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Spring / Summer 2021

L’Officiel Hommes USA share its international vision with a US audience. Focused on men’s fashion, L'Officiel Hommes USA is published twice a year and, in conjunction with its digital platform, lofficielusa.com— which features daily, exclusive multi-media content—it provides readers with the very best that fashion, art, music, film, and culture have to offer.

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flower house

Louis-Géraud Castor studied archeology and art history before becoming an art dealer for 15 years. In 2017 he switched gears once again, and today his sophisticated, unexpected creations make Castor Fleuriste the fashion and design worlds’ go-to florist. L’OFFICIEL: Your flowers seem to come straight out of a watercolor painting, rather than from nature. Is that your signature? LOUIS-GÉRAUD CASTOR: Yes, there’s a part of me that can’t help but feel like an artist. My affinity for the works of Pierre Soulages, Mark Rothko, Serge Poliakoff, Yves Klein, and Francois-Xavier Lalanne are subconsciously woven into my own work. When you understand the principles of oil painting and pigments, that is exactly what one finds in flowers. L’O: Tell us about the bouquets you have created for the fashion world. LGC: In all of the…

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in this issue

Shaniqwa JARVIS PHOTOGRAPHER “The ABCs of Autobiography” “Topaz Jones created a film for his music that we expanded on for this story. Working with the same team from the film to make indelible moments was a no-brainer.” Emily ALLAN WRITER “Prophetic Visions” “After four hours of conversation with Paul McCarthy, I felt daunted by the thought of synthesizing our talk into anything coherent. Paul came up with the idea of simply turning in a headline and a blank page. I’m still wondering if I should have taken his advice.” Danielle LEVITT PHOTOGRAPHER “The Long Ride” “It was a dream to work with the Compton Cowboys. Their aspirations are not guided by whims of fashion but by their honor and deep sense of duty to create a safe space for their community.” Hari NEF WRITER “Uncancellable” “In a moment when the creatives around me are so…

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the artist’s gaze

The illustrators and artists that collaborated with L’OFFICIEL helped shape the magazine’s cultured aesthetic since its inception nearly 100 years ago. As the decorative arts swelled in popularity during the early decades of the 20th Century, editors invited popular artists from across the European continent to bring Art Deco iconography to its pages. Notably, Pierre-Armand Covillot, S. Chompré, and Léon Benigni transformed fashion into a visual narrative that reflected the cultural moment while standing the test of time. At the time of L’OFFICIEL’s emergence in 1921, the magazine was viewed as a trade publication with little more than technical illustrations meant for fashion buyers and other industry players. By 1928, when Covillot joined the magazine, elements of the popular Art Deco movement had found their way onto the covers of L’OFFICIEL.…

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100 l’

For almost a century, month after month, this magazine has served the fashion industry, telling the stories of the designers and the people who changed the way we look and think. Through wars and revolutions, the pages of L’OFFICIEL sometimes provided an escape from and other times acted as a mirror to the reality of the times—while constantly documenting the evolution of the female and the male identity. L’OFFICIEL Hommes, which began publishing in 1972, was one of the first publications in the world to focus on the masculine image, and perfectly illustrates the shifts in male identity after the feminist revolution and the onset of the age of consumption. Paging through the five decades of this publication—from the machismo and patriarchism of its beginnings to the hedonism and gender…

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express yourself

Despite 2021’s wavering start, Tahar Rahim is already reaping the fruits of his work on both big and little screens. This spring, the French actor stars in the film The Mauritanian, which is based on Mohamedou Ould Salahi’s best-selling 2015 memoir, Guantanamo Diary, about being imprisoned by the U.S. Government at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp without charge or trial for 14 years. Alongside a stellar cast including Jodie Foster, Shailene Woodley, and Benedict Cumberbatch, Rahim’s expressive performance earned the actor a Golden Globe nomination. He can also be seen in the Netflix and BBC produced series The Serpent, in which he portrays real-life serial killer Charles Sobhraj, a French thief who murdered tourists in Southeast Asia in the mid-1970s. The two roles, though poles apart, confirm the high expectations…

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prophetic visions

A full year before the COVID-19 pandemic shattered any illusions of a cohesive, collective reality, Paul McCarthy began working on a film script about a virus. The story featured a recurring character in the artist’s oeuvre: Santa Claus, who would appear not as a cartoonishly vulgar performance art patriarch or a bronze, buttplug-wielding statue, but rather a pathogen. In the would-be film, St. Nick arrives down a chimney on Christmas Eve and infects a family with his eponymous illness. Once afflicted, the household enters a state of murderous psychosis, and they spend the night killing each other, dying, coming back to life, and killing and dying, over and over again in an endless loop of frenzied rage and violence. The film ends on Christmas morning with only the camera left…