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GQ Australia September / October 2019

GQ is the essential style guide for modern men, from grooming tips to fashion details, seductive menus to great travel ideas and the latest bars in which to drink and be seen. GQ Australia is a provocative mix of the very best writing, strong visuals and an unrivalled sense of achievement, intelligence and irreverence, the ultimate urban men's tip-sheet. It's the pinnacle of the premium men's lifestyle magazine market and covers style, culture, entertainment, tech, health, sport, luxury and life.

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in this issue

3 min
spring fragrance guide

Bottega Veneta You know what they say about couples who spray together? Actually they don’t say anything but the mid elements of balsam fir and cedar wood – usually found lurking in the base notes – make this a slick choice for those not particularly bothered about traditionally male or female categories. ‘Illusione For Him’ EDT, $115 (50ml); myer.com.au, Dolce & Gabbana An ode to Italy, the expected lemon and blood orange top notes refresh like an Aperol spritz but it’s the wholly unexpected pimento that lifts it into the realms of the intriguing. Just quietly, this could well be the breakout hit of summer. ‘K by Dolce & Gabbana’ EDT, $140 (100ml); davidjones.com.au Tom Ford Put aside any preconceptions of lavender you may have. This blend shimmers with amber and green notes plus timber…

5 min
change how you tradie

Stylish, tech-forward entrepreneurs, today’s tradies are a far cry from the ‘ute, dog and pub’ clichés we’re familiar with. Having worked in the industry since he was just 13 years old, Jason Charles knows all too well the tired stereotypes associated with being a tradie: “That we overcharge, don’t deliver on time and don’t provide after-completion service.” Add to this a penchant for smokos and wolf whistling women from worksites, and he’s pretty much on the money. It should go without saying, but these stereotypes aren’t true. At least not these days. Despite the strides made in the industry over the past few decades, the old clichés still remain, which can be frustrating for the modern tradie like Charles, who is an astute businessman, a mathematician, a craftsman and a labourer all…

1 min
cool kids

Best known for his hipster, preppy style (and getting banned from Australia), Tyler, the Creator is also the brains behind cult streetwear brand Golf Wang. Launched back in 2011, it had its first fashion show in 2016 and now delivers hugely anticipated new ‘drops’ twice a year and is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after skate brands in LA. Also worth a mention is blond-mopped Aussie musical prodigy Perto, who’s fast making a name for himself around the world – without even breaking drinking age.…

3 min
queen of hearts

Gazing out from the cover of ‘Prophet’, a single off her debut album Cheap Queen, is King Princess, her brows pencil thin, her lips defined by an exaggerated coat of fuchsia, her eyelids hooded in domes of purple and white. She looks not unlike a drag queen. But for Mikaela Straus, the woman behind King Princess, this over-the-top characterisation of femininity not only allows her showmanship to, as she puts it, “fly fucking free,” but has afforded her an armour behind which she can thrive in an industry that’s still hooked on conventional beauty and gender ideals. Most 20-year-olds seem plagued by indecision, but King Princess knew her future would lie in music. Raised in Brooklyn, she practically grew up in her producer dad’s recording studio, and was always around other…

1 min
high stakes

Hair Alan White atMAP using Kiehl’s. Skin Linda Jefferyes atThe Artist Group usingLiqlips and Mecca. Talent Anthony Smithat Five Twenty; Eddie Kranzat Kult Models;Chris Hendric at Vivien’sCreative; Mason Heavenat Chadwick Models;Sabah at Vivien’s Creative;Jasmyn Palombo atPriscillas; Astrid Hollerat Priscillas. Everest Day is October 19; harrolds.com.au…

1 min
group love

We’re calling it: boy bands are back. And while some acts often have the odd fashion icon in their midst, it’s a rare thing to see a full constellation of style stars. Case in point are K-Pop groups like BTS, who have literally never worn a bad outfit (no easy task given there are seven of them); the Jonas brothers, who are back in top form; or Migos, whose blingedout looks are the kind of stuff only they could pull off. Then there’s the always adventurous A$AP Mob, who are back on tour – though guessing they’ll probably give Sweden a miss.…