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GQ South Africa April 2016

GQ South Africa is the first and last word on men's style. With access to some of the world's top photographers and writers, GQ offers professional men content that is entertaining and enlightening. Whether it's fashion, tech, business, Hollywood or investigative journalism, GQ covers it all with intelligence and imagination.

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12 Issues

In this issue

2 min.
letter from the editor

Over the moon BY JUPITER, LIFE’S TOUGH ON THIS PLANET. HAS BEEN FOR A WHILE NOW. And things would only get worse if the kleptocratic Zupta planet were to expand. But it’s a regular picnic here compared to out there. If you ask those guitar-playing, globe-hopping, astronauty types, then yeah, sure, it all seems rosy looking down on the Blue Planet. But, really, space is not a nice place. Cold, dangerous, hot, dull. And extremely isolated – a round trip to Mars could take you 21 months. What would happen if you got lost, somewhere near, say, Andromeda, 780 kiloparsecs from Earth? Not signposted. No data roaming plan. If you thought flying economy was bad, try space tourist class with no service at all – for months on end. You’ll lose weight,…

1 min.

David Burton Photographer Pages 108 – 111 Burton hails from London, where he began his career in the late nineties after many years of travels. He has shot for Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Interview, W and GQ. Burton is known for his sometimes sexy, sometimes humorous daylight images. Gareth Grey Art Director Pages 10 – 120 Gareth joined the GQ team in 2015, and when he’s not designing these pages, you’ll find him mountain biking (ouch!), gaming, drawing and dealing with his weakness for craft beer and a good steak. He greatly admires the skill and passion of Brazilian-born Marcello Serpa, the Creative Director of AlmapBBDO. Robert Capps Editor Pages 76– 80 Robert Capps is head of editorial at Wired US, where he oversees editorial content on all platforms. In his 11-year career at the magazine, he has garnered 12 National Magazine…

1 min.

PLAY AND REPEAT Dear GQ Fashion has changed drastically over the years, but what I seem to find via your magazine is that we are now starting to see really cool trends that faded out, coming back. Personally I think classic fashion mixed with a bit of street style is phenomenal (Michael B Jordan is killing it at the moment), and I would love to see more of that mix in future issues. I like how floral print is making a comeback, too, so I’m really stoked that we’ve got old trends returning and hitting our generation with style. Keep it classy GQ, thanks for a great mag. – Alexander Reid Alexander wins an Obaku Denmark watch worth R2 695 Sign here Every powerful man has a signature look. Here’s how to construct your style…

1 min.

A BISQUIT AND WOLF & MAIDEN HAMPER WORTH R2 800 Luxury meets elegance in this collaboration between Bisquit and leather-goods designer Wolf & Maiden. Much like Bisquit’s iconic cognac, Wolf & Maiden’s exquisite luxury bags gain character and rich texture with age, making them the perfect pair for the GQ gentleman. TO ENTER, send us your feedback on anything you’ve seen in the mag or online (maximum 150 words) along with your full name and ID number. Competition ends 30/4/16. Terms and conditions apply; see pg119.…

1 min.
amber rose

Calling Amber Rose hot is like saying caviar is a good source of protein: it’s technically true, but insufficient to capture her otherworldly, unique perfection. Amber is on a mission to prove that there are more interesting things about her than her entombed former romances with Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa. She has inserted herself into today’s pop-feminist moment, showing up on Amy Schumer’s sketch show (‘She’s sick, she’s dope,’ Rose says, ‘and she’s a really good kisser’) and at the VMAs in a getup hand-painted with the words golddigger and whore, speaking out against anyone who’s ever engaged in slut shaming. It’s become her crusade. And now she’s publishing her manifesto: a guide called How to Be a Bad Bitch – 256 pages of memoirs for Rose-minded aspirants. ‘I have my…

1 min.
black coffee’s house blend

Nkosinathi Maphumulo – aka Black Coffee – remembers the day fellow South African Nelson Mandela was released from prison. But for Maphumulo the memory is not a happy one: on 11 February, 1990, crowd violence erupted in his town, Mthatha, and he dislocated his shoulder so badly that doctors considered amputation. Then 14 years old, he worried whether his dream career as a DJ would ever happen. ‘The whole nation was excited but that was, for me, a terrible time,’ says the DJ/producer, now 39. However, Maphumulo, who would sketch Technics SL-1200 turntables as a child, persevered. He ditched his physio, taught himself music production software Cakewalk and, finally, got his dream turntables at the age of 22. But doubts about his mainly immobile arm remained. ‘I’d think to myself, “How am I…