Vogue’s Alexandra Shulman on Leonard Cohen’s Suzanne

When we meet Suzanne she immediately wins our hearts. Who wouldn’t want to be like her. From the very start she is unique and powerful. She takes the initiative when she “takes you down to her place near the river”.

You never feel that she gets her clothes from the Salvation Army because she has to. No. She chooses to. The rags and feathers she wears are surely light and sensuous.

Either way she is glorious. You just know that she is completely at ease with her appearance.

“The sun pours down like honey” and “there are heroes in the seaweed.” She has made a world that conforms to her own kind of loveliness. And everybody wanted a part of it.

Suzanne Was The Ideal Of The Age” by Alexandra Shulman in Vogue [UK]