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Harper's Bazaar April 2020

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Every issue of Harper's Bazaar speaks to the varied interests of the discerning contemporary woman who seeks the best for her home, career and lifestyle.

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United States
10 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
editor’s letter

“FASHION IS about a smile, a flash of beauty, a moment of artistic genius.” I wrote those words in the December 2001 issue, in my second editor’s letter for Harper’s Bazaar. My first issue was going to the printer on the day of the September 11 attacks, and the question of what role fashion—and fashion magazines—would play in the world and in our lives hung in the air. I’d been the editor in chief of Marie Claire—first in Britain and then in America—for 13 years, and was doing double duty, editing both that magazine and Bazaar while the executives at Hearst searched for my replacement there. As I sat down to write that editor’s letter, it was difficult to know what to say. So I decided to talk about why…

1 min.
the big picture


1 min.
the buy beauty

WAKING UP LOOKING well rested requires a little more than just shut-eye. As the final step in your evening routine, nourish your skin with a dollop of Merle Norman Anti-Aging Complex Night Cream, the centerpiece of a six-product complexion-renewing system. The buttery formula sinks in quickly and continues to deliver time-released moisture while you slumber. Its exclusive peptide blend also works over time to plump and smooth fine lines, and improve firmness and bounce. Greet the morning feeling refreshed and looking luminous.…

3 min.
what to invest in now

SEE YOU TOMORROW, at Nordstrom’s new New York flagship, offers discounts on covetable pieces like Balenciaga sneakers and colorful mohair Ganni sweaters—but this is no average sale section. In a novel move for a high-end department store, everything in the shop-in-shop is pre-owned. “More than half of Americans are now involved in some form of re-commerce, whether that’s resale, consignment, or clothing rental services,” says Olivia Kim, vice president of creative projects at Nordstrom, on why the legacy retailer decided to opt for resale. Unlike the traditional linear model of shop, wear, and dispose, the circular fashion economy has a positive environmental impact by keeping luxe goods in play, which, as Kim sees it, is good for the future of the business: “Re-commerce validates buying luxury because it shows that…

3 min.
a fashionable life

Set at the end of a long drive flanked by centuries-old stone pines twisting crookedly up to the heavens, I Casali del Pino, the Fendi family’s country estate outside of Rome, evokes a 19th-century Italian landscape painting. Just six miles northwest of the Colosseum, the property predates the Roman Empire, and the family’s transformation of 430 acres into an organic farm adds to that sense of longevity. It’s here that Silvia Venturini Fendi spends weekends with her sisters, Ilaria—who runs the farm’s operations—and Maria Teresa, and all of their children. “For me, it’s really a way of resetting from city life and working in fashion, which is very demanding,” Venturini Fendi says with characteristic understatement. Encompassing a terra-cotta farmhouse with pretty eau de Nil shutters, a dairy, an agritourism hotel with…

2 min.
the best spring denim

20s Balance a feminine top with punky extras. Play with layering and whimsical motifs. 30s POWER POP Toughen up a floral blouse with distressed denim, a studded cross-body, and two-tone creepers. MIX MASTER Achieve a graphic impact in an artistic sweater with a printed shirt, patched jeans, and heeled clogs. 40s Channel the ’60s in tie-dye prints. Double down on rich textures. 50s PEACE & LOVE Top off watercolor denim or a silk slipdress with sapphire studs and an embellished cuff. HIGH SHINE Glam up boot-cut jeans with an embroidered jacket, gold circle earrings, and suede boots. 60s Keep it casual in streamlined styles. Get on board with nautical stripes. 70 BACK TO BASICS Opt for timeless pieces like a classic trench, a button-down shirt, ankle jeans, and kitten-heel sandals. SHIP OUT Make tapered mom…