to­rial ‘Malaysia’s Most Stylish Women’. Be­ing our 15th an­niver­sary edi­tion we took it to the sky with 15 women who per­son­ify real style and dy­namism, at a three-day “im­mer­sive fash­ion” week­end at The Ritz-Carl­ton Kuala Lumpur, where each took a lead role in the shoot (page 86) and also a film short, pre­mier­ing in De­cem­ber on harpers­bazaar.my. There’s Qal­isha Ray casted as Man Ray’s Wo­man with Long Hair, 1929; Geral­dine Dreiser as a gor­geous Dora Maar; Shalma Ai­naa con­tem­plat­ing a Gior­gio de Chirico-es­que space; and the oth­ers stars that each took on the spirit of Sur­re­al­ist mas­ter­pieces and muses—all drip­ping in Bvl­gari gems. Dream­scapes ex­ist all around, what more in de­signed spa­ces that evoke the oth­er­worldly. I’ve ex­plored some of the most fan­tas­ti­cal places this year, in­clud­ing trav­el­ling into heart­lands of Provence to the fu­tur­is­tic win­ery of Château La Coste—the wine-mak­ing chai were fa­mously de­signed by Jean Nou­vel—where a mas­sive Louise Bour­geois spi­der crouches in a Tadao Ando in­fin­ity pool, and the whole es­tate opens up with art­work by world­fa­mous artists and ar­chi­tects (page 162). Then, the fu­tur­is­tic 7132 Ho­tel high up in the Swiss Alps, de­signed by star­chi­tect Pe­ter Zumthor, with rooms by Kengo Kuma and Tadao Ando (page 165). Hik­ing up to 3,000 me­tres of the iconic moun­tains, into my own Magritte blue sky, there I en­coun­tered the per­fect panorama for dream­ing ... and what dreams may come. J

Shoes, Gucci

Bag, Chanel

Ear­rings, Louis Vuit­ton

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