February 26th, 2021
March Harper's Bazaar

Samira’s Harper’s Bazaar

The March issue of Harper’s Bazaar just hit newsstands and it fully reflects editor Samira Nasr‘s vision. The new Bazaar is inclusive, has elevated its cultural coverage, and will have longer essays — all welcome changes. But fashion and, more importantly, luxury are equally Samira’s focus. In a Washington Post profile, Samira tells Robin Givhan that ‘(s)he would make no excuses for celebrating luxury because luxury, Nasr says, is freedom. It’s the ability to make choices about how one looks, what one does, where one goes.’  I made the collage above with images from the current issue. My favorite article is on the production and cultural importance of the Birkin bag with quotes from one of my style icons, M fashion director Suzanne Koller. Samira encourages her readers to ‘…enjoy your clothes, wear them. You’ve invested in them.’   Hear, hear.


What's New


Belted leather biker jacket

Jil Sander

Gathered Knit Midi Dress


Cropped leather jacket


Triple Francois 18kt gold vermeil earrings


Jimmy Leather Puffer Jacket


Le 57 quilted leather shoulder bag


Belted wool blazer


Blade velvet slingback pumps


Silvia silk-twill scarf


Logo-embellished leather loafers


Crocheted Cotton-Blend Midi Skirt


Braided leather bangle


Delcie tie-detailed ramie midi dress


Gate knotted leather slippers


Postcard fringed crocheted straw bucket hat


Santos de Cartier metal shield sunglasses

  • I love everything about Ms. Nasr’s HB redo, and agree with your take on it.

    NinaFebruary 26th, 2021  8:46 AM

  • I had let all magazine subscriptions lapse (except for Vogue). Just re-subscribed to Harper’s after reading your post!

    SharonFebruary 26th, 2021  8:48 AM

  • Love this inspiration board. Excited about the new Bazaar direction, exciting times!

    SusanFebruary 26th, 2021  9:14 AM

  • Wow – the Washington Post profile you mention is a must-read. Thank you for sharing, Preston. In the first paragraph, I underlined words and phrases I hope others attribute to me professionally (“low-key”, “impeccable taste”, “terribly skilled”). In the middle, I spoke aloud “yes!” at necessary refrains on fashion’s longevity. By the end, I realized my eyes were damp with tears. What a way to start the morning.

    LydiaFebruary 26th, 2021  10:08 AM

  • I totally agree with wearing and using one’s luxury items. A capsule wardrobe of wearable clothes made from high quality fabric (to me, that is fine wool, silk, cotton and linen) is ideal. Make sure of course that the items fit perfectly. Add in limited accessories that you love! Feeling chic everyday is wonderful.
    (And I have also found that one should wear one’s items immediately and not “save” them…for instance, shoes deteriorate over time just sitting in the closet and clothes may go out of style).
    I will have to check out HB; Vogue has been very disappointing lately-although the website with the runway shows is indispensable.

    RebeccaFebruary 26th, 2021  10:16 AM

  • I remember seeing photos of Samira years ago with her beautiful naturally curly hair – very similar to mine – and delighting that she was in high fashion. Reading this profile makes it clear how incredibly intelligent she is as well. What a thrill to see her take the helm of this magazine!

    C.MicholFebruary 26th, 2021  10:53 AM

  • LOVE everything about this. Going directly to pick up a copy!

    AbigailFebruary 26th, 2021  11:03 AM

  • I am happy to hear HB will have longer essays and I hope that is across subjects. I have pretty much give up all my subscriptions as the writing has become so shallow. I miss longer articles/essays on a variety of topics whether travel, social aspects/societal concerns, fashion, workmanship of various studios, interviews, etc. I long for the days were you would learn something from the articles, instead of shallow product placement/celebrity fawning/ or tripping lightly over the topic. I loved learning about something I knew nothing about and w/o snark. Fingers-crossed! I’m off to explore HB’s site and from your indication, will seriously consider a subscription. Thank you Preston!

    Lisa FFebruary 26th, 2021  11:13 AM

  • I love this post and she’s reinvigorated Bazaar magazine for me. I hope she never leaves.

    TracyFebruary 26th, 2021  11:45 AM

  • I have high hopes for a wonderful, chic, sophisticated new fashion magazine for women and will definitely take a look. My preference is for a primarily-fashion magazine. If the focus is more broad and encompassing cultural issues, and if it is truly inclusive in the viewpoints it presents, it will have a much broader appeal and be more likely to succeed. There is a reason why all of the other fashion magazines have lost readership. It’s not because we prefer online reading. Wishing all the best to Bazaar!

    PaulaMarch 2nd, 2021  10:32 PM


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