This Is The BAZAAR 100 of 2021Shannon F. Brehmer December 24, 2021
After a year of reopenings, followed by the recent reverse into a soft shutdown in light of Omicron, we’re gearing up for the holidays and the start of 2022. But first: a look back. The Bazaar 100 is a list of all the fashion, culture, and design that we loved in 2021. From new discoveries to our tried-and-trues, these are the pieces filling our closets, cabinets, and carts, along with endless things to stream, binge, and read. Scroll on for one hundred ways to find joy right now — from all the editors at Harper’s BAZAAR.
From pared-down tailoring to luxe knits, here are the essentials you’ll buy now and wear forever.
These sustainably designed pumps were created with regenerated nylon and vegetable-tanned leather, and are shipped in eco-friendly packaging—all without sacrificing style.
Cropped Leather Pants
“My vibe continues to be Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy forever, and these pants reinforce that chic, effortless, Americana energy.” —Kerry Pieri, Digital Fashion/Features Director
These knits are, hands down, the most luxe layering pieces you’ll ever own.
Leather goods that feel very “now,” but will also look good forever.
Lisa’s pieces are wearable works of art, and this lariat can be styled in any number of ways.
You can’t go wrong with oversized jackets—layer them over T-shirts or knits, drape them over your shoulders, or wear nothing underneath for a night out.
The ultimate in uniform dressing, these loafers are a worthy investment. Wear them to work, on the weekend with jeans, or for dressing down the season’s miniskirts and dresses.
Christopher John Rogers
“Christopher John Rogers is the king of happy, colorful pieces—that plus the craftsmanship make his day-to-night dresses a must-buy.” —Carrie Goldberg, Weddings & Travel Director
We love these extras for topping off a look—day or night.
Gold Jug Drop Earrings
“I met Jameel Mohammed at the 2021 CFDA Awards and was blown away by his beautiful gold designs.” —Nikki Ogunnaike, Digital Director
Large Shopping Bag
The year’s It bag is accessibly priced, comes in a wide range of colors, and is available online—that is, if you can snag one before it sells out.
Millenia Crystal Necklace
With Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert putting her touch on the sparkle at Swarovski, we all want a Riviere necklace this holiday season.
Fisherman Bucket Hat
There’s just something refined about leather, you know? This topper offers a polished riff on one of the year’s most popular accessories.
“These masks come in different tones to match all your outfits. I never go out without them..”—Alison Cohn, Deputy Fashion News Editor
“An heirloom belt is a true investment. Plan to hand it down to future generations.”—Amanda Alagem, Accessories Director
Rarely is an It-accessory so utilitarian. Pick up a pair of these and you’ll find yourself sporting them whether or not it looks like rain.
Brunello Cucinelli & Oliver Peoples
Well-crafted and utterly timeless frames from a collab between two of the chicest brands out there.
Whether paired with a little black dress or jeans and a white tee, this crystal-encrusted bag is a worthy addition to your closet.
These are the beauty, skincare, wellness, and hair products that got us through lockdown and helped us emerge back into the world.
“This three-in-one brow pencil, pen, and spoolie makes it easy to fill in the sparse areas of my brows. I love that the color is pigmented but natural.” —Tiffany Dodson, Associate Beauty Commerce Editor
The Ritual Shampoo and Conditioner
“This shower system leaves my hair silky after just one use and makes my curls bouncy yet tamed. It also looks sleek in my shower.” —Katie Intner, Associate Beauty Editor
Supersonic Flyaway Attachment
Every year, Dyson invents a new hair tool that blows our minds. Pop this attachment on, glide it over your flyaways, and watch with awe as they magically lie flat.
“This electric-red shade became my lipstick for all Zoom calls, because one swipe delivers bold color, balmy hydration, and a little shine.” —Jenna Rosenstein, Digital Beauty Director
“These sustainably packaged discs of body soap dissolve in water (even the wrapper), leaving behind nothing but clean skin.” —Jenna Rosenstein, Digital Beauty Director
Moringa Oil with Clary, Sage, and Vetiver
Shaz & Kiks
“I use this made-in-India oil as a pre-wash treatment, and my hair has become noticeably softer. Love!” —Jamie Wilson, Beauty Editor
This classic shade—Black Honey—went viral on TikTok after Gen Z discovered how pretty it looks on all skin tones. It’s sold out now—but it always comes back.
Divine Cream Blush
“I’m in love with Rose Inc products, and this one is a real standout. It gives just the right pinky glow, and it lasts forever.” —Kerry Pieri, Digital Fashion/Features Director
“These Hermès nail files are little luxuries. They make a mundane task feel like a scene from Succession.” —Jenna Rosenstein, Digital Beauty Director
Fourth Phase Box
“I have lots of friends who have given birth or will be giving birth in the next few months, and this is the absolute perfect after-care gift—one that they never knew they needed, but are ecstatic to receive.” —Nikki Ogunaikke, Digital Director
Eau de Parfum
Rihanna’s Fenty de Parfum was a massive hit this year. With notes of tangerine, blueberry, and Bulgarian rose, the scent makes it easy for anyone to smell amazing. We’re just waiting for it to come back in stock.
Day Glow Highlighting Balm
“This highlighting balm gives me a lit-from-within glow that looks natural instead of overly shiny or sparkly, and melts right into my skin.” —Tiffany Dodson, Associate Beauty Commerce Editor
The havoc masking can wreak on our skin is real—and it calls for new skincare routines. Here, the products that have helped us target texture, breakouts, and dryness in this era of face coverings.
Dark Spot Serum
“This culty serum was a massive hit among beauty lovers this year—so much that it sold out. Now that it’s back in stock, I’m adding a bottle to my cart before it disappears again.” —Tiffany Dodson, Associate Beauty Commerce Editor
Vital Balm Cream
“The older I get, the more I find myself needing a lotion that will quench my dry-as-hell skin in the coldest months. Putting on this lotion feels like drinking eight glasses of water straight to my face.” —Leah Chernikoff, Executive Editor
Dr. Barbara Sturm
“The essentials you need for glowing skin! Dr. Barbara Sturms’s perfect package of hyaluronic acid, night serum, and face cream is the best way to rejuvenate tired skin at home.” —Nicole Fritton, Executive Fashion Director
SPF 30 Lotion
“The key to religiously applying SPF is finding one you actually enjoy using. This one smells like coconut and doesn’t leave a white cast.” —Katie Intner, Assistant Beauty Editor
Face Cupping Kit
“I love using these cupping tools to depuff in the morning. They sculpt with minimal effort. I add a light oil before using it for a good glide.” —Katie Intner, Assistant Beauty Editor
Find the products that work best for you via an in-depth consultation; thank us later. This is the gold standard if you want smooth, well-balanced, best-case-scenario skin.
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2020 was all about redecorating and renovating. Now, it’s all about the finishing touches. Below, our top picks for leveling up your living space this year.
Candles so beautiful, you don’t want to burn them—that is, until you get a whiff of that beetroot scent.
Caspian Linen & Cotton Quilt
Thompson Street Studio
“A modern take on an old-fashioned craft—with the prettiest range of pastel colors.”
Give the gift of flowers—in the vase for easy decorating, or loose for someone who loves at-home arranging.
Zodiac Dinner Plates
The Last Line
If china with modern borders or romantic flowers isn’t your style, try this range of zodiac-inspired tabletop pieces. They are ethereal and elegant, with a satisfying hint of edge.
“These slippers feel like walking on clouds, come in an equally chic pouch, and look like luxurious slides.” —Jaclyn Alexandra Cohen, Fashion & Accessories Editor
Hikari Earthenware Sculpture
2020 was all about home revamps, and now it’s about artful finishing touches. This piece is hand-turned, meaning no two are exactly alike.
As offices nationwide reopen, here are the pieces we’ll be buying to look professional and chic—without sacrificing the comfort we’ve come to love while working from home.
“This is the perfect floral dress: The pattern is subtle, the silhouette is effortless, and what I love most is that it works for every season.” —Jaclyn Alexandra Cohen, Fashion & Accessories Editor
Air Force 1
“I lived in these long before 2021, but they are foolproof when working at home—and when paired with tailored trousers and a thin knit at the office.” —Carrie Goldberg, Weddings & Travel Director
“Polo sweaters are my go-to all year round. Style them for each season—just swap in different-weight pants depending on the temperature.” —Kerry Pieri, Digital Fashion/Features Director
“For all those times you need to throw your hair up, this pin is the ideal mix of ease and elegance.” —Amanda Alagem, Accessories Director
Denim by way of a trouser: Is there any better form of pared-down tailoring? Dress these down with sneakers, or up with a pointed-toe shoe or lady bag.
Fear of God
When asked about returning to the office, almost every fashion editor on our team mentioned this blazer, proving that it’s truly a hero piece.
We may have gotten out of the house more in 2021, but our love for an all-weekend TV binge or a long, podcast-enhanced walk hasn’t dissipated. These shows, movies, music, and podcasts provided all the entertainment we needed this year.
“Netflix’s Squid Game was arguably the show of 2021. Alongside its thrilling plot, gut-wrenching performances, and enduring cultural emblems (like the dalgona candy and pink soldier costumes), the series offers a depiction of late-stage capitalism that feels uncannily timely. Plus, it’s exciting to see Korean talent get the recognition it deserves.”
Lil Nas X’s World Domination
“In a year that got wilder from month to month, Lil Nas X consistently grabbed attention. Whether it was lap dancing with the devil in the ‘Montero’ video or bringing back the big-budget video spectacle with ‘Industry Baby,’ the artist knew exactly how to promote his (perfect) album.” —Kaitlyn Greenidge, Features Director
Stanley Tucci Everything
“It started with a very sophisticated thirst trap: Stanley Tucci on IGTV offering a Negroni tutorial. Since then, he’s hosted a food travelogue on CNN and released his memoir. At a time when we were all stir-crazy, Tucci made us feel like we’d been seated next to the most charming guy at the dinner.” —Nojan Aminosharei, Entertainment Director
“Every time Hunter Harris’s funny, breezy pop culture newsletter, Hung Up, appears in my inbox, it’s like a small dose of dopamine. Also joy-inducing: Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo’s shopping roundup, A Thing or Two; fashion writer Rachel Tashjian’s invite-only Opulent Tips; and so many others. Who knew 2021 would make email fun again?’ —Izzy Grinspan, Digital Deputy Editor
Aaliyah on Streaming Services
“Twenty years after her untimely passing, Aaliyah’s music catalogue became available to stream on Spotify and Apple Music, making hits like “Are You That Somebody?” finally available to her longtime fans. Within hours, her songs and albums reappeared on the charts, solidifying her status as an eternal princess of R&B.” —Bianca Betancourt, Culture Editor
“Megan Fox and Kourtney Kardashian offer proof that it’s never too late to live out your teenage dreams. Their respective relationships with Machine Gun Kelly and Travis Barker have coincided with a return of pop-punk influences in music as well as fashion. It’s nice to see two women who’ve always seemed stifled by fame finally appear to be living their best lives.” —Sabrina Park, Editorial Assistant
The Return of Adele
“Adele came back into the public eye with a vengeance late this year. Her latest album, 30, compiles some of the singer’s most mature—and experimental—work yet, ranging across genres like R&B, folk, and soul, and offering up heart-wrenching lyrics about ‘divorce, babe.'” —Bianca Betancourt, Culture Editor
The Just Enough Family Podcast
“I’ve never binged a podcast before, but this one from New Yorker alum Ariel Levy, about the astronomic rise and fall of designer Liz Lange’s family, is impossible to stop listening to. It’s been likened to Jewish Succession, and that’s not too far off!” —Leah Chernikoff, Executive Editor
Ben Affleck + J.Lo
“Bennifer was back in the best way possible this year. Whether going on secret dates in Montana, making a grand entrance at the Met Gala, or jet-setting in Capri, the power couple proudly showed off their rekindled romance, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.” —Bianca Betancourt, Culture Editor
“In 2021, HBO came after Netflix’s crown. The streaming channel brought us some of the smartest, most talked-about shows of the year, including Succession, The White Lotus, and Mare of Easttown, not to mention the revivals of both Gossip Girl and Sex and the City.“ —Izzy Grinspan, Digital Deputy Editor
“Emily in Paris. Ted Lasso. Selling Sunset. The Morning Show. The TV we couldn’t get enough of in lockdown came rushing back once the world was ever-so-slightly ajar. With the holidays shaping up to be a bit more stay-at-home, it’s time to binge it all.”—Carrie Goldberg, Weddings & Travel Director
Going Back to Movie Theaters
“After a year-plus of nothing on the big screen, blockbusters like Spencer, Dune, and House of Gucci got us back into socially distanced theaters, curled up with a tub of popcorn to be enjoyed in awkward under-mask bites. When the new wave subsides, we’ll be back.” —Sabrina Park, Editorial Assistant
Our favorite reads of the year, from thought-provoking fiction to beach-friendly page-turners.
by Emily Ratajkowski
“Model Emily Ratajkowski is as ambivalent about the male gaze as you can be in an industry that lives and dies by it. Her collection of essays is a thoughtful, self-aware examination of her own beauty and the way she’s been commodified over the years.” —Sabrina Park, Editorial & Social Media Assistant
Crying in H Mart
by Michelle Zauner
“I’ve been a big fan of Michelle Zauner’s band, the rock group Japanese Breakfast, for some time now. Her intimate memoir—which is equal parts humorous and heartbreaking—provided profound insight into her lyrics and what fuels her as a person and as a musician.” —Ariana Marsh, Senior Features Editor
by Kaitlyn Greenidge
“In this read based on Susan Smith McKinney-Steward, the first Black female doctor in New York State, Kaitlyn Greenidge (also Harper’s BAZAAR’s features director) blends magical realism with post-Civil War American history, asking us to consider what freedom really looks like.” —Ariana Marsh, Senior Features Editor
by Lauren Groff
“Matrix follows the fictional experiences of the medieval nun Marie de France, a cousin of the queen who is exiled to a poor convent and comes close to creating an all-female utopia. Reading it feels like the opposite of scrolling through digital media: a gorgeous slow burn that will make you feel more connected with the rhythms of the natural world.” —Izzy Grinspan, Digital Deputy Editor
by Torrey Peters
“Torrey Peters’s book has been described as whip-smart, funny, and provocative, and it’s all that and more. Centering on three women, two trans and one cis, who are brought together by an unexpected pregnancy, it explores taboos around sex, gender, womanhood, and family through characters you can’t help but fall in love with.” —Ariana Marsh, Senior Features Editor
50th Anniversary Edition by Diane di Prima
“A year after her death, Diane di Prima is still instructing new generations in service of a better world. Her 1968 poems offer solace amid 2021’s destruction, but also beckon us to imagine what could be created from the ashes. As she says in Letter #19, “You can have what you ask for, ask for everything.” —Chelsey Sanchez, Associate Editor
Last year cemented our skills as at-home mixologists and sommeliers. This year, we learned how to make the perfect negroni from Stanley Tucci and flexed our palettes with at-home wine tastings. We even fell in love with non-alcoholic options. Below: the BAZAAR bar cart.
“This hemp-infused, nonalcoholic spirit is the best alternative I’ve found for my nightly glass of wine. It gives cocktail-hour vibes, without the next-day hangover.” —Nikki Ogunnaike, Digital Director
The Bard, 2019
“I come from a wine-obsessed family. This boutique estate of cabernets—run by the first female estate director under 35—is well worth tracking down.” —Carrie Goldberg, Weddings & Travel Director
Dom x Lady Gaga
“Lady Gaga teamed up with Dom Pérignon to design an otherworldly champagne bottle. It brings an extra dose of decadence to any at-home cocktail hour.” —Bianca Betancourt, Culture Editor
Lemon Lavender Aperitif
“I always have a bottle of Haus on hand when I’m hosting. It’s the key ingredient for refreshing and hangover-free spritzes.” —Halie LeSavage, Fashion Commerce Editor
OVID Red Wine, 2016
OVID Napa Valley
“This Napa Valley wine is one of my favorites during the holiday season. It’s truly a jewel of a wine—joy in a glass!” —Nicole Fritton, Executive Fashion Director
A display-worthy bar cart isn’t complete without impeccably curated glassware. We have our eye on these colorful pieces from one of our favorite Milan-based tastemakers, JJ Martin.
True innovation is a rare and beautiful thing. These were the moments in fashion, culture, and luxury that felt the most groundbreaking in 2021, from surprise collaborations between major designers to movies that changed the course of the entertainment industry.
“In a year of fashion collabs, this game of musical chairs between Fendi’s Kim Jones and Versace’s Donatella Versace upped the ante. Fashion lovers the world over got a glimpse of what happens when the helms of two historic houses designed pieces for each other’s labels—and debuted them on the most epic, supermodel-studded runway in Milan.” —Carrie Goldberg, Weddings & Travel Director
Balenciaga’s The Simpsons
Never afraid to reinvent the wheel, Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia showed his Paris Fashion Week audience a 10-minute Simpsons episode. But first, he treated them to a live feed of red-carpet arrivals to the very event they were attending, some of whom were actually models wearing the collection. It was a mind-bender of a presentation; more importantly, it was a lot of fun.
The images of Beyoncé and Jay-Z wearing formalwear and the Tiffany diamond in front of Equals Pi, a rare painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat, sparked endless debate and felt instantly era defining. The campaign starring the iconic couple, dubbed About Love, symbolized everything the Carters have come to represent in their careers—glamour, wealth, power—but, most importantly, Black excellence.
Eleven Madison Park
“Daniel Humm’s reimagining of Eleven Madison Park into a vegan, fine-dining institution is a must-try for every dish on the menu.” —Nicole Fritton, Executive Fashion Director
“It was fascinating to witness the speed with which these digital-only objets took over the art world this year—not to mention tech and fashion.” —Izzy Grinspan, Deputy Digital Editor
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
The first Marvel movie created by an Asian director and starring a predominantly Asian cast, this action film wowed critics and audiences alike.
Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle
Living like royalty is officially possible: Les Airelles’ Le Grand Controle opened its doors on the grounds of Chateau de Versailles this year complete with a feast experience from Alain Ducasse, a private tour of the Hall of Mirrors, and decor fit for Marie Antoinette.
Pierpaolo Piccioli’s September runway featured Valentino Archive pieces re-edited from their original patterns. The looks included a dress first worn by Marisa Berenson in 1968 (pictured here) and an animal-print coat worn by Veruschka in 1967. Per the house: “It’s an homage to the past, in a contemporary context.”
Camp Sarika at Amangiri
“Amangiri has always set the standard for otherworldly properties in the country, but their ultra-luxe glamping experience combines everything that’s good about five-star hotels, outdoor adventures, and the wonders of the natural world.” —Carrie Goldberg, Weddings & Travel Director