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GQ August 2019

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Kudacki, who photographed August cover star Odell Beckham Jr., is no stranger to GQ cover shoots, having also captured Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner (among others). She’s from Argentina, where soccer reigns supreme, but was already quite familiar with Beckham Jr. “He’s a big star with an amazing sense of style,” she says. “And The Catch [against the Cowboys] was pretty epic.” Office Grails On the Cover Photograph by Paola Kudacki. Styled by Mobolaji Dawodu. Coat, $13,000, by Bottega Veneta. Turtleneck, $1,590, by Tom Ford. Earring, his own. Hair by Art Pique. Grooming by Hee Soo Kwon for Dior Beauty. Produced by Portfolio One. COURTESY OF PAOLA KUDACKI; MATT MARTIN (2); KRISTA SCHLUETER…

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my mom lets me dress myself

FOR YEARS I DRESSED in all black. Black Levi’s 511s, a black Gildan T-shirt, and a black trucker jacket. The occasional black suit. The formula never failed me, and that was the point: When you wear a uniform, you never make mistakes. But in recent years, as men’s fashion became more dynamic, more expressive, more fun, I started to feel left out. So I started allowing myself to buy colorful clothes again. I started tie-dyeing again. I started wearing pink again. First on weekends, to the coffee shop or the bodega. Then everywhere, even to the office of GQ, where every day is like a fit-battle death match. It felt good to get back in the scrum. Before too long I regained my confidence. And while I know most people who love…

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giant steps

Marni Banana Sock Boot Inspired by—no joke—Disney cartoons, Marni’s Francesco Risso finds the fantastical in well-worn menswear staples. Take the sneaker sock (or “snocker”): Risso’s new creation “evokes an amplified banana,” he says, proving that the freshest footwear can come from anywhere—even the grocery store. Nike x Off-White Zoom Terra Kiger 5 What do you do after you deconstruct Nike’s ten most iconic silhouettes? If you’re Virgil Abloh, you hit the track, pulling vibes from some of the world’s fastest runners—like Caster Semenya—for his next Off-White collab with the Swoosh. And sure, your pair will look cool on Instagram, but they’re built for more than that: Abloh wants you to train in them, too. Gucci Ultrapace When Alessandro Michele introduced heavy hiking boot–sneaker hybrids into the Gucci universe, he turned gorp-core into a full-scale fashion…

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will poulter’s big sommar

AT 26, WILL POULTER HAS blasted past the broad comedy and Y.A. fantasy of his earlier years to emerge an acting chameleon. He is utterly distinctive, all eyebrows, but has become so good he’s hard to recognize. If it seems like success came quickly, well, you weren’t Will Poulter at 12. “I always say I had an early-life crisis,” he explains with a glint, outside a photography studio on a rare sunny London day. “How much can you know at 12? But I was going, ‘Is school forever? What the fuck am I gonna do?!’” In drama class, at the Harrodian school in West London, he impersonated singer/TV host/onetime Beatles weed carrier Cilla Black. From there he auditioned for everything: sketch, musicals, pantomime. At 12 he scored the lead in Son of…

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jacques marie mage will make you look famous

JEROME MAGE STARTED with a bold idea to overthrow banal design in the eyewear industry: Make sunglasses as elegant as a Brancusi bronze, as tactile as a Noguchi stone, and as heavy as a monster truck. That’s what he did in 2015 when he established Jacques Marie Mage, his line of rarefied frames that both exaggerates and refines everything I love about high-quality glasses. “I have no other choice, right?” says Mage, a French expat now living in Los Angeles who spent two decades designing goggles and gear for snowboarding and motocross companies like Burton and Spy. “We tried to do the best: the best materials, the best packaging, the best stories.” He started by sourcing acetate that’s several millimeters thicker than anything used by other brands. My favorite JMM shades,…

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what it means to be truly independent…

The fly was song on Watch THE MAKER Stefan, who learned his craft in the German watchmaking capital of Glashütte, produces only around 40 watches a year. THE DETAILS Stefan isn’t just assembling the components of the watch—he’s manufacturing and finishing many of them, like the blued-steel hands. THE CASE The size—39 mm—is in the sweet spot that works for any wrist. THE HERITAGE By basing the movement on an English pocket watch’s, Stefan wanted to pay tribute to the history of collaboration between English and German watchmakers. THE METAL The Kudoke 1 is made of stainless steel, a rare metal for a dress watch. (A gold version is available upon request.) WHEN YOU START collecting watches, you try to flex—to make people believe in you because of the gold watch on your wrist. But eventually you want to buy pieces…