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Christiane Amanpour Interviews Glenda Bailey, Talks Fashion, Politics, and Bazaar's New (Amazing) Greatest Hits Book

Photo courtesy of Thomson/Reuters
Photo courtesy of Thomson/Reuters

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"Since 2011, we've found ourselves in a different world," said Harper's Bazaar Editor-in-Chief Glenda Bailey in an interview-over-lunch with Christiane Amanpour at the Thomson Reuters building overlooking Times Square this afternoon. "Metallics are always on every runway," Bailey points out.

Why? "So we can be seen if we have to run."

The same goes for jewelry, Bailey says. Post-9/11, jewelry and accessories have become "so ornate, embroidered, and embellished."

Why? So when you "run away, you can take your riches with you."

The intimate luncheon celebrated the release—on the 10th anniversary of Bailey's editorship of the iconic American fashion magazine—of Harper's Bazaar: Greatest Hits, A Decade of Style, a mindblowing collection of iconic images, art direction, and award-winning photography culled from the 150-year old archives at Bazaar. We spotted VIPs including Tory Burch, Marilyn Gauthier, and Diane Von Furstenberg listening to the Amanpour-Bailey interview with rapt attention (fun trivia: Amanpour and Bailey live in the same building!).

Among the topics discussed were: safari jackets (Amanpour was wondering whether any designers made appropriate versions for in-studio shots), giraffe breath (Rachel Zoe is not a fan), the cult of red lipstick (Life is short, wear red lipstick), Hillary Clinton's pink Ferragamo handbag ("You can be the most powerful woman in the world, but you still want to talk fashion," Bailey revealed.), Madeleine Albright's most-flattering photos, and how being a terrible fashion designer led Bailey to a career in fashion journalism.

"Fashion reflects what’s going on in our world, and Bazaar makes pop culture fashionable,” Bailey said in the book press release. “I think of my job as hosting a can’t-miss party where everyone’s invited. Bazaar puts the fun back in fashion and serves it up with a healthy dash of humor, and I am so fortunate to work with the greatest photographers, creative talents, models and celebrities, who turn inspiration into unforgettable images."

The 300+ image collection features tons of familiar faces—including Marc Jacobs, Donatella Versace, Valentino with his pugs, Alber Elbaz, Karl Lagerfeld, Marge Simpson, and Courtney Love—and celebrates the work of legendary photographers including Patrick Demarchelier, Jean-Paul Gode, Peter Lindbergh, William Klein, Mario Sorrenti, and Terry Richardson.
· Harper's Bazaar Greatest Hits, $65 at Amazon.com