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GQ Australia June - July 2017

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
the editor’s letter

I still remember the first time I really noticed Brad Pitt on screen. It was in 1999, the year Fight Club came out, and his presence was immediately captivating. Pitt had plenty of credits under his belt by then, but this one seemed different. His on-screen swagger was electric and it felt that if you looked up the definition of a ‘man’ in the dictionary, you might find a picture of him, possibly shirtless, in all his chiselled glory. Since then, he’s racked up dozens of blockbuster titles, become one of Hollywood’s biggest stars and started a family with fellow big-screen icon Angelina Jolie. It seemed like he had the perfect life. Like he was the perfect man. Last year, that changed. The power couple broke up and Pitt, now in…

3 min

HANNAH SCOTT-STEVENSON SHOT OUR ‘TWILIGHT ZONE’ FASHION STORY; P130 Which was the best era for fashion photography? Mid ‘50s to early ‘70s – when Magnum was at its peak. Those images had the power to change opinion and defined an era (see our preview of Magnum’s book on p32). There are more images taken today, but I don’t think many define a time or place as elegantly as those of, say, Robert Frank or Joel Sternfeld. The difference between shooting men and women? Hair. What do you like most about shooting in winter? Low light and later call times. Most obscure thing about being a photographer? The places it takes you. What are your shoot-day staples? Coffee and the right music. Given the choice, which male icons would you love to have shot and why? David Bowie for the fashion, River Phoenix for…

2 min

I got home from a recent trip away to the pleasant, but somewhat expected, surprise of my latest delivery of GQ magazine. The really exciting surprise, however, was that the cover featured one of my favourite (and probably Hollywood’s favourite) superhero, Chris Pratt. Given that Chris Pratt is such a hilarious and loveable guy, I had really high expectations of this issue and felt it really had to do him justice. It did not disappoint, Mike Christensen does an incredible job of telling the story of Chris Pratt’s rise from “sweet cutie pie” to “hot, sexy leading man”. He does this with a piece that is both informative and laugh out loud at the same time and in my opinion truly shows what Chris Pratt is like. This issue really…

1 min
what to watch online

THE ROOTS OF AUSTRALIAN STYLE: EPISODE 2 As part of a new mini-series on men’s style, GQ Australia, in association with Peroni, takes a look at the growing market in Australia for luxury brands. GQ contributor Adam Baidawi speaks to the director of luxury fashion store Harrolds, Alex Poulakis, as well as the co-founders of the label Song For The Mute, Lyna Ty and Melvin Tanaya to discover what Australia’s interpretation of all things premium looks like. Follow us @GQAustralia Tag us #GQAustralia…

1 min
gq directory

Oscar Hunt Tailors House style: Heritage fabrics and vintage cuts – think double-breasted tweed. Prices from: $995. Best tip: “Always consider made-to-measure as an option – the fit is exceptional and the fabric is for your specific needs. And it costs the same as a mid-tier, off-the-rack suit.” 3/43 Hardware Lane; oscarhunt.com.au Adriano Carbone House style: Elegant, detailed and timeless. Prices from: $1695. Best tip: “Ask yourself if you’re wearing the suit for everyday wear or special occasions? Look at how the suits you already own are wearing and if you are gentle or rough on them? All of these are a factor when it comes to your new suit.” Block Arcade, 100 Elizabeth St; adriano.com.au…

4 min
the agenda

Of all the smart tech – and by smart we mean connectivity and the access to a vast world of information – cities remain the ultimate technology for interaction. They’re machines for the exchange of goods, information and culture, and they place us in close contact with strangers, colleagues, potential mates and friends through complicated networks of streets, squares, lifts, buildings, trains and infrastructure. And when cities are combined with wireless internet and the internet of things (IoT), they become the most complex and information rich global infrastructure ever built. Big data, created by IoT, is transforming the way cities operate, and potentially, if we play our cards right, the way they perform. This is critical because people are coming to cities in greater numbers than ever before. We are an…