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GQ Australia November 2015

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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1 min
nadal for tommy

Rafael Nadal has been named the face – and more importantly, the body – of Tommy Hilfiger underwear, tailoring and the new ‘TH Bold’ fragrance. While news broke of the Spaniard’s signing late last year, this is an exclusive first look at some behind-the-scenes shots from the campaign. The underwear boasts a fresh take on classic styles, with updated fits and fabrics. Tommy Hilfiger Tailored is a suiting collection that draws on the brand’s American heritage, with a modern fit, rich colours and luxe details. Then there’s the new scent ‘TH Bold’, a fusion of citrus, herbal and spicy notes. Born in Manacor on the island of Mallorca, 29-year-old Nadal is one of the most accomplished tennis players of all time. He’s won a total of 14 grand slams – as well…

1 min
what’s new

THE GIG James Bay first caught our attention after performing at the Burberry runway show last year. He certainly looks the part, with those razor-sharp cheekbones cutting through the charts to get debut album Chaos and the Calm to No.1 in his native UK – and top five pretty much everywhere else. James Bay plays Perth, Jan 30; Adelaide, Feb 2; Melbourne, Feb 3; Sydney, Feb 6; Brisbane, Feb 7 2016; jamesbay.com THE ALBUM Besides sharing a hairstylist with James Bay, BØRNS is another young singer-songwriter gaining plenty of plaudits on both sides of the pond. The Michigan native has been producing well-received tracks for 12 months, but now his debut album Dopamine is about to hit stores. Or wherever CDs are sold these days. Dopamine is out October 16 THE BOOK Whether you’re a…

2 min
larger than life

1 ‘Project Morpheus’ by Sony When VR was first introduced in the ’90s, it swiftly died a death thanks to the lag time between the movement of the visuals, which caused motion sickness and punctured the illusion. Like all the sets on test, Sony has solved this issue. But its standout achievement – and it’s a considerable one – is that it actually looks like a piece of consumer technology. The design integrates its smarts into something that resembles a crown more than an enormous pair of goggles and, by putting some of the kit at the back of the head, it feels more balanced. Sony also showed us the most interactive gaming experience: we tried a demo called The London Heist, which involves a Time Crisis-esque shoot-out. But while you…

3 min
legacy of the student politician

I dabbled in politics at university. Nothing too serious. In fact, nothing serious at all. After a stunning election victory to become the representative of my fellow first-year students at the Law Students’ Society, I used my formidable abilities to organise free barbecues and build grassroots support. In an historic landslide, I was elected vice-president in charge of activities. An unblemished record of broad-based student intoxication and good times then saw me waltz into the job of Law Students’ Society president the next year. Contrary to what you may think, I wasn’t interested in power. I just had a knack for winning low-stakes campaigns. This piqued the curiosity of those who were interested in power – Young Liberals and Young Labor. They ran fierce and brutal elections that they saw as…

2 min
bye bye gym fatigue

There are plenty of reasons to avoid the gym. Those hopelessly tangled headphones in your bag, that dude grunting his way through a squat set, that friend texting screen grabs of his Tinder crush. But the real problem is boredom. Listen to the Bales, Hemsworths and Gyllenhaals – men who’ve bulked up rapidly for film roles – and they’ll utter the same mantra: to stay motivated, it’s essential to hit the body from different angles. Variety is everything, so shouldn’t a gym pass reflect that? A rising number of Aussie start-ups certainly think so. Companies like Bodypass, YogaPass and SweatPass are touting themselves as the antidote to dip-in, dip-out fitness binges. It’s Netflix for the body – a monthly flat fee allowing access to classes and programs from a huge range of…

1 min
well suited

The field is set and the races are on. The Spring Racing Carnival presents the perfect opportunity to slide into an immaculately cut suit and play sartorial king for the day. This season, it’s all about smart separates and lightweight suits in a rich spectrum of blues and greys, just like these styles now in store at Myer. Pale shades and subtle patterns add a playful touch, or go for bold colour with a shirt, tie and pocket square in tonal or contrasting hues. Just remember: fit is everything. A well-tailored suit should have a hint of cuff at the sleeve and only socks on show when you sit down. Giddy up.…