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Sports, the original frontier. Since the dawn of man, we have been competitors. Adam vs. Eve. Cain vs. Abel. Ali vs. Frazier. The very nature of evolution can arguably be reduced in toto to an epic socio-organic competition. And the fashion industry is no different: brands vie for similar demographics, fighting to rise above through the sheer creativity and ingenuity of their designers. And the designers themselves, who are suddenly pitted against one another each time a major house seeks fresh blood (of which there’s been no shortage recently). But, like this past summer’s Olympics, it’s all in good spirit. Despite this year’s many scandals (there was one for practically every professional league), sports are about one thing: fun. That’s what we set out to accomplish with this issue: to have fun and to celebrate the art of athleticism. And there isn’t a more ferocious athletic competitor than New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, photographed for our cover story by Mario Testino, styled by Carine Roitfeld. (And if you’re in Boston this October, check out Mr. Testino’s exhibition “In Your Face” at the Museum of Fine Arts, in which a photograph of Tom Brady will be featured.) Brady is no stranger to the fashion world, as his wife, Gisele Bündchen, is modeling royalty. Brady has on many occasions accompanied the mother of his soon-to-be-two children to fashion’s elite events, through which he forged a friendship with designer Tom Ford, who interviewed Brady herein. But sports isn’t the only thing on our minds—athletes have recently become industry staples, sitting front rows at our shows, even trying a hand at designing. It isn’t just convenience to New York Fashion Week that drove Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony to menswear, but a genuine love of the medium, which he describes to Rag & Bone designers David Neville and Marcus Wainwright in a story photographed by Terry Richardson. Let’s not forget the ruthlessly competitive world of Hollywood, as endlessly experienced by young actors. Rather than further pit them against one another, we decided to keep the spirit of fun and celebrate a cast, that of this Fall’s The Perks of Being A Wallflower, shot by Collier Schorr. The year has been filled with spectacular seasons, both in professional athletics and in fashion, and we were so inspired by both we wanted them to finally come together here, in our first Sports issue. Beyond Brady and Melo, we have so much more. From surfers and rock climbers to sky divers and Thai fighters, we’ve rolled up our sleeves and marched with grit onto the field, and we’re honored to have you on our team. Gear up. Get ready. Game on. the editors

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c o n t e n t s 41 VMAN NEWS Nicola Formichetti’s Panda-monium, the new name to know in Russian menswear, plus all the gadgets and gear to get into this year 48 FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME Domenico Dolce extends his eye for beauty and detail into photography with a new Dolce & Gabbana book fit for champions 50 HOLLYWOOD ACTION HERO Eva Chow highlights Korea’s biggest Hollywood export, the talented Mr. Byung-hun Lee 52 TEDDY SEARS A former soap star finds new life in a character among the dead 54 GHOST RIDER Jonny Weston dives into a surfing legacy as the heroic Jay Moriarity for Curtis Hanson’s next wave 58 INSIDE THE NFL The NFL’s top gladiators spruce up their game plan by suiting up in Nike’s newest 64 FUTURE xx LOVE S OUNDS One of London’s most sought-after musicians (and one third of critical darlings the xx), Jamie xx changes what it means to be a DJ-producer 68 PARADISE REGAINED Innocent on death row for 18 years, Damien Echols made headlines by walking free. With a new book, he’s ready to turn the page 72 FALL 2012 STYLE Give your game of choice the style cred it deserves in Fall’s sporty fashion that puts the athlete on the street 78 POWER GLOVES The best accessories are the ones that feel more like tools. Get a grip on these utilitarian gizmos 82 DOG DAYS ARE OVER BY MARIO TESTINO American football’s top dog, Tom Brady, talks about family, fame, and channeling confidence off the field with fashion kingpin Tom Ford 92 MELO BE THY NAME BY TERRY RICHARDS ON New York Knick Carmelo Anthony takes being an NBA forward to the forefront of fashion 96 SEOUL CALIBER BY KARL LAGERFELD Korea’s biggest pop star takes a trip to Paris to celebrate his birthday in the city of lights 102 ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL BY COLLIER S CHORR The cast of The Perks of Being a Wallflower talk literature, social skills, and ’90s style…proving real life is still just like high school 108 THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER BY KARIM SADLI Urban rebels rejoice: looking tough and together just got easier, thanks to the season’s sleekest leather 118 THE DEFINITION OF ANORAK BY SHARIF HAMZA As trends come and go, one thing remains a fact: the anorak always has your back 126 BEACH HOUSE BY JOSH OLINS Hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach with standout style stunners. Long live Indian summer

144 BLOOD SPORT BY NATHANIEL GOLDBERG One of history’s most brutal fighting techniques is captured in the colorful landscape of Thailand


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Kim Jones’s Fall 2012 collection for Louis Vuitton was about a man traveling between Paris and Tokyo. A

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combination of the sophisticated city of lights and the exotic East, the line reveals the richness and quality of Vuitton. During his first two seasons, Jones wasted no time to take full advantage of the resources and craftsmanship of the house. The rich leathers, cashmeres, and crocs are very much expected from the luxury behemoth, but it was an extraordinary suiting fabric that caught our eye upon closer inspection. In sourcing the textiles for the season, Jones located a UNESCO world heritage fabric workshop that he engaged to build this silk double-breasted suit and the kimono worn underneath. It’s rare enough to warrant the five-figure price tag, and the bold indigo of the raw silk is one of the more approachably beautiful looks to walk down the Fall runway, not to mention the spectacular cut and fit. UNESCO sites are, by definition, places with “outstanding cultural or natural importance to the common heritage of humanity.” And now we can safely add “the heritage of fashion.” Vman SPrINg ’09 mODEL SEArCh wINNEr JAKE mADDEN SUITED UP IN louis vuitton’S PhILANThrOPIC FAbrIC

cOmme- UniSt rUSSian moscow designer gosha rubchinskiy is back after making an edgy debut in 2008 with a sharply edited, brutally cool menswear collection called Aglec. The focus then was on architectural sweats, giving voice to the active street/gang life of the young men in his native moscow. It was a postcommunist vision of a youthful anarchist, distinct from the more gold chained, nylon-clad Eastern European gents. After a few seaons off, rubchinskiy is now under rei Kawakubo’s Comme des garçons umbrella and flourishing with the new support, seen here in quirky, jarring, brightly colored knits with graphic childlike, borderline-menacing prints. A full collection for Fall will be available at Dover Street market in London. It’s a retail opportunity not to be missed, given the elusive designer’s penchant for pulling a disappearing act. vman 4 2

YOUr BrainS On SUrfBOardS Sports photography is known for its precision: extreme zooms, telephoto lenses, high shutter speeds, and the ability to capture the slightest movement in jaw-dropping detail. Imperfections such as blurring, multiple exposures, and color degradation are widely frowned upon in a field that can get as competitive as the athletes it documents. Celebrated surf photographer Thomas Campbell, however, certainly breaks all of these rules. As his new book, Slide Your Brains Out: Surfing in General 1997-2012, can attest, Campbell’s approach to photographing the action of the world’s greatest surfers on the water is decidedly more artistic—in fact, it may not be considered sports photography at all. Emotive, bleeding with color, and imbued with a compositional scope not unlike a painted landscape, these photos from the past 15 years capture the beauty of a sport, rather than its glossy, high-definition brilliance. The aesthetic is a perfect match for the sun-kissed culture of surfing, evoking bygone decades of its California golden era. Like its subject, the collection is a simple pleasure, never to go out of style.


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“i was live streaming the Mugler studio a few days before the show,” says creative director nicola Formichetti of his lead-in to the brand’s Fall 2012 menswear show. “i wanted everyone to have the opportunity to be involved in how the show was produced.” Employing forums like Tumblr and Ustream, Formichetti tapped into the egalitarianism of the internet in order to provide unprecedented access and interactivity—browsers found themselves engrossed in everything from the model castings to watching the designers eat their lunch. Of course, ripping apart the process of fashion—which can often seem cold, corporate, and unwelcoming—in favor of exposing its seams has become one of nicola’s trademarks. “The boy with the camera was a continuation of that,” he explains. “i wanted everyone to be able to look at the show from a model’s point of view, to see fashion from a different perspective.” Opening the show with twins Zac and Jordan stenmark rigged with streaming cameras protruding from their torsos, Formichetti and designer Romain kremer reinforced their devotion to putting fashion fans first, while introducing an unlikely new accessory option. strap on that steadicam and get into the stream of things.

young blood Paul surridge debuted his first outing as Z Zegna creative director

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panda expreSSion Hello kitty has a new bFF, and its name is nico Panda. Having worked within all corners of the fashion industry, Mugler creative director nicola Formichetti has emerged an icon, and become a brilliant branding expert in the process. This May saw the launch of his very own cartoon emblem, celebrated with pop-up shops in Hong kong and beijing with mega-retailer Lane Crawford. Offering everything from T-shirts and leather jackets to mahjong sets and playing cards, panda-monium is in effect.

with a vibrantly modern collection for Fall 2012: coats, suits, and

outerwear with a dynamic and focused color sense out of new, technically driven fabrics. “i wanted to focus on the fabrics, their color, form, and texture,” surridge says. The british–born and Central saint Martin’s–educated surridge came from years as Raf simons’s right hand at Jil sander, and stints at Calvin klein in new York and at the cult London brand Jigsaw. now front and center at one of the most esteemed menswear labels, the designer is giving the younger Zegna line a healthy dose of cool, energetic sheen. “Jil sander was pure design. working so closely with Raf raised me to a certain level, and taught me everything i know about the purity of design and creative dedication—where form and vision are sacrosanct. Raf taught me so much.” Praise for his former boss is equally matched with a reverence for the heritage of his new charge. “Zegna is so much bigger than any one designer. There is an amazing history and a quality that has existed since its inception. To work at this level of skill and craftsmanship is a huge honor, and also a bit daunting.” but the designer’s fear of the Zegna legacy was nowhere to be found in his first collection, which subtly announced an exciting new direction for the house. “i wanted to create an approach to dressing, not just a list of things to wear,” says surridge. Rather than rattle off references and specific moments of inspiration, the designer tends to focus on the feeling and more global concept of the collection. “i’m more inspired by creating an aesthetic language. i’m not interested in doing the ’70s collection or the equestrian collection, or whatever. For me it’s always about an idea, maybe a little extreme, which pushes me and everyone i work with to hit that mark on the runway.” we spoke to the designer a few weeks before he was to show his second collection for spring 2013, and he was candid about his nerves and the pressure to match such a well-recieved debut. “Your second collection is more of a head game, as you need to deliver; there is a level of expectation.” And that level, for which surridge is singularly to blame, is incredibly high. vman 44

america i love you, but you’re bringing me down To question is to cure. To dis is to love. shit talking is the new hugging. This concept is oath-sworn into fact-ishness by sonic gumshoe Dan Deacon, who returns with a brilliant, ecstatic eruption of mutinous 21st-century burning-flag-balladry, America, out now from Domino Records. it’s not so much anti-anything as it is an anthrax-packed love letter to the nifty fifty, replete with that first-gen millennial concept-vibe of dancing at the apocalypse, arranged noise as landscape architecture, and a neoclassical suite that corrodes into a loop of hyperactive electro-jism like some kind of alchemy. it’s the musical equivalent of xenoarchaeology. This should have been the message Prometheus was broadcasting. God bless Dan Deacon. God bless America.


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a spring of rebirth standouts for the 2013 spring collections were part of the ongoing rebirth of the biggest names in men’s

fashion. in Florence, it was the sustained rightness of Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia chiuri at the helm of Valentino, where the two have quickly and chicly mastered the line between an elegantly dressed man and a young fashion-minded customer. spring’s nylon camo bomber best represents their spot-on vman 46

brash sophistication as they successfully revitalize the storied house. in Milan, it was all about the return of Jil sander to her own label, sending out signature pieces in color and cut, with structured outerwear and sensible suiting in primary prints that break the austerity. the irony of a designer’s so-called “return” to her own label was an afterthought to the inimitably wearable looks in fantastic color. at berlutti, in Paris,

designer alessandro sartori dipped into the house’s centuries-old archive and went on an italian safari with painstakingly beautiful bags and shoes in the richest and most precious leathers of the season—all to masterful effect. January can’t come soon enough for these designer wares to hit shelves, where the determinedly chic shopper better be quick. christopher barnard

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for the love of the game Legendary designer domenico doLce gets behind the camera to capture today’s top s occer stars photo gra ph y d o m e n i c o d o lc e Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have been dressing the world’s most renowned

athletes for more than two decades. And undressing them. Their images of three-piecesuited and swimsuit-clad hunks in everything from campaign images to paparazzi

photos have set the standard for sporty and stylish. So it’s only logical that the duo would combine their passion for fashion and sports in a new book this fall from Rizzoli titled Campioni, Italian for “champion.” It’s a very personal project for Dolce, who

photographed the images himself. “I have been a big soccer fan since I was a little boy,” he explains. “I admire the athletes for their discipline and devotion.” The book presents soccer players exclusively, shot on a simple white background, because Dolce wanted the images to be less about the setting and more about the personalities of the men themselves. “The guys were the real surprise of this project,” he says. “When they stood in front of the lens, they seemed to be actors. Their looks came naturally and spontaneously, and they had no problem posing.” Most fulfilling for the designer-turned-photographer and his footballers-turned-models was the interchangeability of fashion, photography, and athleticism they discovered—Dolce says the three converged organically in front of his camera. “I wanted my pictures to speak to the heart, to the most secret part of both the subject and the viewer. This is an area that only one key could access: love.” Derek BlasBerg pag e 4 8

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hollywood action hero actor byung -hun lee has found acclaim in his home country of korea. for his next feat, he takes the u.s. by storm “the first time i saw Byung-hun lee was three years ago on screen,” says los angeles county museum of art trustee and all-around film enthusiast eva chow. “i was watching a drama at a korean spa and was immediately mesmerized by this young actor. he was charismatic and vulnerable at the same time.” the korean action hero stars in spring’s g.i. joe: Retaliation, evidently having navigated the formidable passage from asian to american cinema, an impressive feat—even for an award-winning actor with tae kwon do skills. recently chow connected with the emerging talent vman 50

to discuss korea’s growing presence in hollywood, how lee learned to speak english for the camera, and what it means for him to make an imprint on the industry. EVA CHOW What are you up to now? BYUNG-HUN LEE i’m shooting a period film, playing a king who has a double. it’s a dramedy, which is a new genre for me. EC That sounds like so much fun. It’s always interesting to do something for the first time. You’re talking

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the Korean Film Week in September at LACMA! We are all very excited about that. From the little I saw of the teaser, it looks great! BHL thank you! i’m excited about it too. i think it’s great that korean films and filmmakers are being celebrated at a museum in los angeles. it’s such a creative time for korean film. and many korean directors are now making hollywood films with hollywood actors—it’s quite a new phenomenon. i feel so lucky to be an actor right now. EC Well, you are the first Korean actor to take a big role here, and I know you are a serious actor. In fact, I’d say you are one of the best actors anywhere! A Bittersweet Life [2005] is one of my favorite films of its kind. BHL thanks, it’s very nice of you to say that. i love doing something new and challenging. that’s one of the reasons i took a chance and decided to make films in hollywood. EC You’ve done two G.I. Joe films. What was it like taking on such a physical part in a production of that scale—for only your second English-speaking role? BHL it was challenging for sure, as i had to learn swordplay for the first time, although i’m pretty athletic. i practice tae kwon do and work out regularly. acting in english was very different and difficult. all in all it was a great experience, though. it opened doors for me in hollywood. EC Speaking of Hollywood, there’s nothing more symbolic than having your handprints in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. You are doing that this year! Congratulations! BHL i can’t believe it’s happening! i’m so thrilled and honored. this is one of my biggest dreams come true. ever since i started acting twenty years ago, i dreamt of this…i don’t know why. i guess i willed it to happen! EC Twenty years of anything is a long time. When did you know you wanted to be an actor? BHL actually it was kind of accidental. it just happened, like fate. i really can’t imagine doing anything else. EC I believe we can only be good at something that we really love doing. It looks like we will see a lot of you in this part of the world. What are you planning next? BHL in september i will be in london to start shooting Red, with helen mirren and Bruce Willis. EC Sounds like you will be busy. When you’re not working, what are some of your favorite things to do? BHL i’ve been lucky enough to work constantly, so i really don’t get that much of a chance to relax. But i like dining and wining…and of course watching movies. Pretty boring stuff! EC You are far from boring. I can’t wait to see more of your films, I’m sure they will give you many reasons to celebrate with a few bottles of wine this year.

the former athlete finds substance in his role as an apparition in american horror story P hoto gra Ph y B ru c e We B e r Fashi o n nao m i d e Lu c e Wi Ld i n g Teddy Sears should have played Captain America. At 6'5" with a swimmer’s build, a head of blond hair, and teeth straighter than a dentist’s, he looks like a genetic experiment gone right. “I auditioned,” he smiles, shaking his head. “They said I was too old.” His family history is all-American too. Old American. Original American. Pilgrim hats and Plymouth rock. (The Sears landed in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630.) His great-grandfather won an Olympic gold medal in pistol shooting, and in 1956 his aunt placed third in the 100m butterfly. Teddy himself trained competitively in the 100m breast stroke, hoping to carry the family Olympic torch. “I fell short of the Junior Nationals by a tenth of a second, and I remember feeling like I could keep going here, keep training and make it, but then I asked myself, How far do I really want to take this thing?” He dropped the two-aday training sessions and returned to the comfort of team sports, playing football at the University of Maryland and then water polo at Virginia. Now he plays hockey in beer leagues on the West Coast. “Jerry Bruckheimer vman 52

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nasty. Cuba Gooding Jr. is always out there and he’s great. Taylor Kitsch came out and played. He’s crazy good! But I think he’s Canadian, so he has to be or else he’ll get booted out of his own country.” After college Sears moved to New York City, where he enrolled in the William Esper Studio’s two-year acting program. “I was lucky enough to get some TV commercials, which helped me stay alive. People talk about ‘the big break,’ but I feel like there are a series of breaks. My first was on the soap One Life to Live, which I did for two years. Then I got fired from the show and had to go back to catering, which was tough.” On a quick trip to L.A. for a Smallville audition, Teddy made the necessary contacts that would help launch his career. “Moving to L.A. is never something I thought I’d do, but it ended up being one of those things where life shows you what’s next and you say okay. Roll with the punches.” The punches came in the form of a series of guest-starring roles on popular programs like Ugly Betty, Blue Bloods, Big Love, and Mad Men. And then a starring role on TNT’s Raising the Bar. So how did Sears go from playing a smooth-faced Boy Scout to being the gay, stubble-faced, slutty ghost Patrick on American Horror Story? “I realized there were only so many handsome Ivy League douche bags I can play before it’s no longer a challenge or fun. I’m just looking for something three-dimensional at this point, and I found that in Patrick. He truly struggles with his emotional and physical needs in his relationship with Zachary Quinto’s Chad.” As Patrick, Sears was able to play the alpha male in a conflicted relationship with an

underlying vulnerability that most leading men struggle to portray. “It’s funny because sometimes I wish that weren’t so on the surface. It’s my ego, because it makes me feel like less of a man, which is all horseshit because I think that real men have that and can expose the part of them that is sad or vulnerable.” Teddy is currently working on the Showtime pilot Masters of Sex, starring Michael Sheen, Beau Bridges, and Lizzy Caplan. The show focuses on the 1950s sex studies of Masters and Johnson. “They started using prostitutes and female volunteers to see what happened to the body physiologically during sex. It was only studied through masturbation up until then. At a certain point they realized that they should expand the study and include couples. I play a doctor, based on a real person, who they recruit to be the first male volunteer to take part in their experiments.” The character is no Captain America, offering Sears the chance to create a fully rounded persona out of someone simultaneously intelligent and loathsome. “He’s a married guy. He’s got really young kids. There’s this naïveté that these two worlds will never intersect. My wife will never know what I do at work. Apparently the character was quite the libertine, and that’s fun to play. I’m excited to see where it goes.” Noah WuNsch T-SHIRT Diesel HOOdIE VelVet by Graham aND speNcer HAIR dAVY NEWKIRK (TRACEY MATTINGLY) GROOMING JO STRETTELL (THE MAGNET AGENCY LA) PROdUCTION GWEN WALBERG (LITTLE BEAR INC)


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ing the 40-to-60-foot monsters at an ocean swell known as Mavericks near the Northern California town of Half Moon Bay, a capital of big-wave surfing. More specifically, he was only 16 when a video of him wiping out on a cresting beast made the May 1995 cover of Surfer magazine. A celebrated soul surfer, Moriarity co-authored The Ultimate Guide to Surfing in 2001. Later the same year he died in an Indian Ocean diving accident. This October Moriarity is lionized by director Curtis Hanson (responsible for other geocentric true-story flicks L.A. Confidential and 8 Mile) in his latest biopic, Of Men and Mavericks. Unknown actor Jonny Weston plays the coveted role of Jay, starring alongside Gerard Butler as Rick “Frosty” Hesson, Moriarity’s mentor. Today the Jay at Mavericks—an invitation-only competition on the Big Wave World Tour—is one of the most vman 56

respected surfing events in existence. And Greg Long has won it. Indeed the 29-year-old is the only surfer to have won the Mavericks, the Quicksilver Big Wave Invitational, and the Red Bull Big Wave Africa. Long coached Weston as he prepared for the role and served as one of his stunt doubles during filming. Here, the master of bigwave surfing speaks with Hollywood’s newest rider. GREG LONG Jay could not have been more respected

by the community in Santa Cruz. Do you feel extra pressure, or assume more responsibility, when taking on the role of a nonfictional character? JONNY WESTON That was the hardest part of the whole film for me. I felt a lot of pressure to do right by his family and friends. But thanks to what that town and Jay’s friends and his former wife, Kim, did for me...I just couldn’t have done it without them.



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GL Tell us your overall impression of who Jay was, what he meant to his friends, family, and even those who were maybe meeting him for the first time. JW Jay was a troubled kid, to be honest. A lot of people don’t understand that his purity and light and love of life actually came from a pretty heavy place. To strangers and some friends, Jay was the coolest, most stoked kid alive. But to his close friends and family he was just pure of heart and loving, one of those people who communicates straight from the heart. GL What was your favorite scene to film? JW Maybe the night-surfing scene. How many people get to surf a premiere spot at two in the morning with huge projector lights blowing it up and the lineup of surfers completely cleared—and with the girl of their dreams?! Also getting to surf every morning with the world’s best big-wave surfers training me. GL Did you ever dream that one day you would be asked to sit out in the lineup at one of the heaviest, most prestigious big waves in the world? JW I used to watch the surf videos for Mavericks. It’s literally a natural disaster every time a wave set rolls through. So, no, I didn’t make any plans for that! It felt like I’d better listen very carefully to my trainers, and I’d better stick with Peter Mel, Zack Wormhoudt, Brock Little, Bob Pearson, and you, so I wouldn’t get caught inside. GL What was your initial response to the waves, the beauty and the fear? JW When I saw the waves on the “big day” from the cliffs, they looked big—that’s a mile away. When I got out there it was different. When these 40-to-60-foot waves impact, the water shakes, and it is deafeningly loud. Just seeing a set coming in, it looks like the whole ocean is moving, like a mountain, and then it jacks up to vertical all of a sudden. Absolute fear and beauty. One thing I have to say about that place, it makes you completely focused. Clears your mind of everything else. GL After filming, and having a deeper insight into the makeup of a big-wave surfer, do you have any aspirations to try to push yourself to do it? JW Oh no. Not really. I’ll never stop surfing, but I have no illusions about the amount of training and natural ability that big waves require. Too many people have been training to surf Mavericks since they were eight years old and it still takes them into the next life. GL What does the phrase “Live Like Jay” mean to you? JW It means live every moment like you can’t have it back. It means love the people around you. Be open and respond to them from your heart, even if you’re the only one doing it. It means go hard for what you want, because there’s no reason to live life any other way.

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beautiful, elaborate combat fashions span the continents and centuries. Now the NFL has enlisted Nike to assume dress duty for all its teams with their state-of-the-art Elite 51 Uniform and high-tech baselayer. Brutality and beauty march side by side once more. “There’s always an element of style that gives the athlete a certain sense of confidence, knowing he looks good on the field,” says Todd Van Horne, global creative director for Nike Football. “The new uniforms definitely take into consideration that these athletes are going into battle on the field every day—whether in practice, training, or during a game. “The sport has changed,” Horne continues. “It’s faster and more explosive than ever before, therefore the uniforms and products we create need to be one step ahead. This is just the beginning.” No one understands this better than the league’s top warriors. Here, some of them reflect on their experiences on and off the field. ALL cLoTHINg NIKE ELITE 51 UNIFoRM

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What do you do in the off-season? I’m easy, I just like to get back to a normal life. I have an 11-monthold, so I get back to being a husband and a dad, and become better at it—you get away from it so much during the season. How has the game changed since you started playing it? Youth football is now a big industry. There are private quarterback coaches for, like, eight-year-olds. That wasn’t really big when I was growing up. I learned from my dad, I learned from my older brother, and then I had my high school coaches and moved on. A lot of these kids are much further along than I ever was at that age. As for the NFL, everybody talks about how these guys are bigger and faster and stronger—but they’re getting smarter too, they’re smart football players. It’s tough to get over on them, they’re instinctive—you don’t fool these guys twice. It’s tough. That’s what I guess I’m amazed by. Everybody’s a true professional, they work hard at their craft, they take it seriously. These guys are good. How do you get pumped up for a game? I don’t get pumped up before games. Before games, I try to mellow out and relax. As a quarterback you try to stay even-keeled through the ups and downs of games, so I really just try to get to a good place. vman 5 8

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Did you play a different position in high school or college? I played linebacker in high school, and then I actually got recruited to be a defensive end in college. I was upset with my college coach when he moved me over to tight end. Changing positions in the NCAA is a tough transition. But it was going to get me on the field quickest, so I was all about it. Obviously it was the best thing that ever happened to me. After getting signed by the Cowboys, what was your first splurge? I bought an Escalade. That was my dream car. But the other thing that I bought that was cool was a Pac-Man arcade game. I grew up playing it, so I bought one of those. What do you look for when you need that extra push, that last bit of drive? Honestly, I think I’m pretty tough mentally, and in those situations I’m able to take a breath and say, Alright, this is it. I think for me, more than anything, since I was this high, six years old, this is what I wanted to do. And when you’re in those moments, you think, Man, this is what you trained for, this is what you worked for, to be in these moments. And I’m not going to let being winded or injured or tired or anything like that get in the way of this quarter or this drive and me being the guy who makes the catch to help our team win. vman 6 0

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Who represents masculinity to you? My high school coach, Lou Dirienzo, represents to me what it means to be a man. I identify a true man as one who takes care of his family. Coach treated everyone fairly—from the best to the worst on the team—and he took care of us. My dad was killed when I was younger, so I had to look for role models, and football was my release from the streets. But football wasn’t going to be enough, so Coach pushed me to get my education and helped me realize the importance of understanding that I might not always have football to fall back on. What do you look for when you need that extra push, that last bit of drive? I have always had one goal: when I grew up, I wanted to be able to retire my mom. She was a single parent, but no matter how hard it was, she never made any excuses. Times got rough, and no one complained. She always provided for us. I’m at a point now where I can give back to her. My goal is to retire her whenever she wants to do it. She works with special-needs kids and loves her work, so I think it’ll be a while before she decides to do so. I feel like it’s my job to give her the choice to decide whether she works or not, and I’m just glad she has the option now. That’s what gives me the extra push, because she did it for our family. What would you be doing if you weren’t playing football? I’d be a high school coach, because you are able to mentor an immature young boy coming in and watch him leave as a man. I put it all together under my high school coach. He dealt with every kind of kid—rich, poor, talented, not talented. But every kid grew up with his help. I’d really like to do that for high school kids too. What’s been your proudest moment on or off the field? My proudest moment on the field was in the playoffs, scoring an 83-yard touchdown to defeat the Patriots. I had to make my name on that play. My proudest moment off the field was when I received the key to my hometown of New Rochelle, New York. There are so many things I want to do for them.

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How has the game changed since you started playing it? I think it’s gotten faster and I think it’s gotten bigger, especially in positions that you wouldn’t think could. Like Kam Chancellor plays safety [for the Seattle Seahawks], and he’s like 235 pounds—he’s huge. And I think it’s gotten a little bit more dynamic. It’s good, man. I think the sport is evolving every year. Who’s your personal hero? Who represents masculinity to you? My dad. My dad was the guy who taught me sports, taught me how to play the game. And he’s the guy who I looked up to when I was young and who taught me how to just be a man. So it’s definitely my pops. What would you be doing if you weren’t playing football? I think I’d be teaching somewhere in my hometown [Paterson, New Jersey], reaching out to kids and helping the community as much as I can. Is there a song that hypes you up for training or a game? Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Who Gon Stop Me.” Basically that whole album is just great, but that song in particular gets me in the mind-set where I can go to work. vmaN 62


FUTURE xx LOVE SOUNDS surfing through dance music’s infinite genres, rising u.k. producer jamie xx redefines what it means to be a dj as effortlessly as he reworks your favorite pop s ongs P hotog raP hy P ierre Debuss chere Fashion cel estin e cooney

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different from what dubstep set out to be. I don’t really music geek obsessed with the infinite genres and sub- like using the term anymore, because it kind of means genres of U.K. dance music. Now he’s well on his way to something else. It seems to have become very brash becoming one of the most highly regarded DJ-producers and in-your-face and made to make people go nuts in around. As a member of the much-hyped London trio the a club. Now it’s music that only dudes will listen to.” xx, Smith has proven to be an ace purveyor of strippedWhat Smith would deem true dubstep originated in down bedroom pop; meanwhile his retoolings of songs South London, where he and his bandmates attended by Adele and Florence + the Machine—as well as an the Elliott School, alma mater of electronic acts includingenious reworking of soul legend Gil Scott-Heron’s ing Hot Chip, Burial, and Four Tet. He studied drums for final recording—have shown that it’s entirely possible a year and a half, but soon abandoned formal training. to make an already killer cut that much better. Oh, and “I took lessons in several different instruments,” he says, rumor has it Drake might be calling. “but I always quit because I don’t really like being told “I used to listen to a lot of my parents’ jazz and soul what to do.” Though the xx began collaborating with stuff,” says Smith—aka Jamie xx—on the phone from Diplo and Kewes on their debut album, Smith ultimately the xx’s studio in London (he’s finishing up the band’s produced it himself. highly anticipated second album, Coexist, out September That record, xx, was released in 2009, just as Smith 11 from Young Turks). “Then I discovered electronic and singer-guitarist Romy Madley Croft and singermusic through the samples it was taking from soul. The bassist Oliver Sim were turning 20 (hence the title). At whole electronic world keeps growing and progressing. first the 11 songs—about first love, sex, and all the It’s fascinating.” messy, ambiguous stuff in between—sounded unusuAs the group’s beat maker and producer, Smith rarely ally spare and spacious. Perhaps that’s why there was uses live percussion, instead employing a drum machine initially something slightly cold and detached about it. and programmed loops that are sometimes layered ten The album only truly rewards after repeat listens with a samples deep. He loves house and disco, but he’s mostly badass pair of headphones. been influenced by R&B and dubstep, a genre once “We only put what we can play live on a record,” says defined by minimal sub-bass and echo effects and one Smith. “That’s always been our mentality. There’s only that Smith thinks has taken a bit of a nosedive: “Now three of us. We’re quite simple, so we like our music simyou’ve got people like Skrillex doing something very ple.” Talking with Smith confirms this: his explanations Three years ago Jamie Smith was just a fresh-faced

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why he does what he does. “I don’t think I ever really had a realization that I wanted to make music,” he says. “It was just what I did since I can remember.” He’s not unfriendly. He just gives the impression that he can’t wait to get back to his laptop to create and have some space of his own. While Smith strives to keep his arrangements for the xx tidy and nuanced—what he likes to call “classic”— his solo output as Jamie xx could be considered their schizophrenic cousin. His sputtering versions of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” and Florence + the Machine’s cover of Candi Staton’s “You Got the Love” could hardly be called remixes, as both divas’ voices have been sliced, diced, and pitch-smacked into ghostly shadows of themselves. His gorgeous solo cut “Far Nearer” is anchored by a vocal sample from Janet Jackson’s “Love Will Never Do (Without You),” but warps it beyond recognition. For Smith, lyrics and vocals are just another set of instruments, and he says he’s less interested in glorifying the original artists than in deconstructing their songs in order to fashion something completely new—though “it’s easier to make strong instrumentals with a powerful voice,” he says. One of the voices that has resonated with him since his youth is that of Scott-Heron, the “godfather of rap,” whom Smith discovered through his parents. After hearing Smith’s work on xx, producer and XL Recordings owner Richard Russell tapped him to recontextualize I’m New Here, Scott-Heron’s 2010 album, his first in 16 years. Smith met Scott-Heron in person a handful of times, but they discussed the project through handwritten letters. When Smith’s magnificent remake, titled We’re New Here, dropped in February 2011, it was wildly different from its source material, pairing Scott-Heron’s talking blues with various samples from his career and snippets from other artists, such as Gloria Gaynor. ScottHeron died three months later. “I was at a DJ festival in Barcelona at the time of his death,” Smith recalls. “I came off the stage and someone told me just after I’d played [Scott-Heron’s song] ‘NY is Killing Me.’ It was a very strange feeling, a mixture of adrenaline from coming off stage and morbidity…and sadness.” Smith, who recently relocated to North London from Brixton, was inspired by a lot of house and U.K. underground while recording the xx’s Coexist, but he’s quick to clarify that “it’s definitely not a dance album. It’s just that our minds are more open to a whole world of music that we would never listen to before. I don’t think it represents a new sound—it just represents our progression.” As with xx, Smith’s latest production packs the seductive punch to make Coexist the between-the-sheets soundtrack of the year. Percussion, though, plays a more dominant role: the track “Angels,” for example, features Croft’s trademark understated vocals and the threesome’s standard guitar-bass-minimal-beat structure, until a military-drum loop creeps into the mix. “Charm” boasts a heavy hip-hop pulse, and “Sunset,” with its throbbing techno backdrop, may be the closest the xx has come to a bona fide club anthem. When asked to sum up his vision for Coexist, Smith’s answer is as simple as you’d expect. “We were all really naïve with the first album, which is the state that we tried to get into again when making this new record. I think we were all hoping to achieve a similar sense of just being in a room as three friends making music for fun again, because we hadn’t done that in three years. We wanted to forget about the pressure. I think we actually managed to achieve that.” Jason Lamphier SUIT Viktor & roLf SHIRT hugo Boss TIE emporio armani


are always succinct, and it’s difficult for him to articulate

paradise regained In 1993 DamIen echols was convIcteD of a crIme he DIDn’t commIt. now a free man wIth a memoIr anD a forthcomIng Documentary, the artIst Is reaDy for a new chapter photo gra ph y k a r i m sa d li fas h i o n b e at bol l ig er “I’m often plagued by thoughts that people will think of me only as either someone on death row or someone who used to be on death row.” So writes Damien Echols in the

preface to his new book, Life After Death. Today, sitting with Echols in a sprawling Tribeca penthouse on loan from close friend Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson,

the sentiment is further explained: “It’s kind of a horrible thing to be remembered and

to be known for something that was done to you,” he says. “It’s part of what drives me to want to succeed. I want to do something that stands on its own merit, that people see and that they care about completely independent of all the other stuff… all the case-related stuff.” When speaking of “the case,” Echols manages to compartmentalize the agony he’s experienced over the last two decades, presenting it as something that sounds like an isolated legal concern—which is quite impressive. The case at hand is of course his false conviction for a triple homicide handed down by an Arkansas court in 1993. He was sentenced along with his friends Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr.—the trio would become known as the West Memphis Three—at the young age of 18. Baldwin and Misskelley, juveniles at the time, received life sentences. Damien, perceived as the ringleader, was sentenced to death. Rife with inconsistencies and false testimony, the trial presented the sensational theory that because the teenagers wore black, read Stephen King novels, and listened to heavy metal, they must have killed the victims, three neighborhood children, in a satanic cult ritual. The proceedings garnered widespread media attention, which led to the 1996 HBO documentary Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills. Initially focused on the public hysteria surrounding the case, the film ends up hypothesizing that the West Memphis Three are innocent, as do its two sequels, released in 2000 and 2011. Last year, following a decision on behalf of the court regarding new DNA evidence, the three were released from prison—but only after agreeing to sign a controversial Alford plea, which states they will not sue the state of Arkansas. “With the new evidence, we would have won the case,” Damien explains, “but they would have stretched it out for five more years. Every time the court ruled in my favor, they would just appeal it to the higher courts, and they would have dragged it out forever. I didn’t have that much time. I was dying, physically. Even though I knew that collectively the three of us could have sued the state for $60 million, I also knew I could have been stabbed to death in prison for fifty dollars any day of the week. I knew that one way or another I would never live to see the outside of those walls, not without taking this deal.” vman 6 8


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though after his release he wanted at first to distance himself from the case, Damien and his wife, Lorri Davis, now hope the book and a forthcoming film, West of Memphis (their own documentary, produced with Jackson), will keep enough pressure on the arkansas courts that in time he will be fully exonerated. “right now they have what they want, which is attention dying away from the case,” Damien says. “what we want is to keep people focused on it, so they feel pressured to do what’s right: arrest the person who they know did this and clear our names. when we started making this movie, the judge had just turned us down after we asked him to please hear new Dna evidence. so Peter Jackson says, ‘well, if we can’t get the courts to hear it, at least we can show the rest of the world what they’re refusing to see.’” Just how bad life on death row became is covered in impressive detail in Life After Death, the bulk of which Damien composed during the 18 years he spent behind bars, ten of them in solitary confinement. “writing saved my sanity in a lot of ways in that place,” he says. “i shut out a lot of this horrible world i was living in, and i could create something that was much richer, that was emotional and psychological food vman 70

for myself. you’re in this place with thousands of murderers, rapists, child abusers, schizophrenics, people who are mentally damaged and deranged in ways that most people will never come in contact with. so there is nothing in there to feed you at all—it feels like something in you is starving to death.” starvation was also a physical ailment for Damien, one that he says nearly killed him in prison. Looking back at his release, in august 2011, he describes his appearance at that time as “like a walking corpse.” since then he’s gained 60 pounds, due simply to adequate nutrition and the ability to exercise. His psyche seems to have found nourishment as well. when speaking he radiates an aura of health and healing, and it’s easy to see how some have come to regard him as a spiritual leader. “Going through that experience makes you realize how short your life really is. i spent almost two decades in there— that’s nearly twenty years, gone forever. i don’t want anything in my life that’s not absolutely otherworldly or absolutely magical.” today he looks forward to expanding his art, particularly in the realm of performance. “i think art is the purest form of magic in the physical world,” he says, “because it changes perceptions and everything inside a person. it can give you an epiphany,

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and that’s what i want to do with art. With performance art, you yourself become the artwork, and that’s what i love. That’s magic: turning life into art. and you have to constantly search for ways to do it in every single aspect of yourself. That’s what i do with tattooing, it’s an act of transformation. it’s the same thing with weightlifting. it’s changing my body in some way where i’m always becoming something one step beyond what i was last week or last month. i have this need that gnaws at me to constantly feel like i’m progressing. if i can’t lift five more pounds than i could last week, then i think, What’s the point of this? if i can’t take something one step beyond what i did the last time, i feel like i’m wasting my life.” damien and lorri are planning to move to Salem, massachussetts. “i saw a T-shirt there that embodies what i’m looking for,” he says. “it’s a joke, and it says ‘Salem Witches protection program.’ perfect!” indeed the history of their chosen hometownto-be bears a certain poetic symmetry with the trial damien endured. “i’ve thought of that place for years, even while i was in prison. i thought about how great it would be to live in a place with that much tolerance and open-mindedness. i don’t think there will be any sort of mass enlightenment that will reach places like West memphis,

arkansas. most of the world doesn’t want magic or individuality or anything unique. They try to hammer everything and everyone into these horrible little bland, suburban patterns. you have to fight like hell to escape it and find other people who want to escape it, and when you find those people you have to treat them like a rare and valuable treasure…because that’s what they are.” perhaps his forthcoming projects will help damien to work through this painful chapter of his life, but he doesn’t imagine he’ll be able to put the case behind him anytime soon. “for me, it’s not over,” he says. “i don’t know if it ever will be, whether in the legal system or even the emotional and psychological impact of it. But i hope that people see [my story] and that it makes them wake up a little, that it makes them want to take control of their own lives, that it does the same thing to them that it does for me. it should make you realize how short and how precious life is. if anything were to come of this that i want, it would be for people to see the story and decide that they want a more magical life.” PATRIK SANDBERG Life After Death is out September 18 th from Blue rider press/penguin

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TOM FORD Where are you, Tom? TOM BRADY I’m in L.A. You’re in London? TF I’m in London. I was in L.A. two days ago, I was just there for two days. I was redoing something on my house there, so I came out to meet the architects. Before that I was in Santa Fe for a day—I have a house there as well and I was redoing something. Before that I was at the Met Ball, where I saw you. TB Where’s your place in L.A.? TF In Bel Air. And where is your place? TB We’ve been in Brentwood for about six months—we actually moved out here four years ago and started construction on a house. We just moved in this past February. TF Who was the architect? TB Richard Landry. TF And do you love it? TB Yeah, oh man. TF Are you interested in architecture, did you work on it a lot with him? TB My wife and I both. I think the last three places I’ve been in, and the last two places she’s been in, we’ve kind of done ourselves, starting from scratch. So I’ve gotten better at it than I would have thought, just through the habit of moving and acquiring a little bit of taste. You figure out what you like and what you don’t. TF Did you grow up liking architecture or with a strong visual sense? Because you definitely have a visual sense now, in the way you dress and the way you project yourself to the world—more so than most football players and most men in sports, and most men in general. TB My dad’s a little bit of a snappy dresser, but I’d say it’s been acquired over time. I wouldn’t consider myself a very artistic person, but at the same time I do like to express myself in certain ways, whether it’s through my home— which people will see—or how I dress and speak. Those things are all important, I try to pay attention to those things. TF I was looking at some photos of you from VMAN by Inez and Vinoodh [Fall/Winter 2007], and one of the things that fascinates me most about you is that in America you are one of the most macho things that a man can be: you’re a football star. And yet when I look at those pictures, you’re also not afraid to look sensitive or vulnerable, and to let that side be exposed—I’m impressed by that. You must be incredibly comfortable with yourself. TB I think to a degree I am. I don’t really have anything to hide. I grew up with three older sisters and I have a very sensitive mom and a very sensitive dad, it was an environment where people weren’t afraid to express how they really felt or to express their emotions. I’m very blessed to be able to do that because with my two boys—I kiss them a thousand times a day. My wife and I are very affectionate, it’s just part of our nature. I’m not really concerned with portraying this tough warrior—I mean, that’s part of my job and I take that very seriously. But I don’t have anything to hide and I’m not concerned with what people think—in the end it’s a matter of how comfortable we are with ourselves, how we feel about ourselves when we wake up in the morning. Everyone can portray what they want to portray, but the authentic self and who you are as a person, a human being, that, to me, is what is most important. Those are the things that last. TF It’s amazing you’ve come to that so early in your life. I think a lot of times it takes people years to understand that and to be comfortable with themselves. I wasn’t nearly as comfortable with myself at your age as I am now. It’s taken me a long, long time to get to that point.

TB Maybe I’ve had a lot of experiences which forced me to grow up really quickly. TF Well, competition and pressure on you professionally forces you to grow up. Getting to the top is one thing. Staying on top—that is so hard, as you know. And you’ve managed to do it. Your comfort with your image and with your masculinity, which allows you to show a sensitive side, I haven’t seen really since Joe Namath. I know that Joe Montana was an early influence on you, and I think that you’ve been interested in football since you were four years old, correct? TB Yeah. When I was growing up, I was never really interested in school. Homework was just how fast can I do it so I can get out to the yard and play. I didn’t read a lot of books, I didn’t study very hard. I got by and I did fine in school. Thank God [football] worked out or else I’d have been screwed. TF You know, we’ve talked about this once before because I asked you to be in my film [A Single Man]. So, where are you going to be in five years? Are you going to be an actor, are you going to be a television personality? What are you going to be doing? TB Hopefully I’m still in my sport at that time. TF How long can you play, realistically? Until what age? TB Well, everyone thinks that when you get into your mid or late 30s your career is pretty much over. I don’t think that. TF How old are you, 35? TB I’m 34. I’ll be 35 this year. TF And you’re a Leo, born August 3, 1977. TB Yeah, and you, what are you? TF I’m a Virgo, August 27, 1961. I’ll be 51 this year. Are you an introvert or are you an extrovert, do you like being around people or are you more comfortable alone? TB I prefer to be alone. Or with people that I can be myself around. TF So, for example, the Met Ball—and we won’t say anything about the Met Ball—but that kind of big event, do you like those things? TB With all due respect to the people in the room, no [laughs]. TF I know, I don’t either. Those things are like the

Oscars—any of them, it has nothing to do with the Met Ball, it’s any big event like that. Oh my God, there’s nothing I would rather do less. Just the stress of that. And of course I know the stress of being with a woman like Gisele who has to get up the red carpet and be beautiful and photographed and has to wear something that nobody rips apart in the press. It is so stressful, especially for women, so I’m sure you must feel her stress. Or maybe she doesn’t get stressed at those things, but I would think she would. TB It would be impossible not to. TF And I notice you and Gisele always get up and dance at those events, which I appreciate. But it was pretty funny listening to Bruno Mars singing “You’re Amazing Just the Way You Are” [at the Met Ball] when it was in front of a thousand people who are rich, beautiful, wearing a million dollars worth of jewelry, and dressed in $30,000 dresses that are only good this season because next season it’s all going to look out-of-date. That was quite funny because it’s this industry, of course, that makes people feel like they have to change. I have such a split personality about it. On the one hand I want to go off and live in the desert with my dog and sculpt things out of adobe, but then on the other I’m part of this industry that creates insecurity and focuses on materialism and things that aren’t actually, for me, the most important things in life. So it’s strange.

TB That’s probably a nice balance for you too, though, because you can see both of those things. TF I finally came to terms with it, because whether we like it or not, we do live in a material world. TB By the way, how many times? TF Say that again? TB How many times have you worked with her? TF Oh God! I thought you meant how many times did I sleep with her? I was about to say “Never.” You sounded so tough [laughs]. There are so many beautiful pictures of your wife, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bad one. TB I’m telling you, she makes it look easy. Beause it’s not easy, oh my God it’s not easy. TF No, it’s a horrible job. I feel really sorry for models. I’m serious. It’s a horrible job. They get rejected and treated like they’re not even people. And this sounds negative, but when you’re considered one of the most beautiful women in the world, it’s very, very hard when that starts to slip away. It’s hard to feel good about yourself when people react to you differently. And, Gisele, I hope you’re not reading this, because it is going to sound negative, but I know through some of my best friends who are really famous actresses— I’m not going to mention their names—who were at one point considered to be among the most beautiful women in the world at different periods of time, and how hard it is for them emotionally. So I hope Gisele is prepared for that, because it’s so difficult. It’ll be the same for you when you quit playing football, it’ll be a real change. Could you see yourself just retiring and not doing anything but playing golf and tennis and taking care of your kids? TB No, I have to do something. Hopefully you’ll put me in one of your movies some day [laughs]. I don’t know. It’s hard to think about where my interests will take me. But [an actor] is not something that I’ve ever aspired to be. The only thing I ever wanted to be was a professional football player. TF But I don’t see you as a coach. TB I know, and that’s the thing, because whatever I do choose to do I really want to be very good at it. It’s hard because I want to have four kids and I want to be a really good dad, too. TF I think that you’ll be an actor and a movie star. Maybe you don’t care about it, maybe you wouldn’t enjoy it, but you have everything it takes to do it: you have intelligence, sensitivity, you’re handsome, the camera likes you, you’re secure. So you could be a really good actor. TB I appreciate that. I’m very flattered that you would think that, thank you very much. But I love playing football and I love the game. I love the competitiveness, I love the intensity, and also that it’s a very strategic game. Even people who think they know it—people who cover it every day, people who watch it—they don’t. It’s so stimulating, because there are so many different elements to it. That’s why I’ve always loved it, because it challenges me in so many ways, not just physically, but emotionally, spiritually, and psychologically. The best players who can stick around the longest really develop ways to master all of those elements. Hopefully I can play a lot longer than what people may think. TF So you’re going to play into your 40s? TB I would love to. TF So 10 years from now you’re going to be playing football, happily married with four kids. TB That would be perfect. I would love that. But who knows.

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this year’s met ball. so nobody’s better to wax fashion with melo, the big apple all-star with a heart of cloth, than neville and wainwright, the british designers with the new york label.

MARCUS WAINWRIGHT so, melo, you grew up in brooklyn. did you like fashion when you were younger? CARMELO ANTHONY absolutely, absolutely. even when i didn’t even have anything, i still loved fashion, i loved clothes. MW what were you wearing in your teens? CA i only wore polo. when i was in high school, everything was polo. MW as in ralph lauren? CA yeah, everything was ralph lauren, everything. MW and did you wear glasses when you were younger? CA i didn’t have glasses, but i used to wear whatever sunglasses i could get my hands on. MW when did you get your first suit? CA aw man. i got my first suit when i was drafted [by the denver nuggets, in 2003]. MW you got your first suit when you went to the nba draft?

CA people automatically assume that as an athlete your sport is the only thing your life revolves around, that

you don’t know anything about music, fashion, or art. MW once you’ve conquered the basketball world and you’re moving on, what do you think you want to do? CA i definitely want to get more into fashion. start slow with a couple of pieces and then grow a line for myself or do a collaboration with someone. i’m very big on art, i’m very big on wine. those are the spaces that i really want to tap into, and those are some things that i love. i try not to do things that i don’t feel a genuine commitment to.

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some of the most fascinating choices in menswear aren’t found on milanese runways or some scandanavian style blogger’s sponsored pintrest page, but at nba post-game press conferences. there’s a long history of sports celebrities being style icons, but recently professional basketball players have been taking it to another level, not just with bold apparel moves that make valid contributions to the fashion dialogue, but by integrating themselves into the fashion industry itself. leading the pack is new york knicks star forward carmelo anthony. melo, as he’s known, has been seen front-row at fashion shows both at home (literally; his home is new york) and abroad. but he’s not just a spectator. beyond working on the Jordan melo m9, the ninth iteration of his shoe for Jordan brand, he has cultivated a deep relationship with david neville and marcus wainwright of rag & bone. melo and his wife, la la, collaborated on a custom hat with the american label for last year’s fashion’s night out event, which he then wore while sitting front-row at their spring/summer 2012 women’s show. he wore a custom rag & bone suit to the 2011 cfdas and a custom tux to

CA that was my first suit. MW that’s pretty cool. DAVID NEVILLE was it ralph lauren as well? CA no [laughs]. it wasn’t ralph, it wasn’t ralph. MW what shoes were you wearing back then? Jordans? CA at that time it was Jordans, nikes. MW and if you had to pick the greatest shoe of all time—other than your own [line for Jordan brand] — what would it be? CA i’d have to say probably the Jordan Xi. DN when we were at school it was the mark 5. marcus had them in black, i had them in white. MW the Jordan Xi is pretty slick. and what version of your own shoe are you on now? CA i just finished the Jordan melo m9. DN the second one was crazy, the one with the sock. MW so you just go to nike and say “this is my ultimate shoe” and they make it for you? CA yeah, well, it’s a little bit difficult. we spend 10 months just coming up with ideas, fabrics— MW you meet in portland? CA yeah, i go to portland, i meet with them at least twice. two, three times. we come up with some ideas. we think about what’s influential at the time, whether it’s cars, whether it’s clothing, whatever it may be. and i think about what’s going on in my life, and then we go from there. we pick the fabrics and the textures, see what’s lightweight and how light we can get the shoe, and then we draw it up. so it’s almost a 10-month process. DN so you’ve made nine shoes. that’s quite exciting. how many pairs of sneakers do you reckon you have? CA um, i don’t know. a couple thousand. DN a couple thousand?! where are they? CA when i lived in denver, i had a whole basement room just for my shoes. there’s not that much space here in new york, so i keep them in storage. DN your wife loves fashion too. do you advise her on her style? do you have an interest in what she wears or in women’s fashion? CA sometimes she asks me how this looks, how that looks, but for the most part i pretty much leave that up to her, ’cause she leaves mine up to me. MW it’s cool you dress in sort of a more classic way, but because of who you are and what you do, it sort of twists it a little bit. like it’s a quite refined style, but then at the same time it’s new york. i like when athletes wear tailored clothing and twist it a little bit, to not be too formal.

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Since joining the Korean pop group Super Junior as one of 12 members in 2005, singer, actor, and model Siwon Choi has emerged as an icon without parallel in the everexpanding culture of K-Pop. Also part of the Chinese offshoot Super Junior M, Siwon has been blazing a new trail by helping to export the glossy, surreal genre to neighboring countries and now the world. Being the first Korean celebrity to garner two million Twitter followers might have brought on an ego transformation of gigantic proportions, but this superstar firmly adheres to his religious roots and even plans to become a missionary. Here he talks to VMAN about keeping the faith. VMAN Being from a strict Protestant family, did you ever think you’d become an entertainer, and were you fearful that your family wouldn’t approve? SIWON CHOI At first my family was against the idea, but not because we are Protestant. They thought I would have to give up a lot of things because of the work, and they were afraid I wouldn’t be able to do everything I wanted to pursue. Regardless, I wanted to be famous, and in my case I gained perspective from all the work. How does your family feel now? SC Don’t all parents like it when their child finds acceptance from anywhere? Of course they like it, although they do worry as well. You sing, dance, and play the drums. Do you play any other instruments? SC I know how to play the guitar a little bit. Ever since I was young I was very fond of music. I plan to learn to play more instruments. I try to listen to a variety—pop, rock, jazz, classical, and all other kinds. I especially like Tony Bennett. Between singing, acting, and sports, what are you most passionate about? SC I like to have passion in all that I do. Whatever I do, I do my best with passion. There are situations where I do my best and I still find disappointment in myself, but I want to minimize my regrets as much as possible. There’s only one life to live. How has it been touring the world? Do you have any favorite places you’ve visited? SC There are a lot of overseas trips for theater, movies, endorsements, performances, and other things. There was a time when I had the busiest schedule and had to travel overseas five times a week. It was tiring, but I was thankful. My favorite place would have to be Paris, where I recently went for my shoot with VMAN! I got to meet Karl Lagerfeld, and I was also part of Super Junior’s world tour, “SUPERSHOW 4,” so I got to take a lot of photos with my bandmates in Paris. Spending my birthday there was the best part. What was it like to work with Karl?

SC Have you ever felt touched and impressed at the same time? I was so impressed by his nonstop exploration and his effort to try new things. I was impressed with his comfort, friendliness, and caring heart. We come from different backgrounds, but both of us like to try new things, so we had the same goal in mind. You’ve modeled for Armani, Burberry, Lacoste, and other brands internationally. What is your relationship to the fashion industry in Korea? SC I am very interested in fashion and get a lot of invitations. My schedule doesn’t allow me to attend most of the fashion weeks, but I try my best. I have a close relationship with a Korean designer named Woo Young Mi. I like and respect her a lot, and she gives me a lot of good advice. Having so many Twitter followers, how conscious are you of social media? What is your approach to using it as a tool to communicate? SC I am thankful to all of the fans that give me attention. I think they like me because I share a lot of things online, like humorous photos and comments. I hope to make the world a better place with my fans, starting with just the little things. I think there are times when our words can cause trouble, so I try not to post any personal emotions on Twitter. What do you make of K-Pop’s current popularity internationally? SC Honestly, I feel great, proud, and thankful. When a foreigner asks me about Korea they usually talk about famous food, like kimchi and bulgogi [laughs]. But now people are more aware of K-Pop, and I would like to think Super Junior is the leader. I’d like to thank all K-Pop lovers. Do you have any dream of crossing over into American media and pop culture? Does anything intimidate you about finding fame in the U.S.? SC I would love to cross over into the States, but nothing has been confirmed about my activities there. If I had any concerns about crossing over, maybe it would be jealousy from my Asian and Korean fans…just kidding! I would love to work in the States, and I would do it with all of my passion. Have you experienced any downside to fame? SC Sometimes I feel sad, but it isn’t difficult. As an entertainer you have a clear understanding of what you gain and what you lose. Because I am always exposed to the public, sometimes I can’t be myself. I get worried and sad when my family members are the ones hurt by what I do. What is your philosophy on style? SC Confidence! Have confidence in your style. Don’t be timid, show yourself!


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What excites you most about a future in film and acting? What scares or intimidates you most? The idea of continuing to work with great filmmakers is always so exciting to me. What scares me the most is that I have a career in acting. What role does music play in your life? How do you discover new music? What are your favorite bands? Music plays a HUGE role in my life, it’s the way I unwind and express myself. It’s very therapeutic to me, and playing music after reading a script helps me sort of tonally figure out the role I’m about to play. Friends tell me about great new music, and I search through the Genius part of iTunes too. I’m really into Arcade Fire, Neil Young, the Strokes, the Velvet Underground, and the Rolling Stones.

Sedaris’s When You Are Engulfed in Flames. Besides acting, how else do you express yourself?

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How do you relate to your Perks character? How do you differ? I enjoy writing and music like Charlie does, but honestly I don’t feel that we’re very similar. That’s actually what made this role so interesting for me. I’m definitely not as introverted or neurotic as Charlie! He is very naïve. I don’t think I was like that at that age. What was the first book that you felt had a deep impact on you? What was the most recent that’s had a similar effect?

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ing as well. How did you get into the early ’90s mind-set? Other than having to use a tape deck during filming, I don’t feel as if I necessarily had to change my mind-set. With the ’90s having been portrayed in the media so much anyway, I guess I already had a familiarity with the time period. Youth culture will always be youth culture, but it’s definitely different with the Internet, social media, and everyone being constantly connected. What major message of The Perks of Being a Wallflower do you connect with most?

ezra miller Age: 20 Birthday: Sept. 30, 1992 Where were you born? Valley Hospital, Fuckin’ New Jersey And where do you live now? Nowhere/NYC How do you personally relate to your Perks character? How do you differ? To differ from another person should never mean that one cannot relate: I differ vastly from Patrick, but I relate to Patrick infinitely. What was the first book that you felt had a deep impact on you? Dr. Seuss books like The Lorax, The Butter Battle Book, and Yertle the Turtle are the first books I remember as opening gaps in my baby brain for attempting to understand the world. I recently read The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein and was once again reminded that Dr. Seuss totally knew what was up. Besides acting, how else do you express yourself? At least as of right now in my life I am of the belief that the way a person lives in relation to everything else is constant self-expression. But I know what you mean, and I like to dance, sing, drum, talk like an idiot in interviews, and cook. How did you get into the early ’90s mind-set? Is it tough playing a period piece based on a time that’s almost too

recent to be properly historicized but that you weren’t a part of? I was born the year this film takes place, so I very much grew up feeling the strange weight of this particular time for American kids, and there are some helpful consistencies in the last 20 years for sure. Culture has been sick and corrupted and kids have angstfully learned to deal with it for a very long time. What would be your ideal role? I’d like to play Abraham in a telling of the story of the first covenant. What major message of The Perks of Being A Wallflower do you connect with most? You accept the love you think you deserve. What excites you most about a future in film and acting? What scares you most? The film and the acting excite me the most. The press scares me the most. What role does music play in your life? Forgive me for sounding like a stoner hippie douche, but it would take me years to answer this question. So to keep it simple, hippie-douche it is: everything we know is composed of vibrations, music is the art form of intentional vibration. Literally everything is music. JACKeT McQ SHIrT Rag & Bone PANTS MaRc JacoBs SCArF mILLer’S owN

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How do you personally relate to your Perks character? How do you differ? i think this is a story about people deciding who they are. i believe young men and women in high school are choosing between who they have been told they are and becoming who they want to be. i believe we all have that in common. it is a universal truth that steve [chbosky, the novel’s author and film’s director] has explored with incredible taste and truth. What was the first book that you felt had a deep impact on you? What was the most recent that’s had a similar effect? i believe the book that has had the most profound effect on me is The Alchemist by paulo coelho. i could really identify

with the young man in the story. setting out and forging my personal truth. my most recent favorite is Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, which launched me into steve jobs’s book, which turned me on to Autobiography of a Yogi and then onto Walden. That book caused an explosion in my brain. Besides acting, how else do you express yourself? i don’t really understand the question. i believe we express ourselves in everything we do. and i mean that in the most literal sense. How did you get into the early ’90s mind-set? And how do you think youth culture has changed since then? although there are dramatic differences in culture every day, there are universal truths that remain the same. yes, there are different clothes, other ways of speaking, and various preoccupations that were exclusive to the ’90s mind-set, as

you put it, but those, to me, are not the focus of this story. They’re just different skins to put on. The importance of this story lies within something that everyone can identify with. and that was my primary interest in and focus on Perks. What excites you most about a future in film and acting? What scares or intimidates you most? everything good intimidates me. anytime i feel intimidated, as i did with Perks, i know it’s a good sign. i’m onto something. i’m excited most by things that intimidate me. i believe movies are important because they give us a chance to look inward and then share that with one another. oscar Wilde talks about the theater being the greatest of all art forms because it’s the most immediate way a human can share with another human what it’s like to be a human. i agree with that. T-shirT Gucci jeans McQ belT simmons’s oWn

reece thompson Age: 23 Birthday: November 22, 1988 Hometown: Vancouver What was the first book that you felt had a deep impact on you? I think it was probably The Hobbit. I remember reading that book in a week, when I was about 13. It was the first book that I ever read that quickly, and it really made me feel accomplished. Besides acting, how else do you express yourself? I scribble a lot. I won’t say that I write, because I literally just make notes and write down little ideas and poems and things like that. I’m also trying to become more musical. How did you get into the early ’90s mind-set? And how do you think youth culture has changed since then? Well, I was born in ’88, so I was at least conscious during most of the ’90s. I remember growing up, looking at the fashions of the time, the nylon jumpsuits, the oversized... everything, the frosted tips, and just going, What are we thinking? I really wanted to capture that. The difference between the youth of the past and the youth of today is that the youth of today have cooler toys. What would be your ideal role, be it fiction, nonfiction, something that already exists, or something of your own invention? Growing up, I always wanted to make a live-action version of Peter Pan. But I guess I’m too old for that now. Maybe they can hold off a few years so I can play Hook instead. What major message of The Perks of Being A Wallflower do you connect with most? Mae [Whitman] has this great line in the film when

Logan’s character and hers meet for the first time. He mentions something about there being a “cool kid” at the party, and Mae replies, “Well, then, what are we?” Being homeschooled and an actor, I always had friends who were geographically spread out and usually weirdos like me. As long as you like yourself and the people you are surrounding yourself with, it doesn’t matter what social status you have. It’s cooler to be yourself than to be what people want you to be. What excites you most about a future in film and acting? What scares or intimidates you most about a future in film and acting? I don’t get scared or intimidated. Those are pointless emotions, especially in this industry. You kind of have to let it evolve, just like everything. Technology is changing. But technology has always been changing. And for the most part it’s usually worked out for the better, at least for a little while. So as long as they keep letting me do this, I’ll be content with my present and excited for the future. What role does music play in your life? How do you discover new music? I was downloading bands and songs while reading the book, to help me grasp the tone. Music to me is a kind of therapy. It’s my way of connecting to somebody without them knowing it, whether on the train with my headphones or at home with a guitar in my hands. I get most of my new music from Ezra Miller. JAckET VINTAGE Levi’s froM BerBerJin T-SHIrT Levi’s vintage CLothing PANTS BruneLLo CuCineLLi



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