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Flashback: UK Harper’s Bazaar May 2008 with Liya Kebede

It’s another random back issue I’ve selected for this week’s fashion flashback. The reason I decided to take a look back at the British edition of Harper’s Bazaar is because theFashionSpot forum members are divided in their opinion regarding the direction of today’s Bazaar. Justine Picardie is the current editor-in-chief of the magazine, who took over for Lucy Yeomans in 2013. Picardie’s take is very relaxed and mature with a hint of country. Yeomans’ was glamorous and oozed a sophisticated sexiness — a real difference between the two editors’ styles.

The May 2008 issue of UK Harper’s Bazaar has Liya Kebede on the front cover. Photographed by Alexei Hay, Liya poses against a soft, pale pink backdrop wearing a chiffon dress from Chanel Couture. It’s no wonder, with styling from Alison Edmond, hair cared for by Jimo Salako and makeup applied by Mary Jane Frost, the cover was a hit with forum members.

Flashback UK Harper's Bazaar May 2008 Liya Kebede Alexei Hay


Above is a scan of the subscriber’s cover. The same cover shot was used for the newsstand edition as well (just with different fonts and text).

Not only did Liya appear on the front cover of the British glossy, the Ethiopian model was also shot for a fashion story. She poses once more for Alexei in a series of images projecting spring’s soft, slouchy tailoring, which offered a new freedom with a hint of louche exoticism at the time. Swedish model Elsa Sylvan is also inside the 236-page issue showcasing 50s-inspired eveningwear from the likes of Prada, Louis Vuitton, Escada, Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent. John Lindquist photographs Elena Melnik donning monochrome, long and sharp silhouettes of the season, with styling from Vanessa Coyle.

Do you remember this issue? See inside the thread for a scan of the newsstand cover as well as Liya’s cover story before reigniting a discussion here.