Sparkling with Style

March 24, 2009

First issue of Harper's Bazaar India

Fashion’s about history just as much as it is about the future. When I wear my vintage emerald neckpiece with my Miu Miu LBD, I feel an immediate connect with all the society ladies that have sparkled at soirees past and the ones to come. It’s similar to what I experience when I get my hands on the inaugural copy of the desi edition of Harper’s Bazaar.

Harper's Bazaar India

A rosy-cheeked Kareena Kapoor, wearing Giorgio Armani on the Swarovski-studded collector’s edition cover shot by Suresh Natarajan, sets the standard straight away. And as I plow into the goodies between the covers, I know I’m in for quite a treat — Joan Collins on ’80s style to a scintillating photo feature on dhoti drapes by Farrokh Chothia!

They’ve got the mix right. Editor Sujata Assomull deftly stirs in the best of global trends with local style. I get to feast my eyes on a grapefruit James Ferreira ensemble next to one in vanilla from Dolce & Gabbana and lots more in the excellently done How to Wear It pages.

They’ve got the ads right. Everything from Madonna in Louis Vuitton’s shock-value spread featuring the Kalahari bag to Gwyneth Paltrow for Tod’s latest campaign.

They’ve even got the people right. Effortless elegance by Haseena Jethmalani. Farhan Akhtar’s sis Zoya writing about his wife Adhuna’s personal style. Padma Lakshmi on living the fashionable life. Arjun Rampal talking about the chic women he knows and notices. Chitrangada Singh in a lush make-up guide. Katrina Kaif’s beauty secrets. Solve Sundsbo’s photographic take on the iconic looks for the coming season. And the glorious India tribute from the Who’s Who of global fashion.

Of course, being a fussy fashionista myself, I’d like to see a few changes too. A little less film and some edgier fashion. Attention to styling (in Jatin Kampani’s pictures of this spring’s new silhouettes, the footwear didn’t fit properly or tied shabbily). And most of all, a lot more passion for all things Indian. Why Mauritius for the Kareena-Saif shoot when there are kilometres of beaches here?

But apart from these little quibbles, going by the first issue, I’m going to be a believer in this 140-year-old bible that brings the buzz of the bazaar back to India.

Harper’s Bazaar India: Price: Rs 100; Available at all leading bookstores and news vendors.

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