welcome to the issue In art, there is Steve Lazarides, who gave us Banksy, in The Devil’s Advocate (pg 199). In Memory Lake (pg 282) the likes of Steve McCurry and Mary Katrantzou share the travels that changed their lives. And in Bazaar at Work, we profile three Indian women who are taking on the Big Apple in Bright Lights Big City (pg 138). Who knows, one of them may even be India’s future prime minister. On the cover, there is Sonam Kapoor (pg 238), who underwent a career-making transformation with her latest, Neerja. It has silenced her critics for good and added gravitas to the oeuvre of Bollywood’s most-loved style star. Make no mistake, the girl can act just as well as she dresses. In fashion features, India’s heritage textiles find their champions in Indian Independence (pg 70)—and both handcrafted embellishments and machine-made textures coexist in Hand in Hand (pg 278). In Shop Bazaar, we got The Blonde Salad’s celebrity blogger Chiara Ferragni to put together three of her favourite trends for you. Since 2015, the anniversary issue also features the Bazaar Inspires project—an annual initiative where participating designers celebrate one heritage textile. This year’s choice was ikat, and 68 creative minds came together for it. Fittingly, Odisha-born, New York-based designer Bibhu Mohapatra has written a heartfelt essay on his deep connection with the weave in My Ikat (pg 254). We hope you enjoy our curation of this time in fashion both global and local. Going by how things are right now, it will never be the same again. n 36 Georg Jensen for Gemfields bangle, price upon request. COURTESY GEMFIELDS Executive Editor, PREETIKA MATHEW SAHAY AT BAZAAR, THE ANNIVERSARY ISSUE IS ALWAYS A CELEBRATION. But this time, we’ve done it differently. Our seventh birthday—the number symbolises change in the Tarot and the Kabbalah—coincides with big shifts happening in the fashion industry. Designers Raf Simons, Alber Elbaz, and Alexander Wang quit their jobs, leading to viral speculation about the pace of fashion. Others like Jonathan Saunders (who shut down his label in December), along with Tom Ford, Burberry’s Christopher Bailey, and Paul Smith (all three plan to forego hallowed fashion week schedules) have sparked uncomfortable conversations in popular media. It is a time of palpable change. The gender debate is at an exciting stage, and it inspired beauty director Vasudha Rai to use a male model in Dude Looks Like A Lady (pg 163). You meet New York’s coolest gender-defying performers in No Woman, No Man (pg 198). And actor Aditi Rao Hydari wears the newest white shirts—a men’s staple—in Shirting The Issue (pg 84). In fashion, the slip dress has come out screaming defiance, as seen in Spring Rebellion (pg 226). There’s Erdem Moralioglu, the designer, who, even after 10 years in the business, is not succumbing to the pressures of his world.