This month marks 10 years since Harper’s Bazaar launched in the Middle East with the birth of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia. Here, we look back at a decade of style
Rita Ora is up-to-earth - One of the hottest young stars of the decade, Rita Ora was photographed for Bazaar Arabia’s July/August 2013 issue in the shadow of the iconic Burj Khalifa by Benoît Peverelli. Taking its lead from Karl Lagerfeld’s theme of ‘up-to-earth’, after Chanel’s A/W 2013 collection was shown under a majestic rotating globe, Bazaar’s shoot combined Downtown Dubai’s centre-of-the-world proposition with Lagerfeld’s global fashion vision.
Nancy Ajram stripped back - The Lebanese mega-star graced the cover of Bazaar’s October 2013 issue, cementing her style queen status in a Dolce & Gabbana crown on the cover. Photographed at the historic Sursock Palace in Beirut, the singer revealed a more stripped-back look for Bazaar, wearing modern eveningwear by the likes of Gucci and Alessandra Rich.
Kim Kardashian: A star is born - Never has a Bazaar cover shoot been such a paparazzi magnet as the Kim Kardashian story, shot for the October 2011 cover. Fresh from her short-lived wedding to Kris Humphries, Kim’s cover coincided with her first, traffic-stopping visit to Dubai. Meanwhile, images of Bazaar’s then fashion director Sally Matthews styling Kim on set appeared on news outlets across the globe. #Instafamous
Rihanna of Arabia - Rihanna’s ode to Arabia was exquisitely photographed for Bazaar Arabia by Ruven Afanador in LA for the July/August 2014 cover. The singer’s sinuous shape was memorably showcased in a made-to-measure hooded gown by Dubai-based designer Michael Cinco, while Cartier jewellery complemented caped pieces by the likes of Ralph Lauren, Balenciaga, Elie Saab and Dolce & Gabbana, styled with turbans and headscarves for a Middle Eastern homage.
Lifting The Veil - Returning to Bazaar for the 10th anniversary cover shoot this month, Tunisian model Hanaa Ben Abdesslem first graced the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia in October 2012 wearing Elie Saab couture and high jewellery by Cartier. Inside, she showcased the best of the haute couture collections wearing pieces by Jean Paul Gaultier, Chanel, Atelier Versace, Valentino and a modern ballgown from Raf Simons’ first collection for Dior. In this iconic image, Armani Privé delivers an exquisite reinterpretation of the veil, worn by the first Muslim model to become the face of global beauty brand Lancôme.
Janet Jackson takes pole position - Photographing one of the most famous women on the planet at the Formula 1 track in Abu Dhabi for the November 2011 issue of Bazaar was a feat of epic proportions. Wearing womanly Tom Ford, alongside Haider Ackermann, the divine Miss Jackson, who has now recently celebrated the birth of her son Eissa with Qatari husband Wissam Al Mana, brought the racetrack to a standstill.
In love with Afef - The effervescent Tunisian model and television presenter Afef Jnifen was photographed by Ellen von Unwerth for Bazaar’s July/August 2016 cover, which heralded the debut of Project Runway Middle East, on which Afef serves as a judge alongside designer Elie Saab. The romantic yet empowering story showcased theatrical designs by Gucci, Ralph and Russo, Saint Laurent and Valentino with Cartier high jewellery.
From Dubai classroom to L.A. A-list - Twins Haya and Sama Khadra first appeared in Bazaar in summer 2010, going on to be photographed by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel’s Little Black Jacket book in 2012. The former Dubai schoolgirls were subsequently shot for the January 2016 cover of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia at a disused motel in the California desert.
From the dust a style capital arises - The host of Project Runway Middle East, Lebanese-Australian television presenter Jessica Kahawaty fronted a story on Dubai’s emergence as a style capital, covering the January 2017 issue of Bazaar. Wearing creations by Project Runway winner Alaa Najd alongside the likes of Bottega Veneta, Chloé and Fendi, the story mined the juxtaposition of traditional Arabian staging with the gleaming skyline of the emirate.
Chanel’s Dubai Design - When Karl Lagerfeld immortalised the Burj Khalifa in a Dhs165,000 tunic for Chanel’s 2014/15 cruise collection, which was held in Dubai the previous May, Bazaar ensured the piece was photographed for the November 2014 issue. Worn by The Martian star Kate Mara, Lagerfeld’s new take on One Thousand And One Nights was given a Princess Jasmine twist by one of young Hollywood’s most wanted.