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GQ South Africa

GQ South Africa October 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.

South Africa
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11 Issues


2 min.
letter from the editor

WHEN REALITY GETS REAL Are you feeling binary right now? – because there’s a lot of it about. And how are those Bitcoin payments coming along? Didn’t think so, tech can be so tetchy sometimes. The other day while working at 2.1km/h on my office treadmill desk, I strapped a chunky plastic goggle mask to my face and held on. My vision went all Hlaudi. ‘What is it? I asked the tetchy tech guy. ‘Virtual reality,’ he said, ‘it will bowl you over.’ It did – in an unintended way, but I turned off the moving part of my desk before any further damage was done. ‘You mean VR’s not a seamless offering of slick gadgetry like all the other silver phoney things that have made our lives so amazing?’ I…

1 min.

Van Meter started making a living from writing in the 1980s. He co-founded music mag Vibe and has been writing for The New York Times, Vanity Fair and Vogue for over two decades. He’s currently hard at work on a memoir. A graduate of Columbia Journalism School, Fischer was a contributing editor to GQ and House & Garden while based in New York. Since his return to Cape Town, he’s been writing features for GQ – see his grooming tips. Based in NYC for most of his career, Waldman has shot some of the world’s biggest stars: Missy Elliot, Eminem, Blondie, Bowie and Samuel L Jackson are all on his shotlist . He’s doing the same from our shores. Taylor fell in love with photography behind the lens of his first camera, a…

3 min.
live smart. dress smarter

A GENTLEMAN LIVES BY a few simple truths and rules (the ones that top our list are on p78). And if you’ve been reading these pages, you’ll know that looking dapper has far more to do with how you wear your suit, than which suit you choose. To become a man of style, you must first learn the basics: i.e. how to iron a shirt. Follow these steps by our good friends at shirtmaker TM Lewin to get the job done in just three minutes. KIT • A wide mesh-based ironing board • A steam iron • A water sprayer • Starch (if you like your shirts more formal) 1. PREP Use the water sprayer to damp down your shirt to soften the cloth fibres. 2. CUFF AND SLEEVE Press down on the heel of the iron rather than…

1 min.
this month on gq.co.za

ON THE RECORD If you like listening to your music old-school style, know this before starting your vinyl collection. MR GADGET From phones to cars to cameras, and everything in between, this is the tech that’s caught our attention. YOUR SUMMER FESTIVAL CHECKLIST, SORTED Heading out to a music festival for the rst time and clueless about what to pack? We’ve got you covered. SOLID AS A ROCK Want biceps like Dwayne Johnson? Check out our weekly health and tness tips. MARGOT’S SEXIEST MOMENTS The Suicide Squad beauty may just have hit it big, but her career hasn’t been short of sexy moments.…

1 min.
shashi naidoo

Shashi Naidoo didn’t imagine that she would end up in the limelight. Nor did she imagine that delivering owers would be such a fruitful part-time job. ‘It was actually by chance that I was delivering owers to an advertising agency,’ Shashi tells us. ‘To my surprise, they thought I was there to audition. I said no, but they insisted I cast. I booked the job and the rest, as they say, is history.’ The model has since appeared in a number of print and TV ads, including for Sun International (opposite Charlize Theron) and SA Tourism. She’s the face of Dermalogica and luxury bag brand Tumi, and has had her fair share of acting gigs – you may have seen her on Backstage, Generations or Egoli. She also graced our screens…

2 min.
sideline style

South African sport has suffered its fair share of setbacks in the recent past with Cricket World Cup exits so painful they belong in a Spanish Inquisition museum, rugby losses so laboured they better suit a maternity ward and a soccer team so far down the FIFA rankings that a telescope, a pair of tweezers and a pound of pepper may pop it up long enough for a quick peek. But one local sports icon is bringing back the class. Ajax Cape Town soccer coach and former African Cup of Nations winner Roger de Sá has been named one of the best dressed soccer coaches by the fashion blog Most Stylish. Luminaries such as Zinedine Zidane, Pep Guardiola and Diego Simeone stride the pitches of European glory in all their Gaelic and…