March 2016 issue editor's letter
Karlie Kloss stars on the cover of ELLE Malaysia's March fashion issue
Seeing Karlie Kloss in the flesh for the first time is an experience you don't forget. For me it happened in Milan a year ago, at the Versace show, where models arrived on the runway after descending several flights of stairs in stilettos (a sight that had every woman in the audience biting her nails on their behalf). Karlie did it in thigh-high red suede boots, and she didn't walk, she stalked. She was magnetic.
I've seen Karlie again this week in New York, ruling the A/W 2016 runways in her hometown. Last night she was dancing in gold sequins at Diane von Furstenberg, this morning she was floating in dreamy chiffon at Carolina Herrera. She's not a model who can keep the smile from her face for long, and she doesn't do the expected; she does more. Karlie attends New York University, has learnt how to code and established pathways for other girls to learn too. Her beauty is so much more than the physical – it's also about her intelligence, emotion and ambition – which is why she is a perfect cover girl for ELLE.
Celebrating women is something we love to do at any time, but especially in March as we mark International Women's Day. This year we asked some of our favourite Malaysian women for their thoughts on the most pressing issues facing women in this country (page 110). Their answers range from heartbreaking to hilarious (I never realised the arrival of Netflix on our digital shores would cause an existential crisis, but comedian Luwita Hana Randhawa is apparently having one).
We have allowed a few good men into the issue though, namely the always surprising Marc Jacobs (page 86), the wonderful designer Joseph Altuzarra (page 114), and the ever entertaining Manolo Blahnik, whose frankness and witticisms make him a dream interview subject (page 80).
And it wouldn't be March without taking an in-depth look at the new season. Spring/Summer 2016 was romantic, fierce, cool, futuristic, nostalgic and so much more. On page 128 we curate 10 of the key trends, and choose 10 hero pieces from the collections. (If you can read this and resist, you're a stronger woman than me.)
Finally this month we've created our first bridal magazine, which comes free with this issue. I wasn't the only one on the ELLE team dreaming of a second wedding after seeing some of the dresses and diamonds. I'd love to know what you think of it, and what you'd like to see in the next one. As always, you can write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.