Highlights of Harper’s Bazaar India March 2017 , issue: Harper’s Bazaar India turns eight this year—a milestone even more significant as the original celebrates its 150th anniversary. The theme is ‘Thinking Fashion’. Our cover star is Alia Bhatt, styled by Sabyasachi Mukherjee.
We looked at the fabric of Indian fashion, and the people who championed it relentlessly. We tell the stories of Asha Baxi, who taught designers like Manish Arora; Suraiya, who has dedicated herself to revive weaves like himru; Laila Tyabji, of the crafts NGO Dastkar; Sally Holkar, textile educationist and revivalist; Rta Kapur Chishti, a scholar and definitive authority on the sari; textile curator and patron Martand Singh; designer and historian Rahul Jain; Uzramma, who has taken up the cause of humble everyday textiles; and Ahalya Sakthivel, a kanjivaram curator.
We also look at traditional motifs like the paisley and peacock, which are making a comeback on runways, Indian and international. We show our readers how wear staples like the haathphool and choli in a contemporary way. We style heirloom jewellery of people like Gauri Devidayal and Nandita Mahtani in a new look. We choose the upcoming Indian designers you need to know—their photographs, shot by Bandeep Singh, are works of art in themselves. In beauty, we feature a shoot inspired by the colours and textures of Holi.
Bigwigs from Christian Louboutin and James Ferragamo to Lucia Silvestri of Bulgari wish us a happy birthday, and sketch their most iconic accessories that have stood the test of time. In a rare interview, Helmut Lang talks to us about his life as an artist. We also feature contributions by the likes of Manju Kapur, Nisha Susan, Janice Pariat, and Meena Kandasamy, all of whom wrote essays on beauty. We engineered a shoot at the home of art patron and entrepreneur Radhika Chopra, wherein we reimagined iconic paintings of women against contemporary pieces—the resultant images inspired exclusive short stories by authors Raghu Karnad and Kanishk Tharoor. In our travel pages, designer JJ Valaya writes on Jaisalmer.
Highlights of Harper’s Bazaar India April 2016, issue: The April issue of Harper's Bazaar India is dedicated this issue to journeys of all kinds. Take our cover stars, for instance. Kareena Kapoor Khan and Arjun Kapoor have both traversed afar in their careers, and in Ki & Ka, explore unconventional roles: She’s a career woman and he’s a house husband. Then there’s Gossip lead singer Beth Ditto, who has become an icon of punk style. She has designed a fashion line for big girls that’s already making waves. You’ll also meet author Polly Vernon, whose new book, Hot Feminist, is being talked about everywhere, and should be on your holiday reading list. In beauty, there are expert tips on how to look glowing and fresh straight off a plane, and the best makeup crayons you need to pack. In features, there are the books that have made the journey from being social media successes to legit literature. Then there is the next big food revolution that’s taking over the culinary world: Cooking with trash. We’ve also got the definitive guide to the world’s best hotels, and some of the most mouth-watering food trails you could follow (thank us later). In fashion, we celebrate the power of film with Cinema Cinema, a photo feature dedicated to iconic movies set in destinations like Venice and Egypt. Chanel’s pre-Fall 2016 show that took place at Rome’s iconic Cinecittà (founded in ‘37 by Mussolini, no less) in December last year showed us how inspirational a culture can be. We also travel to Thailand where summer’s hottest hue, orange, blends in beautifully with the country’s russet-robed monks and crumbling brick temples. In the end, a journey is more in the mind than on the road, and we invite you to take this one with us, page by page.