CHRIS PRATT FOR GQ

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Here’s a first look at superstar Chris Pratt’s new GQ cover for June shot by Peggy Sirota available on newsstands May 19th. It’s nearly impossible to think of anyone more versatile, or likable in Hollywood today. Pratt’s unconventional rise to stardom often required taking a second, third or fourth look. That moment for me came when he showed up in 2012’s “Zero Dark Thirty” looking bad ass as rough shod Navy SEAL “Justin.” Jurassic World, his latest big ticket summer movie, hits theaters June 12th.

ANSEL ELGORT FOR PRADA

 

Ansel Elgort for Prada shot by photographer Craig McDean in London. Fellow actors Milers Teller, Jack O’Connell and Ethan Hawk round out the Spring/Summer 2015 campaign.

PRADA FALL/WINTER 14

 

The Prada Fall/Winter 2014 menswear campaign, shot by Annie Leibovitz on the coast of England, featuring actor James McAvoy. It will surely compete for best campaign of the season when all’s said and done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

GQ JULY: EMILY RATAJKOWSKI

 

GQ July 2014, the cover everyone is talking about. An excerpt on dating from the accompanying feature article (why you’re going to buy it): “Generally, I just think there is a real lacking in men knowing how to hit on women. I have this whole running joke with someone: What Would Denzel Do? Like, you don’t think about how many days you should wait to call the girl—you just do it when you want. Fuckin’ Denzel. You do what you want, you know what you want.” On newsstands today.

 

LAST NIGHTS PARTY: GQ x RIO

 

GQ and star photographer Ben Watts took over Milk Studios recently for a party celebrating the World Cup. Watts’ signature style of featuring beautiful models having the time of their lives in far off destinations looks like a smoking hot travel journal – enviable getaways that happen only in print. Milk Studios sits firmly at the center of the action, led by Mazdack Rassi, a talented creative who happens to be one of the nicest guys in an industry not really known for warmth and generosity. It’s refreshing, and that energy flows into everything Milk does, the parties, the big name events, the off-Broadway BBQ’s. The line of celebrities, models and fashion insiders in attendance points to (more…)

THE IMPORTANCE OF MRS. PRADA

 

A must read: “The Importance of Mrs. Prada,” in The New York Times “T” Style Magazine. In it, the author asks: What is the power of ugly? Mrs. Prada’s reply: “This is a question close to the meaning of my job. Ugly is attractive, ugly is exciting. Maybe because it is newer,” she said. “The investigation of ugliness is, to me, more interesting than the bourgeois idea of beauty. And why? Because ugly is human. It touches the bad and the dirty side of people. You know, this might have been a scandal in fashion but in other fields of art it is common: in painting and in movies, it was so common to see ugliness. But, yes, it was not used in fashion and I was very much criticized for inventing the trashy and the ugly. ” Read the full article at the New York Times.

THE GQ COMEDY ISSUE

 

A fun video highlighting the launch of GQ’s fifth annual comedy issue, featuring James Franco on the cover, edited by Gordon Von Steiner, with the song “A Difficult Subject” by The Insider. Here’s the full song taking you into the weekend: (more…)

THE GQ STYLE BIBLE

Keep an eye out for GQ’s “Style Bible” April issue, hitting newsstands this week. There are three separate covers, featuring Bruno Mars, Jimmy Fallon and Jason Bateman, all shot by legendary photographer, and 22 year GQ veteran Peggy Sirota. Inside the issue she describes each stars personality. On Fallon: “Top of the heap. Willing to take it anywhere. A little boy in a handsome man’s body. Love!” On Mars: “Super-friendly dude. He sang for us. We all died. (more…)

GQ JANUARY 2013

I love this cover. Bill Murray shot by Peggy Sirota, kicking off the New Year for the January 2013 issue of GQ. No publication captures portraits better than GQ. Sure Vanity Fair has beautiful images inside the book, but their covers often read more like romance novels. The rest tend to go for flash and sex appeal, knowing what drives newsstand sales. Lets hope this upbeat cover is a precursor of more to come in 2013. Additional pics: (more…)

THE ADWEEK HOTLIST

 

Adweek released their annual Hotlist today, awards given to the “supernovas of print, television and digital media.” The methodology behind how the winners were selected is a bit ambiguous: “Across weeks, we studied factors including advertising business, audience numbers, category supremacy, creativity, innovation, industry accolades and social buzz. We also invited you to chime in—and that you did, to the tune of more than 1 million votes. Just try not to get scorched.” Was the voting mechanism meant to drum up interest for the actual list or did it dictate the winners? Either way, it’s great to see GQ take “Hottest Magazine for Men.” A well deserved accolade. You can view the full list here.

 

NEW YORK MAGAZINE SANDY COVER

The cover everyone is talking about. Shot by Dutch photographer Iwan Baan.

IT WILL NOT ALWAYS BE SUMMER


 

Creating short films to promote clothing brands is nothing new but this film by Ryan Hope, “It Will Not Always Be Summer” takes the genre entirely to a new level. Shot for River Island, a UK based fashion label, the film marks the launch of their new collection in collaboration with designer William Tempest. Director Ryan Hope is part of the incredibly talented White Lodge agency and his lavish, decadent and somewhat dark film lands somewhere between The Great Gatsby and Eyes Wide Shut.

GQ SPECIAL EDITION: THE STYLE GUY

One of the wisest and wittiest men on the planet, Glenn O’Brien, has just released “The Style Guy” – a special edition magazine from GQ now available on newsstands. Promising “Foolproof solutions for looking your best and succeeding in the world,” the magazine goes well beyond the inner workings of your closet, covering everything from home design with “The 10-Step Guide to a More Stylish Pad,” to sex: “The only advice I feel qualified to give on sex is pretty basic: Stay out of trouble.” As GQ Editor-in-Chief Jim Nelson (more…)

GQ UK SEPTEMBER 2012

 

It’s always good to see GQ’s rakish cousin in the UK, led by talented Editor-in-Chief Dylan Jones. For the all-important September issue the editors chose Claire Danes for the cover and remarkably managed to make her look hot. Here are a few more pics from the issue, including Ewan McGregor looking ruggedly handsome in Belstaff, and a genuinely stunning shoot “We Love LA” by photographer Tony Kelly, featuring four models in barely there bikinis. (more…)

PRADA UOMO FALL WINTER 2012

No, this is not a still from “Eastern Promises 2” or the upcoming blockbuster “Anna Karenina,” it’s the vision of iconic designer Miuccia Prada brought to life. For Prada’s Fall/Winter 2012 runway show, and now the campaign, the actors Gary Oldman, Jamie Bell, Garrett Hedlund & Willem Dafoe take center stage. It’s a significant departure from the campy and upbeat mood for Spring 2012 featuring actor Michael Pitt, and shows the terrific range of photographer David Sims, who shot both campaigns. The groundbreaking portraits are arresting, memorable and intriguing, yet through it all, the clothes are anything but lost. Here are 14 additional photographs that round out the beautiful portfolio: (more…)

KATE UPTON FOR GQ JULY 2012

Wow, GQ has done it again with a smokin’ hot cover featuring American beauty Kate Upton. It’s cool to see GQ outdo Sports Illustrated with a clearly edgier, sexier cover, shot by Terry Richardson. For more pics: (more…)

DWELL OUTDOOR SPRING 2012

This is a great read for your next flight, Dwell magazine’s “Outdoor” special issue for Spring 2012. It’s loaded with beautiful photography, top product reviews and advice on setting up the perfect outdoor environment. One of the cooler stories is a look back at Isamu Noguchi’s public works projects, including a brilliant Japanese water park that is no longer in existence. The cover shot features a dining/relaxing/swimming outpost on a ranch in Texas.

 

 

 

MONOCLE TURNS 5

Congratulations to one of the smartest global publications in print, Monocle, who turns 5 with the publication of their Spring March 2012 issue, #51. The special issue includes a 15 page look back at the first 5 years, including the evolution of the magazine’s design, it’s original name (Project Europa), and eventual expansion into Monocle shops and a new 24 hour radio network. I encourage anyone to listen to the channel, which can be easily streamed via the Monocle homepage. A snapshot of this morning’s content featured a team of brand experts discussing the Odeon movie chain and how to make it better. It’s a great look inside how a creative department at a large ad agency might function. Issue #51 is loaded and the incredibly diverse (more…)

PRADA UOMO SPRING SUMMER 2012

Michael Pitt stars in the new Prada campaign rolling out this week across the bigger March issues. Shot by photographer David Sims, the images are designed to look like portraits from the 1950’s. They work seamlessly with the women’s campaign and it’s good to see Pitt recast as a bright-eyed, young heart throb after his self destructive turn in Boardwalk Empire. (more…)

PRADA DONNA SPRING SUMMER 2012

 

Another perfect short film from Prada for the women’s spring collection.

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