Harper's Bazaar (UK) - - Contents -

In the world of celebrity, there are a myr­iad tantrums and tiaras, di­vas and di­a­monds, yet true grace is of­ten sorely lack­ing. Thank heav­ens, then, for Cate Blanchett, one of the great­est ac­tresses of the era, who re­mains thor­oughly like­able and ut­terly un­spoilt by her fame. She has ap­peared on the cover of Bazaar sev­eral times be­fore this most re­cent is­sue, and on each oc­ca­sion, she has been a joy to work with; hence our de­light in wel­com­ing her re­turn to the mag­a­zine. And Cate, in turn, has been equally wel­com­ing to Bazaar, invit­ing Ly­dia Slater to a pic­nic lunch at her home in the English coun­try­side, where their con­ver­sa­tion ranged from fem­i­nism to jam-mak­ing, in the most en­dear­ing of ways (page 182).

Mean­while, our fash­ion teams have also ranged far and wide: from the Scot­tish fish­ing vil­lages of the East Neuk of Fife to the gar­dens of Aber­glas­ney in Car­marthen­shire. We are thrilled to fea­ture one of our favourite mod­els again, Malaika Firth, who is as kind-hearted as she is beau­ti­ful; in­deed, kind­ness is at the heart of Bazaar, along with a warm sense of friend­ship to­wards our con­trib­u­tors and read­ers. And with ev­ery pass­ing year, I re­alise how im­por­tant these qual­i­ties are, for they are part of the alchemy of love and ca­ma­raderie.

Hence my ad­mi­ra­tion for Ralph Lau­ren, who I in­ter­viewed on the oc­ca­sion of the 50th an­niver­sary of the launch of his busi­ness. While he has come to epit­o­mise the Amer­i­can Dream, he has done so with­out los­ing his in­tegrity, and his gen­er­ous phi­lan­thropy has ex­tended from New York (where he funded a breast-can­cer clinic in Har­lem) to Lon­don (es­tab­lish­ing a pi­o­neer­ing fa­cil­ity at the Royal Mars­den hospi­tal).

Above right: Cate Blanchett in Gior­gio Ar­mani (page 182). Right: Ronja Fur­rer wear­ing Ralph Lau­ren Col­lec­tion(page 252)

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