Canadian singer-songwriter The Weeknd is tired of answering questions about his hair, writes Brooke Mazurek in the September 2017 Harper's Bazaar US cover story. Anonymity attracts the super talent who says "I'm not in a rush to let people know everything about me," he says. "Mystery is always great."
The magazine goes against the grain for its fashion blockbuster September issue, with a focus on The Weeknd, flanked by top models Adriana Lima and Irina Shayk. Girlfriend Selena Gomez is MIA in Harper's September icons issue.
Before releasing Starboy, the hugely successful 2016 album that established the Weeknd as one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, he chopped off his famous dreadlocks and stashed them in his manager’s safe. But his new, softer coif, which plateaus ever so slightly above his forehead, still attracts annoying questions that he would prefer not to answer. Instead he offers a glimpse into his psyche by way of e-mail.
Carine Roitfeld styles the September issue, available August 22 on newsstands, which also features Miranda Lambert, Courtney Love, Karlie Kloss, Natasha Poly, Dionne Warwick, Travis Scott and Joan Smalls. Candice Swanepoel graces the white grand piano. The singer, known as Abel Tesfaye, in his real life, wears Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello throughout his poses, captured by photographer Brigitte Lacombe, who shoots the entire issue.
During New York Fashion Week, Roitfeld will host an Icons party on Sept. 8 at the Plaza Hotel. Fashionista reports that Tesfaye is slated to perform. "I wanted a musician with an incredible stage-presence," said Roitfeld. "I saw him perform at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and I knew he would electrify people at our fashion icons party.-- especially the girls! I knew he was a very nice person and I knew it would be a pleasure to work with him."