GQ June/July 2021

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United States
Conde Nast US
10 Issues

in this issue

1 min
a different kind of body issue

Let’s get one thing clear up front: If you are looking to get sandblasted abs in 15 minutes flat, you are holding the wrong magazine. This is a body issue for people who lost touch with their bodies during lockdown and are looking for a simple way to reconnect. This is a body issue for people who want to know what long strands of Chanel pearls feel like against bare skin. This is a body issue for people who intended to meditate this morning but didn’t. This is a body issue for boys who are pretty and girls who are tough. This is a body issue for people with an on-again, off-again relationship with eating meat. This is a body issue for people whose beach bodies are the same as their land bodies. This is a body…

1 min

JOE HOLDER Wellness correspondent As GQ’s wellness correspondent, Holder frequently breaks down health and fitness for our readers. For the Body Issue, he was excited to write about “designing” a better body because it was an opportunity to talk about wellness in a way that was holistic but not esoteric. “Less ‘woo-woo’ and more ‘just do,’” he said. “It’s a refreshing guide to championing your own health.” Office Grails JOE HOLDER: MATTHEW MARTIN. “OFFICE GRAILS”: COURTESY OF SUBJECTS.…

4 min
20 wild patterns and huge prints that win summer

A MATCH MADE IN SOUTH BEACH It’s hard to imagine any high-fashion brand better suited for a collaboration with the buoyant and bright Miami-based producer DJ Khaled than Dolce & Gabbana. Both transform loudness into the highest luxury. “It is a collection that combines Miami’s urban style with the atmosphere and mood of the Mediterranean,” designers Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce say via email. The special line includes clothing and beachwear in silk printed with lions, bougainvillea, and agave leaves and goes up to Italian size 60. “I’m not the slimmest guy,” says DJ Khaled. “But at the same time, I look in the mirror and I’m like, ‘Man, I’m gorgeous. I’m beautiful.’ And the silk shirt gives me what my mind is thinking. Say I want to unbutton it and…

3 min
the analog lover’s guide to smartwatches

I HAVE A CONFESSION TO make: I, one of the foremost evangelists for mechanical watches, wear an Apple Watch. I don’t brag about it or post it on social media, but I strap on my Apple Watch three or four times a week, making it one of the most trusty pieces in my entire collection. Back in 2014, when the Apple Watch was launched, many of my fellow mechanical-watch enthusiasts turned up their noses, perhaps hoping that it would go the way of smart glasses. I get it: I’m not sure I’ll ever find a wrist instrument as soulful as, say, my Vacheron Constantin Historiques Cornes de Vache chronograph. But I also enjoy working out and playing golf, and my precious Vacheron, though a mind-blowing feat of engineering in its own…

8 min
the suit index

NO MATTER HOW beautiful the fabric, how painstaking the construction, how steep the price, the suit is designed to create an image of the body. Traditionally, this image is one of masculinity and strength—a powerful shoulder, a trim waist, an elongated torso. But over the past 50 years, designers have found new and surprising ways to reveal and discover something deeper about the male physique. The revolution advanced by the maestro of men’s tailoring, Giorgio Armani, was that the body could simply be revealed by the suit, rather than constricted and exaggerated and reshaped. So it should be no surprise that before Armani became a fashion titan he was a medical student. With surgical precision, the designer ripped out the suit’s fusty innards and rearranged the jacket’s gorge, stance, and lapels,…

27 min

WHEN A$AP ROCKY was in a Swedish jail, the sun never really set. It was July 2019, and Rocky was being held in pretrial detention on an assault charge stemming from a street fight in Stockholm with a few young men who had been following and harassing him and his crew. For a month, he was, he says, confined to a single-person cell for 23 and a half hours a day. He found it hard to sleep. During the high summer in Stockholm, the sun is out for about 18 hours a day. For the other six, dusk melts into dawn. At night, as this eerie twilight spilled through his cell window, Rocky kept the TV on; the background noise of Swedish-language news helped lull him to sleep. But about…