In her 10 years at the helm of the magazine, she has overseen fancy photo shoots with A-list stars, insider moments with top designers and the times the magazine hits the zeitgeist just right. Bailey highlights many of them in a new book about her decade in charge, Harper’s Bazaar: Greatest Hits, and in an interview with The Associated Press, she listed her favourites:
- Demi Moore’s 2010 cover, where she shared the coveted front-page real estate with a giraffe. Moore wore a dress and the 10-inch Armadillo heels from Alexander McQueen’s last collection on a staircase to nowhere. The image was shot a few weeks before McQueen’s suicide, but Bailey said she could think of no better tribute to him.
- William Klein’s portraits of designers, shot in 2007, his first fashion photographs in more than three decades. Bailey said the images captured the designers the way they chose to present themselves: Marc Jacobs practically having a party in the studio, Miuccia Prada all by herself, Karl Lagerfeld surrounded by his muses and the craftsmen who bring the vision to life, and Alber Elbaz, with his entire staff, doing a little dance.
- Naomi Campbell’s 2009 “Wild Things” spread by Jean Paul Goode, especially the supermodel wearing a Blumarine cheetah-print dress outrunning a cheetah.
- The animated characters of “The Simpsons” taking a tour of Paris in 2007 with Linda Evangelista as their tour guide. Marge met Lagerfeld, Jacobs, Elbaz, Donatella Versace and Jean Paul Gaultier.
- Top models Amber Valletta, Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, Shalom Harlow, Kristen McMenamy and Nadja Auermann posing without makeup for Peter Lindbergh in 2007. The women showed they were embracing their looks and age, Bailey says.
- The all-important September issue of 2009, which was going to press earlier that summer when news came of Michael Jackson’s death. Bailey went into action and had Agyness Deyn dress up in Jackson’s signature style in a red leather jacket, cropped black pants and military jackets.
- Features that presented fashion as part of pop culture, incorporating art, music and movies. Over the years, Bazaar has paid homage to filmmakers Mike Nichols, Tim Burton and Pedro Almodovar.
- Kate Winslet’s “exquisite” white strapless gown by Ralph Lauren, peeled straight from the runway for a cover shoot in 2009. She stood on what looks like rooftop scaffolding high above Manhattan. “In reality, she’s not that high off the ground, but it looks like she’s risking life and limb, and that’s what you want from a fashion magazine.” says Bailey.
She adds, “So often with celebs you see them doing the same thing time and time again. That seems dated. I want to see them in a new light. I’m buying a fashion magazine because I want to see the relevance of the time I live and I also want to see what’s coming next.”