RE­FLEC­TIONS

Harper's Bazaar (Arabia) - - Editor’s Letter -

Aisyha Hart is one of those ac­tors you feel for­tu­nate to cross paths with. Be­yond her mag­netism, it’s her in­her­ent cu­rios­ity that is her unique charm. Aiysha’s so in­quis­i­tive about peo­ple and the world around her, that it makes her all the more in­ter­est­ing to be with. She’s hun­gry to learn, ques­tion and ex­plore but also to chal­lenge, and it makes for a truly en­gag­ing en­counter. Born to a Bri­tish mother

and Saudi fa­ther, a child­hood spent be­tween the UK and Riyadh helped nur­ture Aiysha’s cu­rios­ity of dif­fer­ent cul­tures but also to ques­tion what ‘be­long­ing’ re­ally means. “I’m hugely proud of my dual her­itage be­cause it’s taught me to see the world in many shades of grey and it’s im­bued me with an in­nate ap­pre­ci­a­tion of cul­tural di­ver­sity,” she says in A Force of Na­ture, page 90. “But you do find your­self con­stantly walk­ing a line be­tween two worlds, never fully ‘ex­ist­ing’ within ei­ther. And while I’m proud of my her­itage I don’t want to be re­duced to just my her­itage. It’s lim­it­ing from the per­spec­tive of an ac­tor, as well as a hu­man be­ing. The ques­tion ‘Where are you from?’ be­comes syn­ony­mous with the ques­tion, ‘Who are you?’. I de­fine my­self by many things, not just my her­itage.” Based in Lon­don but trav­el­ling to Saudi of­ten, Aiysha yearns for the fa­mil­iar. “I love watch­ing the calm, pink sun­sets and dusk is my favourite

time of day there. Hear­ing the call to prayer ring out al­ways makes me feel nos­tal­gic.”

Play­ing on the theme of nos­tal­gia, in Bazaar Goes East, page 84, Alex Aubry delves into the archives of Harper’s Bazaar to un­cover an in­trigu­ing col­lec­tion of im­agery that chron­i­cles the pub­li­ca­tion’s early for­ays into the Mid­dle East – long be­fore the launch of Harper’s

Bazaar Ara­bia a decade ago. Span­ning back to the 1950s, pho­tog­ra­phers and jour­nal­ists who trav­elled to the Mid­dle East of­fered a pow­er­ful in­sight into the re­gion’s fash­ion, pop­u­lar cul­ture and so­ci­ety, fur­ther fu­elling cu­riosi­ties about the ex­otic East. From model Jean Patch­ett pho­tographed at the Al­ham­bra Palace for Bazaar’s June 1953 is­sue, to Saul Leiter’s im­age of a model pos­ing with Be­douins in the Jor­da­nian desert for Bazaar’s June 1963 edi­tion, and party pages doc­u­ment­ing Beirut’s so­cial scene in Harper’s Bazaar

US’ June 1966 is­sue, it’s a fas­ci­nat­ing ret­ro­spec­tive look at the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the East and West.

The no­tion of re­flect­ing on the past in or­der to build a bright fu­ture over-arcs this is­sue, but for those fo­cus­ing on the present, lit­er­ally, the fol­low­ing pages are also filled with in­spired gift­ing ideas for the hol­i­day sea­son ahead. Whether it’s the per­fect stock­ing-filler sized Guir­lande de Cartier bag or Gucci’s multi-fin­ger ring on the cover – which draws in­spi­ra­tion from the Egyp­tian Ouroboros sym­bol

– that snakes its way onto your list, we hope you get ev­ery­thing you wish for.

EMILY BAX­TER-PRIEST, ACT­ING ED­I­TOR

Emily Bax­ter-Priest, Aiysha Hart and Lu­ciaO’Con­nor-McCarthy, on the set of Bazaar’s De­cem­ber cover shoot

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