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GQ Australia Men of the Year 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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3 min
the editor’s letter

Marking key moments in life is important. It’s a way of taking stock of what we have achieved. For a brand like GQ , it’s a good opportunity to assess how we can better inform and entertain our readers moving forward. To mark GQ Australia’s 20 anniversary this year, we’ve put together this special edition of the magazine. To celebrate, we’re hosting the biggest ever Men of the Year awards, presented by Audi. Our MOTY issue is the most significant of the year because it is our chance to celebrate the country’s true inspirations; to champion the people who are making a difference in their fields; and to shine a light on the men and women deserving of the highest praise. Turning 20 years old, we have 20 winners – icons…

3 min

SOPHIE TEDMANSON THE DEPUTY EDITOR OF VOGUE, WROTE OUR STORY ON STEVE McQUEEN, P43 What was McQueen like to speak to? He was so lovely. I met him briefly on the set of Widows in Chicago last year – it was an absolute privilege to watch him in action directing Colin Farrell and the legendary Robert Duvall – and then interviewed him for this story. He was so passionate about diversity, equality, culture, film and fashion that it was infectious. And how was Widows ? Reckon it’ll trouble the Oscars judges? It’s a fantastic crime caper with fierce female protagonists who have as much swagger as the corrupt politicians and underworld bosses they face off against. Any personal highlights and lowlights for 2018 so far? Running the Boston Marathon in April amid the worst weather in the…

1 min
don’t look back in anger

Thank god for the internet. Twenty years ago, as GQ Australia was coming to life on the newsstands of Australia, the digital revolution was picking up steam, in turn allowing us to chronicle the most significant moments along the way – good or bad. As such, we thought it was only right to take to the web and perform a proper, no-holds-barred deconstruction of the last two decades. In style The start of the millennium saw an era in fashion where we weren’t prepared to part ways with the neon ’90s, but also weren’t quite ready to step into the future. The result saw some of the most notorious trends ever to grace the runway. We take a trip down the catwalk of time at GQ.com.au In pop culture Australia may be a small…

1 min
gq directory eat.shop.play

Off the beaten track Countryside Victoria is the burgeoning breadbasket of Australia. And it’s proving so with a wide range of class-leading restaurants that aren’t in Melbourne. Suited and booted Great tailoring often breaks the bank – but a select few stores are bucking the trend, offering stylish staples at an affordable price. There’s no better time to start window-shopping for next year’s ’fits. Sydney’s best tasting menus Sydney is awash with fantastic degustations – we took it upon ourselves to profile some of the most extravagant ones money can buy. (Yeah, it’s a tough life.)…

1 min
behind the scenes

Every November, we spread ourselves across the country in the name of GQ Men of the Year. Travelling to the hometowns and creative domains of the men and women honoured with a MOTY award, we seek to fill the pages of this magazine with profiles of those who have, in their own unique ways, made a profound impact on 2018. This time around, we flew to Europe with Elizabeth Debicki and to LA with Lucky Blue Smith. We entered the ring with Australia’s most successful UFC fighter, Robert Whittaker, albeit nervously, during a training session at his local Jiu-Jitsu gym in Sydney’s west. Days before the opening of his latest solo show, artist Jamie Preisz let us in on his creative process and the raw emotion that drives it, as he…

4 min
the agenda

If 2016 was the year the world went insane and 2017 was the year the world went into rehab then 2018 was the year the world just shrugged its shoulders, put on a party hat and reached for the scotch. It is no easy task for a calendar year to be crazier than a predecessor that ended with a brussels sprouts fight between Denise Drysdale and Ita Buttrose, but somehow 2018 did it. Donald Trump managed to shake the hands of both Kim Jong Un and Kim Kardashian with a rocket in his pocket, Barnaby Joyce was able to shake ties with the deputy prime ministership by not keeping his rocket in his, and Australia decided to create its own space agency despite ample evidence the last thing the world needs is…