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There are two covers for the August 2014 edition of Harper’s Bazaar UK: one featuring Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery and Lily James, and one of just Michelle on her own.

All the ladies are wearing looks from Valentino’s Pre-Fall 2014 collection, with Michelle’s the most familiar as we’ve already seen this beauty on Cate Blanchett.

With ‘Downton Abbey’ returning for Season 6 in the fall on ITV, Harper’s Bazaar caught up with the ladies.

Michelle Dockery on how she’s ‘grown with the role’: ‘Lady Mary always seemed sure of herself, but “it was a brashness that came from insecurity, whereas now it’s different, she’s very confident in her own skin, and I guess [that's] the parallel, really, with my own life; I feel like I’ve reached a point now where I’m much more content and confident”.’

Laura Carmichael on when a French journalist who asked her why the show is such a hit; what’s the secret to its triumph: ‘Instead of answering, I turned the tables and asked him what he thought. “Because it is full of women”, he said, and I was like, “God, you’re so right!”‘

Lily James on the daily education on acting and being an actor on set: ‘I’m learning a lot about how to be one of the “good” actors. You’d hope that it’s natural to be a good person, and kind, but I’m learning how to deal with long, sometimes boring days.’

To see the full photo shoot, which includes the rest of the female cast, in the August issue of Harper’s Bazaar, pick up a copy when the mag hits newsstands tomorrow, 4 July.

Credit: Harper’s Bazaar UK

Solange Knowles Harpers Baazar

Solange Knowles is living her life out loud and in technicolour for an editorial for shot by Julia Noni for Harper’s Bazaar US.

Fashion editor Joanna Hillman tapped into the star’s love for colour in her editorial, which sees Solange wearing Chanel with a pair of Jeremy Scott by Linda Farrow sunnies that I have to own, as well as Moschino, Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren.

Solange is a successful recording artist with her own label, an art director, and a creative consultant for Puma, all while becoming a fashion icon with a style all of her own.

You can call her a tastemaker, but in a new interview with Harper’s Bazaar she shared how she hasn’t completely come to terms with being labelled as such, saying ”I’ve always had an annoying relationship with the term ‘tastemaker,’ but it’s been a defining part of my career for the past couple of years.”

Solange talked to the magazine about her journey in the music industry, dating losers and divorce. Here are some extracts. You can read the rest over at HarpersBazaar.com.

On her personal style: “You can pull images of me from seven to 14 years ago and I was absolutely nuts. I have always been drawn to interesting pieces and colours, but I didn’t quite know how to limit myself and make those statement pieces work. I had to stabilize our lives and stay in one place. It sounds silly, I know, but having space for my clothes made a huge difference. I was able to get organized, free myself of clutter, and develop a style that felt like me.”

On following in Beyonce’s footsteps: “My parents constantly tried to talk me out of being an artist. They had gone through the whole journey with my sister and just wanted me to have a normal teenage life.”

On her love life: “Luckily, I dated all of the losers ages ago. My love life has been stable for a while,” she says, adding wryly “It’s a fucked-up thing—without conflict it’s a lot harder to write interesting songs.”

Credit: Julia Noni for Harper’s Baazar US

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Keira Knightley For Harper’s Bazaar UK February 2014

Keira Knightley covers the February 2014 issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK wearing, you guessed it, Chanel, shot by Alexi Lubomirski.

The British star can also been seen wearing a mix of Spring 2014 pieces from Balenciaga, Burberry Prorsum, Hermes, Valentino, Fendi, Michael Kors, Stella McCartney and Bottega Veneta in her editorial. It’s quite a fashion feast.

She talks to the mag about feminism, acting in the ‘boys club’ and why she will never join Twitter again.

Here is what the 28-year-old ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ actress had to share with the mag:

On feminism: “I think it’s great that the discussions are finally being allowed to be had [about feminism], as opposed to anybody mentioning feminism and everybody going, ‘Oh, f***ing shut up.’ Somehow, it [feminism] became a dirty word. I thought it was really weird for a long time, and I think it’s great that we’re coming out of that.”

On working in the male-dominated film industry: “I go to work at 5.30 in the morning; I wouldn’t get back probably until nine o’clock at night. Most of the guys that I talk to – and I’ve spoken to a lot of guys about it – they say [whispers], ‘My wife does everything.’ You think, ‘Why wasn’t I thinking about this five years ago?’ Hollywood has a really long way to go. I don’t think that anybody can deny that, really, and I think as much as you are getting more women playing lead roles… they’re still pretty few and far between.”

On why she was only on Twitter for 12 hours: “It made me feel a little bit like being in a school playground and not being popular and standing on the sidelines kind of going, ‘Argh.’”

Credit: Alexi Lubomirski for Harper’s Bazaar UK

Kate Hudson for Harper Bazaar

Kate Hudson is the latest cover star of Harper’s Bazaar US, shot by Alexi Lubomirski for the December-January issue who captures the blonde star wearing Lanvin for the newsstand cover and Givenchy for the subscriber cover, plus a dazzling array of Spring 2014 looks from the likes of Tom Ford, Alexander McQueen, Roberto Cavalli and Fendi are featured in the editorial.

She talks to the mag about fitness, family, high-end shopping and my favourite top red-carpet fashion.

On high-end clothing: “People think we own all these dresses. But we borrow them. I can’t afford to buy that stuff. There are certain things I splurge on, but it’s very rare, especially when you have two kids and school tuition. I’m not a big high-end fashion shopper. I wish I could but the truth is things are just so expensive. Before Isabel Marant was a million dollars and famous, I used to go to her store in Paris and go crazy, it was so affordable.”

On the beaded denim Balmain minidress she wore to the ‘Clear History’ premiere: “It was a bit intimidating. The workmanship is amazing. It brought me back to being a little girl looking at anything sparkly.”

On her favourite red-carpet moments this year: “The black-and-gold Alexander McQueen dress I wore to the Golden Globes, and a red Stella McCartney and a red Prabal Gurung. I haven’t really done Valentino yet, but I want to.”

On staying active: “It really is a vital part of my day in terms of energy. And I mean just by putting a sports bra on. Then maybe you’ll do something. Even if it’s a few squats in the backyard and back to the couch.”

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Sarah Jesscia Parker for Harper's Bazaar US September 2013 (2)

Sarah Jessica Parker donned a gold Marc Jacobs sequin dress for the Terry-Richardson-shot cover for Harper’s Bazaar US’s September 2013 issue.

As you would expect, the editorial is jam-packed with high-fashion designs from Gucci (currently those feather-festooned Fall 2013 gowns have graced most of the September issue editorials), Oscar de la Renta and Chanel.

In her interview, SJP talks about her husband, Matthew Broderick, collaborating with Halston, and her new HBO show, ‘Into the Fire’.

On her husband, Matthew Broderick: “I love Matthew Broderick. Call me crazy, but I love him. We can only be in the marriage we are. We’re very devoted to our family and our lives. I love our life. I love that he’s the father of my children, and it’s because of him that there’s this whole other world that I love.”

On working With Halston: “We’ve all worked with complicated people, and I always think that I can disarm them. I love collaborating. I’m a great listener and learner, and I don’t think I know more than they do. I’m transparent.”

On her new HBO show, ‘Into the Fire’: “It’s about a woman, a beloved talk-show host out of Minneapolis, whose husband is a cook. He sort of put his career on hold while she had this big success, and ultimately they move to New York to give his career a chance. But they’re floundering. He’s a hothead and he can’t really keep a job. Deeply lovable.”

On her image: “I don’t think I’ve ever spent 10 minutes calculating my image. I can’t even recall a conversation.”

Credit: Terry Richardson for Harper’s Bazaar

Carey Mulligan - June Cover - Harper's Bazaar

We are going to be seeing a lot of Carey Mulligan this month, with her eagerly anticipated movie ‘The Great Gatsby’ due for release.

Gracing her second major title, the British actress is the June 2013 cover girl for Harper’s Bazaar UK, which hits newsstands today.

Her fresh springtime shoot sees her, not surprisingly, wearing Prada on the cover, paired with her husband’s Hunter wellies, with an additional 10 pages of glorious summery looks by Fendi, Bottega Veneta and Erdem.

Carey talks to the mag about her drive, which has seen the Londoner progress from low-budget British films to a lavish Hollywood production of The Great Gatsby. She also talks about working with Leonardo DiCaprio and her marriage to Marcus Mumford from Mumford and Sons, plus she explains how she keeps her feet on the ground.

Here are some extracts from her interview. The Full interview appears in the June issue of Harper’s Bazaar, on sale Wednesday 1 May 2013. Also available as a digital edition.

On playing Daisy in Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’: “Daisy was difficult to work out, but so fun to play… Baz also gave me about seven biographies of Zelda [Fitzgerald] and a stack of love letters from Ginevra [King]. You can so easily see where Fitzgerald has taken Daisy from. Just the way Zelda and Ginevra wrote – there were lines we stole for the script.”

On Michael Schumacher vs Leonardo DiCaprio: “Well, he [Leonardo DiCaprio] wasn’t my pin-up, but he was for a lot of my girlfriends. Michael Schumacher [was my pin-up]. I used to watch Formula 1 with my dad when I was little. When I did the audition [for the role of Daisy in ‘The Great Gatsby’] with Leo in New York I walked away grinning. Just the idea that if I never got any further, I had just spent an hour and a half acting with Leonardo DiCaprio.”

On why she chose to marry in a Prada wedding dress: “I have worn a lot of Prada and always loved their clothes. I always felt very comfortable. They were the first designer house that ever lent me anything; I wore Prada to the Oscars. The people who work there are so lovely and really just non-scary fashion people.”

Credit: Tom Allen for Harper’s Bazaar




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