Scarlett Johansson covers Harper’s Bazaar UK October 2013

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Red takes centre stage in the October Issue of Bazaar, which kicks off with our cover star, Scarlett Johansson, donning a bright red silk Dolce & Gabbana red dress, with matching jacket and lips.  “Surely she is the most interesting, intelligent and complex actress of our time”, says Fashion Director Avril Mair, who interviewed Johansson on the set of her new film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier – a high octane blockbuster that calls for a leather catsuit, as well as a painfully strict diet. The actress’ commitment to film is matched by her passion for politics, she tells Mair, expressing her hope that at the next US Presidential election in 2016, Hilary Clinton will win.  “I think we could only benefit from having someone in office who has been a mother; women have a different perspective because of that maternal instinct.”

Continuing the rouge theme, Sam Baker, novelist, Bazaar contributor, and redhead, writes with customary wit about how her hair has shaped her life – plus we interview the nations’s favourite ginger, Damian Lewis, ahead of the return of the nation’s favourite Sunday night viewing, Homeland. And, as ever, our October Issue comes with our annual Beauty Hot 100, a supplement packed full of our favourite products (available as stand alone digital edition) and celebrated in the magazine by a look at A/W’s most powerful player – you guessed it, the best red lipsticks.

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As the first ever fashion magazine, Bazaar has many timeless traditions – and one is finding beauty in unexpected places. Consequently we commissioned Mary McCartney to shoot a series of portraits of glamorous women on horseback, including Lily Cole and Amanda Harlech, and Editor–in–Chief Justine Picardie looks at Christian Lacroix’s wondrous revival of the original surrealist couturier, Elsa Schiaparelli.  Another tradition is to celebrate working women (being working women ourselves).  In a new section of the magazine and the website, we will be talking to women from different spheres  – fashion, business, sport, art, you name it – about what they think the key areas are today surrounding their working lives, as well as how to simultaneously retain a sense of style.  See the first of many videos on Harperbazaar.co.uk.

And last but by no means least, Harper’s Bazaar makes little distinction between the print and digital worlds, and to prove it, the October issue focuses on two exclusive online experiences, both of which will result in money being raised for some very important causes. The first is a selection of exclusive Stella McCartney’s scarves, sold on harpersbazaar.co.uk, in oder to raise money for cancer.  And the second is your chance to bid in an exclusive handbag auction, all designed by five of our favourite design houses: Ralph Lauren, Loewe, Mulberry, Georgio Armani and Dolce & Gabbana. Again, all proceeds will go to charity. So for once, you can spend with a clean conscience.  Enjoy!

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