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1 4 0 COAT OF ARMS Reworking this season’s best outerwear trends.

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How to start your indoor garden; New Zealand’s best young actor; five non-fiction titles to get you through winter; and more. 4 2 GQ&A The president of UFC on Trump, Mayweather and gender equality. 4 9 GQ ST YLE Wear denim like muso Marlon Williams; everything you need to know about the latest eyewear trends; the winter grooming essentials.

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Green is horology’s new it-colour; Richard Mille - the chosen timepiece of sport’s biggest stars. 7 3 TASTE & TRAVEL Forget Saint Tropez - Montenegro is where we’re headed; owning Dry July; a carb-free winter.

“we continue to break records... and i love that shit.”

8 2 CARS Aston Martin’s bold new move; driving lessons with Mark Webber. 8 7 GQ I N C

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How to boost your productivity. 1 4 9 GQ FIT A workout plan for the busy man. P78

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ast week my best friend texted me to say his mother had been diagnosed with cancer. She had three months to live. Sitting on the ferry home, I tried to process these words from across the globe in a controlled, dare I say ‘blokey’ manner. I couldn’t. Seeing tears stream down my face, the gentleman opposite me whispered, “Are you all right, mate?” My friend’s mother is like a surrogate mother to me, she’s been in my life longer than she has not. I wasn’t all right, and sobbing in front of fellow commuters served to demonstrate that. I replied to the message as best I knew how, then later I was pleased my friend called and we had a DMC* – sharing support, counselling advice, laughter and more tears. Now, two blokes blubbing into their phones, plus another guy reaching out to check on a stranger’s welfare, is all rather cringeworthy to admit. Until you realise, actually, it isn’t at all. Because more men are having ‘man chats’, and seeking man-shoulders to cry on – and this needs to be celebrated (not silenced). Soon, the the days of bottled-up emotions and remaining stoic through adversity will be a thing of the past. Hopefully. Sixteen years ago, when my father passed away suddenly, it took me and my twin brother two years before we inally discussed our grief together and were able to conide in one another about his death. That is as sad as it is bonkers. Fortunately, men are no longer shying away from opening the loodgates, and positive role models play a large part in that. Our feature

EDITOR LETTER guys driving to change this status quo – none other than the Queer Eye cast. The show’s design guru, Bobby Berk, sums it up perfectly when he tells GQ: “Guys just get it in their head that it’s not OK to be vulnerable, it’s not OK to show emotion, it’s not OK to cry. It’s been detrimental to our society. It’s not allowed men to really ind themselves. I think it’s created a generation of men who don’t know how to feel.” I can vouch for being part of that generation. But I’ve learnt my lessons and now know not to make the same mistakes again. In saying this, we’re not there yet. Society is still quick to judge people who do speak out, who do voice opinions or who do show emotion. Especially when it’s not what people want to hear. Case in point, in our cover story, Henry Cavill laments his relationship with the media. He is notoriously not a talker, but rather than people being respectful of that, he inds he’s often chastised for it. So, when someone of his superhero stature does let his guard down (p92), it makes what he says all the more intriguing. Our bread and butter may be to ensure you’re well dressed (the issue has some treats for you this winter), but GQ also has a duty to help men broach insecurities, talk about their feelings, concerns – whatever’s on your minds, however consequential. So, as awkward as it may feel, I dare you to reach out to one of your besties and check if they’re all right. The more out of the blue the better. Because you never know when

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YASS QUEENS Just like that, Queer Eye – a reboot of the ’00s original – has become the most culturally relevant show on TV. At a time in which men are facing something of an identity crisis, who better than the Fab Five to roll in and make your life better, forever? As always, kudos to Netlflix for being on point with this one.

*A DEEP AND MEANINGFUL CONVERSATION , OBVS. PHOTOGRAPHY: GIUSEPPE SANTAMARIA; ADAM BAIDAWI.

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CONTRIBUTORS Manage to sneak in any last-minute training for the run? I’ve come to accept my fate as a GQ writer – these guys will be sending me on impossible missions until I finally decide to limp into the mountains with my meagre superannuation. Having said that, it’s utterly hilarious that someone as out of shape as me can rock a 13km run with no training and jet lag. Adrenaline will forever be my drug of choice. His next role is Ethan Hunt’s adversary in the new Mission: Impossible – reckon he has what it takes to play an evil mastermind? Film’s most underrated hard-to-nail role is the villain. That’s why Heath Ledger as the Joker was so jaw-dropping: you were rooting for the bad dude to win. To pull that off, playing opposite Tom Cruise... that’s a sizeable task. Will certainly be watching eagerly.

GQ’S VERY OWN SUPERMAN AFTER COMPLETING A 13KM RUN, WITH NO SLEEP OR TRAINING.

buzz white SHOT OU R COVE R STORY, P92 Thoughts on Henry’s run as Superman? If you were to draw a picture of Superman, Henry is your man. Totally smashed it! What makes him such a compelling character to shoot? Not many people can say they met and shot Superman. What’s the beauty of working on location outside of London? If there’s a chance to get out of London I will take it! There are so many beautiful places on

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our doorstep; I love the space and options. The vibe becomes so much more relaxed, there’s no signal for Instagram so everyone chats together and focuses on the job in hand. And there were horses? Yes, Henry was amazing. One hundred per cent a horse whisperer. How do you ensure your subjects are relaxed on set? Be yourself – I think that’s all anyone wants.

charlotte agnew S T Y L E D O U R FAS H I O N S H O O T, P 1 4 0 Tell us what a day on set looks like for a stylist. Set days are usually my most enjoyable as the prep working up to that point should mean you’re organised and ready to create something amazing! The best thing about your job? Getting to know and work with the people that I do. What style faux pas do you find most annoying? When everyone decides to start wearing the trend pieces of the season. Style is about individuality and re- working the runway pieces that already fit into your wardrobe to create new exciting looks for yourself. It becomes very boring when everyone replicates one another. Who should we be looking to for style inspiration right now? Shia LaBeouf. You’re fired. Any tips on how to look good this winter? Invest in your outerwear. If you have great individual pieces with jackets, coats and pants, dressing becomes a lot easier.


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The comprehensive online guide to eats, drinks and merriments across our great nation.

Queensland getaways

With no mobile reception and just the right amount of sun, Heron Island is the place to fully switch off from the world. See more at GQ.com.au

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These online GQ IQs celebrate all things new and brilliant in the mechanical world. This month finds our resident motorhead giving Alfa Romeo’s new ‘Stelvio Quadrifoglio’ a damned good thrashing in the foothills of Corsica. Ferrari’s SUV hasn’t dropped yet, but this’ll do for now.

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In our latest video series, we put our ears to the ground and snoop out the most unique and creative artisan craftsmen Australia has to offer, putting modern spins on age-old crafts. This episode’s focus: Rowland Perry, just one dude making world-class knives out of recycled skate decks. SUBSCRIBE TO GQ AUSTRALIA ON YOUTUBE TO SEE MORE.

Australia’s best gin

Independent distilleries and microbreweries are popping up in nearly every run-down warehouse in Australia. And repping the Harbour City’s burgeoning craft gin scene is Archie Rose Distilling Co. See more at GQ.com.au

Mel > Syd the right way

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Another of Teixeira’s highlights was visiting the Sea Gypsies at Bicheno. Living completely off the land, the people that inhabit this bohemian community were nothing shy of hospitable, bringing the crew rosé, beer, cheese - and an entire lobster. Couched off-the-grid deep in the Freycinet National Park, you couldn’t have recreated this set if you tried.

THE GQ TEAM HEADED SOUTH TO S H O OT S U P E R M O D E L MAR LON TE IXE I RA ON TH E APPLE ISLE .

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or a state that’s often the butt of Australian jokes, Tasmania – rich in history, culture and delicious oysters – has a lot going for it. It’s also where we took Brazil’s Teixeira for one of this issue’s exclusive fashion shoots on page 114. If you’re anything like us, you’ll go for a weekend and leave wishing you could stay the week. Teixeira, our leading man, was especially enamoured by the island’s beauty. Spotting a seal catching some morning rays during our shoot at the Bay of Fires was a highlight for the Brazilian, as was throwing down some farm-fresh oysters before jumping on set at Lease 65 oyster farm in St Helens. Nothing like a protein hit. We rested our heads at the Henry Jones Art Hotel in Hobart and Freycinet Lodge in Coles Bay – two of the most enchanting lodgings we’ve had the privilege of calling home – we suggest you do the same. thehenryjones. com; freycinetlodge.com.au

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The rust-coloured rocks that crust the cliffs at Bay of Fires made for a luminous backdrop. Photographer Drew Wheeler pulled out his inner abseiler, launching from one rock to another in pursuit of the right shot.

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So when we take a break from here is an old Scottish drinking, the fear we have is that we proverb that goes, ‘They lose all that fun, all those experiences, speak of my drinking all those friends. The truth is that but never of my thirst’. drinking can often make things that Australians have a thirst aren’t actually that fun, bearable. My for drinking that few countries can irst piece of advice on your break from match. For most of us, that thirst alcohol is to hold your idea of ‘fun’ to a rarely comes into question until either higher standard. You don’t need a drug something really bad happens while to dance or sing karaoke – it just makes we’re drinking (and we remember it) it easier. But nothing good comes easy. or we get to a point where the way we There’s nothing like the feeling of drink starts to impinge on our thirst dancing until you are out of your head. for other things that become more Or the feeling of stepping on to that important to us. Things like our karaoke stage with your heart beating health, our dignity or our Sunday through your chest as you belt out mornings. Most of us believe we’ve ‘Flame Trees’ in the wrong key to the earned our thirst; we deserve it. half-cut, swaying crowd in front of But sometimes, a hard-earned S T R U G G L I N G T H R O U G H D RY J U LY? you. Life doesn’t get much life-ier. thirst needs a big cold break. T H E FO U N D E R A N D C E O O F N O N Secondly, drinking helps get us laid. We all know that drinking less is P R O F I T H E L LO S U N DAY M O R N I N G So many people who take a break from a good thing for us. It’s good for our E X P L A I N S H O W TA K I N G A B R E A K drinking talk about going on dates or bodies – never mind our health – as F R O M B O OZ E D O E S N ’ T H AV E TO meeting people sober and how the well as our mind and our pockets. M E A N P U T T I N G YO U R L I F E O N H O L D. object of their affections recoils as If you need any more proof, do a soon as it’s revealed they aren’t search for ‘alcohol and health’ online imbibing for the evening. When I took my irst year off drinking and you can ind all the reason you need, in vivid infographic (eight years ago), we didn’t have any of the apps available to us now, detail. With the rise of organisations like Dry July, Feb Fast and so meeting new people required going out. You can only take Hello Sunday Morning, taking a break from drinking has now so much ear-to-ear shouting without getting terribly bored. become as much an accepted part of our drinking culture as But thanks to technology, nightclubs no longer have a monopoly shouts, shots or shoeys. It’s never been easier to get help to do over irst encounters. The very best, and the very worst dates, so. Yet as many of you may have already found out – taking are best done sober. a break from drinking is still bloody hard. Finally, and most importantly, that leaves us with our wellI’ve been the CEO of Hello Sunday Morning for nearly eight meaning, arm-twisting mates. ‘Coming out’ to friends about years now. Our team has supported tens of thousands of people to not drinking is the greatest fear of all. When I took my irst take a break from, or quit, alcohol, and I’ve personally taken several extended break from drinking I found my friendships changed breaks from drinking for months and even a year; but even I still quite dramatically. As they should. Taking a break from drinking ind it a tough proposition. If you think your hangovers are bad, try often sorts out whether you really want to be around certain people being the CEO of Hello Sunday Morning and waking up with one and vice versa. It’s hard, but as CS Lewis put it, ‘do not let your yourself on a Sunday morning. It’s so easy to get swept up in the happiness depend on something you may lose’. The question we have drinking culture, sometimes we just need a rope to pull us to to ask is – do you want to be happy or do you want to be liked? dry land for a spell to catch our breath. But what are we so To all my weekend warriors out there taking a break from afraid of missing out on? booze this month or even this year – it ain’t an easy decision, Firstly, drinking is fun. The reason it’s fun is that alcohol is but it’s always worth it. Don’t worry, alcohol will still be there a drug that neurochemically removes inhibitions in our thinking ready and waiting for you when you’re done. But the best thing is, in a way that lets us do all those things that our brain tells us not to. if you do it well, you’ll be a better drinker for it. Because it’s Drinking is freedom from thought. It helps us dance. It helps us sing. only in taking a break from drinking that we can understand And if you have the kind of anxious intensity I have, it helps us, our thirst for it. to paraphrase Sartre, deal with the hell of other people just long For more information or support, head to hellosundaymorning.org enough until it’s socially acceptable to say what we really think.


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THE (SMART) SPEAKER Making use of Amazon ‘Alexa’, Ultimate Ears’ new speakers allow you to change tracks, adjust the volume and cue up playlists, all with the sound of your own voice. Plus, you can make calls and receive text messages without interrupting your beats. With bigger bass than previous models, these are enough to put your AI concerns at bay. So if the machines do take over, at least they’ll sound good. UE ‘BLAST’, $280, AND ‘MEGABLAST’, $380; ULTIMATEEARS.COM

THE FESTIVAL A critically acclaimed debut album? GQ’s Band of the Year award? Their own limousine service and clothing line? The duo behind Client Liaison have been busy men. But now the prolific band is pushing out the boat even further, with the launch of their very own music festival, Expo Liaison, due to hit Australian cities next month. Time to get your safari suit off to the dry cleaners. AUGUST 18-26; CLIENTLIAISON.COM


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As well as the big-name companies, MIDO has a whole section devoted to emerging brands. Among them was Andrew Blyszak, the Australian-born, UK-based founder of independent brand Blyszak. Having launched in 2015, it now stocks a wide range of frames, all made from ethically sourced animal horn or high-quality metals. We caught up with him to find out how his first year at MIDO went, and what the future holds. GQ: What's the advantage of MIDO for a brand like yours? Andrew Blyszak: It’s the largest eyewear fair in the world, alongside SILMO, Paris. So these two fairs are the main thoroughfares for every buyer and seller in the world. GQ: So it helps to get the word out to the right people? AB: Exposure at these fairs – particularly if you are targeting the optical market – is fairly crucial. Opti in Munich is also a large fair but a little more niche. Though both are great platforms for exposure. GQ: How’s the brand going at the moment? AB: The brand is currently sold in Christine, Melbourne. And in June this year, we released a collaboration with Sydneybased menswear brand Song For The Mute which should help to further promote the brand Down Under. GQ: So, what’s next? AB: By the time this goes to print I will have released five new silhouettes which is my broadest simultaneous release of styles to date and includes a reinterpreted cat eye in titanium as well as buffalo horn, and a much narrower take on my ‘Signature’ oval silhouette.

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TIME TO MAN UP (THE RIGHT WAY) We’ve heard a lot about all the things men have been doing wrong lately. And with good reason, too. Though you don’t need to be Harvey Weinstein to realise your chivalry game could use a little work. Which is why this new tome is a welcome addition to the bookshelf of any aspiring gentleman. How do we know that? Because it’s written by one of our very own, GQ’s associate editor, Richard Clune. Witty, funny, acerbic and engaging, it covers everything from feminism to fatherhood, and in an era of less-than-ideal male role models, outlines what it takes to be one of the good ones. $24.99; au.newholland publishers.com

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THE BAMBOOS Off the back of June album, Night Time People, these Melbourne nine-piece party starters will be bringing their energetic, soulful show to the road. Dancing shoes a prerequisite. PLAYING THROUGHOUT AUGUST; THEBAMBOOS.COM

THE RUBENS Following their brand new album Lo La Ru and a huge regional tour, these guys will be hitting the road with P!nk, so if you missed them the first time, catch them alongside the powerful pop star for some 2-4-1 chart-topper action. PLAYING AUGUSTSEPTEMBER; THERUBENSMUSIC.COM

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nd so life begins. By the time you read these words, I will have turned 40. The big four-oh. A whole new tick-box on the oficial form of life. Oh god, I’m oficially middle-aged. Halfway to death, statistically. Though if this were the Middle Ages, I’d be long dead of scurvy or smallpox or a dodgy hog roast. Average life expectancy in the year 1300 was 31 years; it’s now 80 for Australian men. I’d like to say this landmark has snuck up on me almost unnoticed but it’s been on my mind constantly since the day before I turned 39. Since then I have crossed off each day on a wall calendar with ‘The 40’ – a self-designed six-minute body weight exercise regimen comprised of 40 push-ups, 40 sit-ups, 40 tricep dips, 40 lunges, rounded off with a two-minute plank. The idea was to stave off dad-bod and heroically breast the tape of 40 rather than wheeze over the line. In the last desperate, frenzied month, I’ve employed the services of a personal trainer three times a week – a considerable price I’m willing to pay as the big day looms into view. Forty is a threshold when people start to either look really good or really bad for their age. Thanks to my wife’s ever-impressive organisational skills, I will be lucky enough to see in my roaring forties surrounded by the same 14 friends with whom I celebrated my 30th when we all lived in Sydney – all DINK (double income, no kids) couples back then. We’re having the reunion on the hedonistic island of Ibiza. (Watch out, millennials!) A decade on, there will be an additional seven baby-gatecrashers. And one of the couples has split. 40

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CAUTION: LANDMARK APPROACHING I distinctly remember feeling quite depressed about turning 30, like it was the end of something rather than the start. The lead up to a landmark birthday offers the opportunity for introspective relection. Am I where I expected to be at this stage in life? Am I happy? Do these swim shorts still it? There’s a line in Drake’s song ‘Portland’ that touches a nerve every time I hear it: ‘Fuck being rich when I’m 40, man, I’m trying to make it now’. I’m days away from 40. I’m not rich, at least not inancially. I have not ‘made it’. Sure, I earn several times more than I did when I started my professional career at 21 but somehow I don’t seem to have any more money. Less, if anything. Bloody mortgage. If I squint, I can just about recall my dad turning 40. I was six; he was ancient. When you’re 20, 30 seems old. When you’re 30, 40 seems old. When you’re 40, 37 seems so damn young. I didn’t have sleep-thieving kids then. Or a grey-patched beard. Or these love handles.

Looking back though, I had a pretty good run at my thirties. My wife and I have a carpe diem attitude towards life’s opportunities, which has taken us to live in three different countries. There’s a trite bumper sticker line that resonates with me. ‘One day your life will lash before your eyes; make sure it’s worth watching.’ I don’t feel 40, nor do I feel like I even act 40. Perhaps I’m in denial though, for the recent evidence would suggest I am very much in the throes of a midlife crisis. For example, having sanctimoniously vowed in this column in the past that I would never get a tattoo, I recently got my irst ink: two parallel rings under my wedding band to represent our twins. Seen from another angle it apparently spells out the word ‘cliché’. Last month out of pure vanity, I secretly got my teeth whitened and had Botox. My wife only noticed when she saw the credit card statement. My barber recently started trimming my eyebrows and my ear hair. WTAF. And it’s one of life’s truisms that grey hair looks really cool on every guy except yourself. I like to think of myself as down with the kids but recently I’ve begun to feel a bit out of touch. Not 100 per cent sure I know what ‘extra’ and ‘woke’ mean, for example – certainly wouldn’t be conident about using them correctly in a sentence without sounding like a befuddled granddad giving it the ‘wassup dudes!’ with two overenthusiastic thumbs up. Yes, life begins at 40. But so does the habit of repeating yourself, saying ‘oof’ when you sit down, falling fast asleep within 15 minutes of a new episode of The Handmaid’s Tale, and repeating yourself. 

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n a VIP-only lounge in the basement of Chicago’s United Center (home to the Chicago Bulls), directly beneath the iconic 3.7m statue of Michael Jordan, Dana White is doing what he does best: espousing the virtues of a sport that sees two elite athletes beat the shit out of each other by (almost) any means necessary. In just a few days’ time, Australia’s Robert Whittaker will face Yoel Romero of Cuba here, in what will become one of the most devastating ights in UFC history. (With a combined total of 128 strikes landed, Whittaker was able to defend his middleweight world title in a ight that was as inspiring as it was brutal.) When it comes to passion, even the most skeptical of potential mixed martial arts fans would be swayed by White in person. The former boxer believes the UFC will be the biggest sport in the world and, based on the organisation’s growth over the past decade, he might just be right.

GQ: Let’s start broad. Why are people so captivated by fights? Dana White: It’s funny because if you look at all the other sports, those athletes are all fans. Players of all these other sports are huge

fans of ighting. Hitting a ball over a wall is great. Throwing a ball through a circle is great. All that shit’s great, but to be the heavyweight champion of the world. That really means something. I don’t care what colour you are, what country you come from, what language you speak, we’re all human beings and ighting’s in our DNA. GQ: You could say fighting is the first sport. DW: Right. It’s the irst sport on earth and it’ll be the last one too. GQ: With this universality, is there no limit to how popular UFC can become? DW: Absolutely. Look at how big Conor McGregor is. The thing with the Irish is everybody thinks they’re fucking Irish. Imagine when I ind my irst Chinese world champion, whether it’s a man or woman, how big that’ll be. GQ: You took over the UFC in 2001. What was it like when you got involved? DW: Basically when we bought this thing for $2.6m, it was an old wood octagon and we had about maybe 50 guys in contract. That was it. That was all we owned. Everything else had been stripped down and sold to keep the thing alive. We wanted to get regulated and sanctioned, because at the end of the day these guys are real athletes.

GQ: In terms of training, how does MMA differ from the way a boxer might train? DW: Well, boxing is only one component of mixed martial arts; striking to the head and body with the hands. These guys have to do everything. They have to learn boxing. They have to learn Muay Thai, kickboxing. Some guys train in karate and all these different forms of martial arts. Then you have to have wrestling and you have to have jiu-jitsu. You have to be well-rounded. It’s funny because the original UFC was put together to answer the age-old question of which ighting style was the best: if a boxer fought a wrestler, if a karate guy fought a kung-fu guy. Well, once they started actually doing it in UFC, the answer was you had to have a little bit of everything, and that’s how mixed martial arts was born. GQ: The sport has grown immensely popular, especially in the past five years. Why? DW: It’s such a fun, exciting sport to follow. There’s all different types of athletes and personalities – when you show up to the ights, we deliver. GQ: What have you learned about yourself and how to run a business since taking over as president of the UFC? DW: I’ve sort of grown with the business. When I irst started out, we were all gung-ho thinking, ‘It’s gonna be fun. We’ll be friends with all the ighters and we’ll do this and that’. That isn’t exactly how it works. At the end of the day, I run a business and you have to run it like that or you will go out of business. GQ: Where do you get your drive? DW: We continue to break records. We just broke the record in Liverpool [UK] last week for the biggest gate ever at that arena, and I love that shit. I love this business. I love this sport. That’s the kind of stuff that gets me out of bed in the morning. There’s so much work to be done in this sport, and I believe I’m the guy to do it. GQ: When you took over, it was before social media. How has it changed the fight promotion game? DW: It’s incredible. Social media is one of the best things to ever happen to business. I look at all the positives in social media and I fucking eat negative for breakfast. People will go out there and block the negative people and stuff like that – I embrace it. I talk shit back to these guys and I love it. You can’t just have all positive. You’ve got to have that balance of both. But what I don’t do is, I don’t read the media. I don’t read the media’s opinions. They never built a fucking business in their life. I built this sport, I built this industry and the reality is they don’t know what’s next until I tell them what’s next. AU G U ST 20 1 8 G Q .COM . AU

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GQ: Do you ever worry about what your athletes might do on social media? DW: It was a big concern early on, but unless you’re an absolute lunatic, there’s so much crazy shit out there on social media now that it’s all sort of died down. The more we deal with social media, the more we’re becoming desensitised to this type of stuff. GQ: Shit talking. DW: Our president [Trump] is on there talking; he talks directly on Twitter and not to the media. GQ: Who has talked more shit in the past two years: McGregor or Donald Trump? DW: They’re neck and neck. GQ: We’re coming up on the one-year anniversary of Mayweather-McGregor. What was the impact of that on the UFC? DW: It was a huge. That was a global ight. If you get the right ight with the right guys at the right time, then the world can watch it. The world is changing so fast. This younger generation, they’re all digital. These kids don’t watch TV but they’re consuming a tonne of shit on their phones. So in this digital age, the world is getting smaller and smaller. GQ: With a fight like Mayweather-McGregor there’s so much spectacle. How do you balance the idea of showbiz and sport? DW: The beautiful thing about ighting is that all the shit that goes on before the ight – the things that are said, the push and shove, whatever it might be – doesn’t mean shit once you get inside the octagon or ring. At the end of the day, these guys actually get in and ight. Everything will be settled in the octagon. It’s fucking awesome. It’s incredible. GQ: Are we going to see Floyd Mayweather enter the octagon in the next year? DW: I think so. I think Floyd will ight here. It’s just a matter of when. GQ: Why do you think the UFC is successful and popular in Australia? It’s one of the top five markets for you. DW: I always do this test with people from Australia. You ask them: do you know anybody that’s ever been attacked by a shark? Do you know anybody that’s ever been stung by jellyish? You know anybody that’s been bitten by a snake? You know anybody that’s been bit by a spider? You know anybody that’s been attacked by a crocodile? It’s never below three, never. It’s always at least three out of ive. Some guys are ive out of ive. Australia is a rough and tough place. Everything on earth that can kill you lives in Australia, and so for some reason these guys just took to the UFC. They love it, and every time we do an event in Australia, the ights are unbelievable. There’s a tonne of talent coming out of Australia, too, and now we have a world champion from Australia.

GQ: What’s different about the fighters down there? DW: I don’t know if it’s as much the ighters themselves as it is the Australian people. The ighters are Australian and Australians are a different breed of people. I love it. GQ: What happened with Australian world champ Robert Whittaker’s staph infection that ruled him out of his middleweight title defence earlier this year? DW: It happens in this sport. You get staph infections and you don’t realise it. You go until it’s almost too late, and that’s a nasty disease that attacks fast and hard. He got hit by it and thank God they caught it when they did because apparently it was internal too, attacking his internal organs, which is scary.

“We promote the women the same as the men. The pay is equal, everything is equal.” GQ: He’s not a shit talker. He once said that he doesn’t have ill will toward his opponents in the octagon. Is that a good thing for the sport? DW: Whether you’re a shit talker or you don’t say anything, if you’re a mute, it doesn’t matter. What matters is how you perform in the octagon. He’s obviously a very humble guy, but from the irst time I ever saw him I told him, ‘I think you’re special, I think you can be somebody’. He’s got that raw knockout power and people love that. GQ: Be it a Hemsworth or a Bieber, we always see big stars ringside. Why is that? DW: They ask for tickets. I don’t go out and try to recruit celebrities to watch UFC. We do what we do and people fall in love with this sport. People get addicted to this, man.

GQ: With the #MeToo movement masculinity is under a new level of scrutiny. What kind of culture do you strive to create at UFC? DW: The incredible thing about this sport and the UFC is that ever since I opened the door for women to come in, the pay scale here has always been even. The women all make what the men make, since day one, since Ronda Rousey walked in the door that irst day. GQ: What can other sports learn from that? DW: We promote the women the same as we promote the men. The pay is equal, everything is equal. GW: How do you respond to those who say you’re promoting violence? DW: People who think that we’re promoting violence know nothing about mixed martial arts. In 25 years of the UFC there has never been a death or serious injury. I can’t stand the people who try to say, ‘This is violence and people shouldn’t be doing it’. Who are you to say people shouldn’t be doing this? You do what you want to do and we’ll do what we want to do. We’re not hurting anybody; it’s a legal sport. The government regulates us. We have the best drug-testing policy in all of sports, and the list goes on and on. Listen, I don’t like golf. Does that mean that people shouldn’t play golf or it should be taken off TV? No. When golf comes on, I change the channel. GQ: I want to go back to the early days of UFC. You had a lot of hurdles starting out and Donald Trump was one of the first people to offer you a place for fights. Can you tell us about those first dealings with him? DW: Nobody’s been told ‘no’ more than me. Let me start there. When we irst bought the UFC, the stigma was so bad on this sport that venues didn’t want us. But Donald Trump reached out. He said, ‘I would love you guys to do a ight at the Trump Taj Mahal’. We put the ight on. He was one of the irst people there at the arena that night, watching from the prelims on, and stayed through the entire event. Then we left Trump Taj Mahal and went to the Meadowlands Arena and he showed up at the prelims there too. GQ: He was a loyal supporter. DW: Everything that has ever happened to me in my professional life, Donald Trump has reached out and said, ‘Hey, I always knew you were gonna do it, congratulations’. GQ: You spoke at the GOP Convention in 2016. Have his politics after that complicated your support? DW: Not at all. People know that I supported Trump. Listen, I’m good friends with Snoop Dogg who hates Trump and all these other guys. I’m a huge fan of the Beastie Boys.


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ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY: GETTY IMAGES.

“Floyd will fight here. It’s just a matter of when.”

We tried to get the Beastie Boys to play for us and they wouldn’t, but I would never not be a fan of the Beastie Boys because of their political views. I’m not that type of person. There are a lot of people who don’t see eye-to-eye with me politically, that doesn’t mean I’m not going to respect them or not going to be friends with them, or not going to listen to their music or whatever it might be. That’s when the world starts getting crazy; when you start judging people because of their political views, that’s some wacky shit and I would never do that. Everybody’s entitled to his or her own opinion, that’s what’s so great about living in America. You can have your own opinions. If you don’t like the UFC, don’t watch the UFC, but the UFC can still go on. GQ: Sports and politics have always been inseparable, but now more than ever the two are intertwined. How is the UFC navigating the current political climate in the US? DW: It really hasn’t been a problem. We don’t do the national anthem. One of the things I hated about boxing was you would have to play everybody’s national anthem before the ight, and you’d have to sit there during ive national anthems, so we stopped doing it early on because this is a very international sport.

GQ: So it supersedes nationality in many ways. DW: We’ve never really attacked each other over political views, religious views or anything like that. I’m a pretty opinionated guy on a lot of things, but when it comes to religion and politics, to each his own. And I’m not a Republican. I’m neither, I’m always for the best person, whoever the best person is – that’s where I vote. There are a lot of things about me that are Republican and there are a lot of things about me that are Democratic, so you know, I don’t look at one side. I think there are a lot of things on the Democrat side that are nutty as hell. And I think there are a lot of things on the Republican side that are nutty as hell, so I’m in the middle. GQ: I know you talked about getting back to boxing promoting — is that still something you’re looking to do? DW: Yeah, we’re looking at that and I’m kind of kicking the tyres and poking around. Boxing is a pretty fucked up sport. GQ: How so? DW: Everything is fucked up about it: sanctioning organisations, the ighters. These ighters – you have the guys at the top

who make shitloads of money, then you’ve got the guys at the bottom that make nothing. I mean people are making $100 a round, so it’s a really fucked up sport. And we’ve done such a good job, in my opinion, of spreading that wealth out in our sport. Even if you only ight three times in the UFC and you lose all three ights, you’re going to make 30 grand or more. We offer incentives and bonuses and things like that, but you can make over $30,000 a year ighting three times in the UFC. That’s a living even if you’re not that good. GQ: What legacy do you hope to leave? DW: That I was a great father. That’s the only thing I care about. I love my job. I’ve been very blessed that I get to do what I love. But at the end of the day, when you’re laying there in that casket, nobody talks about what the guy did for a living. Were you a good father? Did your kids grow up the right way? Do your kids love you? That’s really the only legacy that matters. GQ: You have to step into the octagon with anyone. Who is it? DW: I’m too old to be stepping in there with anybody. I ight to get on a treadmill every day now. That’s my answer. „ AU G U ST 20 1 8 G Q .COM . AU

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L OOK YOU R SH A R PE ST W I T H OU R EXCLUSI V E EDI T OF T H E BE ST I N M E NSW E A R A N D GROOM I NG T R E N D S

STYLE ED ITED BY OLIVIA HAR DI N G

BRIGHTEN UP

why you need some coloured shades PA G E 5 6

surviving winter

GROOM YOUR WAY THROUGH THE COLD PA G E 6 2

days of denim O N A M I S S I O N TO M A K E C R O O N I N G C O O L AG A I N , S I N G E R M A R LO N W I L L I A M S S H O W S U S H O W TO N A I L H I S U N O F F I C I A L U N I FO R M . Jacket, $260, by G-Star; and shirt, $740, by Prada.

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Coat, $3800, by Gucci; jacket, $1575, by Paul Smith; top, $100, by Levi’s; pants, $364, by Fabric-Brand & Co. at Mr Porter; shoes, $365, by Josephs Shoes. BELOW

Jacket, $299, by Calvin Klein Jeans; pants, $380, and sunglasses, $460, both by Acne Studios.

GQ STYLE TIP

Bring your denim into 2018 by investing in a piece that’s stamped with the logo of your favourite brand. Logomania is here to stay, so don’t fight it – buy it. There’s no better way to feel part of the team.


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Jacket, $2560, and pants, $850, both by Giorgio Armani; shirt, $270, by Paul Smith; T-shirt, $135, by Acne Studios; shoes, $365, by Josephs Shoes.


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GQ STYLE TIP

When it comes to cuffing jeans, opt for a broader, single fold. But don’t go too short – the ankle-freezer has run its course – making way for a longer, wider hem.

RIGHT AND BELOW

Jacket, $1350, and pants, $1150, both by Dior Homme; shirt, $455, shoes, $405, both by Paul Smith.

WORDS: AMY CAMPBELL.

Grooming Madison Voloshin at Vivien’s Creative using MAC and Kevin Murphy Hair.

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$300, by Calvin Klein Jeans.

GQ PICK


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THE ICON TRUCKER JACKET

STYLING: LEILA AMIRPARVIZ. WORDS: CHRISTOPHER RILEY. PHOTOGRAPHY: EDWARD URRUTIA; GETTY IMAGES.

$130, by Levi’s.

$199, by Tommy Jeans.

$79.95, by Topman.

$380, by Diesel.

$280, by G-Star.

O N E O F T H E SA F E S T B E T S I N A N Y WA R D R O B E S I N C E T H E ‘ 6 0 S, T H E T R U C K E R JAC K E T I S P R O O F S O M E T I M E S S I M P L I C I T Y R E I G N S S U P R E M E .

1968

1973

1998

2003

JOHN LENNON

MARTIN SHEEN

LIAM GALLAGHER

VIN DIESEL

Few mortals have reached Lennon’s level of god-like status. Singer, songwriter and activist, he was unafraid of rocking denim on denim with shoulder-length hair. Fortune favours the brave.

A vintage take on the trucker jacket, this. Though, be warned any attempt to recreate this look, with cowboy hat and Cadillac in tow, will likely fall flat unless you too are a Hollywood legend.

In 2009 the poster boy for Britpop managed to take a break from baiting his brother Noel to start his own fashion label, Pretty Green. And yes, it has its own trucker jacket. Naturally.

Fifteen years and God knows how many Fast and the Furious films later, Vin Diesel has managed to stay looking largely the same. Funny what career earnings of more than $200m can do.

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TREND

shades of colour

PH OTOG RAPHY E DWAR D U R RUTIA


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WILL SMITH, MEN IN BLACK

COLIN FIRTH, A SINGLE MAN

$240, by Ray-Ban.

$575, by Tom Ford at Healy Optical.

YOU DON’T N E E D SEC R ET AG E NT STATUS TO ROCK AN I NCONSPICUOUS ALL-B L ACK FRAM E .

TH ICK-R IMM E D AN D M ETICU LOUSLY HAN DSOM E - AS TIM E LESS AS TH E FI LM’S LEADI NG MAN .

Frames on film NAM WE LOOK AT THE BE

CHRISTOPHER REEVE, SUPERMAN

LLYWOOD STARS AND THEIR FRA VER SCREEN, AND THE LEADING

$460, by Dior Homme.

JOHN GOODMAN, THE BIG LEBOWSKI

IS IT A B I R D? A PL AN E? NO, IT’S A PAI R OF TORTOISESH E LL FRAM ES THAT SU IT ANY FACE SHAPE . OBVIOUSLY.

YE LLOW-R IMM E D AVIATORS AR E KNOWN TO H E LP WITH YOU R BOWLI NG . FACT.

TOM CRUISE, TOP GUN

ROBERT DE NIRO, TAXI DRIVER

FOR WH E N YOU FE E L TH E N E E D… TH E N E E D FOR SPE E D.

TRAVIS B ICKLE’S AVIATOR AN D MOHAWK COM BO MAR KE D TH E PEAK OF ANTI-H E RO ST YLE .

$240, by Ray-Ban.

$420, by Prada.

$285, by Ray-Ban.


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TREND

Through the wire S TAT E M E N T E Y E W E A R FO R T H O S E W H O D O N ’ T WA N T TO M A K E A S TAT E M E N T. There’s something about the stripped-back simplicity of wire-rimmed frames that packs a serious style punch. It’s like wearing a pair says, ‘I’m not trying too hard, but I know what’s up’. They span the full spectrum, flattering everyone from ageless fashionista Jared Leto to the likes of millennial deities Justin Bieber and Zayn Malik. Our advice? Keep the frame simple, and let the lenses do the talking if you want to add attitude.

FROM TOP

$270, by Carrera; $430, by Prada; $699 and $679, both by CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC; $795, by LINDBERG.

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STYLE NEWS

BE INSPIRED

DOUBLE RAINBOUU

Earlier this year, Italian eyewear giant Carrera launched its latest campaign. But rather than featuring bikini-clad models lounging by the pool or sun-kissed influencers enjoying a day at the beach, the brand wanted to go for something a little more poignant. Entitled #DriveYourStory, the campaign features three real individuals who have overcome personal setbacks and forged their own paths: an Olympic athlete, a refugee turned model, and a record-breaking motorbike racer whose passion for riding almost cost him his life. With the campaign launching to coincide with the arrival of Carrera’s latest SS18 collection, the trio represents not just the triumph of the human spirit, but the fearless attitude of the brand itself. For more about the campaign – and exclusive behind-thescenes videos from the shoots – head to CARRERAWORLD.COM

DOUBLE RAINBOUU x LE SPECS A L L E Y E S O N T H E L AT E S T D E V E LO P M E N T S W I T H I N T H E W O R L D O F FAS H I O N .

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p you they’re not going anywhere. And who could blame them? Previous partnerships have sold like hotcakes – jointeffort with hip NYC jeweller Jordan Askill earlier this year, survived barely an hour in stores. So anticipation was understandably high when the sunglass brand announced that, next up, it would be joining forces with kitschy Australian resort label Double Rainbouu. Rendered in colours with names like Seafoam, Cherry and Gold Smoke, they make you feel like you could play an extra in a Stanley Kubrick ilm. Retro-tinged and unashamedly lamboyant, they’re everything you’d expect from the guys who dared to bring the Hawaiian shirt back from the dead.

Chances are, you probably already follow Sam Elsom on Instagram. But if you don’t, you should. Designer, photographer, surfer, guitar player, father – it seems like there’s nothing he can’t do. For further proof of that, he’s also just been named creative director for Sydney sportswear label The Upside. Known for its celebrity fan base and charitable credentials, expect clean cuts, natural tones and performance fibres with an ethical edge. The latest campaign also happens to feature Brazilian model Marlon Teixeira – for more of him, turn to p114. THEUPSIDESPORT.COM

WORDS: AMY CAMPBELL. PHOTOGRAPHY: EDWARD URRUTIA.

The Upside’s new man


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who’s the boss? YO U, I N A G A R M E N T- DY E D S U I T - C L E A R LY. H U G O B O S S H AS R E L E AS E D A N E XC LU S I V E R A N G E - A N D W E A R E FA N S .

WORDS: AMY CAMPBELL. PHOTOGRAPHY: EDWARD URRUTIA.

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here are heritage suit labels that, with the rise of streetwear and all, have found themselves in an unwelcome row with relevancy. Hugo Boss, is not one of those labels. Chief brand officer Ingo Wilts knows the world’s relationship with traditional suiting is changing – a 17-year career in menswear will equip a bloke with that kind of expertise – and he’s intent on making sure Boss moves with the times. The latest manifestation of Wilts’ vision comes in the form of the German brand’s garment-dyed collection, a range of wearable suits in a spectrum of colours. “I don’t think we need to modernise menswear by banning suits,” says Wilts. “It’s a matter of how to combine different pieces – like sneakers with a suit for a more dressed-down look.” With the option to buy the pants or jacket separately, this multi-purpose, mixand-match sensibility is what the garmentdyed range caters for. Before we’re mistaken, it’s still a range of suits, but cut from cotton, linen and wool. The pieces are much lighter in weight and softer in appearance. They’re also cut and sewn in their natural state, before being dipped in dye. This way, the colour shows more movement

and the variation in shade lends each garment a less rigid air. “It’s a high-quality technique only a few can provide. For suiting, and wool in particular, this technique is quite niche,” explains Wilts. But it’s precisely Wilts’ quest for a niche – something the stuffy suiting of yesteryear would’ve shied away from – that’s seen Boss glide into the modern lexicon. Resuscitating its men’s show (before Fall 2017, Boss hadn’t sent a menswear collection down a fashion week runway since 2008) and staging it in New York has also played a role in bringing the brand to the attention of younger consumers. Despite his ability to charm the fashion crowd, Wilts isn’t about to isolate Boss’ original customer base – those who signed up for the slim-cut, executive uniforms the brand made its name peddling. And that’s where the garment-dyed suits step in. Wearing one is like dipping your toes in the ‘casual’ pool, without getting completely wet. The range is offered in a single-breasted cut and softer colours, from light blue and olive through to pale beige and white. “We decided to go with a sharp and timeless silhouette ” says Wilts. “We wanted a suit that could be a business suit and a weekend outfit.”

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GROOMING

E D I T E D BY

DAVI D SM I E DT

Your winter survival guide W E TAC K L E T H E B I G G E S T C O L D -W E AT H E R PROBLEMS – WITH KEY PRODUCTS AND S U P P L E M E N T S TO S O LV E T H E M .

beware of the Breakouts UNDER-EYE BAGS The echinacea and vitamin A help you get more rest when afflicted by colds and flu, while the Butcher’s Broom plant extract in the serum increases microcirculation to de-puff. Bear ‘Protect’, $90 (60 tablets), bearltd.com; Kiehl’s ‘Midnight Recovery Eye’, $50 (15ml); kiehls.com.au

DULL COMPLEXION Take it as a 15ml shot – the coconut extract will ensure maximum hydration on a cellular level. The vitamin C in the serum applied topically simply brightens up the whole complexion. The Beauty Chef ‘Hydration Inner Beauty Boost’, $39.95 (500ml), thebeautychef.com; Dermalogica ‘BioLumin-C’ serum, $130 (30ml); dermalogica.com.au

Without a sun-kissed complexion, blemishes or breakouts can become more apparent. Effective acne management is more about taking things away than adding them, which is why the B5 in the tablets inhibits sebum production, while the cleanser removes pore-clogging debris. SkinB5 ‘Extra Strength Acne Control Tablets’, $66.53 (180 tablets), skinb5.com; Skinceuticals ‘Clarifying Cleanser’, $67 (150ml); adorebeauty.com.au

FLAKY SCALP

SAGGING SKIN

Overheated environments and that favourite beanie can wreak havoc on your scalp. Nix it with a supplement containing iodine and zinc and a shampoo that removes all traces of the product build-up.

While sagging skin is not limited to the winter, the harsh conditions can exacerbate the problem. But collagen is your friend – and the rosehip extract in the protein powder will help your body produce more of it.

JS Health ‘Hair + Energy’, $29.99 (30 capsules), jshealthvitamins.com; Redken Brews ‘Extra Clean Shampoo’, $28.95 (300ml); mensbiz.com.au

Welleco ‘The Super Elixir Nourishing Protein’, $90 (300g); welleco.com.au; Skinstitut ‘Ultra Firming Eye & Neck Cream’, $49 (30ml); skinstitut.com


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WITH A POTENTIAL FUTURE CAREER IN HAND MODELLING, THERE’S A LOT AT STAKE WHEN IT COMES TO THE RIGHT SKINCARE REGIME.

Show of hands THIS IS THE SEASON WHEN YOUR MITTS ARE MOST PRONE TO CHAPPING, DEHYDRATION AND FLAKING. AND TRUST US, PEOPLE NOTICE. TO AVOID LEAVING THE WRONG IMPRESSION NEXT TIME YOU SHAKE HANDS, HERE ARE A FEW SIMPLE RULES TO KEEP IN MIND.

SKIP THE SOAP

GET SPECIFIC

TAKE YOUR TIME

Regular soaps can dry out your skin quickly and leave you even more prone to the elements. Switch to a product like Sukin ‘Sensitive Soap Free Body Wash’, $12.95 (500ml), which uses green tea extract to sanitise and remove dirt. sukinorganics.com

While your regular moisturiser will help deliver some of the hydration you need, the skin on your hands requires extra special attention. Try Jack Black ‘Industrial Strength Hand Healer’, $27 (88ml). mensbiz.com.au

Instead of slathering it on just before you head into a meeting, give thirsty hands enough time to absorb the moisture. The ingredients need a short period to work before they are inadvertently transferred to other surfaces. And, most importantly, no one likes a clammy handshake.

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BOTH SUPERMAN AND THOR HAVE EMBRACED THE MO.

STARTING OUT THE MO IS MAKING A C O M E B AC K . B U T TO E N S U R E YO U H AV E A CHANCE OF PULLING I T O F F, W E G I V E YO U THE RUN-DOWN OF E V E RY T H I N G YO U N E E D TO K N O W.

Time to try a moustache?

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on’t worry. Beards aren’t going anywhere this winter. But we couldn’t help but notice a growing number of leading men are taking a more minimal approach to their facial fuzz, opting instead for a moustache over the full beard. Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, even Ryan Gosling and a certain GQ cover star Henry Cavill – they’ve all been there recently. To ind out everything you need to know about growing and styling a ’tache of your own, we hit up Jake Putan from new Sydney grooming destination Adilla Barbers.

Get the right kit

“At home, you should be using a small finetoothed moustache comb to groom the hairs and keep them in place,” says Putan. We like the Milkman Grooming Co ‘Mini Styler Pocket Comb’, $8. At this price, you might want to also grab one for the desk drawer to handle any post-lunch crumbs. Brush gently in the direction of hair growth so the moustache sits flush to the face. ‘V76 Beard Oil’ by Vaughn, $32 (60ml) will keep it hydrated and healthy. “A small amount of American Crew ‘Grooming Cream’, $31.95 (85g) combed through the hair will keep it in place.” MILKMANAUSTRALIA.COM; 1300 725 122; AMERICANCREW.COM

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TRY THIS If you really want to make like Dali, you’ll need the right amount of – and extra time in the morning.

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Growth rates are an individual affair, as is the fact that some of us will grow facial hair that’s an entirely different shade to what’s on top. So at what stage should you call in the professionals? “The best thing you can do is let it grow until it gets past the edge of the top lip, then see your barber,” says Putan. “It needs to be well kept just like your hair – so a moustache should be professionally maintained every two to four weeks, depending on the thickness.”

CHOOSING A SHAPE According to Putan, it’s a free-for-all. “The best thing about having a moustache is the freedom that there is no set shape for each face,” he says. “It really comes down to personal preference. My three favourites are the pencil ’tache, (thinly lining the upper lip); the chevron (full and bushy); and the handlebars (see Mr Hemsworth’s recent look, above).” From there, thickness, texture and finish is a matter of choice.

BRIEFING YOUR BARBER As with your hairstyle, the things to consider are your lifestyle, career, how much time you want to spend in front of the mirror each morning and how often you’re prepared to hit up your barber. “Run the style you’ve chosen past your barber so they can give you all the info you need or ask them for some ideas,” says Putan. In other words, they know more about it than you ever will, so listen.


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FRAGRANCE

LOUIS VUITTON

MAKES

WORDS: DAN THAWLEY.

O

nce a glove-making town in the south of France, Grasse turned its collective hands to perfumery over four centuries ago, when the scenting of said gloves with the likes of orange


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ABOVE

natural, raw essences from around the world, his perfumes are a luxurious exercise in purity, and are subject to the supply and demand of these ingredients whose scarcity, he admits, can be a genuine factor in not only price, but also availability. For Louis Vuitton, these include organic materials like French jasmine, Indonesian patchouli, Sri Lankan sandalwood, Guatemalan cardamom, Chinese osmanthus, Peruvian balsam from Salvador and bergamot from Calabria in Italy. Louis Vuitton’s ive new scents span a tight spectrum of classical ideas, ranging from the fresh and approachable through to smoky citrus, all the way to oud-based styles that harness new interest in sweeter, Middle Eastern perfume traditions. However, when it came to naming each

Jacques Cavallier Belletrud has helped create more than 80 fragrances throughout his career; the rich aroma of the cedrat, known as the godfather of lemons, was used in the making of the ‘Sur la Route’ scent.

LV TIMELINE OF FIRSTS

1854

1821

Birth of Louis Vuitton

1859

Construction of the first Louis Vuitton workshop in Asnières.

2018

Launch of Louis Vuitton fragrance, for women.

Creation of the ‘Keepall’ bag, the most legendary of all Louis Vuitton travel bags.

Creation of the groundbreaking flat trunk in grey Trianon canvas.

Louis Vuitton founds his company and opens his first store in Paris.

2016

1930

1858

creation, Cavallier Belletrud stuck to his mother tongue, following suit from the women’s line to conjure evocative names from ‘Orage’ (Storm), ‘Sur la Route’ (On the Road), and ‘Nouveau Monde’ (New World), to ‘L’Immensité’ (Immensity) and ‘Au Hasard’ (By Chance). ‘Orage’, our personal favourite, considers powdery Iris and warm patchouli notes lifted by acidic bergamot and smoky vetiver, while inside ‘Sur la Route’, the tricky rub of Italian cedrat lemon against cedar provides a most compelling effect. ‘Nouveau Monde’ is a spicy, sweet perfume – marrying cocoa resinoids with saffron and leathery oud assam – surely one of the collection’s more daring departures. No doubt holding a broader appeal, the freshness of ‘L’Immensité’ is attributed to bold notes of ginger, grapefruit, and ‘ambroxan’ amber, while ‘Au Hasard’ traverses spicier territory thanks to the unexpected crash of cardamom, sandalwood, and ‘ambrette’ mallow. “A perfume is an idea I have in my mind,” said Cavallier Belletrud, presenting his latest concoctions to GQ in Grasse this April. “I see colours, I see smells. It’s very virtual. And then I translate it in terms of ingredients and proportions in the computer. I can send it from Taipei, from Tokyo, from my bed. The idea goes on paper so I don’t forget it. If it’s a good idea, and it happens sometimes, I can ind that document and reproduce it forever.” Packaged in the same Marc Newsondesigned apothecary bottle as the original women’s line (replete with its hidden pump pack and near-invisible stem) the Louis Vuitton men’s perfumes are deined by a switch from metallic gold accents to a deep titanium silver tone, yet past the packaging, there’s no doubt these essences share an innately subtle sophistication with their female predecessors. As far as boutique fragrances go, these are luxe scents for smooth operators who consider scent is an intrinsic accessory, not a personality placebo. „

1993

Launch of the ‘Taiga’ line for men.

Virgil Abloh installed as men’s artistic director.

2017

Launch of ‘Masters’, a collaboration with Jeff Koons

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THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO A GENTLEMAN’S WRISTWEAR

WATCH

when the green light flashes R E P R E S E N TAT I V E O F L I F E , N AT U R E A N D A M B I T I O N , T H E C O LO U R I S A L S O T H I S Y E A R ’ S G O -TO FO R O U R W R I S T S .

Reflective of the elegance and design traits we know from the ’60s, this unisex 39mm piece has ample stage presence. Its galvanic dial comes courtesy of a 60-tonne press, and we love the ornate Arabic numerals, framed by a finely drawn minute scale. $9650; glashuetteoriginal.com

PHOTOGRAPHY: EDWARD URRUTIA.

GLASHUTTE ORIGINAL ‘SIXTIES AUTOMATIC’


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PIAGET ‘ALTIPLANO MALACHITE MARQUETRY TOURBILLON’ CHOPARD ‘MILLE MIGLIA RACING COLOURS’

CORUM ‘ROMVLVS 44 ANNUAL CALENDAR’

SEIKO ‘1968 AUTOMATIC DIVER’S COMMEMORATIVE LIMITED EDITION’ A nod to Seiko’s ‘MM300’ diver, the primary things to know about this 44.3mm piece are the 8L35 calibre has a 50-hour power reserve, and the Lumibrite on the 5-, 10-, 15- and 20-minute markers make it visible in the dark. $5300; seikowatches.com

Inspired by an accident, the Romvlvs dates back to 1966 and has been resurrected by popular demand. The new piece retains its Italian lightness and the CO502 calibre boasts a 55-hour power reserve. Molto bene. $81,995; lionbrands australia.com.au

This self-winding mechanical movement has a power reserve of 42 hours, contains a glare-proof sapphire-crystal case, and is water resistant up to 50 metres. ‘British Racing Green’ is one of five colourways (and the best). $7900; chopard.com

Two things to note here. First – this is 41mm of green malachite marquetry dial wrapped in rose gold, courtesy of French artist Hervé Obligi. Next to mention – the 42 pieces that make up its tourbillon weigh a total of 0.2g. $157,000; piaget.com

MONTBLANC ‘1858 MONOPUSHER CHRONOGRAPH LIMITED EDITION 100’ At 40mm, it’s the smallest piece in the 1858 collection. And with that monopusher chronograph, it doubles as an excellent sports watch not out of place on your wrist as a dress piece too. $42,990; montblanc.com

AUDEMARS PIGUET ‘ROYAL OAK OFFSHORE SELFWINDING CHRONOGRAPH’ “He who dares, wears an iconic hero in this new 44 mm stainless-steel model” apparently. We don’t disagree. As khaki ceramic bezels with camouflage rubber straps go, this is hands down the best (and only) out there. $40,600; audemars piguet.com

H MOSER AND CIE ‘PIONEER CENTRE SECONDS’ Looking past the name, this niche hybrid of a watch (it’s both sporty and classic) wears larger than its 42.8mm dial thanks to the 15mm thickness. It’s water resistant to 120m and houses an automatic movement with a three-day power reserve. $18,850; 02 8262 3100

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DON’T FORGET THE (SUB)LIME Quite how you wear this MB&F ‘HM7’ Saturn-esque piece without a) being entranced all day, b) having to get broader shirt cuffs tailor-made and c) being late for everything because of a) and b), is beside the point; its double-domed case and bezel are abstract beauty personifed. For anyone not familiar with Max Büsser’s work, shame on you. Founded in 2007, MB&F’s aim is to make watches that look nothing like anything you’d called a watch before. This is where the admission that timepieces aren’t solely for telling the time best stands tall. Oh, and by the way, it’s an Aquapod (MB&F code for dive watch). $161,800; thehourglass.com

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A S T H E L AT E S T I N A LO N G L I N E O F I M P O S S I B LY L I G H T, S H O C K- R E S I S TA N T S U P E R-T I M E P I E C E S, T H E ‘ R M 6 7- 0 2 ’ C R O W N S R I C H A R D M I LLE AS C H A M P I O N O F T H E A L L- AC T I O N S P O R T S WATC H .

A league of his own R ichard Mille has a knack for spotting sporting talent. While the inal of the 2018 Italian Open was captivating tennis fans for its crosscourt rallies, the attentions of eagle-eyed watch aicionados were locked on to something else. Both clay court contenders – ultimate victor Rafael Nadal and German challenger Alexander Zverev – went into battle wearing Richard Mille wristwatches. It was a massive PR coup for the brand, but not the irst time its timepieces have proved talismanic. Nadal’s relationship with the King Midas of watchmaking began in 2010 when the freewheeling Frenchman made a shock-

resistant $700,000 timepiece for the then 24-year-old tennis upstart. In the same year, as if by some kind of Mille magic, the Majorca-born prodigy would go on to win three out of the four Grand Slams. Mille then created a bright-white, space-spec piece of kit for lesser-known golfer Bubba Watson. The self-taught American proceeded to write his own fairy tale by winning the Masters in 2012. Then again in 2014. Other protégés thrust to sporting greatness by the ‘Mille effect’ include Felipe Massa, who inished runner-up in the 2008 Formula One world championship; Yohan Blake, 100 metre silver medallist at the 2012

ALEX AN DE R ZVE R EV’S ‘RM 67- 02’, POA .


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“Athletes have the power to fascinate. These gods of the stadium are winning machines.” Olympics; and South African speed-master Wayde van Niekerk. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, it was van Niekerk who ran the 400 metres in 43.03 seconds – shaving 0.15 seconds off the world record set by Michael Johnson back in 1999. “What inspires me about sport is performance and technique,” explains Mille. “Athletes have the power to fascinate. These gods of the stadium are winning machines, yet no less human for all that; it is precisely this paradox which has always interested me.” The irst of Richard Mille’s six-igure sports watches designed speciically to absorb extreme shock debuted at the 2010 French Open on the wrist of Nadal. Prior to the tournament, Nadal and specialist movement maker Audemars Piguet Renaud & Papi – which has created calibres for Mille since the beginning – had spent six months testing seven prototypes during

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Alexander Zverev returns serve against Nadal during the 2018 Italian Open final; Felipe Massa on the grid at the 2008 Brazil Grand Prix; South African sprinter Wayde van Niekerk celebrates winning Olympic gold at Rio 2016; Nadal and Zverev display their trophies - and their Mille timepieces after the final.

WAYDE VAN N I E KE R K’S ‘RM 67- 02’, POA .

practise sessions. Six of the watches broke. But by itting Nadal with force-reading sensors, and tinkering with the tourbillon’s carbon-ibre case and crown tube, the 32g ‘RM 27’ was eventually certiied to withstand 800 Gs – more than enough to see Nadal triumph at Roland-Garros, before claiming the Wimbledon title just a month later. Mille didn’t stop there. “Once we had achieved our goal of making the lightest [mechanical] watch on the planet, I wanted to move away from this idea, which could have become an endless quest which no longer had any meaning. For the new version of the Rafael Nadal timepiece, I decided to focus on further improving the technical parameters of the watch.” The updated ‘RM 27-02’ arrived in 2015 and featured a case-back that doubled as a base plate – a unibody type of construction inspired by the chassis of a race car. Its front and back bezels were comprised of Quartz TPT, a brand new carbon-quartz compound that withstood tests usually reserved for the aeronautical industry.

“This model corresponds to everything that the brand is about,” says Tim Malachard, the brand’s marketing director. “Innovation and extreme technic are the essence and perfectly represented in this model.” Back at the Foco Italico in Rome, Zverev had the advantage, watch-wise at least. The world number three was sporting the ‘RM 67-02’, the lightest and one of the thinnest automatics Richard Mille has ever produced. Comprised of the same super-strong, super-lightweight carbon-quartz compound as Nadal’s ‘RM 27-02’, the ‘RM 67-02’ weighs the same 32g but has been itted with the brand’s newly developed, non-slip, lighter-than-Velcro elastic strap. Nadal may have won in Rome, but Zverev had already prevailed at the 2018 Madrid Open while wearing the ‘RM 67-02’ the week before. Besides Zverev and van Niekerk, the ‘RM 67-02’ is currently allotted to three other Mille’s ambassadors: French skier Alexis Pinturault, fellow countryman and World Rally Champion Sébastien Ogier, and Qatari high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim. Each version is injected with bright resins and then hand-painted to mirror the colours of the athlete’s national lag. Each is also equipped with Mille’s seventh in-house movement, the CRMA7 – a remarkable achievement in itself for a watch brand yet to celebrate its 20th birthday. „ AU G U ST 20 1 8 G Q .COM . AU

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TASTE TRAVEL forget saint tropez S T U N N I N G V I E W S, P R I S T I N E B E AC H E S A N D LU X U RY R E S O R T S - A L L FO R A F R AC T I O N O F T H E C O S T O F I T S B E T T E R- K N O W N N E I G H B O U R S . G E T YO U R S E L F TO M O N T E N E G R O. WO R DS ADAM BAI DAW I


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erhaps you’ve already got a passport bursting with stamps earned during the height of European summer. One that conjures up memories of cookiecutter towns, coastlines packed with lobster-red Brits and waterfront restaurants whose prices bear no relation to their actual value. So, you might wonder why Montenegro is worth the effort. Well, we’re here to tell you it is. This is a tiny country where the mountains meet the sea, where the peaks are reminiscent of Yosemite – only without a McDonald’s in sight – and where the waters are implausibly blue – only without a Maldives-style island tax to go with them. Skip Dubrovnik. It’s too polished. But do ly into Dubrovnik. Then grab the car, snake your way down the far southern border between Croatia and Montenegro, wait patiently and enter. In the Bay of Kotor, where the fjords give way to the Mediterranean, it won’t take you long to realise why the medieval town is UNESCO-protected. It’s stupidly pretty, and has the requisite food and booze to keep you staring at it for hours at a time. If you’re used to Croatia, something will immediately catch your eye – Montenegro can look a bit shabby. But you’ll be quick to learn that this developmental phase is its greatest asset. There are no backpackers logging you Game of Thrones tours and kayak rides (if you’re not familiar with this, count yourself lucky). In place of dodgy plates of ish-and-chips at ine dining prices, you’ll ind day-caught seafood, masterfully prepared and offered for as little as $20 a plate. Plus, there are also hardly any tourists. Western ones, anyway. You will bump into an abundance of Russians instead – because it seems the shady dealings of a certain commander-inchief isn’t the only secret they have been sitting on lately. No, they have long been enjoying one of Europe’s hidden gems long before anyone else has been given the chance to ruin it. We suggest you pack a camera, ind yourself a spot on one of the endless beaches and ind out why.


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EAT NOBU SVETI STEFAN There’s a unique joy to sitting down to Nobu in a country like Montenegro. Just across the water from Aman, it’s wonderfully out of place. Sure, the Black Cod needs to be flown in, but it’s wholly familiar and uncompromised. NOBURESTAURANTS.COM

GALION On the water near Budva, you owe it to yourself to find Galion: pull together a friend or five for an impossible array of delectable seafood that’s only topped by the astonishment that the minuscule bill brings. +382 32 325 054

CONTE Little surprise Conte has views that will floor

you. Yes, the seafood is wonderful. But it’s the wine list that’s more likely to linger in your mind, weeks after the holiday’s over. Get a taxi, arrive at dusk – you don’t want to skip the sunset. HOTELCONTE.ME

AMAN SVETI STEFAN The in-house restaurant at Aman ranks as one of Montenegro’s best. Happily, it totally defies what a hotel restaurant can be. The views here warrant a lengthy predinner drink, and the taking of a very slow appetiser. We suggest working your way through any number of the tremendous hero dishes – and a bottle of Montenegrin wine. AMAN.COM

FROM TOP The spa at Aman Sveti Stefan; the old town of Kotor, overlooked by fortress ruins; Ostrog monastery, located in a near-sheer cliff face.

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Wind around the mountains, the coast on your right. Find the island. Once you see it, it's unmistakable: Sveti Stefan, perhaps the most exclusive resort island in the world. It’s difficult to convey exactly what makes Aman Sveti Stefan so wonderful, but the word ‘private’ comes close. There’s a sense of seclusion on this island, one that’s regularly exaggerated by your getting happily lost while navigating the ancient streets that criss-cross from villa to pool to restaurant. Sveti Stefan is quite the coup for Aman, the opulent hotel group. The island dates back to the 15th century, and the cobbled streets and stone buildings have been faithfully maintained – including several rustic chapels. Rather than augmenting the island’s history with brutalist structures and floor-toceiling windows, Aman have, wisely, only made it more elegant, nipping and tucking with nuance and polish. The result is a hotel that’s wholly distinct: a refreshingly memorable space in the world of generic hotels.

Might we make an unusual recommendation? In Kotor, skip the hotel all together. Montenegro’s luxury accommodation scene is up and coming, to be sure (Europe’s first One&Only opened here this year). But, post Sveti Stefan, there’s a smart argument for any one of the new, affordable, coastal Airbnbs that have popped up. Part of the fun will be guiding your teensy rental through the narrow cobbled streets, with leatherfaced locals speeding recklessly past you, a cigarette hanging out of their mouths. Montenegro may be the ideal destination for those who love a hike, sans the giant backpack and specially issued boots. No, these walks are simple and satisfying, and their payoffs outsized. Kotor’s old town was walled by the Republic of Venice centuries ago, so once you’ve scaled its heights, and taken in the immensity of this cobalt cove, you ought to take a moment to thank the Venetians – they did us all a favour.

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THE BLUE GROTTO

It may feel counterintuitive to fly to the Adriatic Coast and rent skis, but Durmitor has a formidable ski resort in the colder months. If you’re visiting in summer (which you should), explore the Tara River canyon by foot, and hop on a raft if you’re so inclined.

Yes, your eyes will be saturated by impossible shades of teal and blue while driving around Montenegro – but this might top all of them. Located in Herceg Novi, this blue cave is stupidly pretty, and well worth a lazy day trip and swim.

OSTROG MONASTERY

You’re now keenly aware that you can spend a night (or three) on the island of Sveti Stefan. But, let this be our final suggestion for inclusion in your Montenegrin itinerary: if you’re looking for your Instagram money shot, you’ve found it.

Ostrog is maybe the most revered building in Montenegro. Come for the history – it dates back to the 17th century. But what’s more likely to sear itself into your memories is the sheer marvel of its architecture.

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A NIGHT AT ... GRAND HOTEL TREMEZZO

ABOVE

The entrance to Grand Hotel Tremezzo is a sight to behold; dining at La Terrazza offers stunning vews of Lake Como. OPPOSITE

The music room, filled with jewel-toned sofas that look like they’ve been plucked from a Wes Anderson film; the pool sits just a short walk from T Beach restaurant.

ABOVE

The opulent foyer sets the tone for the hotel’s aesthetic; inside the Lakeview Prestige room.

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WORDS: AMY CAMPBELL.

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t’s dificult to ignore the ‘George’ factor that ills the air around Italy’s glitzy Lake Como, like the scent of azaleas on the breeze. No surname required – everyone in Como knows who ‘George’ is. But, if you look a little further – past a certain star’s assuming lakeside villa at Laglio – you’ll ind yourself face to face with another celebrity of the lake: The Grand Hotel Tremezzo. Similar to the Clooney residence, ask any Tabacchi owner along the Via Regina where the Grand Hotel Tremezzo sits and they’ll direct you with ease. Opened in 1910 as a luxury, familyowned lodging for elite visitors and opportunistic travellers alike, the palazzo, which still launts much of its Belle Époque glow, has a storied reputation of its own. And for good reason. A weekend spent swilling seasonal peach bellinis on the hotel terrace above the aquamarine expanse of Lake Como is an impressionable experience. Not unlike a run-in with Mr Clooney. Our stay at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo began with the warmest of Italian welcomes: a bowl of risotto mantecato, topped with pan-fried perch illets from the lake. Despite its international clout (and visitor database) the hotel’s menu – which is delivered via ive main restaurants: the edgy L’Escale; the more traditional La Terrazza; T Pizza, which sits al fresco in the garden; the handsome T Bar; and the waterside T Beach – remains devoted to the Lombardy region. The risotto mantecato (washed down with a glass of Verdèse) was essentially just an amuse-bouche for what was to come – from a modern iteration of cotoletta di vitello (veal cutlet, a Milanese specialty) at L’Escale to in-house chef Osvaldo Presazzi’s homage to Maestro Gualtiero Marchesi’s saffron and gold leaf riso at La Terrazza – it became increasingly clear we may never eat this well again. Disclaimer: any diet is best left at the doorstep. While it would be easy to continue on the topic of the hotel’s culinary endeavours, that would mean neglecting other key ingredients that make this eclectic establishment sing. Under the assured eye of CEO Valentina De Santis, the hotel’s original Art Nouveau decor blends elegantly with contemporary pieces, achieving a near-impossible balance between exclusivity and warmth. It’s easy to get complacent in the self-suficient conines of the property – the award-winning T Spa (try the aromatherapy massage), ininity pool and three-storey itness centre just pieces of the hotel’s thriving ecosystem. But part of the Grand Hotel Tremezzo’s magic is its locale, and a stay wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the picturesque village of Bellagio. However, it’s the characters of the Grand Hotel Tremezzo that lend the institution its warmth. From the busboy trotting behind the maître d’, every ounce of his concentration on keeping the linguine upright, to the cheers of the bellboys as they welcome you in from a morning jog – it’s all totally endearing. You’ll visit Grand Hotel Tremezzo for the vistas, the food, and the sheer opulence of the rooms. But like Hollywood stars, good looks might be able to draw a crowd, but it’s the charming ones that keep them coming back. Rooms from $600 per night; grandhoteltremezzo.com


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Dry july CAN BE FUN I F M OT I VAT I O N TO C LO S E O U T T H E M O N T H B O OZ E- F R E E I S WA N I N G , I T’ S B E CAU S E YO U ’ R E G O I N G A B O U T I T T H E W R O N G WAY.

GQ SPICE & S O DA INGREDIENTS • Spiced syrup • 2 litres apple juice • 1 tablespoon black pepper • 1 tablespoon cardamom • ½ tablespoon cloves • 3 cinnamon quills • 30g sliced ginger

METHOD 1. To make the spice reduction, put the core ingredients into a small saucepan and place on the stove. 2. Bring it to the boil and keep at boiling point for 45 minutes until it reduces to a syrup consistency. Strain the syrup into a bottle. Allow to cool. 3. To make the cocktail, put 45ml of your spiced apple reduction in a glass over ice. Top with soda water and garnish with fresh mint, one cinnamon quill and a lemon wedge. TOP TIP Mix the spice reduction with warm water and a slice of lemon to enjoy this drink hot.

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GARNISH • Fresh mint • Cinnamon quill • Lemon wedge • Soda water


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THE HUBA INGREDIENTS • 190ml pineapple juice • 20ml coconut syrup • 15ml lime juice • Small handful of basil leaves • 2 cardamom pods • Crushed and cubed ice GARNISH • Fresh basil leaves • Dried coconut METHOD 1. Muddle the cardamom pods at the base of the shaker, using a pestle or something similar. 2. Add the pineapple juice, coconut syrup, lime juice and basil leaves. 3. Shake with ice and strain into a tall glass over ice. 4. Garnish with basil leaves and the dried coconut. MIXOLOGIST’S TIP This drink is beautiful and frothy when freshly made, but if you let it sit for too long the layers will separate. Best to take that ’gram shot right away.

FOOD

I T H AS S O M E O F AU S T R A L I A’ S BEST WINERIES, BUT ORANGE I S B E C O M I N G A FO O D I E H OT S P OT I N I T S O W N R I G H T.

If you’re after something less rowdy than a pub, Percy’s Bar & Kitchen delivers a great night out. Showcasing the wines, beers and produce of the region, it serves up a mix of country comfort and city style. Hereford Red rump, fries and red wine jus. 120 Summer St; percys orange. com.au

V IRGIN NANA INGREDIENTS • 60ml fresh watermelon juice • 60ml hibiscus and rose petal tea (or similar fruit tea) • 15ml fresh lemon juice • 15ml of elderflower syrup • 10ml Jallab (a Middle Eastern fruit syrup made from date, carob, dates, grape molasses and rose water) • Fresh mint leaves • Crushed and cubed ice

GARNISH Fresh cucumber, mint and watermelon METHOD 1. Pour all ingredients into a shaker. 2. Shake with ice and double strain into a glass over ice. 3. Garnish with a cucumber slice, fresh mint leaves and a triangle of fresh watermelon. TOP TIP Omit the watermelon for a more masculine look.

Locals will tell you it’s the best restaurant in Orange, and if you’re looking for a shared-plate feast cooked in the wood-fire oven then Charred is right up your alley. Dishing up the best of local produce, cracking Orange quaffables and an awardwinning beer list too, Charred, not surprisingly, is an energy filledevening done well. Foraged mushroom custard. 1-5 New St; charred.com.au

A trip to Orange would not be complete without a long languid lunch amongst the vines at La Colline Vinyard. Pork neck, celeriac puree and dutch carrot. 42 Lake Canobolas Rd, Nashdale; racinerestaurant. com.au

Championing the stellar local produce chef Simonn Hawk has an uncanny ability to bridge the gap between garish gastronomy and heart-warming feasts. A flagship of the Orange restaurant scene. Panroasted barramundi, winter vegetable caponata and lemony polenta. 48 Sale St; lolliredini.com.au

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Much more than your classic local, Hotel Canobolas has a sports bar, a quality bistro, a whisky room complete with Chesterfields and some of the best wine in Australia. Take your pick from 70 of the world’s best whiskies. 248 Summer St; hotelcanobolas. com.au

A hub of the Orange community since the ’70s, this former bank dishes up a farm-to-plate menu – including food produced on their own farm - in a warm, wine-barmeets-countryclub venue.

You may have come to Orange for the food, but the entire region is renowned for its diversity and quality of wine. At Ferment you can sample, swill or purchase on the go from a swag of cellarworthy wines. Bloodwood 2014 Cabernet Franc. 87 Hill Street; orange winecentre.com.au

Any local wine. Corner of Sale St and Byng St; unionbank.com.au

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t’s damn-near impossible not to imagine James Bond when irst clapping eyes on a new Aston Martin. It’s one of those things that can’t be helped as you stride toward the driver’s seat, feeling all 007-esque as you picture pulling off top-secret missions in exotic locales – even when your daily duties consist of the least super-spy things imaginable. But if the sinuous ‘DBS’ is the Daniel Craig of the Aston leet, this all-new ‘Vantage’ is an unashamed blast from the Pierce Brosnan past; those heady and implausible days of invisibility cloaks and Madonna cameos. For one, it looks absolutely unhinged, as if it’s been built using nothing but diamond-cutting lasers and focused aggression. The creases that run the length of the body are sharp enough to shave Sean Connery’s chest while the ‘predator mouth’ (the Porsche ‘911’, says Aston, is the prey) is perched just above the road surface snarling and intimidating anything in its path. If it looks potent from the outside, it’s even angrier from the driver’s seat. This is, after all, the fastest-accelerating car the brand’s ever produced. A new partnership with Mercedes has given Aston access to the German’s lethal twin-turbo V8 for the $299,950 ‘Vantage’.

It’s a monster of an engine - iring 375kW and 685Nm toward the rear tyres via an eight-speed automatic. It’s also mounted as far back as Aston’s engineers dared, giving a claimed (and perfect) 50:50 weight distribution. That’s not the only international collaboration for the ‘Vantage’. While the styling’s all Aston, the electrical architecture is also from Mercedes, the handling’s been perfected by former Lotus engineers and the aerodynamics shaped by former Ferrari folk. Also new is an electronic rear differential – the irst ever for an Aston Martin – along with adaptive dampers that cycle through ‘Sport’, ‘Sport Plus’ and ‘Track’ settings. The platform is a lightweight bonded aluminium, helping keep the weight down to just 1530kg. Push the start button and the quad-tipped exhausts boom into life. It’s so loud, in fact, that Aston had to install a ‘quiet-start’ function, so as not to rouse the neighbours (and their neighbours, for that matter). It’s that glorious exhaust, combined with this endless low of torque from the borrowed V8 that makes the ‘Vantage’ so laugh-outloud fun. While some supercars feel cold and clinical in their endless pursuit of recordbreaking lap times, the ‘Vantage’ is

overlowing with personality, the exhaust constantly roaring, the rear tyres twitching with every prod of the accelerator. Super-clever turbocharging means there’s a heap of power available right across the rev range. And the zero-to-100km/h sprint takes just 3.6 seconds with the ‘Vantage’ pushing on to an impressive 314km/h. Switch the steering to its sportiest setting, and the car attacks corners with conident precision, the engine battling the grippy rear tyres for supremacy. Unless you’re being really silly, the tyres win out, gluing the Aston to its line as you feed on more and more power. Let the red mist subside and you’ll also ind the ‘Vantage’ a surprisingly comfortable daily driver, too. The two-seat cabin is spacious enough and the suspension won’t shake the hair from your head on dodgy everyday roads. Downsides? In trafic, that thumping engine can feel like it’s straining to break free, surging forward should you so much as breathe on the accelerator, and that front end will scrape anything higher than a dropped postage stamp. Still, they are but minor annoyances for a car that marks a stunning return to form for Aston Martin – and one that feels more Bond-worthy than ever. „

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LEXUS ‘LS’ 2018

Test drive

FUN FACTS

STYLING

That grille. Much like the ongoing dad sneaker trend, it’s a look that divides opinion, and has done since first being introduced in 2010 . But it’s meant to be bold – and while we’re no fans of the so-called ‘spindle grille’ here it seems to work. Because this is a shouty corporate cruiser with immediate swagger and youthful charm – a three-piece suit coupled with Common Projects sneakers rather than the staid button-up two pieces still being sported by Audi’s ‘A8’, Merc’s ‘S-Class’ and BMW’s ‘7 Series’. The new ‘LS’ is low, long and lithe – an appealing beast in looks, despite its heft.

ENGINE

This was the real surprise when belting the ‘LS 500’ about the east coast of Tassie – especially given the Japanese marque has dumped the former LS’s V8. We walked away impressed with just how damn good the new V6 is. A 3.5-litre twin-turbo, it produces 310kw/600Nm via a 10-speed auto box – punchy and responsive and with an audible note out back when not sitting in ‘Comfort’ or normal settings. If you must know, the ‘LS 500h’ (hybrid) features a 220kW/350Nm 3.5-litre naturally aspirated V6 (a different engine to the straight 500) plus two electric motors for a combined power output of 264kW.

DRIVING

There are bumps in them there country roads out Tassie way – not that we felt many given the brilliance of the LS 500’s air suspension and coupled tech. Things were a little more pronounced in sportier modes, but still nothing too jarring – and it’s these modes you need to engage if you want to feel anything other than the steering which is arguably a little light. And while both the ‘Sports Luxury’ and ‘F Sport’ variants aren’t exactly the desired weapons in which to attack a mountain of ascending turns, the handling was still responsive for a car of this size.

INTERIOR

As expected, the cabin here is roomy, with class-leading refinement and some of the softest leather we’ve had the pleasure of meeting. While there’s still no Apple ‘CarPlay’ nor Android ‘Auto’ connectivity’, there’s a beastly Mark Levinson surround-sound set up of 23 speakers to get lost in. Still, all you really need know is that the ‘LS 500 Sport Luxury’ offers a rear seat that reclines like a Barcalounger (replete with leg support) and features a series of massage options that actually help sort out the kinks. Commuting in traffic has never been so pleasurable.

PRICE/ DELIVERY

The latest ‘LS’ is available to drive now - or, be driven in. We say this as realistically a lot of what it will be doing is ferrying about suited types buried in their phones. The ‘F Sport’ starts at $190,500 and the ‘Sports Luxury’ is yours from $195,500. That’s cheaper than the base outings of its direct Germanic competitors, though then there’s the additional options and things can be dialled up rather quickly especially given we were rather partial to the Kiriko Glass with black door trim thats comes via a so-called ‘enhancement pack’.

WHERE TO DRIVE IT From the rear seat, reclined past 45º and being massaged, a herbal tea wedged in the rear-centre console with some relaxing music that’s not Enya. Failing that, jump in the front and devour some open road.

ONE THING WE’D CHANGE That haptic touchpad controller for the infotainment system has to go. It’s clunky and at times arduous to use - and really doesn’t stack up against the competition’s dials and buttons.

WORDS: RICHARD CLUNE.

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Feel the force UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF AUSSIE F1 CHAMP MARK WEBBER, WE SLIDE BEHIND THE WHEEL OF THE FASTESTEVER PORSCHE ‘911’ – TO TRULY EXPERIENCE FEAR AND ENGINEERING THAT PROPELS 0-100KM/H IN JUST 2.8 SECONDS. OUCH.

WORDS: STEPHEN CORBY.

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he great thing about race tracks is that they allow you to drive like an unhinged maniac. That’s because there’s always plenty of run-off, so if you stuff up you’ll generally just slide shamefully into a noisy gravel trap damaging little more than your pride. Street circuits, however, are very different. Like the one at Albert Park that hosts the Melbourne Grand Prix, and on which Porsche cruelly chose to let us drive the fastest road car it’s ever built, the ‘911 GT2 RS’. Albert Park has two long right-hand corners in particular where all you can do is keep your foot buried, otherwise you’re going to crash so hard your pride will be the least of your worries. The 3.8-litre, twin-turbo engine belonging to the ‘GT2 RS’ is an even more absurd version of the one found in the ‘Turbo’ with more power it’s laughable. So much so even Mark Webber, the Aussie F1 legend who now works for Porsche and helped develop the ‘GT2’, goes into a frenzy when talking about driving it. “The torque is simply insane,” he grins at GQ. “It creeps up on you.”

to its carbon-ibre face. The torque Webber is referring to is a massive 750Nm of the stuff, which shoves you in the back from 2500rpm and simply does not stop. By comparison, a ‘911 GT3 RS’, which is a stupidly fast car, has peak torque of 460Nm, which doesn’t arrive until 6000rpm. The ‘GT2’ isn’t just a step ahead of other 911s, it’s a jump to light speed. The engine provides a whopping 515kW, and can hurl this super-light rocket sled from a standing start to 100km/h in 2.8 seconds. It’s also capable of a 0 to 200km/h time of 8.3 seconds, a top speed of 340km/h and recently smashed the lap record for the legendary 20km-long Nurburgring circuit in Germany. So as we’re lining up for our ive laps in the ‘GT2’, pondering its price tag of $645,400, a smiling Webber sticks his enviable jawline in the window to mess with our head. It’s not so much what he said – something like, ‘Be careful, she’s got some serious power’ – but the noise he made. A kind of reverse whistle as he inhaled and gave me a look that said, ‘You’re in deep trouble’. The initial thrust off the line was breathtaking, but it was at the irst

The next ive laps were a blur of such sphincter-exercising moments, combined with the kind of speed rush relatively few humans will ever experience. The way this mega ‘911’ delivers its grunt is so surging, so effortlessly linear, that Webber was right – the speed just sneaks up on you. Obviously, everything feels fast, but the irst time down a straight we were shocked to ind the speed dial showing 240km/h. Every lap, every bend, was a wrestle of recalibration, as our brain attempted to cope with what the ‘GT2 RS’ can do to time and space. As savaged as we were having emerged from behind the wheel, the main emotion we felt was awe. Porsche 911s have always been awesome cars, but this ‘GT2’ really does take driving, and driving fast, to another level. Frankly, it’s hard to imagine why anyone would want to use this thing on a public road, but then a Porsche person explained that many people don’t drive them at all. The ‘GT2’ has become such a collector’s item and a great investment that many people buy them just to look at. Like works of art. Mark Webber, however, says he will drive his. Sometimes. On sunny days. Bastard.

Australian Mark Webber made his debut at the Melbourne Grand Prix at Albert Park in 2002 in a race won by a certain Michael Schumacher.

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Productivity has long been an obsession for both great men and those seeking greatness.

“Email is the cockroach of the internet... there’s all this formality that comes with it.” S T E WA R T B U T T E R F I E L D, S L AC K C O - FO U N D E R

NDER OF SLACK DERSON IS SO TIVE HE’S SAID K JUST SEVEN A DAY. DREAMY.

STAY FOCUSED It’s a familiar phenomenon: you’re in a deep state of flow, your to-do list evaporating before your eyes, as your heart swells with pride at just how well you’re killing it today. And then, you have to dig through your files to find an old version of a document. And then, you have to log onto a clunky third-party system that asks you to reset your password and then forces you to download an app update. Suddenly, that vibe is gone. And you’re back to square one. “It’s the moment of remembering where something is: how was this shared with me? Do I have to go onto Google Drive? Is it in Dropbox? Attached to some email? Do I have the latest version?” says Henderson. “It’s that nightmare scenario.”

Should you walk out of bad meetings? Elon Musk might well be the world’s busiest genius. Beyond supposedly solving South Australia’s energy woes, he’s the CEO of both Tesla and SpaceX and founded neurotechnology company Neuralink as well as mysterious tunnelling project, The Boring Company, back in in 2016. That’s on top of what seems to be a fairly hectic love life. So perhaps it’s little surprise he doled out some productivity advice some hailed as visionary. “Walk out of a meeting or drop off a call as soon as it is obvious you aren’t adding value,” he said

Slack’s solution is simple: building communications into channels, rather than threads. This always-on communication style – looping teams together, or those working on a particular project – cuts off the need to add emails into the mix. Slack’s secondary solution? Plug-ins. Popular apps from providers like Google and Dropbox work seamlessly within team channels, saving the need to pass along links. Your takeaway: little moments of distraction can snowball into extra email requests and hours of productivity lost. According to a 2008 University of California study, once distracted, it takes the average person around 25 minutes to regain a train of thought – and momentum. “Killing that off is a noble goal in and of itself,”

ELON MUSK LISTENS IN AS POTUS DISCUSSES REGULATIONS. OR MAYBE CROWD SIZES.

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Benjamin Franklin famously kept a diary of his every waking hour, blocking out time for tasks meaningful and menial, like putting loose objects away. But as admirable as the minute-byminute schedule might seem, we can only imagine what Franklin’s to-do list would have looked like if he also had to contend with distractions as potent as Instagram DMs, LinkedIn requests and paperless bills. Yes, we’re living in inbox-dependent times. An era dominated by noise, ineficiency and, more than anything else, the bastard contagion that is information overload. But one company says we don’t need to be: Slack. Five years after its launch, eight million daily users seem to agree – as does Amazon, which was reportedly eyeing the company with a $12bn offer. Slack is an ofice chat app that promises to wean us all off timewasting, productivity-sucking habits, and get teams back to what they do best: collaborating. And the proof seems to be in the pudding. Cal Henderson, the company’s co-founder and chief technology oficer, is still yet to email a single one of his co-workers. Henderson and his ilk represent a new, determined wave of productivity maximalists, whose philosophies favour life balance over midnight emails and meaningful collaboration over jealously guarded projects. The question is, what does ive years without intra-ofice email teach you about getting things done? Plenty.`


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BE TRANSPARENT Remember the last time you started a job? Remember day one? Remember that lonely, pristine inbox – the sense of being utterly, hopelessly disconnected from the office around you? It’s no way to start anything, says Henderson. “By default, emails are one to many, or many to many. The pit that you fall into with emails is that it’s very easy to constrain communication between two people, where the communication wasn’t a secret between two people – but it’s just easier to do it that way.” This hits at the hidden benefit of a tool like Slack. When chats are live, archived and readable by many, new starters can learn the intangibles

of working at a company almost by osmosis. Basics like how decisions are made, how projects are pulled together, and the things that would usually chew through your productive work time. The days of siloed projects are numbered, Henderson explains. When communication moves away from the black hole of an individual’s inbox, other people – and other teams – get the chance to have an ambient awareness of what’s happening around them. And they’ll often make unexpected connections, or offer up unexpected insights. “If there’s any philosophy that we’ve pushed, it’s more transparency by default. It increases general knowledge of what the rest of your team is working on,” he says. “It greatly aides collaboration… even if it’s not within your immediate team.”

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It will take longer than you think

A study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology confirmed what others had long suspected: we’re all really bad at planning work deadlines. Start by setting an optimistic deadline. Then a deadline if everything goes wrong. Science dictates that it’ll take a little longer than that.

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Planned breaks work better

You’re a smart person. You know that breaks are effective – that’s why you stretch your legs then recap to your deskmate your current binge-watch. But a Columbia Business School study suggests you should take it a step further: switching away from problematic tasks is more effective when the breaks are regular and predetermined.

3.

Don’t wait for motivation

IGNORE INSTA. PHONES ARE MAJOR PRODUCTIVITY KILLERS.

this year. “It is not rude to leave – it is rude to make someone stay and waste their time.” While you mightn’t be in a position to simply walk out on superiors – or, god forbid, clients – Musk’s musings present a good opportunity to conduct a personal audit. “It’s really easy to fall into the trap of, ‘Well, we’ve got an hour, so we’d better talk for an hour even if we haven’t got anything to talk about,’” says Henderson. His recommendation? Tighten the invitee list. Stickto an agenda. And designate a decision-maker to limit fruitless back-and-forth chatter. “Discipline around meetings can really help focus and productivity.”

HARDEN YOUR SOFT SKILLS

GET TO THE POINT

As industries pivot towards hot desking, telecommuting, and chat-based collaboration, emotional intelligence is likely to become even more important to teams – and to productivity. Think of it this way: in a world marked by less and less face-toface interaction, empathy may be the new calling card of leadership. “All kinds of knowledge work is more and more collaborative,” says Henderson. “Whatever discipline you’re in, being able to collaborate with people – and skills like having good empathy – is increasingly important.”

“Email is the cockroach of the internet,” said Stewart Butterfield, Henderson’s fellow co-founder. “It was really just the digitisation of the memo. There’s all this formality that comes with it: a subject line, a greeting, you ask how somebody’s doing, and then you have the little nugget of an actual question in there,’” says Henderson, exasperated. “There’s all this scaffolding that sits on the actual message.” Your new mantra: cut back on information density. Because remember: it’s not just about the time lost reading expendable scaffolding – it’s also the time lost writing it.

“Is it accurate to assume that we must ‘overcome’ fear to jump off the high dive, or increase our confidence before we ask someone our for a date?” said psychiatrist Shoma Morita. “If it was, most of us would still be waiting to do these things.” Moral of the story? Waiting for ‘motivation’ is a loser’s game.

4.

Your phone is not your friend

5.

Make the most of your mornings

A recent study led by Florida State University found that students who kept a phone on their desks – even when untouched – performed significantly worse at mental tasks than those who kept them out of sight. So, pocket your phone, keep it on silent, and you’ll gain valuable swiping time later.

The period of time right after we’re fully wake is our most productive. Unfortunately, most of us tend to use it for Instagramscanning and Twitter-tagging. This insight pairs elegantly with those psychologists and creatives who insist that we ought to be tackling the most difficult task of the day, first. Or, as Mark Twain put it: “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” Makes sense.

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nnounce a vision. Make it clear. Back yourself. It’s a simplistic approach to governance – which is probably why it works. Especially given the fact a clear business vision is king at this time of unprecedented distraction and indecision within the car world. It’s been an approach driven by Audi Australia’s MD, Paul Sansom. The relocated Brit landed here – via South Africa – 12 months back. With the beneit of fresh eyes over a local luxury market in decline, he made some bold moves, laying a new slab on which to build future success. Interestingly, he claimed the market crown was no longer the ultimate company goal. Numbers were just that – important, though Sansom wanted a return to consumer desirability with previously stated public goals

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Since entering the role at Audi Australia, Sansom has celebrated the importance of brand prestige rather than sales numbers.

he views sales as the by-product of what else is done in order to build the brand. “Of course I want to grow – every organisation wants to grow market share and we have strong aspirations to continue to do just that. But, what I wanted to take off the table was this statement around Audi being No.1. Because at the end of the day the customer doesn’t care.

“The sales outcome shouldn’t be the measure of success.”


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“The sales outcome shouldn’t be the sole focus and measure of success – the measure of success should be having the best premium brand in terms of desirability, the value of the brand to the consumer and what it offers in regards to convenience and experience within the ownership cycle.” When it comes to the intangible concept of desirability, Sansom says it’s ideally driven by having “one less car than there’s demand for”. A tough task for Audi, considering its depth across nearly all sectors? “Absolutely, but it’s where we’re trying to get to. We range from sub $30,000 to $500,000 and to try to manage that portfolio to that criteria is a real skill and art – but we’re now much closer to that in 2018 than we were a year ago when I arrived.” Accompanying a suite of new and updated models to land the back end of this year and into 2019 – including the new generation ‘RS4’ and anticipated ‘Q8’ – Sansom’s strategy involves redeining Audi Australia’s brand story. It began with the recent unveiling of #DriveProgress – an initiative that, among other things, champions gender equality – with even more noise to come via reconigured and refreshed ambassador and inluencer programs and greater investment in both digital and traditional media over events and sponsorships.

It’s for these reasons that Audi has lowered the sail on its title sponsorship of Hamilton Island Race Week after 12 years. “There was nothing wrong with it – it was very successful and we’ll continue our relationship with Hamilton Island on a smaller scale. But to invest in other areas that ladder up to this clear brand vision, well, the harsh reality is that we need to stop investing in some things.” Ultimately, Sansom feels his irst 12 months have steered the company on a path that will lead to new heights, if it hasn’t already. “We reorganised, we have a clear vision and we have a stronger brand story set to emerge, one that is unique to Australia. We also have an engaged team and dealer network and some great products on the horizon. I’m satisied with the progress we’ve made and I feel we’ve all the ingredients for growth in this market with an exciting few years ahead.” „

People power It’s refreshing to speak to a managing director and hear him spruik the importance of people. Having previously worked in finance, before making moves into the automotive sector via Jaguar and then Audi’s parent company, Volkswagen, Sansom believes too many boardrooms continue to overlook the importance of allocating time to talent management, acquisition and development. “When you join an organisation, you have to have a clear strategy. And then, once you have that,

you must create the people plan – because you can’t have a business plan without a people plan, they’re just so important and too often overlooked. ”Get the right people in place, give them the clear vision strategy and then give clear objectives and performance management on a daily basis. It’s something I’ve tried to put in place over the past 12 months – we now have a clearer vision about what we’re trying to do. We had a big internal restructure and we’re starting to see the green shoots of that coming through.”

With a top speed of 320 km/h, the ‘R8 RWS’ is limited to 999 units.

Progression via agitation

The recent launch of the impressive ‘R8 RWS’ was something that instantly revealed what Audi means as a brand. It was bold and unexpected. It also aligned with the German marque’s longstanding strapline: ‘Vorsprung Durch Technik’ (progress through technology). It was ultimately a loud and firm business statement – in the guise of an alluring and bonkers 5.2-litre V10 – and one that signalled the German marque could more than keep up with the historical supercar powers. “We’ve always been famous for our quattro all-wheel drive – we’re entrenched in that drivetrain,” says Sansom. “So for us to then come out with the RWS [rear wheel drive series], it was about showing our capabilities; that we’re more than comfortable pioneering. It was also about showing our main rivals, who we’ve long argued with about rear-wheel drive, that we can do it. And that we can do it bigger and better.” AUDI.COM.AU


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By the time I cross the inish line – now behind Cavill – I’m well and truly in the red zone. Had I run 40 seconds faster, I would have seen Cavill inish. He was in the bronzed zone: crossing the line in a trot, cheered on by fans, each of whom clutch a black rectangle and frame Superman’s graceful canter as it slows to a walk that’s wholly unburdened by cramps or shitty conditioning. I won’t see Cavill again in Jersey. We were meant to get to know each other; timings didn’t work out. But something has to – eventually. There are approximately three stories in the world about Henry Cavill, and they are as follows: I. Russell Crowe once shot a ilm at Cavill’s private boarding school. Schoolkid Cavill goes up to him, says hi, asks about acting, and Rusty encourages him. Little while after that, a care package from Rusty, replete with Vegemite, arrives at Cavill’s place. Years later, Crowe is cast as Cavill’s father in Man of Steel. The pair eventually make the connection, and laugh. The care package is still there in Cavill’s bedroom, perfectly preserved. Good yarn. II. Cavill was overweight while studying at said boarding school. Got bullied. Got called ‘Fat Cavill’ – the least catchy, least imaginative pejorative nickname, ever. Anyway, Fat Cavill went on to become super handsome and was cast as Superman. Cute and endearing; a good yarn.

And there it is: another bastard hill, bathed in beautiful, apathetic sunshine, the rays as afluent as the occupants of the houses that line it. I’m aching. I’m breathless. My legs are like putty, my lungs are on ire and I’m barely halfway through crossing the island of Jersey, the peculiar British rock off the coast of Normandy. It’s been eight kilometres since I last saw Henry Cavill. It was also eight kilometres ago that I began to believe I could conquer Superman – on his home turf, no less. Yes, I’m jetlagged. Yes, I’m astonishingly out of shape. Yes, Cavill does this run, the Durrell Challenge, every year, returning to his home country to help raise money for an animal conservation charity. But – but! – since I passed him, all evidence of Cavill quickly disappeared. Not even a whisper. No ominous cape blowing a few lengths behind. Even better: there’s only four kilometres to go. You do a lot to try to get to know Henry Cavill. You ly to Hong Kong. You ly onward to London. (You acquire an unmistakable transit stench.) You change airports at peak hour on a godforsaken bus whose seats are sticky with broken dreams and holidays lost to transit, which crawls down a banked-up highway – but not before its driver stops for the most lackadaisical fag ever smoked. You miss a light. You book another, exponentially pricier one. (You apologise to the boss.) Then, 24 hours after a 28-hour journey, you’re clunking up your umpteenth hill on a 13km fun run that wholly omitted the ‘fun’. I tell you this because it’s important to understand the lengths one must go to get to know Henry Cavill. Right now, it’s confusing. There’s absolutely no reason why Cavill shouldn’t be destroying me in this run. But you start to think, you know? Hey, maybe I’m in better shape than I thought? Maybe he’s simply too muscular to carry his body at a brisk pace? When Cavill does reappear, it becomes obvious in the supreme why I hadn’t seen him. There he is, surrounded by friends and siblings, chatting and jogging at the most pleasant pace, and, wait… yes, literally Instagramming as he goes. (He will later tell me that he wasn’t going at any particularly hard pace but rather at a nice talking pace).

III. Cavill may or may not have narrowly missed out on a heap of career-making roles, including Bond, Superman (before he became Superman), Lead Vampire in Twilight, and other stuff. Another good yarn. But those stories have been told. Over and over. And not a whole lot else. Others have tried to get to know Cavill, too. “I have to say I still don’t know the guy too well, and it’s kind of strange,” Stephen Dorff said after working with him on Immortals, a 2011 fantasy ilm. “I usually know more about people after I work with them. He’s very quiet and to himself. He’s very nice, but I got to know everyone else, but not him.” Our goal, then, our raison d’coming-here, is to not get Dorff’d. Because there has to be more than this. More to the man who plays Superman. And of course, there is. ••• Readily accessible on either of Henry Cavill’s iPhones – one is for drug dealing, he jokes – is a document full of wisdom. It’s one of those dotpointed lists that gets reposted on Medium or Reddit or wherever, like, once a year. It’s titled, ‘Advice from an 80-year-old man’. His favourites, which he will read moments before we part ways, are: 19. Be the most positive and enthusiastic person you know. 20. Loosen up; relax. Except for rare life-or-death matters, nothing is as important as it irst seems. 26. Be modest. A lot was accomplished before you were born. He says he tries to read the document as often as possible, and it shows. Cavill nails rules 1 (‘Have a irm handshake’) and 2 (‘Look people in the eye’) as he shakes the hand of every member of the team. You might also say this is a nod to rule 41, ‘Show respect for everyone who works for a living, regardless of how trivial their job’. AU G U ST 20 1 8 G Q .COM . AU

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We’re an hour out of London on a bizarre, gritty patch of land that once served as the headquarters for a security company, but is now a chameleonic ilming location for television shows, movies, and, yes, magazine photo shoots. There’s a lot to like about Henry Cavill, the actor and photo-shoot subject. He’s unfalteringly handsome: an unimpeachable 6’0” with hair that curls just so, a comic-book-hero jaw, and a nose dimple that somehow really, really works for him. Evidently, an abundance of casting directors agree. After being hand-picked from his school to play a role in The Count of Monte Cristo, he churned his way through a wealth of supporting characters (see: Tristan & Isolde; Stardust) before beginning his run of casting near-misses. Now entering his post-Superman acting prime, Cavill has a skill set that’s perfectly of its time. He’s acted big and small. He’s done the leading man thing, convincingly. He’s done the charming cad thing, convincingly. Maybe more importantly, he’s healthily meme-able – a crucial skill in the 2018 celebrity playbook. (This was best demonstrated by the iasco that saw his Mission: Impossiblecontract-mandated moustache poorly CGI’d out of some of his scenes in Justice League.) Many of these skills come to the fore in his GQ cover shoot. He leans back on a chair, angling his boulder shoulders just right. Dressed in Zegna, his power pose on point. At one stage, when the crew wants to get Cavill next to some horses, he shows some thoroughbred competence. A fashion assistant is caught wrist-deep in the mouth of one horse. The great creature snapped up a Nespresso-sized sugar cube from her palm and didn’t want to let go. Cavill has his moment, placing a hand on its forehead and another near its nose, calming it down with a irm voice, all while wearing a Tom Ford knit and Prada loafers. Women swoon. Men swoon. The show goes on. An hour later, when GQ’s fashion editor takes a gentle fall, after stepping on loose tiling, Cavill bolts across a lawn to help her to her feet. (44. ‘Become someone’s hero’.) Speaking with Henry Cavill is like when you got dragged into a parent-teacher meeting and were trying to muster up the most polished, most studious version of yourself. He speaks in this bassy, royal British accent, and reaches for words like ‘idolatry’ when boring old ‘adoration’ would have done the job. Speaking with Henry Cavill is also frustrating. He’s persistent in his politeness, persistent in his lawlessness. It’s incredibly pleasant to be around, but also feels a little like a character – a likeable one, but maybe a touch underwritten. You’d say Cavill is as infallible as Superman. But, Superman had Kryptonite; it’s not yet clear what Cavill’s might be. Anyhow, for whatever reason, Cavill is never terribly enthused about talking. It was hinted at in Jersey. So too when I was informed that our interview would be taking place in these security headquarters, rather than in London. And it was conirmed when Cavill’s manager announced the need to sit in on our interview. So, the three of us sit in a dusty ofice that probably hasn’t been used for half a decade; the blinds a little dilapidated, the carpet worn, the only furnishings the three wholesale-bought, long-forgotten ofice chairs. As I set my phone on record, it starts to feel as if I’m about to get Dorff’d. “It’s better to step away,” says Cavill when asked whether he reads his own interviews. “A lot of stuff, in the written word, sounds very different from the intention.” Cavill is still a little reluctant to open up. When asked what a visit home to Jersey gives him, he says it acts as a chance to relect on how he’s changed each year. So, how has he changed this year?

“It’s wonderful to have part of my personality fall in line with a character

I can play.”

“The usual things, that people change every year.” Anything more speciic? “You start to relect on the past and consider the future while enjoying the present.” (6. ‘Keep secrets’.) Again, we are empathetic. Cavill is coming off a long run of work: Mission: Impossible – Fallout (the sixth instalment of the Tom Cruiseled action-ilm franchise in which he plays a moustachioed foil to Cruise’s eternal Ethan Hunt) – was a marathon shoot, and it’s about to enter a marathon publicity tour. Cavill spent a year working with Tom Cruise, and says precisely what so many say about Cruise. “Tom has got this incredible energy. He’s very charming and very engaging. He will remember details of your irst meeting which you don’t remember. You’re person number 600 that he met that day, but he’ll remember your dog’s name and that your brother was unwell that day.” Sufice to say, when you’re managing a Mission: Impossible workload, and blockbuster-sized demand, you need to draw lines. So, Henry Cavill has boundaries. He won’t pose for photos at airports because, in the event of a mob forming, he’d rather not hide in a toilet. He won’t pose for photos at the gym, either – in-between sets is ‘me’ time, and that’s fair. He won’t text at the dinner table – not unless he’s asked permission in advance (21. ‘Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for our convenience, not the caller’s’). He has an extraordinarily tight circle of friends, and they’re tightly curated. He’s heard the, ‘You’ve changed’ thing before, and if you’re saying that, you already don’t get it, and you may not have really ever been friends. His real friends? They get it. “They go, ‘Wow! He is worked to the bone. Poor guy. I wonder how we can support him.’ Rather than, ‘What’s wrong with you?’” What really started that working to the bone was Superman – DC Comics’ best rebuttal to the Marvel juggernaut. The week Cavill got the role, he was calm – there was no sense of panic. Maybe that’s because he felt, just a little, that he had a fair bit in common with Superman. “I love everything he stands for. It was wonderful to have part of my personality fall so in line with a character I can play,” he says. And what does he stand for? “He stands for the best in all of us. I don’t just mean individually, but in the way that… when we are at our best, everyone else around us is also at their best. And that’s what Superman does: he doesn’t just save the day, he saves the day and makes you feel fantastic enough that you can save the day.” Of course, playing Superman doesn’t necessarily inspire all onlookers to be at their best. Cavill says he’s had a rough time with the press. “That still surprises me to this day,” he says. “It’s basically like following someone into a lavatory after they’ve inished in there, and AU G U ST 20 1 8 G Q .COM . AU

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turning around to the room and going, ‘Oh my god!’ Well, OK, I could do the same to you – everyone’s shit stinks.” Something woefully underdiscussed, in an era of Instagram and Facetune and summerblockbuster 8-packs, is how men deal with their own supericial vulnerabilities. Cavill, of course, is a stupidly good-looking, successful actor. But some things still ind a way in. “Back in the day, you could kind of ignore it. Now, with Instagram and all that, if you’re just going through your feed,” he says, feigning scrolling. (Suddenly, he’s talking.) “It’s like, ‘Oh, that’s me looking bad, me looking bad, me looking bad’. You try to ignore it, and you skim past it, but we’re not all feeling amazing about ourselves at all times. ‘That looks like a bad one… ooh, god it is a bad one. Do I really look like that? Are you sure? There’s four photos and I look really bad in all of them’.” “Because I was a chubby kid. No, no I was chubby,” he insists. “It’s deinitely something which does play with your head. That’s probably the worst part of it. Your head can be messed with. But it’s down to me to deal with that.” When someone is at irst reluctant to speak, you take note of what gets them talking. And Henry Cavill is never more talkative than when he talks about his desire to ind someone to spend his life with. “I’ve always been someone who’s put a lot of stock and value in the intimacy of a relationship, of a human partner,” he says. He loves his dog, Cal, and would defend him to the death, “but there’s something about having a girlfriend with whom you can share all the dificulties that you go through, or all the great stuff that you go through. It’s so nice to have someone to share the intimate moments with... Even if it’s just that unspoken communication of holding a hand.” At this point, there’s a not-totally-joking reminder that there’s “one and a half minutes left” in the interview. I ask Cavill what he’s learned from the #MeToo moment we’re in. “I’ve been fortunate enough to not be around the kind of people who behave that way,” he says. “To my memory there’s been no moments where I look back on and think, ‘Ooh, OK, maybe someone shouldn’t have gone through that’. I know there have been situations with people I’ve worked with being perhaps overfamiliar with some of the actresses. But, I’ve always walked up to them and said, ‘Hey, are you all right? That’s creepy’.” Have the revelations made you relect on your own behaviour with women? “I like to think that I’ve never been like that. I think any human being alive today, if someone casts too harsh a light on anything, you could be like, ‘Well, OK, yeah, when you say it like that, maybe.’ “But it’s such a delicate and careful thing to say because there’s lirting which, for example, in a social environment is in context – and is acceptable. And that has been done to me as well, in return.” 1 02

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“Stuff has to change, absolutely,” he adds, addressing men’s behaviour. “It’s important to also retain the good things, which were a quality of the past, and get rid of the bad things. “There’s something wonderful about a man chasing a woman. There’s a traditional approach to that, which is nice. I think a woman should be wooed and chased, but maybe I’m old-fashioned for thinking that. “It’s very dificult to do that if there are certain rules in place. Because then it’s like: ‘Well, I don’t want to go up and talk to her, because I’m going to be called a rapist or something’. So you’re like, ‘Forget it, I’m going to call an ex-girlfriend instead, and then just go back to a relationship, which never really worked’. But it’s way safer than casting myself into the ires of hell, because I’m someone in the public eye, and if I go and lirt with someone, then who knows what’s going to happen? “Now? Now you really can’t pursue someone further than, ‘No’. It’s like, ‘OK, cool’. But then there’s the, ‘Oh why’d you give up?’ And it’s like, ‘Well, because I didn’t want to go to jail?’” The conversation hangs in the air more than a little. But time is almost out. It’s shortly after this that I ask Cavill about the best piece of advice he’s been given, and he reads from his trusted iPhone document. We’re then ushered out of the ofice, and back to London, wondering exactly what was learned. ••• Hours later, it happens: I’m crossing London’s Oxford Street a little after 11pm. The pedestrian light turns green, and I’m halfway over. Through the still-backed-up trafic, around a red bus and a black taxi, two sleek igures on a motorcycle weave through the taxis and the people in perfect arabesque, making a beeline straight at me. They slow a little. The masked igure on the back of the bike uses one hand to grasp my shoulder, and the other – cleverly wearing a leather-glove for extra grip – to yank my phone from my hand. I swear. I scream. They’re gone around the corner before I can get out the ‘uckers’ in ‘fuckers’. If I could have accessed my iPhone, now zipping through the streets away from Central London, I could have whipped open that godforsaken document. I could have scrolled to the very bottom, to the inal life lesson on the listicle. 50. ‘Don’t expect life to be fair’. And there it goes – the recording – the patiently awaited hour with Superman, gone. All is lost. But then it hits me. After the missed lights, the aching run, the shortened access, I did something I’ve seldom done before: I had a second recorder going. There were so many hurdles to getting to know Henry Cavill, that, once in the room, you had to have a back-up plan. Just in case. Just to be sure. And then I remember: the real power of Superman, some carefully measured man once told me, is that he makes everyone around him their best. „ Mission: Impossible – Fallout is in cinemas August 2


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GENTLEMEN’S INITIATIVE EACH ISSUE WE FOCUS ON THE BIG IDEAS CHANGING THE WORLD FOR THE BETTER. THIS TIME, IT’S THE COMPANIES WHO ARE REVOLUTIONISING THEIR INDUSTRIES – AND THE FUTURE.

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THE DISRUPTORS FROM ESTABLISHED MULTINATIONALS TO PIONEERING START-UPS, WE EXPLORE HOW 14 OF THE WORLD’S MOST INNOVATIVE COMPANIES ARE RESHAPING THEIR SECTORS – AND CHANGING THE WAY WE WILL BE LIVING IN THE YEARS AHEAD.

ALLBIRDS FOUNDERS TIM BROWN (LEFT) AND JOEY ZWILLINGER.

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WORDS: AMY CAMPBELL.

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hen it comes to footwear, comfort seems like it should be an obvious consideration. But for many brands, the idea that what you wear should feel good – rather than just look it – is still an almost foreign concept. The words ‘comfortable shoes’ tend to bring to mind a certain demographic. And as with many things in the fashion world, comfort seems to get forgotten in favour of how stylish, cool or exclusive a product is. This particular irony struck former A-Leaguer Tim Brown, as he prepared for life post-soccer. After hanging up the boots in 2012, instead of following the well-trodden path to the commentary box, Brown headed for Silicon Valley with a vision for a new approach to footwear. “Comfort has been a dirty word for too long,” he says. “I think we’ve always thought of it as being some sort of trade off for quality or design.” When the Kickstarter campaign for Brown’s irst sneaker prototype raised a six-igure sum in the space of four days, he knew he was sitting on a unique business opportunity. It was then, Brown connected with renewables expert Joey Zwillinger and the two set about drafting the blueprint for a textile innovation company. “Our idea was to bring beautiful design and uncompromised comfort together,” explains Brown. Describing themselves as “footwear outsiders,” Brown and Zwillinger concluded that if they were going to create a footwear company, they would have to throw out the rulebook. “Traditionally, footwear brands would launch and go wholesale,” says Brown, “and that model is about releasing a new seasonal range every quarter, and having many, many different styles.” Entering the market around the direct-to-consumer boom in 2016, Allbirds chose to bypass the welltrodden route of selling via stockists. “Our idea was to do the exact opposite.

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We wanted to focus purely on the customer and on simple designs that don’t necessarily change, but constantly improve and evolve based on customer feedback. For the footwear industry, it was quite unheard of to do things this way.” Facilitating a two-way conversation with customers has been Allbirds’ MO from the get go. It’s a pillar of the D2C concept, and something that’s enabled other Instagram-age start-ups – the likes of cosmetics giant Glossier and luggage company Away – to surge ahead of rivals. “We’ve made something like 27 changes to the ‘Wool Runners’ since launching,” confesses Brown, “and that’s been driven entirely by customer feedback. Our social channels give us the ability to listen deeply, and our customer service team is at the heart of what we do.” Allbirds’ staple products, the ‘Wool Runner’ and ‘Wool Loungers’, are manufactured from merino wool and offered in an handful of shades. The silhouette of the ‘Runner’ is hardly radical but what sets Allbirds’ designs apart from their contemporaries is the lack of usual sneaker accoutrement. There are no logos, decoration or typography to be seen. The shoes are blank canvases, which is probably how they found their way onto the feet of venture capitalists, regularly described as ‘the unoficial uniform of the start-up world’. They’ve also been dubbed the ‘world’s comiest shoes’ and became, according to Brown, a “tool of international diplomacy” when New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gifted a pair of Allbirds to Malcolm Turnbull and his

wife Lucy on a trip to Australia earlier this year. Emma Watson, Matthew McConaughey and Oprah Winfrey are also conirmed fans, helping to elevate the sneakers from tech-geek staple to celebrity shoe of choice. And though Brown is quick to point out “sustainability alone doesn’t sell shoes,” Allbirds’ fabrics are ethically sourced and their supply chain is completely transparent. This gives the brand an aspirational edge that’s earning them brownie points among millennial consumers. But perhaps most impressively, the company is one of only six shoe brands, worldwide, to achieve B Corp certiication – a non-proit accreditation that’s to sustainable businesses what ‘Fair Trade’ is to coffee. The ‘Wool Runners’ are manufactured in Korea at a factory exclusive to Allbirds, and the label’s newest innovation – the ‘Tree Runners’, which are made from eucalyptus pulp – are produced at an innovation factory in Shenzhen, China. “There’s a huge opportunity to bring a more thoughtful use of materials into the footwear category,” suggests Brown, before returning to the idea of comfort as being Allbirds’ hero selling point. “I think for so long, we’ve all vastly underestimated how universally appreciated comfort is. It was like nobody wanted to admit it.” Fortunately, it seems the secret is inally out.

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SpaceX What do you do when you’ve launched PayPal and now have a few hundred million dollars sitting around? You date Amber Heard, obviously. But before that, you launch your own space company. Founded in 2002 by obsessive overachiever Elon Musk, SpaceX has transformed from a vanity project into a fully fledged aerospace pioneer. While there aren’t any tourists sipping piña coladas on Mars just yet, earlier this year SpaceX launched the Falcon Heavy rocket into orbit, which happened to be carrying Musk’s own Tesla Roadster – complete with a spacesuited mannequin on board. Cool, yes, but it also marked a turning point in space travel. This was the first time a rocket this powerful has been launched by a private company – rather than a government agency – and SpaceX has now secured contracts with NASA, the US Air Force and at least two private citizens who have booked a round-trip to the moon on the Crew Dragon craft. With the development of the BFR (Big Falcon Rocket) the company also looks to be the most viable option for making commercial space travel more affordable for the masses, by improving access by a factor of 15 since the original Falcon 1 – from $11,900 to around $800 per kilo. Small change for one man – but a very big change for mankind.

SPACEX’S FALCON 9 LAUNCHES BANGLADESH’S FIRST SATELLITE INTO SPACE IN MAY THIS YEAR.

NETFLIX It’s the company that set the blueprint for corporate dynamism. The business that started off mailing DVDs out to customers – they still send them to some 4.3 million Americans, by the way – has now changed the way people watch TV. But it’s Netflix’s foray into original content that is its most exciting move. After almost singlehandedly upending the broadcast model, Netflix has set its sights on the movie industry, challenging the status of even the biggest film studios. Having already lured the likes of Brad Pitt, Joel Edgerton and Jake Gyllenhaal with Netflix movie deals, the company is looking to expand its Netflix Original offering – to the tune of at least $10.6bn this year alone. All that is to say that Netflix might have delivered very big things so far – but there’s plenty more where that came from. Stay tuned - or subscribed, that is.


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SUNDROP FARMS PRODUCE AROUND 15 PER CENT OF AUSTRALIA’S TOMATOES.

Of all the things you might be expecting to find in the desert, 300km north of Adelaide, a tomato farm is probably fairly low on the list. But Sundrop Farms is no ordinary farm. In fact, the 20-hectare facility looks more like a futuristic space station than anything resembling a traditional agricultural operation. Using a field of 23,000 mirrors, it can produce some 39MW of energy, used to pump and desalinate water from the Spencer Gulf 5km away, as well as heat and power its sustainable greenhouse facility, and produce upwards of 15,000 tonnes of truss tomatoes every year. By growing crops hydroponically, Sundrop Farms is not only a more sustainable alternative to regular farming practices, but is also more productive, since it can harvest produce all year round. And with additional facilities planned, it’s proof that even the oldest industries have room for innovation.

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lame The Jetsons and Back to the Future for the ongoing desire for cars to ly. It’ll be nice when they do – and one day they will – but for now it’s better to ground such hopes and understand that the immediate future of motoring is electric. And driving this future is BMW. It’s actually nothing new to the German outit best known for engines and cars that are considered, accessible and often exemplary. Because they came out swinging in this space seven years ago with the launch of the ‘i’ brand – most notably the Tron-esque ‘i8’ supercar. (Seriously, drive this car if you want to be noticed.) It was a powerful statement and one the company is quickly and keenly building on – with irm, increased estimates about the number of EVs that will inform its sales portfolio in seven years from now. Still, the marque understands that in Australia work remains to be done before the notion of plugging-in fully charges the community with excitement. As it stands, the sales of battery EV vehicles in Australia sits at 0.1 per cent of the total market (excluding Tesla as the company doesn’t disclose sales igures). We’re nostalgic petrol heads in need of greater education about all things electric – and we also need a government to stop paying lip service and ride shotgun with manufacturers to offer sales incentives alongside the infrastructure required in a country the size of ours. Thankfully, BMW’s heading in the right direction, as we ind out when speaking to local CEO Marc Werner. GQ: What’s the BMW strategy for increasing the presence of EVs? Marc Werner: For us, the future of mobility is clearly electric. It’s why we launched the ‘i’ brand and have since launched a number of hybrid vehicles – across the 3, 5, 7 Series and the ‘X5’ – with other derivatives coming shortly and a plan to have, by 2025, 25 EVs in our product portfolio. And the electric vehicle strategy is a global strategy, not just one we roll out in Europe or the US or here. GQ: Let’s be honest, the uptake here is currently rather dire.

MW: In terms of talking about the success of electriication, yes, it greatly differs from market to market and region to region – and EVs in Australia are not as popular as we see them in other parts of the world, that is true. GQ: It feels like a complete cultural redress is needed as a jumping-off point, before we even get into the government’s inaction on infrastructure and sales incentives? MW: Yes, there are a number of things here – the irst is the policy and the incentives that are not in place. What we’ve seen in other markets – Norway, the Netherlands, Thailand, Malaysia and recently NZ – is that if the government puts in place a very clear electric vehicle strategy or road map, with targets and incentives for customers to purchase this technology, then EV sales really ly. And yes, this is something that is missing here in Australia at this point in time. GQ: It must be frustrating for someone in your position? MW: I wouldn’t say it’s disappointing, as I see it as part of the job to lobby and push the regulator in the right direction. And we continue to do that and speak to the right people on the state and federal level and even on a local level and it’s important to know that we’re being heard. It’s just taking a long time – we could certainly learn a lot from our friends across the ditch in New Zealand. GQ: Surely educating the consumer is a major foundation in all of this too? MW: I couldn’t agree more – it’s why we decided to have a large leet of EVs in the portfolio, so there’s enough choice. Also, four years ago we made a decision to have EVs available in all our dealerships. Rather than going on an exclusive approach, we decided to make the tech more mainstream and have it available at the point of sale. I’m happy to say that it’s something that’s worked in creating awareness and having test-drive opportunities available for people. GQ: What’s the usual response from someone first driving electric? MW: What we see is them being very excited when they get out of the car,

out in the next few months – so that BMW and others can utilise the existing infrastructure that’s out there. GQ: Mobility provider – it’s a phrase we hear a lot these days in this context. What does this look like at BMW? MW: The vision is to become the ‘premium mobility provider’, as we call it internally. And that means that our business model, in a couple of years, will need to change. Because we know the younger generation do not necessarily want to own a vehicle; market research shows they don’t necessarily want to own a vehicle, but they do want to drive a car. So we need to provide solutions here.

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THE FUTURISTIC BMW i8 AND ITS SIGNATURE BUTTERFLY DOORS.

“THE BEAUTIFUL THING ABOUT TECHNOLOGY IS THAT THE SKY REALLY IS THE LIMIT.”

GQ: Connectivity and the potential of future tech in cars must also make it an exciting time in motoring? MW: The beautiful thing about technology is that the sky really is the limit and there are new tech companies popping up every day. We actively look at all these new technology solutions and we also have our own venture capital companies and agencies in the US and in China. They’re partnering with companies and actively looking to see what technology solutions are available and how we can get access to them and how we can provide solutions and add

value to our customers’ experiences – there’s a lot happening here. GQ: So is the future of BMW in mobility or technology? MW: It must be a combination of both – you can only provide mobility services if you’re at the very forefront when it comes to technological solutions. They go hand in hand. GQ: Finally, we have to ask – when will cars take to the skies? MW: Never say never. BMW used to build aeronautic engines and that was one of the backbones of the company – so you never know what’s coming. „ AU G U ST 20 1 8 G Q .COM . AU

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GENTLEMEN’S INITIATIVE INSIDE AIRBNB’S SAN FRANCISCO HQ. SEEMS THEY’RE DOING OK.

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IMPOSSIBLE FOODS There are only so many things you can do with a patty and bun, right? Well, this Californian start-up begs to differ, with its plant-based Impossible Burger that’s not only entirely meat-free but almost indistinguishable from the real thing. With animal agriculture accounting for the consumption of 30 per cent of all land, and more than 25 per cent of all fresh water on Earth, Impossible Foods offers an important and sustainable alternative. Today, its burgers are sold across the US, with fast-food chain White Castle adding them to their menus earlier this year. Little wonder the company has attracted $528m in investments from the likes of Google and Bill Gates. Very tasty, indeed.

TODAY MORE THAN 60,000 RESTAURANTS AROUND THE WORLD HAVE SIGNED UP FOR UBER EATS.

THE IMPOSSIBLE BURGER TASTES, SMELLS AND EVEN BLEEDS LIKE REAL MEAT.

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most influential people in Australian politics AT H I N O N E C O R N E R A N D A R O B OT I C R . AU S T R A L I A N P O L I T I C S – A S L E D BY ND BILL SHORTEN – REMAINS A CURIOUS A N D G E N E R A L I N AC T I O N . S T I L L , W H O Y? W E L L , T H E L I S T O F AU S P O L’ S M O S T E YO N D T H E C O N F I N E S O F CA P I TA L H I L L .

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Malcolm Turnbull

There may be a Barnaby Joyceshaped shadow that continues to jostle the PM, but as long as Labor are unable to capitalise on the mayhem, there’ll be a government with Turnbull’s fingers pulling the strings. The verve and the vigour and the hope he rode in on back in late 2015 is surely gone – so too the leather jacket – though the 2018 budget, positive infrastructure moves and a buoyant economy will keep Mal in office as the country’s most powerful pollie.

Bill Shorten The former union leader must increasingly cast a gaze over his left shoulder at Albo. But, Shorten will point to two-party-preferred polls – with Turnbull’s Newspol losing streak showing little sign of slowing. Though Turnbull still tops out personally. The Labor leader must quietly curse his party’s dive into the trough with the inflamed dual-citizenship saga. This will be Shorten’s greatest test of credibility and power – even with the gift that is Barnaby Joyce.


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Harold Mitchell The man has influence. Well, he did fly Shorten around the Pacific islands on a private jet back in 2015, to discuss climate change. The jokes write themselves.

Mathias Cormann The West Aussie by way of Belgium, Cormann’s rather rapid federal rise speaks of his standing in and around Red Hill. A sometimes acting PM, he’s another key Turnbull ally who has had his loyalty returned in position and in power. A known negotiator, particularly useful in sorting out the mess that is the crossbench.

Graham Richardson

Barnaby Joyce If only he’d left his hat (and pants) on. Still, for all the fallout over his rather tawdry relationship and baby with staffer Vikki Campion, Joyce remains a man who walks with the pep of someone with an Ennio Morricone score playing at his back. He’s been through the bad and the incredibly ugly – but some good still lies ahead, should he want it (and he does). Because Barnaby’s still extremely well liked by the Nats and those Australians who don’t live in Surry Hills. The general idiocy of Michael McCormack also helps the former Deputy PM maintain some sway and some swagger.

Julie Bishop Bishop’s seen (off) her share of PMs. Though it’s her standing within the Liberal Party that can’t be challenged – generally well regarded (for those who can look beyond her forgettable tenure as shadow treasurer that lasted all of five months) as a polished and firm foreign affairs minister who pulls no punches on the international stage and also polls publicly as a preferred leader after Turnbull.

Martin Parkinson

The countr ’s most senior public servant as boss of the Department of PM and Cabinet. Parkinson’s a former Treasur secretar known for bein strai ht up and respected b Turnbull.

Penny Wong She’s increasingly international and the welcome antidote to the mustiness Canberra. One of most astute, and respected, intellects on The Hill. She’s ready, too, for foreign affairs this time next year once Shorten moves on.

The original fixer and a man still very much alive and kicking – even if there’s only about half of him left after a recent operation. Not as powerful as he once was, but still very well-connected, incredibly smart and with a very handy - and persuasive - platform in The Australian to dictate public policy and political strategy when he chooses.

Tony Burke A large figure in the Labor’s NSW right faction and also in that queue of possible future leaders. A chief Parliamentary strategist for the Opposition and one of its strongest performers.


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Alan Joyce When you run the country’s chosen airline, you fly with a select few and have a hold on the government’s ear. Pull it, occasionally, when things aren’t so rosy – say, for example, when an ABC economics reporter attacks the case for corporate tax cuts. Pull it, again, to make sure the argument for marriage equality is being heard. Joyce is shrewd and powerful – upheld by key staffer and counsel Olivia Wirth, wife of former union boss Paul Howes. Between the three, they hold an intricate knowledge of the big end of town and both sides of politics all powerful.

Hui Wing Mau

David Gonski

Christopher Pyne

Australia’s richest Chinese-born citizen – a Hong Kong-based property tycoon and rich-lister worth a lazy $11.6bn. Mau holds Australian citizenship after studying for an MBA at the University of South Australia (via long-distance learning, of course) in the 1990s. He claims extensive rural investments in Australia, moves with political elites in China and is known to have been a Labor Party donor.

His name is etched into the contemporar frontal cortex for educational reform – thou h Gonski is also a businessman of repute and power in his own ri ht. Also a nei hbour of Bi Mal.

Remember, he’s ‘the fixer’. OK, a selfappointed one but Pyne’s also a career politician – he knows how to run with the big boys and get what he wants, even when breaking party line on marriage equality. He wields his power, for now, via the defense industry and as house leader – a charismatic player well versed in the further influence that can come from being media savvy.

Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest Peter Dutton An out-and-proud Turnbull supporter – even as the igurehead of the Libs’ conservative wing and a onetime diehard Abbott fan. Dutton’s now the owner of a superportfolio – one that shouts its power and credentials on each utterance: ‘Minister for Home Affairs and Immigration and Border Protection’. Dutton is blunt, principled as he sees it, and couldn’t care less what others think of him.

Leigh Sales The PM may call her “negative”, we prefer to call her the Queen. Set ‘em up – knock ‘em down. Cut the crap, unravel the spin. There’s artistry in what Sales and her 7.30 team does at times. Equally well supported by Aunty’s other power players in Michelle Guthrie, Barrie Cassidy, Tony Jones and brilliant new addition, Laura Tingle.

The Fortescue Metals magnate and parochial West Aussie is estimated to be worth north of $5bn. Last year’s philanthropic donation of $400m – to be used across a number of causes and the largest single donation of its kind in this country – was welcomed at a backslapping photo opp led by the PM. As you do.

Greg Hunt Health is his power play – a portfolio that means exposure and which suits his blunt manner, which landed him in hot water recently when addressing the mayor of Katherine.

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Lucy Turnball The first lady of Australian politics – and no, we’re not talking private secretary to the PM, Sally Cray. As well as being “delicious” (the bizarre words of French PM, Emmanuel Macron) and a successful woman in her own right, one familiar with grappling and wrangling for power, she is also an ear and open counsel to the PM – central to federal issues of more a personal reflection such as this year’s so-called ‘bonk ban’.

Tony Abbott

Former PM and one of the most divisive fi ures in Aussie politics. He has firm factional allies – and he’ll continue to snipe and make himself heard because like Jo ce his is an eas abilit to destabilise.

John Fraser One of Abbott’s “captain’s picks”. A well-balanced man who knows the private sector well after years as a banker, prior to advising on public policy.

Matt Canavan One to watch – smart, articulate and a very necessary young gun for the Nats given they’ve lost so many.

Kristina Keneally Yes, KK – former NSW Premier, onetime TV host and very much a polished performer. Her smarts and media savvy lend Labor certain glamour – and she was parachuted into Dastyari’s senate seat, which the party wouldn’t do unless it had major plans. Oh and did we mention her sense of ambition?

Chris Uhlmann Very few were shortlisted to ill the rather large boots left at Nine’s Canberra bureau by Laurie Oakes. Ulhmann, ex ABC, brings the contact book, innerknowledge and thoroughness of the man he replaces, though his sign off could do with some work. Mark Riley, Waleed Aly and David Speers can also create a political kerfufle when needed.

Atlassian Look past the hoodies and lack of ofice footwear – because these billionaire boys have clout. Co-founder Scott Farquhar sits on the PM’s National Innovation & Science board and need we steer past last year’s SA power crisis? Farquahar’s fellow founder Mike CannonBrookes not only held Elon Musk to account in regard to scoring a very large Tesla battery for the state – he was central to the negotiations and funding, and he had things asewn up and conirmed within a week. Yes, a week! Sure, money buys power buys inluence, but it’s what you do with that inluence that counts, and we have no problem with the platform these boys have made for themselves.

Ray Hadley Agreed, Hadley in the morning is harder to swallow than a can of stale beer that doubled as an ashtray. But you cannot deny the Sydneysider – who broadcasts his robust opinions across NSW, QLD and southeastern SA – is the radio jock who rattles most. He’s surpassed 2GB stablemate Alan Jones in his ability to shape the political discourse and embraces conservative Liberals like no other.

Anthony Albanese Here he is, Albo, a man on the move. Though, the shadow minister for infrastructure is a loyalist through and through, he’ll insist – and firmly. And yet his recent moves are increasingly focused around the party – not Bill Shorten. A working class kid and scrapper, it’s a story that plays well on the hustings – and Albo’s long been a man aware of the power that comes from those you know and align yourself with. Stay tuned.


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Sally McManus

Josh Frydenberg

Bruce McWilliam

She’s the ACTU Secretary after all – the first women to hold the position and a career unionist. Don’t let the quiet voice fool you – she’s on a populist and loud mission to right a political and economic system she deems to be failing Australians. Not convinced? Dutton labelled her a “lunatic” for her left-leaning sensibilities. Think on that for a second or two.

His influence is entangled in his stewardship of energy and environment – and hardworking attempts to bring parties together and move ahead (commendable regardless of where you stand on actual policy). Unafraid to call out Abbott and his backers as well as stand toe-to-toe with Alan Jones over the science of climate change – yep, a Lib who believes it is a manmade issue in need of redress.

The commercial director and chief le al brain at Seven Network and – more importantly – Malcolm Turnbull’s best friend. A frequent source of sa e advice for the PM and a ver hand person to have working behind the scenes as somewhat of a ‘fixer’.

Sam Dastyari His fall was almost comical in the end – certainly hard to comprehend such blunderings for such a smart man. Still, ‘Little Sam’ remains incredibly well connected and inluential in Labor circles – for he knows secrets and where the bodies are buried. Now working as an associate director for Essential Media and as a political dirt dropper on Kyle and Jackie O – so, you know, clearly not a man to cross.

Duncan Lewis Spies ‘r’ us – and Lewis holds a powerful court by being Director General of ASIO. Shhh, move along!

The Crossbench The make-up of the Senate crossbench was recently described by one Canberran sitter of the red house as “batshit crazy”. And, of course, that’s spot on – this is a ludicrous game of adult musical chairs dominated by independents and micro parties as well as some odd Tasmanians (hello Jacqui Lambie). But then, this is also the wedge of power in this country – with a few holding more than they should and don’t they know it. Pauline Hanson may have come in for a recent battering but she knows what she has and how to spin it her way. Darryn Hinch has muscles too – most recently lexed by debating the government’s proposed tax cuts. And then there’s Tim Storer – an accidental senator, sure, but one it would seem with more smarts and, certainly at the time of writing, more power (you can blame those tax cuts again) than many of his colleagues – even if he won’t be about much longer.

Frank Lowy Soccer, Westield, development, money, politics. Not always in that order, though the billionaire makes himself heard when he wants to be.

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Christian Porter Flown into the attorney-general’s seat after George Brandis was tapped for a British sojourn as Australian high commissioner to the UK, Porter’s late-2017 anointment speaks of the friends he has in high places and the heightened manner in which he’s viewed (federally, at least). After entering politics at the 2008 election, he’s expected to make some solid moves in the coming years so watch this space.

Marise Payne Defence minister and wife of inluential NSW Liberal minister Stuart Ayres, a man seen as a possible future premier. This is a Lib power couple like no other – and it offers Payne even greater authority.

Phil Coorey

The AFR man who oes about it fairl quiet thou h he can call it at will such is his knowled e and connections. The tapp fin ers of Lenore Ta lo Katharine Murph Malcom Farr and James Massola also hold swa .

Michael McCormack A nobody who fell into leadership after The Barnaby hit those sharp barnacles. Still, McCormack’s a party leader and deputy PM and that’s why he’s here. Though don’t expect a return hit a year from now, not since his first, and only, major foray since becoming deputy PM was to completely fuck up the government’s message by promising a ‘Santa Claus’ budget. It was a gross violation of Politics 101 – to never, ever build expectations too high.

Murdoch Press ‘Uncle Rupert’ may still lead this media empire – though it’s The Australian and the The Daily Telegraph that do most of the heavy lifting. Between them they pack more than enough bite and bark to keep Canberra shaking. And not simply because another winter frost covers Capital Hill. Just ask Barnaby. Or Tony.

Chris Bowen Seen as an ascendant talent and another who smiles a little too much when denying he wants to leap from shadow treasurer to Labor leader. Like Shorten, Bowen jigs to the right, something that’ll see him cast a large shadow over Labor’s anticipated July national conference – even if he doesn’t match the ACTU-Shorten love-in.

Sally Zou A Chinese mining entrepreneur who’s been busily gifting to the SA Libs – most recently to the tune of $1.2m. Yes, that’s the unmistakable creak of doors opening.


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Kerry Stokes Billionaire head of the Seven Network, owner of a newspaper monopoly out west, known Liberal Party donor and a man central to media reform in regards to the abolition of TV licence fees and the change to ownership laws. And then there’s Stokes’ lucrative mining interests.

Michael O’Connnor

Tanya Plibersek

The National Secretary of the CFMMEU – that is, the most powerful union boss in the country. Julia Gillard’s labeled him her “closest confidant”; he’s a known and powerful lobbyist and very well connected given his shadow frontbench brother Brendan.

You don’t get to Opposition deputy without knowing how to play Tetris. She has a personal story that resonates (her husband was a once-jailed drug addict) and she’ll ride the gender divide to attention and to office.

Michael Photios James Ashby

Michael Pezzullo

Threads were fraying at One Nation at the time of writing – though it’s unlikely to dent Ashby’s swagger and persistent claims that, when not flying about on a donated plane, this chiefof-staff is the one propping up Pauline and pulling the party strings.

Covering immigration, terrorism, cyber security and more, the Home Affairs super-department has some of Australia’s most sweeping responsibilities – making Pezzullo, the man running the office, one of the most powerful public servants in the country.

Look upon Photios as the man who almost sin lehandedl brou ht the NSW Libs back to bein controlled b the moderate faction. Wh should that matter? It’s ke in proppin up Turnbull.

Scott Morrison

Gina Rinehart

Richard Di Natale The Greens, under Di Natale, have been an interesting lot – though with Lee Rhiannon now disendorsed from her Senate seat, the future waters will be less choppy. Still, Di Natale’s power is really only held as a result of being a party leader with an ability to make noise with some at-times obtuse utterances.

You’ve got to love it when a country’s richest woman chooses a public stage to hand a then deputy PM a $40,000 cheque for being a champion of agriculture. We just wish it was an oversized, novelty number – and we bet Barnaby does too as surely they’re harder to give back? Rinehart is a donor to the Nats and has open access to Canberra.

He turned back the boats and then turned himself into the Treasurer (a role he doggedly hunted down). He’s now got his eyes on the top job and has the backing of many. Scoring himself a contemporary nickname (ScoMo), he has delivered palatable economic vision and has even leveraged the banking royal commission for positive soundbites – despite his original objection. While he wouldn’t swear on Ray Hadley’s Bible, Morrison’s devout Christianity provides him further power in the trenches, especially among conservative Coalition MPs. AU G U ST 20 1 8 G Q .COM . AU

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George brave Aussie farmer

WE HEAD TO RURAL NSW WITH THE STARS OF QUEER EYE, AND UNCOVER HOW THE SERIES RETURN IS CHANGING NOT JUST THE WAY MEN LOOK – BUT HOW THEY THINK. WO R DS AN D PH OTOG RAPHY ADAM BAI DAW I

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an out-of-the-way hairdresser, George, a sun-battered, bighearted 54-year-old Australian farmer is sitting dewy-faced before a mirror, attempting the smallest of breakthroughs. “My...skin...looks...nice,” he stammers. “OK, one more time,” says Jonathan Van Ness, summoning what seems like his last ounce of sass. “My... skin... looks... ni-...” he tries again. “Now, take away that murderous tone.” “My skin looks nice!” And at last, it’s happened: George has complimented himself. It’s taken the better part of the day – and literally an hour of non-stop performance art from Van Ness, who’s responsible for dispensing the Fab Five’s grooming expertise. But by George, he’s done it. George is just the latest ‘hero’ to be madeover by the Fab Five Mark II: the stars of Netlix’s Queer Eye reboot. They’ve come all the way to a tiny town in rural NSW simply to ilm a one-off webisode of the show. Now, let’s say you’re a cynic. Let’s say you haven’t yet queued the new Queer Eye on your to-watch list and have little desire to ever do so. Let’s say you have vague memories of Carson Kressley and co. showing straight dudes basic life skills including how to be nice to one’s girlfriend, how to apply hair product, and how to shave one’s face without looking like a victim of Jack the Ripper. With their particular areas of expertise – food and wine; fashion; culture; design; and grooming – they would, to paraphrase Kressley, not change these straight guys, but make them better versions of themselves. But it’s also been 15 years since the show irst hit screens. Why on earth is this still needed in 2018? That would be a fair thought. And it would also be totally missing the point. Because this Queer Eye bears only a distant resemblance to the early-’00s series – that which was variously praised and criticised for its mainstream depiction of gay culture (OUT magazine dubbed the original Fab Five one of the “greatest gay success stories” of 2003; the Washington Post described the show as “stereotypes on parade”). Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, important and meaningful in its own right, was still a mostly by-thenumbers makeover show. Queer Eye is something wholly different – a home-run swing that miraculously came off. “The original show was so impactful. There was a lot of pressure to make sure that it was going to live up to that reputation,” says Tan France, the Fab Five’s style expert.

Netlix’s secret sauce? The addition of precisely what was lacking in the original series – and what many believe is missing from 2018 in general: a critical, constructive relection on modern masculinity. The fact that it manages to do so with wit, fun, joy and – always – an abundance of tears has won the show a captive international audience, and an unimpeachable 95 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. And so, with the second season ready to roll out, the new Fab Five travelled to Australia to stretch the ‘Yas Queen!’ meme almost to breaking point, by visiting a rural NSW town named Yass to transform one of its 6506 residents – a farmer named George – and an iconic, if ageing, local pub. Sufice to say, this was the biggest circus Yass has ever seen. As the ive men stood shivering in front of the town’s humble “welcome” sign, a photographer from the Yass Tribune nervously walked up, and click-click-clicked the shakiest front page photos ever taken. Scoop scored. They are shufled back to George’s expansive farmland on the outskirts of the town. Here, the process begins. We’re rapidly taken through the narrative of George’s life: meeting his dreadlocked son, Levi, and hearing about the memories of his youth, of riding bulls, of how it was all washed away in the effort to take care of his farm, his children, his mother and – too rarely – himself.

George is a sweet, single man with a broken tooth, a mess of silver hair and a particularly Australian way of understatement. Though his thick Aussie twang presents no small number of hurdles for the Fab Five – like when Van Ness presses him to name his favouriteever holiday. “Ayres Rock, I guess,” says George. “Ooh!” comes the reply. “You’ve been to Israel?!” George was wildly out of his comfort zone from the moment the Five arrived. To be straight: it’s clear that neither he nor Levi knew exactly who these ive queer men were, or why the six-foot-two one with a lowing shoulderlength mane was so insistent on hugs and hairtousling. The men played it to their favour. “My favourite is always the moment where Jonathan starts playing with their hair in the irst ive minutes,” says Bobby Berk (Design), who happens to be the most exceptionally underrated member of the team – completely transforming a home or business, with nothing but a tiny crew of helpers. “To watch them have anybody that they don’t know be that intimate… most of them probably don’t do that with people they’ve known their whole life,” he says. “But in turn, by the end of the week, they have absolutely no problem just sitting there, nuzzled up with Jonathan, because they’ve realised, it’s OK. Yeah, it’s OK! Being open emotionally and


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physically with another man – there’s nothing sexual about it.” In a manner that feels only gently formulaic, the production crew begins to tick-off the key moments in the episode: the meet-and-greet chat, the wardrobe assessment, and, eventually, come to a shot that will clearly be the make-or-break of the mini-episode. Karamo Brown is the reboot’s chosen ‘culture guy’. But rather than introducing the ‘heroes’ to theatre, or ballet, or stand-up comedy – as the original series did – Brown has evolved the role to introduce men to other things: to gentle selfrelection, to gradual emotional confrontation, to the articulation of feelings they may not yet have realised were there. The role suits him. Brown’s background in social work and psychotherapy gives his cues an underpinning of sincerity, and an ability to know when, and where to push. Season one of the rebooted Queer Eye was ilmed in and around Georgia – a irmly conservative US state, and a far cry from New York, where the original was based. As such, the men who would become the subjects of transformations have been far more diverse. The ive men, too, feel more diverse: Brown is an African-American, while Tan France is a gay Muslim Brit with Pakistani heritage. In one episode, Brown’s one-on-one time with ‘hero’ Cory Waldrop – a Trump-

George and his son Levi on their farm; Tan, the ‘style guy’ serving his best cowboy chic; the town of Yass had never seen so many selfies; Antoni outside Yass‘ Club House Hotel.

supporting white police oficer – proved to be one of the show’s coming-of-age scenes, as the two discussed African-American relations with the police force. There were no overwhelming revelations, no neat bow tied on the issue, but the fact that the conversation went there, and went there respectfully, is a mark of the maturation of a TV show that’s easy to dismiss. Each of the Fab Five help the show’s subjects open up emotionally – but Brown is undoubtedly the lynchpin. “I was ighting, day in and day out to have the men have these cathartic cries. And not in a sadistic way,” he says. “I would get upset in an episode if one of our heroes did not have an AU G U ST 20 1 8 G Q .COM . AU

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opportunity to be vulnerable and to express emotion. In the second episode, someone from the team came in and was like, ‘Karamo, enough with the cries.’ I literally said to them, ‘If you don’t want me to do my job, then you should’ve hired another culture guy’. “I knew in my heart that if we could all feel comfortable about going there, and it not just being surface, then this show would be better than anyone had imagined,” he adds. “The guys rallied around me. Now, everyone always talks about the emotion and the crying.” Within minutes of meeting George, Brown had already worked his magic. There, in the driveway adjacent to his humble farm residence, tears are coursing down George’s reddened face, sticking to his stubble. It’d be easy to assume either Brown is so wonderful, so empathetic, that he has the supernatural ability to reduce a 54-year-old stoic to nearinstant tears. Or, perhaps, there are more than a few 54-year-old stoics who are all too ready to be reduced to tears.

Men haven’t needed such systems before – but it’s becoming clearer that they may need to manufacture their own to ensure that they keep themselves and others safe. “We live in this youth-obsessed culture, and I’m tired of it,” says Brown. “It’s plaguing young men in a way that we don’t discuss, because we only talk about it with women. We talk about women and their body issues and how we make women feel like they have to be a certain body size. But we don’t realise that we put that same pressure on men. “George was an athlete, a bull rider. Every time we say, how do you feel about yourself? He looks down at his belly. That’s the irst thing he looks at.” Far from being invincible, emotionally woke beings, making Queer Eye has forced many of its stars to confront their own lingering insecurities. Antoni Porowski, the Fab Five’s cooking expert – and, many will tell you, resident thirst-trap – has received an inordinate amount of the show’s

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there’s another reason the show resonates in 2018. Over the past 18 months, as a steady stream of stories has emerged from previously unheard women, one term has bubbled to the surface over and over: toxic masculinity. We’ve made much of diagnosing it, but we’ve talked about its antidote far more rarely. More often, we explore the ways toxic masculinity festers and spreads – in far-away corners of the internet, we’ve seen how it has a gravitational pull, multiplying and strengthening itself. We see the men whose own self-loathing has evolved into a hatred of others – women speciically. Unlikely as it may seem, an ostensible makeover show starring ive queer men who spend an inordinate amount of time screaming, ‘Yas, queen!’ might be as worthy an antidote as any. “Toxic masculinity honestly comes from when we were raised as little boys – we were taught, ‘Don’t be a pussy. Man up! Don’t cry! Don’t be a little sissy,’” says Berk. “Guys just get that in their head, that it’s not OK to be vulnerable, it’s not OK to show emotion, it’s not OK to cry. I think it’s been detrimental to our society. It’s not allowed men to really ind themselves. I think it’s created a generation of men who don’t know how to feel.” An auxiliary lesson men have learned from #MeToo is the clever and wholly necessary systems women have used to strengthen their emotional and physical safety – from whisper networks to ‘bad date lists’ to carefullycurated Google spreadsheets of ‘shitty men’ to steer clear of in various industries.

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The full episode of George’s makeover aired on Netflix on June 22 with season two currently airing; Berk getting used to rural Aussie life.

attention, good and bad. He’s been criticised for teaching the ‘heroes’ to prepare seemingly underwhelming dishes – like guacamole. (Literal headline: “Can Antoni from ‘Queer Eye’actuallycook?AnInstagraminvestigation”.) “My friends know me – they make fun of me all the time,” he says. “It’s the best thing for me. They just pin me to the ground in the most healthy way possible, and make such a joke out of it.” For Porowski, exposure and pressure has led to consequences that need to be managed. “I was in decent shape before the show came out, but because of all the compounded stress, and the attention that’s come along just in terms of physical appearance, I’ve deinitely become more obsessive. It’s a little messed up.” Porowski says he has found himself eating less, and that his time at the gym feels like the only part of his life he’s retained control over. “I’d be lying if I said I didn’t care. I have to limit it and cut it off and be like, ‘Just eat the block of cheese – shut up. Life is good.’” Van Ness grew up in middle America – a ifth grader wearing purple leotards with baggy sweatpants and an off-the-shoulder sweatshirt with Doc Martens. And in his case, a particular burden has set in: to be the version of himself that’s so beloved, all bubbly, highenergy and spilling over with compliments.

“I’ve been in therapy either once or twice a week since I was like, a teenager. I’m uncomfortable talking about myself,” he says. “I’ve noticed that if the focus is too much on me, I get really squirmy. Making this show has shown me that maybe I can work a little more on practising what I preach: taking a compliment, being OK with giving yourself some self-love.” The revived Queer Eye hasn’t been without its detractors. A vocal minority point to a socalled ‘homo-normative’ slant the show has, depicting queer culture, they claim, as rigid and stereotypical. “When I get the feedback that like, ‘This show is homo-normative – it only shows gays in a stereotypical light. What do you say to that?’ I’ve noticed that I fucking hate that question,” says Van Ness. “I’m really sick of, in my life, defending my demeanour. That this is a stereotype. Like, take your stereotype, and then… cram it so far up your ass that I never have to hear about it again.” Perhaps in part to address this, an episode in the second season features the show’s irst transformation of a trans man. For the Five, it seems to be a process of letting the show evolve, and allowing themselves to keep up with it. “I started to go bald at 29. I was ashamed of it. I felt that part of being a man was having a good head of hair,” says Brown. “On the show in season one and two, you’ll see that I have a hairline. That’s because I literally would grow my hair, just enough, in the areas it could grow, and I would use a pen to draw it in. My hair through season one and two is fake.”

Brown, who’d spent two seasons telling men to embrace themselves, to love themselves, was doing so with a chest tight with insecurity, and a hairline illed in with a Sharpie. “The running joke was, we would know where Karamo sat in the car, because my head would be on the ceiling. I was thinking to myself, ‘What a fraud’. It was my cross to bear. The majority of my life, I’m conident in who I am, but this was something that I realised was a deep-seated part of me. “I literally went to the mirror one day, and I was like, ‘Who are you trying to impress? What love do you need from the world, so that you can let this go?’ It sounds like something out of a movie: I literally took water, washedoff the hairline, stared at my baldness and was like, ‘I love you, I love you, I love you’. I spent an hour in front of the mirror telling my bald head, ‘I love you’. “My kids walked in, at irst they started joking. And then they were mesmerised: Dad’s sitting in front of the mirror saying, ‘I love my baldness’. It was me convincing myself that it was OK. “Now, I rock a bald head. I feel comfortable, I feel conident. I now feel free.”

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the end of the day, the new George entered the newly-renovated Club House Hotel. He was in a smart knit and crisp gingham shirt. He cracked a wide grin, showing his bad tooth, which, he says proudly, is going to be replaced in time for his daughter’s wedding. After some prodding from Brown, George told his son what he had mentioned earlier, in an off-hand comment. “Levi, you inspire me.” The two men share a teary hug, the moment is had, and George’s journey is complete. The Fab Five look exhausted. But they still giddily accept every request for a selie, every goodbye hug – more than a few of those asking appear to have travelled an hour from Canberra for the honour. By the end of the night, they would meet the town’s mayor, who crowns them the literal queens of Yass – maybe the furthest a bit has ever been taken. A few hours before that, Van Ness is at the hair salon, easing George into the idea of charcoal masks. This is another signature of the show. Not unlike Porowski’s punchy guacamole, the ive men seek to keep the takeaways bite-sized, in the hope that they’ll stick. Van Ness’ pitch for the charcoal mask was simple: it’s a moment to yourself – and moments to yourself make you better. “It’s like a light, honey,” he tells George. “You have to put your own mask on irst, before you can help everyone else.” „ AU G U ST 20 1 8 G Q .COM . AU

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ON TOP OF THROWBACK AEROBICS CLASSES WITH JIMMY FALLON ON THE TONIGHT SHOW, DWAYNE JOHNSON STARRED IN THREE BOX-OFFICE HITS IN 2017 - AND A FURTHER THREE THIS YEAR. IF HE CAN FIND THE TIME TO WORK OUT, YOU CAN TOO.


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KEY STRENGTH

Because we all want to be big and strong, right? These are the only sessions that require the use of the gym, focusing on compound lifts that engage large muscle groups. Use a weight that will challenge you and ensure form stays correct throughout. SHOULD TAKE 45 mins. Q

TUESDAY Q STRENGTH

WEEK 1

You can’t exercise your way out of bad diet. Trust us. So, before we start, a word of advice from dietician Harriet Walker on how to stay healthy when eating out: “Look for options that involve grilling, steaming, boiling and poaching – and ignore those with frying, crumbing or battering. These techniques will mean more oil – and fewer abs.”

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C H E AT YO U R S E LF

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With one week successfully in the books, it’s time you received a pat on the back - or the stomach, that is. Did someone say pancakes?

STRENGTH

GRUNT WORK

With calculated work and rest time, these workouts are a great way to use your whole body and flush away the weekend. SHOULD TAKE 35-45 mins.

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Q STRENGTH

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It’s Tuesday night and the thought of being woken up at 6am only to run outside in the cold is about as appealing as afternoon spent watching Love Island. Thankfully, we have gents like Dwayne Johnson to remind us what’s possible.

PAIN CAVE

Deceptively hard. These are non-impact sessions that involve aerobic and anaerobic energy systems and are designed to be both physically and mentally challenging. Best to bring something to listen to – it’ll help to take your mind off the fact your lungs are burning. SHOULD TAKE 40 mins. Q

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WEEK 4

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WEEK 3

he easy thing to do is give up. Forget the gym exists, embrace dad-bod status, perhaps even develop a quirky dress sense to offset the steadily growing waistline. But no one likes a quitter. Rest assured, you’re not the only one contemplating removing ‘exercise’ altogether from the weekly to-do list. Chris Feather of Sydney’s 98 Gym understands this struggle isn’t solely reserved for parents – with growing responsibilities, we’re all finding less time to work out. Part of the problem can come from people simply not knowing what to do. According to Feather, people just want “one less thing to worry about” when they enter the gym. Complicated programs are a thing of the past – instead, with the help of 98 Gym, we’ve devised the perfect regime to suit everyone. Each session lasts for a maximum of 45 minutes – call it the new ‘me time’. If you last the month (which you should) start to increase the weight on certain movements or decrease rest time. And whether you do it at home or in the gym is your call – just don’t quit.

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WEDNESDAY HUMP DAY = REST DAY 98 Gym’s head of programming, Kev Toonen, designs the weekly schedule with Wednesday as a day of rest. “I want Wednesday to be a mid-week reset and mindset calibration.“ Take his word for it and give yourself a break. If you’ve earned it, that is.

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“Wake up determined. Go to bed satisfied.” A pearl of wisdom from our favourite ex-wrestler.

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Didn’t we warn you this would happen? It’s Saturday and you’ve managed a grand total of zero workouts this week. Yes, we understand you had lots on. The only way to salvage the week is sneak in some last-minute calorie burning from the comfort of your own living room. Get to it.

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PLAN AHEAD

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2 min rest Resistance bands are ideal for home workouts. $17.99; rebel sport.com.au

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SATURDAY

Some ear candy for while you run: Fire up – FBI radio’s Stephen Ferris takes an irreverent look at rugby league. Sometimes informative, always funny.

As men age, our testosterone levels begin to decrease. After the age of 30, we see a drop-off rate of around one per cent each year. Doctors have found weight lifting is one way to boost testosterone. The caveat – for the benefits to be realised, this can’t be a one-off but part of an ongoing routine. So this, we hate to break it to you, is just the start.

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THE FIGHTER IN YOU FOLLOWING THE UPTAKE OF COMBAT SPORTS IN FITNESS TRAINING, THERE’S CLEARLY MORE TO THEM THAN BLACK BELTS AND BLACK EYES. THOUGH, ARE THEY WORTH THE RISK?

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ot so long ago, if you wanted to start boxing, the only option was a sweaty old building resembling a warehouse more than a gym. Inside, the sound of heavy breathing accompanied by the pounding of cowhide leather on pads (or lesh). Now, the story is different. Walk into most major gyms in the world and you’ll ind an array of classes in anything from boxing to Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Disciplines once considered an excuse for mindless violence have become legitimate sports – more so, some of the hardest in the world.

And for good reason. One hour of boxing will burn close to 750 calories, compared to 470 during circuit training. And that’s without even mentioning the technical dificulty involved. Yet, the question still remains: with a full-time job, daily meetings with clients and a general desire to keep your face intact, is it possible to take up combat sports without risking a collection of unlattering bruises for all in the workplace to see? Speaking to Thiago Stefanutti of Melbourne’s Absolute MMA, the answer is a resounding yes. As someone who has

trained multiple world champions in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, he tells us, “Martial arts are the future of the itness industry”. “Lots of people want to train like a ighter but they don’t necessarily want to be a ighter,” explains Stefanutti. “They don’t want the scary part… I’m totally happy to see people use martial arts to improve their itness.” Tempted to ditch the treadmill for the gloves? If so, use this breakdown to discover which sport, from the classics to the newbies, is right for you. And whether you want to actually enter the ring – that’s entirely up to you.

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Unsurprisingly, Stefanutti credits the rising popularity of combat sports to the UFC. “It all starts with the UFC development; this becoming popular shook up the martial arts world.” The go-to option for all those hoping to walk in the Gucci-loafershaped footsteps of a certain Irish fighter. WILL I GET HURT? Does Conor McGregor have an anger problem? WHERE’S BEST TO DO IT? UFC Gym; Level 2/93 O’Riordan St, Sydney; ufcgymsydney.com ORIGIN? The first time the term MMA was used was in 1993 by American TV pundit Howard Rosenberg. REQUIRED WATCHING The Notorious.

Boxing for the masses, this is a good starting point for anyone keen to mix up their workout routine with zero interest in actually stepping between the ropes. However, beware of bad coaches – Stefanutti says it’s in boxing he sees the most questionable training methods. Best to start here then graduate to a dedicated boxing gym. WILL I GET HURT? Probably not. WHERE TO DO IT? Literally anywhere. ORIGIN? Western gyms. REQUIRED WATCHING The Fighter.

Be prepared to get a little messy. Focusing on grappling and ground fighting, it’s a highly technical sport that evolved as an adaptation of judo. Even if you’ve set your sights on entering the UFC (better late then ever, we say) Stefanutti advises starting here with a fundamentals class then progressing to MMA when you’ve mastered the basics. Your call. WILL I GET HURT? Possibly. WHERE TO DO IT? Absolute MMA, Melbourne; absolutemma.net.au ORIGIN? Brazil. Duh. REQUIRED WATCHING Lethal Weapon.

Because boxing just with your hands is so passé. The Japanese may be credited with birthing modern kickboxing but it was Jean-Claude Van Damme who brought it to the world’s attention with 1989 classic Kickboxer. That was before he switched his attention to selling light beer. WILL I GET HURT? Certainly possible. WHERE TO DO IT? Corporate Box Gym, 6/497 Lutwyche Rd, Brisbane; corporate boxgym.com.au ORIGIN? Japan. REQUIRED WATCHING Kickboxer.

Jiu-jitsu’s edgier younger brother. Developed for the Israeli Defense Forces, it’s an amalgamation of different techniques including boxing, wrestling and karate, and aims to counter real-world threats, like being mugged – or if you’re Tom Cruise in Collateral, disarming a baton-wielding lunatic. Either, or. WILL I GET HURT? Unlikely. WHERE TO DO IT? Combat Arts Institute of Australia, 341 Oxford St, Perth; combatarts institute.com.au ORIGIN? Israel. REQUIRED WATCHING Collateral.


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FIVE TH I NGS TO H E LP YOU SU RVIVE WI NTE R.

THE EVENT If you’ve been having snowsports withdrawal symptoms since the Winter Olympics, fear not, we have you covered. Air + Style, a global big air snowboarding competition, is arriving in Australia this August. Over 60 of the world’s best will compete on a 16-storey snow-covered ramp erected in Sydney’s CBD. Together with a music festival featuring Snow Patrol and Flo Rida, it’s an event not to miss. AUGUST 3-5; AIRANDSTYLE.COM.AU

THE DOCO Nothing in the sporting world is as synonymous with success as New Zealand’s All Blacks. And yet, the secrets behind their dominance (yes it hurts to admit that, too) have pretty much remained a mystery. This is set to change with the release of new doco series All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks, narrated by GQ favourite Taika Waititi. The six-episode season follows the legendary team as they face the British and Irish Lions and compete for the 2017 Rugby Championship, providing behind-the-scenes insight into the iconic team.

THE JACKET Somehow the yearly arrival of winter still manages to catch us all by surprise. Luckily, there’s a decent stock of cold-weather gear to keep us warm with Tracksmith enhancing its collection of retroinspired jackets in time for the colder months. The partial mesh lining offers increased airflow allowing you to regulate your body temperature as you exercise. Because, we’re all about regulation. APPROX $265; MRPORTER.COM

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THE GEAR Time to get acquainted with kettlebells. The most versatile piece of equipment in any gym, they can be used to target anything - from the conventional ‘swing’ for your lower back and core, to the ‘Turkish get up’ that’ll have your whole body in pain. (The good kind, of course.) Ideal for home workouts. Less so for boiling water. FROM $37; ROGUEAUSTRALIA.COM.AU

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LIFESTYLECOLLECTION HUNTER MAN Hunter Man is one of Perth’s premier men’s boutiques situated in the heart of Leederville. Stocking quality leather goods, shoes and accessories from Australian & European designers, along with a carefully curated range of watches, sunglasses and gifts for all tastes. Visit Hunter Man in-store or browse our latest collection online. 08 9328 7300 hunterstoreman hunterstore_man

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TOLU AUSTRALIA SWIMSHORTS Tolu Australia brings you unique men swimwear. Exclusive patterns inspired in the flora and fauna of Latin America. Quick Dry fabric, UV protection and distinctive designs. Designed and manufactured in Colombia South America.

JOHN PHILIPS Affordable luxurious timepieces. Designed in Melbourne, Australia.

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FUTURE YOUTH

RUMI MAN Inspired by what the name RUMI MAN brings to today’s you, uniqueness, class and luxury are among the top of what we offer. An Australian brand designing luxury handcrafted men’s accessories, from neckties to waistcoats and many things in between. RUMI MAN is passionate about the classic look and the accessories that complete the look.

Australia’s newest streetwear brand, born and designed in Melbourne. The next wave in Australian streetwear. Our latest release is here, shop now and use GQ15 for 15% off.

Trust us, keep an eye on RUMI MAN.

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SERIEUX Culture inspired, community driven apparel from the heart of Sydney. Join the movement. GQ readers receive an exclusive 20% off storewide. Use discount code: GQ20.

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MAN PERFECTED Man Perfected is an online only store offering the best in luxury high end men’s grooming products ranging from shaving creams and lotions to skincare and hair care. Take advantage of ‘Recurring Delivery’ to save time and money. GQ Readers receive 20% discount for first time purchases. Use Code: GQAUS20. manperfected man_perfected

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LIFESTYLECOLLECTION RAPHAEL Precise Design and Quality Craftsmanship are at the heart of each and every RAPHAEL™ piece, specializing in premium Leather Goods and Lifestyle Essentials that are Handcrafted to order in Adelaide. Complimentary Monogramming and Bespoke Services available online and in-store. 3 Percy Ct, Adelaide SA 5000 raphaelqualitygoods raphaelqualitygoods

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SOLANDER AND BANKS

THE COACHMAN Treat your feet to some stylish Brazilian craftsmanship with the collection from Ferracini. Be it for work or play your feet will never be happier.

At Solander & Banks we know being a well groomed gentleman takes time, effort and testing several products. We have personally curated the best skin, grooming and lifestyle products from Australia and New Zealand to make your life easier and ensure you look your best.

337 Hampton Street, Hampton VIC 3188 03 9598 2089 CoachmanMenswear

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TWO KINGS WATCHES A watch brand so clean, creative, yet so inspiring. Born in Melbourne, spreading love throughout the world. We have your fashion requirements. A portion of sales are donated to The Stroke Foundation. Use code; GQ - for a discount.

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VIRTUAL REALITY ROOMS Australia’s 1st team-based VR escape games. Be projected into amazing virtual worlds where you can see, hear and interact with your friends, family and team mates. Find clues, solve puzzles, fly through outer space, battle deadly enemies, master special abilities and do things you never thought possible in a fast-paced, action packed 60 minutes to complete your mission. Use code “GQ” when booking for free 15 min VR add-on Level 1, 484 Kent St, Sydney NSW 2000 virtualrealityrooms

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STEEZE VILLAINS CLOTHING Steeze Villains is driven by culture and innovation of streetwear. We are obligated to produce quality and stylish garments for more then a standard look. Each piece connects with the next, and is carefully chosen from a stylist expression. steezevillainsclothing

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LIFESTYLECOLLECTION DEBRIEFS UNDERWEAR

SOMETHING VERY DELIBERATE™

Make one less decision a day! Debriefs support your success before you even get out of bed. Introducing Micro Modal, a fabric 3x softer and 50% more absorbent than cotton leaving you fresh and comfortable to focus on the important things in life.

Something Very Deliberate™ is an independent, unisex clothing label established in Adelaide in 2016. Founded on principles of both artistic vision and a deeper meaning, the label takes inspiration from the purpose we’re all here for.

For a limited time, Debriefs are offering GQ Australia readers a 15% discount off everything online. Use the coupon code GQAUS15 to redeem your discount.

Releasing bi-annual, limited-run collections with a simple, bold approach to design, the label offers high-end style at an affordable price.

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TRIMLY

GRIP AUTO

Beautifully crafted shoe trees from Australia’s premium shoe tree supplier.

Grip Auto presents a true Automotive inspired timepiece. Designed in Melbourne featuring high-quality materials and a range of colours.

Get 15% off from our website using coupon code GQ15

It’s time to get a Grip. Get 10% off using the code GQ18 at the checkout

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MD COSMEDICAL SOLUTIONS TO THE NINES Inspired by hip hop and rap culture, To The Nines is a high end streetwear brand from Adelaide founded in 2017. Striving to accomplish the key aspects of perfection by consistently maintaining the highest attention to the smallest of details. To The Nines aims to juxtapose a simplistic design with radiating confidence. This unique Australian brand is on the rise with high expectations in the near future. totheninesco

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MD Cosmedical Solutions Cosmetic Surgery Clinics specialise in PRP Stem Cell Therapy. Hair Loss Treatment Sydney & Hair Loss Treatment Canberra Clinics specialize in treating both male & female balding.

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LIFESTYLECOLLECTION RADAR RADAR was established to build a global retailer aimed at delivering exceptional customer service. Both with active lifestyles and a keen eye for functional and quality sportswear, RADAR aims to source only the best brands for the customer and bring you a truly personalised shopping experience. Sign up and get 20% off your first order along with many other benefits including a loyalty program, RADAR REWARDS. shoponradar shopradar

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MISTER PERFECT Australia’s first COMPLETE male makeover service. Mister Perfect finds the noble man inside yourself and helps you get ahead of the game with style, charm and distinction. You will discover your masculine essence become confident in your body, disciplined in your mind, sensitive to your emotions and considerate of others. Simply, Mister Perfect will help you become a class act.

IMPERIAL CLOTHING Imperial Clothing is the next level of quality threads worldwide. Designed in Australia & taking the world by storm; you will be sure to find something under this banner to suit your needs. Imperial Clothing offers GQ readers a 10% discount on all products with code “GQ�

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PUSSYFOOT SOCKS Bamboozld is fun, quirky and expressive and captures every personality with its collection of bamboo socks, underwear, tee shirts and gift boxes. Luxuriously comfortable and eco-friendly, our bamboo blend and quirky designs will delight every wearer. Perfect for work and play! Available from David Jones, selected Menswear stores and online.

FREEBODY Our design concept is bold, with a unique dial and a slim case. Each series of watches has a different concept, from the KR series with its unique African names, to the GS series with its minimalist design Use code GQ20 for a 20% Discount

Use discount code GQBAMBOO for 20% off your order. Pussyfoot Socks

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WOODSMAN SKINCARE FACE THE FACTS We’ll save you all the fluff about hard-working formulas, radiant skin and reinvigorated grooming routines. At Woodsman, we don’t talk sh*t, and we don’t put sh*t in our products. No harmful chemicals or parabens. No animal testing. Just awesome skincare products for men. woodsmanskincare

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SILK BARBERS Jaymz is your personal master barber in St Kilda East, providing exclusive and individualised cuts and shaves. No more waiting lines! Open after hours til late with a simple online booking system for your convenience. Book in to see what our five-star reviews are about! Show this ad to get $5 off your first visit at our barbershop + 10% off products!

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Jacket, $2780, and pants, $940, both by Gucci.

ACNE STUDIOS acnestudios.com/au AUSSIE GUMBOOTS aussiegumboot.com.au BALLY 1800 781 851 BURBERRY 02 8296 8588 CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC (eyewear) masonsofficial.com CALVIN KLEIN JEANS calvinklein.com CARRERA 02 9540 0500 DIESEL au.diesel.com DIOR HOMME 02 9229 4600 DOLCE & GABBANA (eyewear) 1300 655 612 DOLCE & GABBANA 1300 655 612 EMMA WILLIS emmawillis.com ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA zegna.com EXINFINITAS exinfinitas.com FABRIC BRAND & CO fabric-brand.com FABRIQUE VINTAGE fabriquevintage.com G-STAR g-star.com GIORGIO ARMANI (eyewear) 1300 655 612 GIORGIO ARMANI 02 8233 5888 GIVENCHY 07 5631 4594 GOSHA RUBCHINSKIY doverstreetmarket.com GUCCI 1300 442 878 HEALY OPTICAL healyoptical.com.au HERMÈS 02 9287 3200 JACQUES MARIE MAGE jacquesmariemage.com

JOSEPHS SHOES 02 9233 1846 LACOSTE lacoste.com.au LANVIN lanvin.com LEVI’S levis.com.au LINDBERG lindberg.com LOUIS VUITTON au.louisvuitton.com LOWES lowes.com.au MR PORTER mrporter.com OFF WHITE off---white.com OLIVER PEOPLES oliverpeoples.com PAUL SMITH 02 8089 3300 PERSOL persol.com POLAROID 02 9540 0500 PRADA (eyewear) 1300 655 612 PRADA 02 9223 1688 SAINT LAURENT ysl.com SEASONAL CONCEPTS 0430 044 383 SSS WORLD CORP ssense.com SUN JET 02 9540 0500 TOD’S tods.com.au TOM FORD harrolds.com.au TOMMY HILFIGER tommy.com TOPMAN topman.com VALENTINO 03 9568 7559 VERSACE versace.com VOGUE EYEWEAR vogue-eyewear.com

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DIRECTORY THE MODERN MAN’S DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO ESSENTIAL SHOPPING AND SOPHISTICATED STYLE. FACE OFF Breitling’s classic steelcased Navitimer watch has been given a scrub. The cleaner design of the new Navitimer 8 collection draws inspiration from 1930s cockpit clocks. With 42 hours of autonomous running time in the tank, the 43mm black-steel chronograph is restrained in looks but not performance. breitling.com

MAR K OF SOPH ISTICATION For more than 100 years, Montblanc has been synonymous with creating the highest quality writing instruments. The venerated brand’s commitment to the inest craftsmanship is also evident in its newly expanded product range, including watches, leather goods, jewellery, eyewear and fragrances. montblanc.com

W H ITE AT HOM E No need to book in a cosmetic dental appointment with Colgate Optic White High Impact White toothpaste. It’s available in supermarkets and uses the same whitening ingredient that dentists use – hydrogen peroxide – to deliver four shades whiter teeth in six weeks. colgateopticwhite.com.au

MAKI NG TH E CUT Sydney’s The Cut Bar & Grill is a meat lover’s emporium. The New York-inspired steakhouse serves up premium cuts of Australian meat alongside the freshest sustainable seafood and an award-winning drinks list. cutbarandgrill.com

QUALIT Y CONTROL Since 1989, Australian brand Calibre has been a style leader, creating impeccable menswear for all seasons. Newness is a key theme for its Spring/Summer ’18 collection, which sees the evolution of both the esteemed label and its innovative designs. It’s the new now, and it’s ready for the taking. Invest in your style future. calibre.com.au

LI FE IS SHORT Designed and manufactured in Colombia, Tolú Australia swimwear brings Latin America to you. Featuring patterns inspired by local lora and fauna, plus quick-dry fabric and mesh lining, the shorts are both cool and functional. tolu.com.au


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THE

LAST WORD

Full name, and where you’re originally from?

IT’S HARD TO WATCH SOMEBODY

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN. FROM

ELSE’S PERCEPTION OF YOUR OWN

CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND (BUT I’M

LIFE. THE WRITERS WEREN’T

A MELBOURNE GIRL AT HEART).

THERE, SO HOW COULD THEY KNOW WHAT WAS SAID AND FELT?

Any nicknames? Have you caved and watched it yet?

LIVVY; LIV.

NOT YET. I WILL PROBABLY WAIT Where do you currently live?

A YEAR AND THEN WATCH IT.

ON A PLANE! Your memoir, Don’t Stop Believin’, comes out Sounds exotic. Favourite place to eat

in September. Describe the process of writing

when back in Melbourne?

it using three words:

MY FAMILY’S HOUSE FOR

DISCIPLINED.HUMBLING.GRATEFUL.

A HOME-COOKED MEAL. What was the biggest thing you learned about yourself while writing?

True or false: When you first started singing, you performed under the name Lovely Livvy… TRUE! I WAS ON A CHILDREN’S TV SHOW CALLED THE HAPPY SHOW WITH HAPPY HAMMOND. What’s the last musical you went to? THE GREATEST SHOWMAN STARRING HUGH JACKMAN. I LOVED IT! This year marks the 40th anniversary of Grease

WITH

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN 2018 IS A BIG YEAR FOR THIS AU S S I E I C O N . S H E ’ S C E L E B R AT I N G H E R 7 0 T H B I R T H D A Y, G R E A S E TURNS 40 AND HER MEMOIR, DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’ COMES OUT IN SEPTEMBER. OH – AND SHE’S R E C E N T LY G I V E N B R E A S T C A N C E R THE BOOT FOR A SECOND TIME.

I AM STRONGER THAN I REALISED AND THAT I HAVE LIVED AN INCREDIBLE LIFE. The ONJ Centre has been a monumental achievement for you. In light of your battle with breast cancer, what’s the most misunderstood thing about the disease? I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO KNOW IS CANCER ISN’T NECESSARILY A DEATH SENTENCE.

– which coincides with your 70th birthday. I PLAN TO SPEND TIME WITH

Where do you keep that pair of leather pants?

while going through treatment?

FRIENDS AND FAMILY – IT’S MY

THEY ARE IN SAFETY DEPOSIT

TO LISTEN TO MY OWN MUSIC

FAVOURITE THING TO DO.

BOX UNTIL I AUCTION THEM TO

– IT REALLY SUPPORTED ME!

RAISE FUNDS FOR THE ONJ CANCER

AND OF COURSE, MY HUSBAND’S

WELLNESS & RESEARCH CENTRE.

ONGOING WISDOM AND ADVICE.

Which Grease co-stars do you keep

How can readers show their support

in touch with?

for the ONJ Cancer Centre?

Why’d you turn down a Grease 2?

I SEE THEM ALL OCCASIONALLY,

WE’RE DOING OUR ANNUAL

MANY REASONS.

BUT MOSTLY JOHN [TRAVOLTA]

WELLNESS WALK ON SEPTEMBER 16

AND DIDI CONN (WHO PLAYED

IN MELBOURNE, WHICH IS A GREAT

FRENCHY).

WAY TO GET INVOLVED. WE’RE

It’s often said that Grease made the musical genre ‘cool’. Why do you think this is? THE ’50S WERE JUST A COOL ERA.

Are you glad you did?

ALSO DOING VIRTUAL WALKS, SO

YES. John Travolta: tough guy or big softie?

YOU CAN PARTICIPATE NO MATTER

BIG SOFTIE.

WHERE YOU ARE IN THE WORLD.

You’re dreaming

Interesting. We heard you weren’t going

REGISTER FOR THE ONJ CANCER

A slim possibility

to watch the Hopelessly Devoted to You

CENTRE’S WELLNESS WALK AT

biopic starring Delta Goodrem. Why?

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[Choose one] Chances of you and John Travolta teaming up for a reunion performance are:

X Can’t say!

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