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Harper's Bazaar September 2021

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.

United States
10 Issues

in this issue

3 min
what makes an icon?

Our September issue celebrates icons. I think I recognized what an icon was before I really understood the meaning of the word. When I was little, Diana Ross was the icon: Her talent as a performer, her awesome glamour, and her larger-than-life presence left an indelible mark on me. I still know every lyric to every song. But what makes someone an icon in 2021? Yes, icons must inspire and uplift. But I believe today they also have the added responsibility of creating space for others. To lead. This month’s cover star, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, is the embodiment of a modern icon. It has been 10 years since Beyoncé was on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar. I am so honored that she has chosen to return to mark her 40th birthday—and so…

1 min
lil nas x

“I’VE LEARNED THAT WHAT MAKES SOMEONE ICONIC IS WHEN THEY’RE ABLE TO BE 100 PERCENT THEMSELVES,” says rapper Montero Lamar Hill, otherwise known as Lil Nas X. Since the TikTok-fueled explosion of his viral single “Old Town Road” in 2018, 22-year-old Hill has risen beyond typical internet fame, forging new territory as a gay Black man in both the rap and country spheres and topping charts while doing it. “I’ve broken down barriers just by existing,” he says. Ahead of the release of his debut full-length album, Montero, later this month, Hill curated a playlist around this issue’s theme of icons, selecting tracks by the contemporary artists who are “shaping and molding” him. He included Phoenix’s “1901” for the nostalgia it evokes, “Fell in Luv” by Playboi Carti for its “unusual…

2 min
why don’t you…?

1 BLAST SOMETIMES I MIGHT BE INTROVERT British rapper Little Simz’s fourth studio album, out September 3, vividly explores the experience of being a Black woman today in razor-sharp lyrics and a dynamic mix of hip-hop, R&B, and orchestral stylings. 2 UPGRADE YOUR TURTLENECK COLLECTION Take a cue from Prada, the Row, and Tory Burch and style a cozy fall knit under a collared shirt, topped off with a coat or sweater. (You can find all the accoutrements at Burch’s new Mercer Street flagship in New York.) 3 EXPLORE THE WORLD OF DIOR Tracing the French maison’s storied history, “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams” opens at the Brooklyn Museum on September 10. It features more than 200 haute couture looks, including the famous Bar suit from Dior’s 1947 debut, which legendary Bazaar editor in chief Carmel Snow famously…

2 min

CAMPBELL ADDY PHOTOGRAPHER: “Beyoncé’s Evolution” Page 183 “I can’t possibly pinpoint one person who stands out as my icon, but I find the sheer power and beauty that’s found within and around Black women to be truly otherworldly. To me, all Black women thriving and surviving in this world are the true icons.” GISELA WILLIAMS WRITER: “Café Society” Page 160 “My current icon is the urban designer Emmanuel Pratt, cofounder of Sweet Water Foundation, who has helped to transform some vacant lots on Chicago’s South Side into a vibrant small neighborhood with an urban farm, a gallery, and collective educational and meeting places.” JAWARA HAIRSTYLIST: “Beyoncé’s Evolution” Page 183 “My icon is Sister Carol. Her resilience is unmatched.” CLAUDIA RANKINE WRITER: “Building Beyoncé” Page 152 “With the reinstatement of voter-suppression laws across the country, I find myself turning to Stacey Abrams as a symbol of…

1 min
the bazaar

MODA OPERANDI cofounder LAUREN SANTO DOMINGO on her unicorn travel BAG I think a lot of people would say their most timeless pieces are straightforward, but I like mine to have a little something extra. They’re things I won’t find anywhere else. I want them to feel rooted in a certain time, a certain moment, a certain trend, because that’s what’s fun about wearing archival pieces. My extra-large Hermès travel bag is a quirky cousin of the traditional Birkin and feels a lot more personal. In 10, 20, even 30 years, it will still amuse and excite me. I really like Hermès bags, but I prefer uncommon shapes, not the standard Birkin or the Kelly. I’d been looking for this luggage style for a very long time. They’re hard to track…

1 min
tailor made

TOP-NOTCH From top: Brunello Cucinelli blazer, $4,995. 212-334-1010. Peruvian Connection jacket, $398. peruvianconnection.com. Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello jacket, $3,290. 212-980-2970. The Kooples jacket, $555. thekooples.com. Nili Lotan blazer, $895. shopBAZAAR.com. WEAR IT WITH… Clockwise from top left: Nouvel Heritage ring, $3,900. nouvelheritage.com. Mateo zodiac coin ring, $2,050. twistonline.com. Le Vian signet ring, $3,198. levian.com. Effy Jewelry ring, $2,398. effyjewelry.com. MODEL: TONI SMITH. RUNWAY: COURTESY THE DESIGNERS; STILL LIFE: RICHARD MAJCHRZAK/STUDIO D; STYLING: JILL TELESNICKI. SB = BUY ON SHOPBAZAAR.COM…