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GQ Australia May 2018

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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4 min
samson coulter

Film careers usually have a certain evolution. Budding actors will get a gig on a commercial or in high-school drama, then come the soaps, maybe a small-budget local film. You know, baby steps. But not Samson Coulter. The 18-year-old went from a surfer on the Pro Junior circuit to landing a starring role as Pikelet in GQ cover star Simon Baker’s directorial debut, Breath , alongside Elizabeth Debicki, Richard Roxburgh and fellow youngster Ben Spence. Since wrapping, Coulter has traded the waves of Manly Beach for some slightly more far-flung locations on the film festival circuit. “Aw, yeah,” he says in his Aussie twang. “I’ve been all over the place! Definitely can’t complain.” GQ: You’ve travelled a bit for surfing before, but you just got back from the Toronto Film Festival. How was…

4 min
history repeated

GUCCI VALENTINO Valentino’s creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli doesn’t mind a romantic splash of colour. His SS18 collection flirted with a palette of primary shades, dousing models in head-to-toe scarlet and floor-length coats in different shades of blue. “It’s about countering the stereotype that men aren’t interested in dressing up,” says Leong of the exhibition’s ‘Splendid Man’ theme, a concept exemplified by Valentino. “Glitz, florals, colour, brightly embroidered coats they’re very popular at the moment.” PRADA “Miuccia Prada’s collections play with the idea of the male aesthete in a way that draws on cultural intersections and fuses different influences,” says Leong. Indeed, since debuting her first menswear collection for the storied house 25 years ago, Prada’s shows have been defined by inspirations drawn from around the world. ER MENEGILDO ZEGNA “I looked at the influence of workwear…

1 min
smart move   be careful who you follow

You are the company you keep. So, if your friends enjoy the simple pleasure that is a chicken schnitzel and five schooners in the pub every night after work, the likelihood is you will follow suit. A beer belly and lack of conversation beyond last night’s footie is not an attractive pairing. And this isn’t just limited to friends IRL but on social media too – is your Insta feed making you feel good about yourself or plunging you into a pit of self-loathing? Best to keep it light – more cat memes than annoying fitness models. GQ RECOMMENDATION FOLLOW WILL SMITH. IT’S LIKE HE’S ONLY JUST FIGURED OUT HOW TO USE INSTAGRAM. FROM MOCKING SON JADEN TO EATING HIS FIRST MEAT PIE DOWN UNDER, HE’S HILARIOUS.…

1 min
sitting pretty

We’re not going to pretend to be financial advisors, but this is one investment we’re pretty confident in. After all, you have to spend money to make money – and the new Gucci ‘Décor’ home collection is guaranteed to return a healthy profit in the aesthetic stakes. Ranging from candles in scents devised by creative director Alessandro Michele himself, to tasselled cushions that might not look out of place in a Sultan’s palace, every piece in the range has been embroidered and applied by hand. Impressive stuff. So, forget IKEA, because just a few well-placed items from Gucci’s new range will see the value of your humble abode skyrocket. Probably.…

1 min
who’s your teacher?

Anyone remember how photosynthesis works? What about the applied use of trigonometry? No? This is likely because, after school/university our rate of learning drops dramatically. “The growth stops because you don’t have anyone telling you what to do and what to learn,” says Conn. To counter this, we need to become our own teacher, actively seeking out new opportunities to learn from those around us. And this doesn’t just mean that ‘Stuff You Should Know’ podcast on the way to work. You can find teachers in your friends and family – they’ll be experts in things you’ve never even heard of. Talk to them and expand your mind beyond the confines of work. TRY THIS ‘THE ENTOURAGE’, FOUNDED BY ENTREPRENEUR JACK DELOSA, AIMS TO DISRUPT EDUCATION AND EMPOWER YOU TO GROW YOURSELF…

3 min
caffeine currency

There are a dizzying number of things to take for granted in Australia. Year-round weather. Mesmerising coastlines. Plenty of wide-open space. But, as any Aussie who has moved to America can attest to, another vastly under-appreciated aspect of Australian lifestyle: cafe culture. “Essentially, Bluestone Lane is a proposition that was created out of self-necessity,” says Nick Stone, a former Melbournian whose US-based cafe chain is in the midst of an aggressive growth phase – and turning over more than $20m a year. “When I moved to the States in 2010, I couldn’t believe how commoditised and transactional ‘getting coffee’ was. It was about solving a need for caffeine… coffee shops were just drug dispensaries.” Stone, then working in finance, was chipping away at his MBA after hours. But, while his fellow students…