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No guTs No glory Let’s peeL back the skin and see what we’re reaLLy made of Michel de Montaigne, perhaps the most influential of the French Renaissance philosophers, summed it up best: “No noble thing can be done without risks.” The idea of taking chances and pushing oneself has become a novel concept in these harsh economic times; the first decade of this century closed with a plethora of exhibitions, collections, albums, and magazines focusing on how to keep things safe, never willing to take too big a chance on their own taste and intuition for fear of financial collapse. Commercial certainty has muted creative experimentalism and the mainstream avant-garde. It’s time to reevaluate our boundaries and our perceptions and change everything. We can think of no greater risk taker in pop culture than Kanye West. For any international celebrity, image is a precious commodity, but Ye is fearlessly willing to speak his mind and flex his taste. He’s the perfect icon for the 21st century: someone willing to overlook risk in order to express himself. Similarly, athletes are individuals who follow wholeheartedly the sport they’ve devoted their lives to, putting their bodies on the line, staring fiercely into the face of competition. We found some of the most celebrated and unknown risk takers and adrenaline-fiends: a fighter steps into the ring, a hockey player makes his own rules on the ice, olympians thrust swords towards each others’ hearts. An athlete’s risks don’t end on the court: they pursue careers in front of the camera; they devote their lives to four-legged friends or bond with friends on two-wheeled speed machines; they dig deep for their inner glee; and one of the men in this magazine even lights himself on fire. We have innovators who take risks in film, on both sides of the camera, and we meet a 21-year-old who came from perhaps the riskiest place in the world: the front lines of war. The dedication and fearlessness profiled in these pages has inspired and reminded us that if we don’t bet on ourselves, we’ll never really win. If we don’t believe in us, who can we believe in? It’s time to look inside ourselves and see what we’re really made of. No guts, no glory. No risk, no reward. – The ediTors

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For many burgeoning young actors, narrowly missing a role in one of history’s most highly watched movie franchises might cause the kind of trauma that only years of therapy or a lifetime of drug abuse might be able to erase. But for 25-year-old Shiloh Fernandez, missing out on the role of the twinkly lead vampire in Twilight proved to be something of a blessing in disguise. “No one had any idea what Twilight would become,” says Fernandez. “At the time, it was just another audition. I didn’t realize I was missing out on stardom and giant paychecks. Now, looking back on it, I certainly wouldn’t have been mentally stable enough to deal with all that. Lucky for me, not getting that part led to other work that was a much better fit for me.” He might not have landed the life-altering lead in Twilight, but director Catherine Hardwicke was enamored enough with Fernandez to cast him opposite Amanda Seyfried in Red Riding Hood, the director’s goth-tastic take on the classic childhood tale, in theaters this April. (Just before that, out March 25th, Fernandez appears in Skateland, an ’80s period piece set in small town Texas and starring Twilight alum Ashley Greene.) Fernandez has only the best things to say about his experience on Red Riding Hood, a role that has suddenly made him a hot commodity in movieland. “To be given this great part with this very complicated backstory is such a learning experience,” he says. “And Catherine has created this world that’s so detailed and so beautiful. I loved being a part of it.” In a town built on raw ambition and desperate attention grabbing, Fernandez is refreshingly low-key. Rather than follow his big Hollywood movie breakthrough with a slate of expected high-profile cute-guy parts, the actor opted instead to spend a few weeks in Northern California performing in a small play (“I’m out here in the woods, driving around in my mom’s old leaky Mazda Miata with water sloshing around in the floorboard”) before diving back into the mad hustle of L.A. Having done an array of television shows (Jericho, The United States of Tara), as well as the requisite number of low-budget horror films and failed pilots, Fernandez is remarkably blithe about what the future holds. While he is certainly eager to work, the lure of interesting personalities and learning experiences are still more appealing than an empty payday. “I want to work and I want to become the best actor that I can be,” says Fernandez. “But I also want to be a happy, interesting person. It’s hard to be an interesting person if you spend all your time on a set. That isn’t the real world. You’ve got to have a good life outside of all that. You’ve got to spend time in places where there’s not always someone on standby to bring you a glass of water.” T. Cole RaChel


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The day after I arrived on location to shoot Battle: Los Angeles, I started a three-week boot camp. The first week consisted of getting my body physically and mentally ready for everything the marines would be doing in the weeks to come. There was a group of us portraying marines in the film, and we began by assembling our living quarters for the duration of boot camp. In the mornings, we would wake up for physical training. This would consist of push-ups, crunches, sit-ups—exercises based on your own body weight. But the challenging part was the competition between some of us coupled with the fact that any sort of failure or insubordination would result in double the amount of repetition—and not just for that person, but everyone. Afterwards, we

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shoulder presses, lunges, squats, and many other painful activities. since I’m trying to get bigger, this is all three sets of each exercise at six to ten reps. I finish with abs, which consists of whoever is in the gym, usually four of us, sitting in a circle and suggesting the ab exercise, saying how many reps to do, for three or four rounds. Then a quick stretch and maybe a protein shake and I’m finished for the day. And I do this five days a week. To keep working out for that period of time a lot of the cast and crew have set records in the gym and have made charts of who has lifted what and how many times. It keeps everyone constantly striving to beat everyone else, so there’s always a reason to get into the gym. My favorite challenge is a combination of a pull-up and a dip: you go from hanging fully down to being above the chin-up bar with your arms fully extended, like the top of a dip. [These are called ‘muscle-ups’ and they’re more or less impossible for anyone not in insane, peak physical condition.] I am currently ahead of edi gathegi [of Twilight evil vampire fame, and he plays darwin in First Class] by one. Just thought everyone should know. lucas till LuCAs TILL In London, oCToBer 2010 PhotoGraPhy brett lloyD stylinG Garth sPencer

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For roles in action flicks like Battle: Los Angeles and the upcoming X-Men spin off, X-Men: First Class, Lucas Till had to bulk up. Big time. For his part as a marine in Battle, what better way than to actually endure a military boot camp? And to become a superhero? Well, that’s just about adhering to a brutal fitness regime. So we had Till keep a journal for us during his arduous early mornings and sore-body nights.

would run several miles. And this all took place at fivethirty in the morning. Breakfast would follow, and then we would fire our weapons until lunchtime. of course, that was the best part. rehearsals and drills would happen later, along with a lot of holding very heavy weapons in our hands and aiming at imaginary enemies. our equipment was not light either, and we wore all of it all day long. The whole process just made it easier to get in the mindset of being a marine because for a short span of time we lived like marines, who go throughout these same experiences we are trying to portray, and we tried to keep up with the strain that is put on one’s body. For X-Men: First Class, my routine is a lot different. Portraying Alex summers [aka havoc], I want to look as athletic as his character is in the comics. My trainer, ed Chow, is one of the nicest people on the face of the earth, which is deceiving, because he is damn good at what he does—possibly because he is so nice. I warm up my shoulders with a couple of three-minute boxing rounds, either against the bag or with ed holding the pads. Then we move on to various body parts without working the same muscle groups we worked the day before. These exercises usually consist of standard curls, triceps dips, normal and reverse flys, bench and

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Martino’s career on camera was a choice made for performer, it was a perfect fit. “I get the same buzz him. He retired after blowing out both hips in 2006, though from hosting TV shows that I used to get when I would it wasn’t easy; he had to repeatedly listen to a recording step out on the field in front of all those amazing fans,” the L.A. Galaxy team doctor made in the examination he says. Not that his transition from the field to the room demanding he retire from professional soccer. “I studio has softened his cutthroat sportsman’s edge. hadn’t cried that hard since Old Yeller,” he sighs. “Am I still competitive? Ask my fiancée. It’s not pretty.” Second phase careers for athletes can be rough, but DEREK BLASBERG Martino knew he wanted to stay in the sports arena. He thought about becoming an agent. “I have seen Jerry kyLE MArTINo IN LoS ANGELES, dEcEMbEr 2010 Maguire one hundred times too many,” he laughs, but PHOTOGRAPHY DOuG inGLiSH ultimately ESPN approached him about hosting his own STYLinG PATRiK MiLAni sports show. Martino had done some hosting work before, coAT BALMAin SHorTS VINTAGE AdIdAS and readily admits half the joy he experienced as an wATcH SwATcH athlete was from showing off for the stands. A born SNEAkErS Y VES SAinT LAuREnT

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to the profession in the first place. “I looked up ‘stunt’ in the phone book and found a number for an agency in Sydney that represented people,” he remembers. “I think I kept calling the lady who worked there like a persistent kid until she introduced me to some stuntmen, and then I proceeded to harass them until they trained me.” Train him they did, by giving him odd jobs (mainly playing dead bodies and driving cars in traffic during a car chase). “That’s basically background stunts. Eventually I got to crash cars, fall down stairs, play with fire, and fall off really tall things.” Edgerton’s parents weren’t exactly supportive of the stunt career—his mother cried for three months when she found out, and Dad asked on a daily basis when he

was getting a real job—but he says they’re both much better about it now. “I guess they’d have to be after nineteen years of it.” Nearly two decades have taught him a lot about lighting himself on fire, and a lot about movies. Edgerton has recently started his evolution into a director. “I still love doing stunts,” he smiles. “But I know that I can’t fall down stairs and get hit by cars forever.” DEREk BlASBERG NASh EDgErTON IN lOS ANgElES, OcTOBEr 2010 pHOTOGRApHy DOuGlAS fRiEDmAN STyliNG kEN BAlDwiN JAckET, ShIrT, TIE, pANTS DiESEl

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balthazar getty fast rider The high-ocTane acTor who geTs his kicks on Two wheels The Getty dynasty, one of America’s first prominent Industrial Revolution families, has had its share of fast and furious situations. (A simple Google search provides tales of kidnappings and 1970s hedonism as top hits.) And the case of Balthazar Getty, great grandson to Getty Oil founder John Paul Getty, Sr., and one his generation’s handsome boldface names, is no different. He has, at times, lived his life as if it were a stretch of California highway and he were a Ducati speed racer. Getty grew up in San Francisco, but spent much of his summer months in Los Angeles. At one summer camp, he and a friend found some run-down dirt bikes and a dirt path, igniting his passion for fast two-wheeled machines. “That’s when it all began,” he reminisces. “You’re completely alone on [a bike], and you’re completely in control of your own destiny, which doesn’t happen a lot when you’re 10.” Dirt bikes were fun as a kid, but it took a few years before he graduated to the big leagues. (“When I was young I had something really terrible called a Honda Shadow, which was truly vulgar,” Getty grimaces.) Toward the end of his teens he had an aunt who was dating a Ducati collector and needed help moving some bikes, a task which he happily accepted. This is when he began to appreciate the value in true sports bikes: “This is one of the few cases when it’s literally true that you get what you pay for.” His aunt ended up giving him a Ducati, a yellow one, and with some friends (Colin Farrell, Robert Patrick, Ethan Embry, and so on), Getty tried to organize bike rides through Death Valley. One such ride did in fact happen, until a rider flipped a bike and nearly died. His one piece of advice for any would-be bikers: “Never get cocky on a motorcycle. That’s when you get hurt.” The reasons Getty first got on a bike are the same reasons he still finds himself on one today: “When you 48 vMan

ride, you enter this state of high adrenaline meditation. It’s when you feel most alive. If you’re going down the 405 [highway] at 120 miles per hour, the roar of the bike humming in your head, you’re as far out there as you can be.” Getty still has his bikes and he still makes time for the occasional ride, but the actor is finding it less and less attractive to leave his Hills house and Getty brood (he has four children with his wife, Rosetta, ranging in age from 3 to 10). “If I start to talk about driving my BMW 160 mph, I start to realize I should probably give it up,” he smiles. “But I won’t.”

And he’s not letting his kids off the hook either: “I just got my 8-year-old daughter her first bike, a little green one with rubber wheels. I just left her in the backyard doing S-turns. I bet she’s still up there doing them.” dereK blasberg BALTHAzAR GETTY IN LOS ANGELES, DECEMBER 2010 PhOtOgraPhy dOug inglish styling PatriK Milani JACkET burberry PrOrsuM SHIRT AND PANTS diesel SuNGLASSES Oliver PeOPles


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I get tight and nervous, like every other player, but the greatest ones know how to handle those emotions and still play their best.” Perhaps part of his confidence comes from training at the renowned IMG Bollettieri Academy in Florida, which boasts notable tennis alumni, such as Björn Borg, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, and Venus and Serena Williams. But tennis is a game that requires not merely tremendous balletic precision, but ferocious, indefatigable will. When we try again to find a crack in his bold Baltic resolve, asking Berankis his greatest fear, he does not disappoint: tennis doesn’t figure into it. “Drowning,” he says with a smile. “I don’t know why, but it really freaks me out.” EllIott DAvID RICHARD BERANKIS IN MIAMI, DECEMBER 2010 PHotogRAPHY MIlAN vUKMIRovIC SWEATER AND PANTS tRUSSARDI 1911 NECKLACE BERANKIS’S OWN

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“We were young, we didn’t know when to stop,” wrote David Foster Wallace of his teenage devotion to competitive tennis. But that’s the thing about Richard Berankis: there is no when about it—nothing will stop him. The 20-year-old up-and-comer, who in 2008 captured a U.S. Open junior title and became the world number one junior tennis star, is the highest ranked tennis player ever to come out of his home country of Lithuania. “I used to follow my older sister to the club and I would hit against the wall by myself while she practiced,” he says of his introduction to a sport that has since become his entire existence. “I don’t really remember when or how I picked up my first racket but my earliest memory was my first match, which I lost. I was really pissed off afterwards, but I didn’t cry.”

Which sounds like a good place to start: not crying. And that may be partly due to the fact that Berankis devoted himself almost immediately thereafter to tennis, one of the most emotionally and psychically difficult sports humans have yet constructed. “I moved to Siauliai, a small town in the country, when I was 9 years old to train with my coach,” he says. “I now spend most of my time on the road traveling to and playing tournaments. I am rarely at home or in one place for that matter.” It’s a tough life, to dedicate yourself at such a young age to a single, highly intense sport. Particularly one like tennis, a game many believe to be the most artful but also the most pressurized. “I guess I don’t really think about the pressure,” Berankis says nonchalantly. “I’m usually too focused and into the match. When you are competing almost every week, you get in a mode that is very focused and determined. I’m always working to get stronger and better, I’m always looking to the future. Sure there are times


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lil buck urban ballet breakout From the streets oF memphis to the sound stages oF hollywood, lil Buck elevates jook Footwork to new heights, with a little help From classical Ballet and, here, photographer Bruce weBer Lil Buck, the gravity-defying dance prodigy from Memphis, Tennessee, has been gliding a streak through the reels of some of hip hop’s biggest names; from Lil Wayne’s “Prom Queen” clip to a viral collaboration with the Black Eyed Peas. Originally discovered by avantpop star Janelle Monae, with whom he regularly performs, Buck (née Charles Riley) never anticipated that he’d outgrow the streets of Memphis where he learned his dizzying trade. “I never thought I would be doing any of this right now, because when I was in Memphis before I moved to California, I was just dancing for fun,” Buck says. “I never got paid for it, and I didn’t know that I could get compensated for my art, or for my talent.” Lil Buck’s talent has nothing lil’ about it. When he was 52 VMan

pulled from the audience to perform in a segment on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, he left the typically gregarious hostess picking her jaw up off the floor. The “jooking” style that Buck is known for popularizing (pronounced like “looking”) is not something the dance world has seen before. “Jooking was originated from the Memphis sound of music, from, like, urban rap,” Buck explains. “It’s a faster tempo than usual dance songs, it’s very rhythmic. You don’t want to stop moving so you just keep moving constantly and keep the bounce in your shoulders consistent.” The overall picture looks more like a slow-motion android, performing Michael Jackson’s moonwalk in 360-degree spins. “As a style, jooking has been around for decades. The first time I saw somebody jook was in a roller rink. I saw this guy glide across a carpet like it was nothing. It was the most amazing thing I’ve seen in my life, and everybody was giving him so much praise for it, I was like, ‘Man, I want that so bad!’” After a lot of hard work and living-room practice, Buck has gained the attention of everyone from fashion

photographer Bruce Weber to Damian Woetzel, the former principal dancer of the New York City Ballet. “I found him on the Internet,” says Woetzel. “I saw this video of him performing the very famous ballet solo of The Dying Swan. It was a unique interpretation, it was improvised, and I found it fascinating and I didn’t know how to categorize him. The subtlety with how he dances is just exquisite. He mixes jooking with ballet, and it’s wildly sophisticated.” Next, Lil Buck aims to continue expanding the evolution of dance technique with his New Styles Krew in L.A. “We have break dancing, we have illusionists, guys who do a lot of handwork, footwork, ballet, we have a lot. I’m hoping to start a company, New Styles Krew Co., and have venues for different artists and dancers who want to be down with the crew. Hopefully, in the future, that will blow up to become something even greater.” Patrik Sandberg LIL BuCK IN NEW YORK CITY, DECEMBER 2010

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Seth Kuhlman a day with bruce weber The Junior olympian diTches The bruTal compeTiTion of sporTs for The challenge of a more inTense (baTTle)field: modeling and acTing Twenty-year-old Seth Kuhlman’s inner arm tattoo reads: “God’s Appointed Warrior.” Inspired by his namesake in the Bible, it forecasts his Olympic-speed journey from accomplished athlete to future supermodel. According to Kuhlman, “the stars aligned” when he heard a radio announcement for an open talent call in Scottsdale, 54 Vman

Arizona—he received the most callbacks and had his “Everyone in the part of America I’m from is trying to be choice of agency. Kuhlman’s immersion in the indus- in professional sports. Modeling and acting are comtry has been a sudden and welcome challenge for the petitive, and a lot of people grow up wanting it but don’t athlete. “I stepped in with the big dogs in New York feel it’s tangible.” City,” Kuhlman says. “It’s sink or swim and I’m learnKuhlman compares competition on the field with ing every day.” his new frontier. “I’m used to it. It doesn’t intimidate Throughout his life Kuhlman was told of his mod- me. I’ve played the highest level in sports. I want to be eling potential, but instead focused on team sports the best.” His fighting spirit endures through his strict such as football and baseball with enormous success. workout routine. Training with the same trainer, a former Drafted out of high school for the Junior Olympics in navy seal, since eighth grade, his workout consists of baseball and earning full football scholarships for col- a series of explosive lifts and high repetition snatches. lege, Kuhlman harbored a desire to become an actor. Since he no longer bulks up for competition, Kuhlman


lost fifteen pounds of muscle, transforming his physique from athlete to that of a lithe professional model. “Before, I filled out my clothes a lot more. You feel like an alpha male,” he laments. Immediately, he backs it up with an optimistic confession: “It’s a lot easier. I get to eat like a human. No more protein shakes.” A typical day of recreation consists of jujitsu (Kuhlman claims it is “just for fun, it’s only a technique class”)

followed by running. Not one to laze about, Kuhlman’s regime is supplemented with classes at Broadway Dance Center and training with an acting coach. On the type of role he would love to attack: “Gerard Butler’s King Leonidas in 300. How cool would that be?” Next up for Kuhlman is a film for Abercrombie & Fitch, a chance to show off those dance moves he’s been practicing. With discipline and confidence from his

athletic training, “God’s Appointed Warrior” is certain to achieve what he sets his sights on. The best advice he’s received since becoming a model? “Don’t change. If I am myself, there is no way I’m not going to be successful.” RobeRto Reyes SETH KUHLMAN IN MIAMI, DECEMBEr 31, 2010 PHotoGRAPHy bRuce webeR


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uomini, oh my! Hot off tHe presses: tHe fourtH and final book celebrating two decades of dolce & gabbana’s menswear Dolce & Gabbana has hit another milestone. The iconic Italian fashion house celebrated the 20 th anniversary of its menswear division in June of 2010, and to mark the occasion, published three books spotlighting its contributions to fashion. Their fourth and latest book, titled simply Uomini, continues the theme that the designers have always upheld for menswear: the beauty of the simple male form. We spoke to Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana about the new book and this historic moment. derek blasberg Vman How did the concept for this book develop? domenico dolce It’s our own personal tribute to male beauty. We believe that, recently, references to the ideal male beauty have been neglected. We’ve always looked at the perfection of the male form, starting from classical art and the cult of the body. Vman mariano Vivanco shot the entire book. are you drawn to his work? dd We thought he would be the ideal photographer to work on this project. At the moment, we believe Mariano’s eye and lens interpret and capture contemporary male beauty and charm at its best. Vman with so many beautiful pictures it must have

been difficult to lay this book out. How was the editing process? stefano gabbana Yes, we had many images to work with! But in reality, we went to the root of the problem by choosing the models for the book during casting and pre-fashion show fitting sessions. Once we identified the right models to shoot, Mariano found the right moments and the best poses. Vman so much of the book revolves around your underwear collections. why is underwear such an important part of a man’s wardrobe? dd It’s the first thing you put on and it stays in contact with the body at all times! Underwear is fundamental and it has to be comfortable. We have been paying great attention to wearability and to the choice of materials for years now. sg And it also has to be sexy! Vman the nude has been an inspiration for ages, from da Vinci to today. what’s your favorite period? dd We are inspired and fascinated in general by all classical art, but in particular the classic Greek and Renaissance sculptures. Michelangelo’s David was definitely one of our references and sources of inspiration, as was Leonardo’s Vitruvian Man. Our job as designers encompasses many different experiences and memories, as well as studies and research from various sources, in particular from art and photography. Vman who are some of your favorite male archetypes of all time?

sg We don’t like pinpointing precise references because every man, whether he is famous or not, has his own particularities which can be interesting according to the emotions he conveys. I can be just as inspired by a passerby on the street as I am by a painting, or an actor or a sculpture. dd I agree, even though there are undoubtedly men who have left a mark in this world, whether it was because of their personalities, beauty, or human value. Vman let’s talk about the series with tony ward. what is it about him that has stood the test of time? sg Tony is a contemporary icon. He is one of our ideal male beauties. We have known him for a long time, since he starred in one of our campaigns with Linda Evangelista many years ago. dd Tony is a contemporary man; he has personality and a cross-cultural kind of charm. We wanted him in our 20 th anniversary celebratory fashion show and we dedicated an entire section of the book to him; he is without a doubt one of the sexiest men around! Vman so, what exactly does it mean to be a modern man today? dd It means having personality, and being able to respect and care for oneself. It means not being scared of expressing one’s ideas—and to change them if necessary—and also one’s emotions. sg And one’s feelings. Men have to feel free. photography mariano ViVanco

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“I feel more like a curator than a designer,” Formichetti explains, acknowledging that he is the sort of designer who looks to the streets for inspiration and asks his friends, like Rico here, for input. “It’s all about different characters and collaborations.” He started with the concept of extreme minimalism and moved toward the Digital Age, fueled the entire time by the new album of his loyal friend and most famous collaborator, Lady Gaga. “I want to say something that has the past and the future, but what is really important to me is the present.” Formichetti has done his homework, learning as much as he can about Mugler himself (both designers have no formal training or ever studied fashion) and going through the entire Mugler archives in Paris, piece by piece. He says he was shocked when negotiations regarding his takeover of the creative direction of the house began, but ultimately it seemed logical. “I have always been a fan of what he did, how he always pushed to do something fresh and was ahead of his time.” Not that he wasn’t intimated: “At first I thought I couldn’t do anything better than he did, so I didn’t want to do it. And then I said, “Fuck it, I’m going to do my thing.” Formichetti’s one significant change is that the brand down way up in Vancouver, where he was photograph- and the collections will lose the original’s first name, ing Rico, a man who is covered in eerily postmortem being identified only as Mugler by Nicola Formichetti. tattoos, including his face darkened like a skull, that The first collection, he says, revolves around darkness, Formichetti discovered on Facebook and decided to Berlin, rebirth and death, among other influences—“You shoot for the first-ever images from his Mugler men’s know, all those happy things Gaga and I like so much.” collection. Facebook, tattoos, technology, collaboration: Derek BlasBerg as Formichetti will tell you, these are the themes that will appear in the stylist-turned-designer’s collections. PhotograPhy Nicola Formichetti


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Seoul wooYouNgMi “In the winter months, the wardrobe of the elegant man needs to work a bit harder to protect and support him. In other words, his wardrobe must have some functionality. Fall is about the perfect harmony of this elegance and functionality.”

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LONDON asOs Thanks to leading web retailer ASOS, designer duds are practically downloadable. “ASOS embodies risk taking,” says John Mooney, head of menswear design. “The very concept of buying clothing online did not exist when we launched.” Since, designers from Vivienne Westwood to Opening Ceremony have sold with the brand and are now joined by newcomers like henrik Vibskov, Damir Doma for Linda Farrow Projects, and Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair. not to mention their own fantastic eponymous line. Cancel that shopping trip: checkout is a single click away. patrik sanDBerg ASOS.COM photography Dom smith styLing James VaLeri

Paris raLPh LaureN viNtage Cars Ralph Lauren knows a thing or two about chic design. The guy built an entire global empire around the aesthetic of a single sport (which he never played) that now encompasses everything from tuxedos to home décor to fine jewelry and watches. An exhibition of the spoils of these victories, a garage full of some of the sleekest cars ever made, goes on display at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris on April 28 th and will run through the summer. “Every car is an art object from its dashboard to its tooling to its engine,” Mr. Lauren tells of the hot wheels he’s collected, all of which are from the 1930s to the ’90s and showcase the entire evolution of luxury on four wheels. One of our favorites? This Mercedes from 1930. DB RALPhLAUREn.COM

miLaN Cesare PaCiOtti hOme The sharp mind of shoe designer Cesare Paciotti has yielded a new model of stiletto...as a table. Known for his craft with luxury leather and sharp angles below the ankles, Paciotti has unveiled a range of piercing new home furnishings under the simple banner of Cesare Paciotti home. From art deco sofas to beds with savage stems and mirror detail (complete with monogrammed satin linens), the man behind the dagger logo continues to stay on point. ps

LONDON vertu This month, Vertu releases a stainless steel and silver leather version of its recently launched first-ever smartphone, the Constellation Quest. Priced at $6,800, the device comes complete with a full-service package of enhanced features, including remote assist—twenty-four-hour over-the-air remoteaccess technical support—and the now-legendary Vertu concierge, a twentyfour-hour on-demand worldwide lifestyle assistance function accessed via a dedicated key on the device. Our favorite perk with purchase? The vertu.me e-mail—an address so exclusive it’s the new media version of the ultimate status symbol. Danica Lo VERTU.COM

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FLorEncE happy birthday, truSSardi! You never know how a seed will grow, how time might treat humble beginnings. If anything, Trussardi, who over the past century has evolved into a brand synonymous with luxury and excellence, proves anything is possible. Their secret? “A strong Italian heritage combined with a pioneer spirit of innovation are the driving forces of Trussardi,” says Beatrice Trussardi, chairman and CEO of the Trussardi Group, whose great grandfather Dante founded the company in 1911 as a glove laboratory. The company shifted hands down each generation, to her grandfather Giordano, who enforced a tradition of artisanship and highest-quality of goods, to her father, Nicola, who diversified Trussardi into the sectors of clothing and luxury accessories, creating the revered international fashion company it’s regarded as today. “We’ve been able to develop the brand in unexpected directions while always focusing on quality, excellence, and innovation,” she continues. “With the fashion lines Trussardi 1911, Tru Trussardi, and Trussardi Jeans, and our engagement in contemporary art, design, and food, Trussardi is emblematic of the best Italian lifestyle.” 100 di questi giorni, Trussardi. Here’s to one hundred more! TOMMY MELDER

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Paris scott camPbell for louis Vuitton acclaimed brooklyn-based tattoo artist scott campbell collaborated with louis vuitton to create one of this season’s most covetable travel accessories—a monogrammed macassar canvas tattoo box lined in black cross-grain leather. the tool kit features four rows of drawers—specially conceived to hold ink bottles, needles, springs, and other instruments—and an ingenious removable carrying case at the top. campbell co-conspired on louis vuitton’s spring 2011 men’s collection, creating ephemeral tattoos for the models, fabric prints, and an exclusive motif that was shown laser printed onto a utah leather neo greenwich bag. “i first got a call from paul helbers, the louis vuitton men’s studio director who is working with marc jacobs, who’s been a really good friend of mine for years.” campbell tells us of the collaboration’s beginnings. “then, paul came to visit me in my shop in williamsburg and started discussing the project and the story of the spring/summer 2011 collection inspired by asian imagery and a jungle military aesthetic.” campbell, a former biochemist at the university of texas, owns and operates williamsburg’s iconic saved tattoo parlor. his client roster includes marc jacobs, helena christensen, josh hartnett, robert downey jr., and orlando bloom. dl PhotogrAPhy dom smith styling JAmes VAleri

world wide web mr. Porter mr. porter, a global luxury online shopping portal for men, launches this month. created by the same team that developed net-a-porter ten years ago, mr. porter will stock men’s labels including ralph lauren, burberry, gucci, dunhill, bottega veneta, and a selection of specialist brands such as john lobb, e. tautz, lock & co., valextra, and swayne adeney brigg. like net-a-porter, mr. porter will offer express delivery worldwide alongside same-day delivery in new york and london, new products every week, and editorial content— created under the watchful eye of former Wallpaper and Esquire u.k. editor jeremy langmead—encompassing style advice, features, interviews, and video manuals. dl mrporter.com

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NEW YORK cK ONE calvin klein made history in 1994 when the label launched ck one, the world’s first unisex fragrance. history bears repeating this Spring, as the brand launches its first-ever ck one clothing brand. consisting of his ‘n hers jeanswear (in mineral washes of waterfall, lagoon, and spring water or in tones of sand, gypsum, rose quartz, and shale), footwear, and classic underwear, the range beckons cool, young calvin acolytes to unite—from a diverse world to a ck one life. PS PhotograPhy Dom Smith Styling JameS Valeri

NEW YORK, LOs ANgELEs, sHANgHAI, WAsHINgTON BOOKMARc’s gREATEsT HITs With their literary and artistic references, the folks at Marc Jacobs are constantly proving it’s fashionable to be well-read. When the company opened Bookmarc book shops in New York and L.A.—and with stores in Shanghai and Washington on the way— they put their pages where their mouths are. When we asked Robert Duffy, the president of Marc Jacobs, how he picked these five favorite books in the store, he gave an explanation that proved just how close-knit a family the Marc Jacobs team is. “I chose these books because we have a personal relationship with them, and they with the company,” he said. “These are all people I admire.” DB From Top: Blue Angel by Francine Prose Ruven Afanador by Mil Besos Hugh Hefner’s Playboy The Men and Women of Marc Jacobs by Brian Bowen Smith Small Trades by Irving Penn PhotograPhy Dom Smith

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no risk no reward kanye wesT regained The PoP music Throne wiTh his fifTh sTudio aLbum, My Beautiful Dark twisteD fantasy, which is being righTLy revered as a fLawLess masTerPiece. now, he PuTs his

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“His strengtH is mixing music and fasHion. He Has an instant instinct for wHat looks and sounds good. He makes everytHing new and different.” – karl lagerfeld

You don’t know shit about Kanye West. Yes, the man obviously needs no introduction. Nor need he say anything to anyone. At least not for a while. He doesn’t owe you or me or any of us any explanation: for his fluctuating and avant-garde style; his mercurial and, well, avant-garde behavior; his gorgeous film, Runaway; his fashion endeavors; or his flawless album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. But believe me when I say that though you probably know it all, you don’t know anything. You have no idea who he is, and whatever you might believe is spectacularly untrue. Even the facts. Or the fall-out. Or the fantasy. Don’t believe any of it. Not because it’s false—some of it is, some isn’t. But identity is a fragile, volatile beast. Who we think we are is composed of countless particles of action: conscious choice, arduous work, impulsive decisions, the stories we rehearse and the sentences we speak the second we think them—the fabricated and the organic, the reflexive and the deliberate. For someone like Kanye, whose every move is documented and televised and forwarded and re-tweeted and whatever, there’s a war between the existentialist identity felt by the artist and the one imposed upon him by the people, the armies of talk and the obedient listeners, the digital masses and the Internet babies all growed up. The collective perspective of millions of people can be the greatest enemy of an artist, particularly in that ultimately, no matter what the media machine manufactures, the manifestation of who he is is completely the artist’s own— for lack of a better term—liability. All his tiny decisions and actions chaotically bounce off one another, creating the notion of a whole, which isn’t viewed through a microscope as is assumed, but an aggregate zoomed-out lens, and all we want to focus on are the mistakes: the bright flare, the fracture from cracks—all the accidental beauty of error outshines the image itself.

But there’s one quantifier that can be held in high regard: risk. How deep of a chance on the unknown

one is willing to take, how hard a gamble on our intuition, our taste, how devout one’s faith in themselves. Who you are might equate what of yourself you’re willing to put out there. Risk it all, and there you are. And there’s perhaps no greater risk taker in pop culture than Kanye West. And there’s no denying the fact that Kanye West has made some mistakes. Not so much artistically as publically. There was a time when we couldn’t get him to stop talking. He certainly owns (up to) some responsibility for distracting us from his art. He’d step on stages that weren’t his. He’d grab a mic out of someone’s hand. He condemned a villain when he had the world’s attention. And everyone assumed that’s exactly what he wanted: attention. And there’s likely truth to that. But why that’s a bad thing I can’t figure out, as we’ve certainly collectively decided that Ye’s someone who deserves it. And rightly so. He’s ferociously opinionated and unafraid to speak his raw mind, unwilling to choreograph his ideals for the media’s theater. His total lack of filter suggests something like purity, even when what he’s spitting is at best venomous. At this point, anything that comes out of his mouth will be skewed and spun just as much as it will be presented verbatim in a clear, legit context. And that’s a dangerous place to be. Because contemporary celebrity culture is such that we tend too initially and desperately to push aside the content an artist produces in attempts to gain shallow insight on the individual, to put our mouths and ears up against the clamor of scandal and reverberation of rumor, the gossip and controversy and hearsay that surround anyone we put in our carnivorous limelight, wishing our spotlights were x-rays, always wanting more than enough. To the point that we willingly invent things to satisfy this

need, happily supplanting fact with fiction. In doing so, we clear away the true access to the identity of an artist, or at least the purpose they (should) serve an audience: their work. Instead, we sever this connection in effigy, happily supplanting it with some illusion that faster satisfies our rabid inattentiveness and romantic notion of fame. But this whole “death of the artist” dialogue has been around for ages: from self-destroyed painters to anti-Semitic poets to wife-beating actors to suicide authors, from philanthropists to martyrs to madmen. Do we just love to see our heroes fall? If that’s the case, don’t hold your breath on this one. Kanye West isn’t going anywhere. His presence is indestructible because his talent is undeniable. He’ll be here as long as he let’s us have him. And he’s finally realized this. We’re sitting in a completely empty restaurant in Paris. Dave Cheung opens his eponymous eatery well after closing to satisfy our Chinese craving. We just left Karl Lagerfeld’s studio after a long shoot. Four of us. Me, Ye, and two of his closest. He says to me: “I don’t want to do an interview.” And I say I think that’s a fine idea. Besides, what’s left to say? What would you (the reader) even want to hear? We’ve talked about it all: music, money, art, love, loss, fashion, fucking, everything you’ve ever heard about, and lots of shit you haven’t. “I want to let the music speak for itself,” he says. And I couldn’t agree more. Everything you could possibly want to know about Kanye is right there on the record. There is no truer portrayal of him than the lyrics to Dark Twisted Fantasy. It’s his poetry, his art. To focus on anything but that would be a sad insult and a pointless redundancy. But to work with Kanye and create something out of those lyrics, a concrete poem, a piece of art, is more emblematic than any quote could ever be. These are his words. This is a portrait of the artist as a man.


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you’re my devIl

Is hIp-hop just a euphemIsm for a new relIgIon? the soul musIc of the slaves that the youth Is mIssIng? But thIs Is more than just my road to redemptIon, malcolm west has the whole natIon standIng at attentIon. as long as I’m In polo smIlIng they thInk they got me. But they’d try to crack me If they ever see a Black me. I thought I chose a fIeld where they couldn’t sack me. If a nIgga aIn’t shootIng the jump shot or runnIng a track meet. But thIs pImp Is at the top of mt. olympus. ready for the world’s games, thIs Is my olympIcs. we make em’ say oh cause the game’s so pImpIsh. choke a south park wrIter wIth a fIsh stIck. I InsIsted to get up off of thIs dIck. and these drugs, nIggas can’t resIst It. remInd me when they try to have alI enlIsted. If I ever wasn’t the greatest, nIgga I must have mIssed It. you short-mInded nIggas’ thoughts Is napoleon, my furs Is mongolIan, my Ice Brought the goalIes In.

you’re my angel

now I emBody every characterIstIc of the egotIstIc. he know he so fuckIn’ gIfted. I just needed tIme alone wIth my own thoughts. got treasures In my mInd But couldn’t open up my own vault. my chIldlIke creatIvIty, purIty, and honesty Is honestly BeIng prodded By these grown thoughts. realIty Is catchIng up wIth me, takIng my Inner chIld, I’m fIghtIng for It, custody. wIth these responsIBIlItIes that they entrusted me, as I look down at my dIamondencrusted pIece. never In your wIldest dreams. never In your wIldest dreams, In your wIldest. you can hear the loudest screams comIng from the InsIde the screen, you a wIld BItch. tell me what I gotta do to Be that guy, saId her prIce go down If she ever fucked a Black guy. or do anal. or do a gangBang. It’s kInd of crazy that’s all consIdered the same thIng. well I guess a lot of nIggas do gangBang. and If we run traIns we all In the same gang. runaway

you’re my heaven

slaves all on the chaIn gang. Bang. Bang. Bang. Bang. Bang. look lIke a fat Booty celIne dIon. sex Is on fIre I’m the kIng of leona lewIs, Beyond the truest. hey teacher teacher tell me how do you respond to students, and refresh the page and restart the memory, re-spark the soul and reBuIld the energy? we stop the Ignorance, we kIll the enemIes. sorry for the nIght demons that stIll vIsIt me. the plan was to drInk untIl the paIn over. But what’s worse: the paIn or the hangover? fresh aIr rollIn’ down the wIndow, too many urkels on your team that’s why your wIns low. don’t make me pull the toys out. don’t make me pull the toys. and fIre up the engInes. and then they make noIse. when the sun go down It’s the magIc hour, the magIc hour. and outta all the colors that are stIll up In the skIes, you got green on your mInd, I can see It In your eyes. why you standIng there wIth your face screwed up?

you’re my hell


you’re My now

Don’t leave while you’re hot that’s how Mase screweD up. throwing shit arounD, the whole place screweD up. Maybe i shoulD call Mase so he coulD pray for us. i hit the JaMaican spot at the bar, take a seat. i orDereD the Jerk, she saiD, “you are what you eat.” you see i always loveD your sense of huMor, but tonight you shoulD have seen how quiet the rooM was. the lyor cohen of Dior hoMMe. that’s Dior hoMMe not Dior, hoMie. the crib scarface coulDn’t be More tony. you love Me for Me, coulD you be More phony? now, i’Ma neeD you to kill the hypocrisy, this is an aristocracy. i’M socrates, but My skin More chocolatey. what’s up with who? that’s olD news. i’M in a speeDboat, in My boat shoes. i swear My whole collection’s so cool. i Might walk in nobu with no shoes. he Just walkeD in nobu like it was whole fooDs. that nigga crazy, i tolD you. iMMature aDult (uh huh), insecure asshole (what else?).

you’re My forever

anD if you fall on the concrete, that’s yo ass fault. if you pass on a kon beat, that’s yo last fault. get what you ask for, i swear that’s yo ass, so. she got a big booty, but she coulDn’t Drop that ass low. ‘til you take yo last ho anD rope up all the cash flow. when you gettin’ Money they be all up on yo ass, yo. when you gettin’ Money kons Don’t let a nigga pass go. straight to Jail, yo. in a hell hole. right next to lucifer, tell ‘eM i say hello. ask hiM if i’Ma be there soon anD tell ‘eM i saiD, “hell, no!” yo, what you say when your people get out of Jail, huh? pour the chaMpagne, let your watch show. shorty got a Man watch, wrist look colossal. i aDMit My first watch was a fossil, now i’M in the louvre looking for fossils. attention to Detail is so uncanny, anD the whip’s on the sprewells, it’s so un-caMry. soMeboDy neeD to put us on caMera, the worlD of rollies anD everyone faMilies. stay JorDan fresh, suits

you’re My freeDoM

anD ferraris. cute, your shorty watch barneys, we heaD to barney’s. enD up at Marni, giorgio, anD service froM sergio tacchini, laMborghini. the chain throw off the vertigo. i know the flow Just hit a hellafieD vertical. this the christ year, last year was Magic, thirty-two. lyrically can’t none of y’all MurDer ye, ‘cause y’all raps ain’t got no vertebrae. i got style, ask Junya, he hearD of Me. i killeD the fur last paris, raiseD the MurDer rate. first of all, we all know the beats is, like a Mix between fergie anD Jesus. iMagine the Direction of this iMMaculate conception. every one of his MaJesty’s swiM parties is pageantries. cannonball off the Diving boarD when i aM boreD. all My hoMies gDs, but i aM lorD. rap goD, greek Mythology, anD this life too crazy to think logically. here’s soMething that you coulD use in analogy: My life is like a chilD’s: illusions becoMe reality. kw for vMan 01 / 11 / 11

you’re My Jail


War rior a real american Hero

Heroes can be Hard to spot. tHey’re not always in uniform, tHey’re not always boastful, and at times tHey sHy away from tHe praise tHey so rigHtfully deserve. meet cHristopHer wetmore, a 21-year-old new york–based model wHo just returned from a tour of duty in iraq. we are Happy to present a genuine american Hero, seen Here in all-american inspired sportswear Photography Hedi Slimane Styling melanie Ward

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Hooded jacket Diesel Fragrance Diesel only tHe brave


SweatShirt vintage from Filth Mart, l.a. BriefS Calvin Klein Underwear


Jacket Nike from AmericAn VintAge, L.A. HeNley rALph LAuren


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Hair didier malige for frÉdÉric fekkai (Bryan Bantry inc.) model cHristopHer wetmore (request) pHoto assistants rudolf Bekker, frank terry, Barrett sweger stylist assistants courtney kryston and andy salmen digital tecHnician von tHomas (smasHBox digital) production kim pollock retoucHing dtoucH location smasHBox studios special tHanks yann rzepka

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“Hey Mr. Tough Guy”

Bobby Llewellyn

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From leFt: steven wears t-shirt ruFsKIN sara wears sunglasses LOuIs VuITTON ruth wears shirt WraNGLer

Producer: Dawn Boller

Hair: Thom Priano

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Styling: Deborah Watson Grooming and makeup: Regine Thorre

Collages: NAthaniel Kilcer and Joseph DiGiovanna

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There’s only one Welsh soccer player from Ohio and that’s Bobby Llewellyn. He told me his last name is spelled with four L’s, “like royalty.” Bobby was a midfield striker before his car accident. Now he is an assistant varsity soccer coach and is more than ready for local pickup games. Bobby arranges soccer games with his family and the pups, cats, and iguanas at his family’s animal rescue. He always says he’s “in the zone when he plays soccer”—and he’s in an extreme zone when he’s helping animals along with his dad, Bob, and his stepmom, Ruth, in Tallahassee, FL. He makes his home in an RV parked in the front yard. Bobby also runs the best pool repair service in town. One day Bobby rescued a small dog who was hit by a car. The puppy’s injuries were so bad that his whole jaw had to be rewired. Bobby stopped going to college, stopped soccer, and rented an apartment for two months so he could devote his time to getting this four legged creature back on his feet. His life story is why movies are made. —Bruce Weber, New York City


Olympic Fencers Thinking of experimenTing wiTh Spring’S clean lineS and minimal proporTionS? here, olympianS Tim morehouSe, jameS williamS, and jaime marTi Take a STab aT The SeaSon’S beST on The mean STreeTS of manhaTTan photography cedric Buchet styling sabina schreder

jaime and tim wear ShortS prada fencing gear and ShoeS (worn throughout) athleteS’ own

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“FenCing iS about PaSSion and SelF-balanCe. onCe you Put your maSk on, the world StoPS, and nothing elSe matterS anymore. it’S juSt you and your Saber, now an extenSion oF your body.” – jaime marti from Left: tim wears Pants Paul Smith jaime wears sweatshirt (worn under fencing jacket) alexander m C Queen Pants Salvatore Ferragamo


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Chord overstreet may be one of the latest additions to the Glee ensemble, but he’s Certainly not the least. the tennessee native, who stars in this year’s a warrior’s heart, was a youtube sensation before being Cast as the show’s new joCk dreamboat. high sChool eat your heart out Photography Sebastian Faena Styling Stevie Westgarth Text Brian Moylan


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“The firsT Time i puT The fooTball uniform on, iT felT like i was in high school again and abouT To play, and The lasT Time i was in This uniform, i was in The worsT pain of my life.” – chord oversTreeT

Let’s just get this straight. Chord Overstreet’s lips are real and all natural. The rest, however, he’s had to work for. These days, Chord, as he tells it, does nothing but work. After bursting into the spotlight as Sam Evans on the second season of Glee, Chord hasn’t had much time to enjoy his success or the adoring throngs of teenage girls (and musical loving gay dudes) because he’s always filming new episodes, recording new songs, or learning new dance steps. He may pretend to be an angel, but he still got a little boozy with costar Lea Michele on a recent trip to New York—his first. Thanks to the show, Chord, just 21, is not only working hard but also being exposed to a lot of things. He grew up on a farm with four siblings (with equally creative names) in a small town outside of Nashville. He was occasionally homeschooled by his mother and taught how to play various and assorted instruments by his father, noted country songwriter Paul Overstreet. When a busted knee (the result of a high school football injury) dashed his dreams of becoming a pro baseball player, Overstreet headed to L.A. to study acting and make his way into showbiz. His role on Glee seems to be the perfect gig for someone with his musical background, passion for performing, and Justin Bieber’s– hot-older-brother body. Oh, and those lips, they were made for talking. Brian Moylan you’ve made your first trips to new york and london recently. How did it go? CHord overstreet I actually prefer New York to London. It’s got a cooler vibe, everyone seems a bit nicer, surprisingly, and the food’s good. I got lost in London. How did that happen? I went out with [costar] Mark [Salling] to go get a bite to eat and it was like two or two-thirty in the morning, and I forgot which hotel I was at. So I was running around

London asking people about popular names of hotels in the area. I ended up having to walk 2.5 miles to get back to my hotel. that’s a long way from being on the farm. did you have farm duties growing up? Oh, you don’t even know. We’d go and get the eggs from the chickens, milk the goats, it was like two hours a day of work, first thing right before school. did you have a lot of exposure to music growing up? I got my first instrument for Christmas when I was almost 4 and I was too little for a guitar, so my dad got me a mandolin and I learned how to play it. I didn’t sing in front of anyone until I was 18. I was always afraid of what people thought and then I just said screw it and just started singing in front of people and I got addicted and I couldn’t stop. It was a rush for me. did you head out to l.a. to be a musician? I treated learning acting like it was my college. I was just in acting classes and writing a lot of songs. If I hadn’t injured my knee or gotten a certain job here or there, it would have been completely different. Just like your character on the show, who also got hurt so he joined the Glee Club. I told [Glee writer] Brad Falchuk, the last two times I was on a football field I was injured, on the ground. It was close to home for me. did you have post-traumatic stress disorder? The first time I put the football uniform on, it felt like I was in high school again and about to play. And the last time I was in this uniform, I was in the worst pain of my life. any other scary stories from when you were a kid? When I was 13 I shot an old car window with a BB gun. It was like a shell of a car. It was the ugliest car you ever saw. It was across the street from my house and my neighbor sent the cops because she just assumed

it was me. “He’s a kid, he’s 13 years old, he must have a BB gun.” What happened to innocent until proven guilty? So my mother told the cops to put me in handcuffs to teach me a lesson and scare me. now you have lots of teenage fans. is there anything worse than a pack of screaming teenage girls? Worse? That’s your fan base. You have to love that. I love seeing the reaction I get from the show and it makes my job worth it that people care about it so much they’re screaming over me. speaking of girls, are you currently seeing anyone? I’m currently single. What about those rumors that were swirling the internet that you were dating rumer Willis? The thing is I have tons of friends I hang out with and if you get your picture taken with anyone, all of a sudden you’re dating. What’s your type? A girl who’s funny, sweet, likes to laugh, and is a good girl. She needs to have somewhat of a taste for country music. And she has to be from the South. She doesn’t have to be, but there’s nothing like Southern food. are there any famous women you’d want to meet? Sandra Bullock, I gotta say. Classy, gorgeous. I’m a big fan of hers as far as an actor goes. I’ve always had a thing for Jennifer Love Hewitt. you’re not afraid of an older woman? I couldn’t date someone older. Sandra Bullock is gorgeous, but I think I’m a little immature to date an older woman. I need some time to kind of—let things settle. you ever have any run-ins with crazy fans? I had a couple of teenage girls following me in the grocery store and they were giggling behind me the whole time. That was annoying. After like thirty minutes, it’s like, come on. Come up to me and say hi or don’t come up to me. Don’t just stand there and giggle.


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“Come up to me and say hi or don’t Come up to me. don’t just stand there and giggle.” – Chord overstreet


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ferragamo is all aces

From leFt: Bradley wears t-shirt, pants, Belt, watch Salvatore Ferragamo wristBand Nike agnete wears shirt, shorts, necklace Salvatore Ferragamo Belt CoNFettiSyStem

on eyes and lips, m.a.C cosmetics eye shadow in rani and lipstick in lady danger michael wears pants Salvatore Ferragamo headBand and wristBand Nike


lanvin is a ringer

Nico wears TreNch, paNTs, shoes Lanvin haNNe wears Dress, cuffs, shoes Lanvin collar ManiaMania oN eyes, naRS CoSMetiCS eyeshaDow iN greNaDiNes


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Isaac wears Jacket and pants Versace sunglasses Oakley gloves The leaTher Man socks PunTO rollerblades Blades

XIao wears Jacket, skIrt, shoes Versace Mask stylIst’s own on lIps, M.a.c cosMetIcs lIpstIck In cyber


jil sander keeps it bright on the court

Merethe wears shirt, pepluM, pants, shoes, sunglasses Jil Sander wristband nike alejandro wears sweater and shorts Jil Sander arM sleeve nike


prada makes major waves

From leFt: mathias wears sweater, pants, shoes Prada sunglasses Oakley on hair, kiehl’s Clean hold styling gel pauline wears JaCket, skirt, shoes Prada dylan wears shirt Prada sunglasses Oakley surFboard saturdays NyC


gucci is on a sexy safari

Hailey wears Jacket, pants, belt, small gold bangles (Her rigHt), rings (Her left) Gucci belt witH poucHes vintage from AmArcord brass cHoker and gold circle bracelet (Her left) robert Lee morris wooden necklace Jensen conroy fringe necklace, leatHer bracelets (Her left), black-and-wHite bangle (Her rigHt) LAuren mAnooGiAn wood and crystal bangle (Her rigHt) HoLLy FuLton max wears Jacket, sHirt, pants Gucci belt stylist’s own fragrance Gucci by gucci sport


dolce & gabbana has all hands on deck

Mikus wears Top and shorTs Dolce & Gabbana

on skin, Kiehl’s CreMe de Corps LighTweighT Body LoTion spF 30 eMiLy wears Bra, BrieFs, shoes, earrings Dolce & Gabbana


burberry is one bad bike gang

From leFt: Joey wears Jacket, pants, shoes BurBerry Prorsum Fragrance BurBerry sport For men charlotte wears Jacket and pants BurBerry Prorsum shirt BurBerry London shoes Vans nico wears Jacket BurBerry Prorsum shirt BurBerry London


balenciaga blasts the bull’s eye

Chris wears Coat, pants, shirt, shoes Balenciaga By nicolas ghesquière silver Collar tips Western spirit Glasses stylist’s own

anais wears vest, shirt, pants, shoes, watCh Balenciaga By nicolas ghesquière Glasses stylist’s own


ralph lauren still rules the ranch

Samantha wearS Shirt and top two beltS Ralph lauRen ColleCtion pantS Ralph lauRen Blue laBel earringS holly Fulton bangleS RoBeRt lee MoRRis hat vintage from aMaRCoRd bottom belt StyliSt’S own Julien wearS Jacket and pantS polo Ralph lauRen belt Ralph lauRen hat vintage from aMaRCoRd tank and bolo tie StyliSt’S own


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on eyes, GiorGio ArmAni CosmetiCs smooth silk eye pencil in black

DaviD weaRs Jacket, shiRt, pants, belt, shoes GiorGio ArmAni GoGGles osklen

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givenchy is a knock out

Liu Wen Wears Jacket, pants, shirt Givenchy by RiccaRdo Tisci MensWear shoes Jil sandeR

on hair, Kiehl’s cLean hoLd styLing geL Joshua Wears shirt and kiLt Givenchy by RiccaRdo Tisci socks PunTo Boxing head gear and gLoves eveRlasT

hair nichoLas JurnJack for redken/cutLer saLon (ManageMent artists) hair (for charLotte, hanne, nico, Joey, xiao, isaac) david von cannon (Bryan Bantry inc.) Makeup and grooMing pep gay for pepgay.coM (streeters) ModeLs MeLodie Monrose, aLeJandro rodriguez, xiao Wang (WiLheLMina), siMon nessMan (souL artist), Merethe hopLand, Liu Wen, haiLey cLauson, pauLine van der cruysse (MariLyn), chris Winters, nico kruLL (red), JuLien Quevenne, Max Motta, eMiLy senko, MichaeL Wozniak, rose cordero, anais MaLi, hanne gaBy, isaac WeBer (ford ny), Joshua ku, Mikus LasManis, david agBodJi (reQuest), saMantha gradoviLLe, charLotte free (iMg), MeLissa taMMeriJn (ny ModeLs), agnete hegeLund (next) BradLey stainton (seLect), Mathias Mentze (dna), Joey ragan (vny)


gym nas ium ium Here are some simple style exercises to take out of tHe gym and put in your wardrobe. now, drop and give us 20! Photography Kacper Kasprzyk Styling Tom Van Dorpe

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“Aaron pushes everything in his work to the limit. He aims for perfection and has no fear when taking risks with challenging scenes.” – Sam Taylor-Wood, director of Nowhere Boy AAron JoHnSon pHoTogrApHed by SAm TAylor-Wood AT THe CHATeAu mArmonT, on JoHn lennon’S birTHdAy, oCTober 9, 2010


“Bradley threw himself into this role. The guy is fearless. In one scene he’s being chased and runs into traffic, almost getting hit by a truck. Because I wanted to get it in one shot and show it was really Bradley in jeopardy, he just threw himself in front of the truck every time, running blindly into the street. On a couple of takes he was actually grazed by the speeding truck. Crazy? Yes. Worth the risk? The results are on film.” – Neil Burger, director of Limitless BradleY COOper phOTOgraphed BY NeIl Burger IN NeW YOrk CITY, aprIl 2010


“Stephen took a risk taking this role— he couldn’t hide behind anything, especially not a big performance. He had to put himself completely out there and bare himself or it wouldn’t have worked.” – Sofia Coppola, director of Somewhere StepHen Dorff pHotograpHeD by Sofia Coppola in italy, June 2010

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Sam Rockwell pHoToGRapHed by Tony Goldwyn aT niaGRa in new yoRk ciTy, novembeR 2010

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“Sam operates from a voice deep within him. He will never settle for the expected, the conventional, or the routine. To do so would paralyze him. Sam puts himself at risk in every single take because he’s always out to surprise himself.” – Tony Goldwyn, director of Conviction


“Thomas is a fearless and brave individual who marches to his own drummer. He’s part of a bold new generation of actors who are really passionate about taking on new challenges and pushing themselves and their art to a whole new level. He was excited to go to the sometimes tricky and dangerous places that the role required, and really seems to thrive on taking those kinds of risks.” – Gregg Araki, director of Kaboom THOMAS DEKKER pHOTOGRApHED by GREGG ARAKi in lOS AnGElES, OcTObER 2010

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We like to subscribe to the oldWorld mentality that one should alWays travel in proper dress, that our bags and the items Within should be small portraits of identity. When you look this good, What’s there to hide? photography Daniel Lindh Styling Tom Van Dorpe 150 Vman

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