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GQ April 2019

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CHRIS GAYOMALI Site editor GQ’s site editor, Chris Gayomali, describes his job as follows: “Tweet links to GQ.com. Take expensive moisturizers from the free table.” This month he’s also bringing us the world of the Japanese clothing brand Wacko Maria (page 38). So how would he sum up his GQ journey thus far? “For sale: Chelsea boots, never worn.” Office Grails MATTEO MOBILIO Contributing assistant visuals editor I like contrast: Dress up, dress down. That said, this knit shirt has embroidered lobsters. JAYA SAXENA Contributor I got this jumpsuit to look like Marisa Tomei in My Cousin Vinny. LUKE LEIFESTE Senior social manager I bought this AMI beanie after it was featured in GQ. It’s like Where’s Waldo, but make it fashion. MATT MARTIN; KRISTA SCHLUETER (3)…

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the land of forgotten truths

THIS ISSUE, I knew I wanted to put a very specific exhortation on the cover the moment we booked J. Cole. It reads, Always be yourself. Call me corny, but I believe in it. And I’d like to think I live it, too. What I like about it is that it’s what this magazine is all about (although, truth be told, I stole the phrase itself from the e-mail signature of our watch columnist, the artist Wes Lang). As far as I’m concerned, the problem with clichés like always be yourself isn’t that we’ve heard them too many times. It’s that we can’t hear them anymore. When my mom used to say to me, before a basketball tryout, a big test, or, later, a job interview, “Just be yourself—you’ll do great,” I…

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step up to this month’s best new designer gear

Bottega Veneta’s Bold Moves The Italian brand’s new creative director, Céline alum Daniel Lee, is wasting no time whipping up effortlessly cool, extremely luxurious pieces, like these techy bonded-leather pants and all-terrain Chelsea boots. Saint Laurent’s Suit Upgrade Take your suit (or overcoat or suede jacket) to the next level with some rich bohemian attitude straight off the Saint Laurent runway. The Not–So–Standard Issue Hoodie With its perfectly slouchy fit, an extra-thick cotton fabric, and a unique Easter-egg-hued tie-dye job (each hoodie is dyed individually in SoCal), there are a lot of reasons to make this your new go-to hoodie. Balenciaga Blockers These tortoiseshell-blade hybrids prove that Demna Gvasalia is the master of the fashion mash-up. An Entireworld of Workwear A round of applause for Scott Sternberg, who continues to rescue closets everywhere from boring basics. This time, it’s…

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off-duty style

PRODUCED BY GQ WITH ACTOR AND MUSICIAN DARREN CRISS is not afraid to take a few fashion risks—whether on-screen or on the red carpet. And this year, thanks to his portrayal of serial killer Andrew Cunanan in the FX television series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story—for which he won both a Golden Globe and an Emmy—Criss has had plenty of opportunities to push the style envelope. (His recent awards-season wardrobe has included its fair share of shimmery jacquard, metallic lamé, and graphic florals.) But off duty, the 32-year-old San Francisco native takes a decidedly more low-key approach. “I’ve always been open-minded about fashion, but the bold steps I take on the red carpet are definitely statements. They are part of this other narrative about myself. Normally, I’m a jeans…

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meet the playwright who’s blowing up broadway

PLAYWRIGHTS RARELY become household names. But there’s a good chance Jeremy O. Harris could be on his way to that kind of fame. He’s 29 and still a student at the Yale School of Drama, but his Off-Broadway debut, the provocative Slave Play, opened last fall in New York to the kind of rapturous attention that a writer would happily wait a lifetime for. He quickly followed it up in March with a dazzling new production called “Daddy” and is now being hailed as one of the most exciting new voices, theatrical or otherwise, of his generation. Set on an American plantation in the Old South, Slave Play is a raw exploration of race and sex and features an utterly disorienting twist. The play asks viewers (specifically white straight viewers) to…

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wacko maria’s wild allure

I ALWAYS WANTED A cardigan I could slip into at work. Like Mister Rogers, but Asian. And this, from cult Tokyo label Wacko Maria, hits all the right notes for me: It’s made of jacquard fabric with some nice weight to it, like one of those heavy blankets that soothe the existential dread of 2019. And its wardrobe versatility can’t be overstated—it looks equally good over a plain white tee (shout out to Costco) or as a subtle mid-layer under a winter coat. Unexpectedly, the coolest thing about cheetah print is how chameleonic it is. It’s basically a neutral. Wacko Maria has been making out-there pieces since 2005. And it does so in a way that’s oddly approachable and seductive, especially for a lapsed Catholic like me. Perhaps it’s the various…