NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - July 28, 2016) - Harper's BAZAAR today unveiled the 2016 ICONS by Carine Roitfeld, a 17-page portfolio featuring modern icons Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West, appearing in a magazine shoot together for the first time since they were married. Photographed by Karl Lagerfeld with creative direction by Stephen Gan, the story also includes models Natasha Poly, Lara Stone and Lindsey Wixson, all lounging on pure white, just-slept-in beds. Reaching a global audience of more than 20 million in print and online, the portfolio appears in 32 editions of Harper's BAZAAR around the world. Visit harpersbazaar.com for more; the September issue hits newsstands nationwide on August 16.
An intimate image of Kim and Kanye moments before a kiss appears on the cover, with inside images of the pair with their must-have accessories: their mobile phones. Kim takes selfies, Kanye photographs Kim, they each focus intensely on their devices.
"I decided that my icons this year would be two people I really like and respect," Roitfeld said. "Kanye is a genius. Kim is beautiful and shines with confidence. They are artists, great parents, friends, and talented people."
"This is a generation and a group of people who live with the selfies. It's their style. I think it's what they do at home. It's an interesting phenomenon of our days," Lagerfeld said.
"Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West are a direct reflection of the generation coming of age today; a savvy couple who merge culture and creativity, music, art and fashion," said Gan. "This unifying spirit inspired us, and we chose to capture them with the ultimate intimate connection: a kiss. We hope these images taken by Karl Lagerfeld in his Paris studio (with his own antique bedsheets as props) and styled by Carine Roitfeld will be seen as a positive and romantic souvenir of our times."
"Collaborating with Carine and Stephen is always an incredibly creative experience and with Karl shooting, we were able to feel comfortable and be ourselves," Kardashian West said.
Harper's BAZAAR editors from around the world will come together on Friday, September 9 to celebrate at the legendary Plaza Hotel. Partners for the event include Infor, returning for the third year, Laura Mercier, whose makeup was featured on the cover and inside the ICONS Portfolio, and Stella Artois, who will be creating a specialty cocktail, THE ICONS Cidre Cocktail by Master Beer Sommelier Marc Stroobandt, for this exclusive event.
In the U.S. and the UK, the portfolio is wrapped by Laura Mercier, both in print and online. Harper's BAZAAR is also partnering with Infor and FIT to inspire and support the next generation of designers through the Infor/FIT Fashion Design ICONS Award, with videos running online at harpersbazaar.com.
About Harper's BAZAAR
Sophisticated, elegant and provocative, Harper's Bazaar (www.bazaar.com) is the style resource for women who are the first to buy the best, from casual to couture. With authority and insider insight, Harper's Bazaar showcases the work of visionary stylists, expressive photographers and talented designers, covering what's new to what's next. Founded in 1867, America's first fashion magazine is available in 44 countries around the world. Harper's BAZAAR is published by Hearst Magazines, a unit of Hearst Corporation (www.hearst.com), one of the nation's largest diversified media and information companies. Follow Harper's BAZAAR on Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram and Twitter.
Infor builds beautiful business applications with last mile functionality and scientific insights for select industries delivered as a cloud service. With 15,000 employees and customers in more than 200 countries and territories, Infor automates critical processes for industries including healthcare, manufacturing, fashion, wholesale distribution, hospitality, retail, and public sector. Inforsoftware helps eliminate the need for costly customization through embedded deep industry domain expertise. Headquartered in New York City, Infor is also home to one of the largest creative agencies in Manhattan, Hook & Loop, focused on delivering a user experience that is fun and engaging. Infor deploys its cloud applications primarily on the Amazon Web Services cloud and open source platforms. To learn more about Infor, please visit www.infor.com.
About Laura Mercier
Laura Mercier Cosmetics was founded in 1996 by French Makeup Artist Laura Mercier, the pioneer of the Flawless Face. This global luxury line of Makeup, Skincare, Body & Bath and Fragrance is known for its iconic makeup artistry and techniques. The brand is centered on Laura Mercier's personal philosophy that "what makes you unique makes you beautiful." Laura is the innovative force behind the award-winning products, French aesthetic and artistry techniques - helping every woman look - and feel - her best. Acquired by Shiseido in 2016, Laura Mercier Cosmetics are distributed through specialty, beauty and department stores in 30 countries. For more information visit: https://www.lauramercier.com.
About Stella Artois
Stella Artois® is part of a Belgian brewing tradition dating back to 1366. It is the No. 1 Belgian beer in the world and is present in over 80 countries. Stella Artois® is a bottom filtered, blonde pilsner. It is thirst quenching with a malty middle and crisp finish delivering a full flavor and a hint of bitterness. Stella Artois® is best enjoyed served between 3 and 5 degrees Celsius and should be served in the unique Stella Artois® Chalice according to the 9-Step Pouring Ritual to guarantee a perfect experience of this gold standard lager. Visit www.stellaartois.com for more information.
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