TEN YEARS IN PRINT

Remarkable but true: FANTASTIC MAN has provided a whole decade of entertainment and excitement in magazine form. Throughout its anniversary year and beyond, the original style journal for men will continue to redefine the genre.



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starring on the coverfeaturing WIM CROUWEL on page 158,
 as well as the following...PEDRO ALMODÓVAR 
Spring and Summer 2016 ... 294 pages

The 23rd issue of FANTASTIC MAN delves into the concept of the home. Gracing the cover is the cherished Spanish director PEDRO ALMODÓVAR, photographed near his home in Madrid by ALASDAIR McLELLAN, in anticipation of his 20th feature film release, ‘Julieta’. Inside, the issue begins with a glimpse into the domestic lives of 7 London-based models and includes profiles on the whip-smart comedian DAVID MILLS, Duran Duran’s captivating keyboardist NICK RHODES and the art market’s tech-whiz CARLOS RIVERA. Moving on, we set off to Scotland’s Isle of Mull to the inspiriting landscape around artist CHARLES AVERY’s studio, to Turkey to visit pop-sensation OMAR SOULEYMAN in his adopted home, to London with journalist LYNN BARBER to visit the charismatic curator GREGOR MUIR and his extended ICA family, to Paris with the American fashion luminary SHAYNE OLIVER of HOOD BY AIR, photographed by WOLFGANG TILLMANS, and to the skies over Los Angeles with real-life rocket man DAVID MAYMAN. Phew! Elsewhere in the issue, a collaboration between the house of REPOSSI and Fantastic Man is revealed on the earlobes of JEREMY EVERETT and photographers MAURICE SCHELTENS and LIESBETH ABBENES capture the multiplex appeal of the tracksuit. We travel to Lithuania where strong man ŽYDRŪNAS SAVICKAS and his friends flex á la mode, photographer BENJAMIN ALEXANDER HUSEBY and friends go clubbing, Austrian model WERNER SCHREYER liberates clothing usually reserved for behind closed doors, the four members of ÅYR collective lounge comfortably in looks borrowed from the upcoming Autumn and Winter collections and actor HOPPER JACK PENN models the many shades of grey. On newsstands Friday 22 April 2016.


10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY EXTRAVAGANZA

Alexis Taylor and Emily King
Co-host Stefano Pilati with Jess Hallett
Ivan Massow
Master of ceremonies, David Mills
Matthew Slotover
Rob Meerman and Gert Jonkers
Jop van Bennekom, Philippe Menager, Damian Noszkowicz and Jérôme Bazzocchi
Margot Henderson and Martin Cohen
Princess Julia
Carl Fysch
Patrick Grant
Matthew Stone
Richard O’Mahony
Christian Hillborg and Karl-Johan Bogefors
Daniel Lismore
Co-host Emily King with Matthew Slotover
Dewi Pinatih, Jordan Kelly and China Brooks-Basto
‘Fantastic Man: Men of great style and substance’
Fashion show of co-host Stefano Pilati’s personal wardrobe
Carmen De Baets
Juan Sanchez
Eudon Choi
Margot Henderson with Richard Nicoll
Co-host Alexis Taylor
Master of ceremonies, David Mills
Ollie Edwards
Xavior
Julian Ganio with David Mills and Wolfgang Tillmans
Daniel Lismore with co-host Stefano Pilati
David Mills, Jop van Bennekom, cake by Francesco Vezzoli and Gert Jonkers
Self-portrait as Apollo Belvedere, by Francesco Vezzoli, made out of cake
Nikos Dimitros with Christopher Kane
Robert Storey
Co-host Wolfgang Tillmans
Joe Scotland
Elizabeth Sims and Stefano Pilati
Matthew Moneypenny

FANTASTIC MAN’s 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY EXTRAVAGANZA

The anniversary celebrations in honour of Fantastic Man’s 10 years in existence culminated in a spectacular blow-out on Thursday 24 September 2015 in London. Held in collaboration with adidas, ten of the magazine’s close friends were invited to co-host and contribute to the evening’s entertainment. The stellar line-up included a captivating fashion show of STEFANO PILATI’s favourite looks, customised Fantastic Man covers by JEREMY DELLER, a Tanqueray cocktail designed by disco queen AMANDA LEAR, culinary treats provided by FERGUS HENDERSON, a birthday broadcast from RICHARD QUEST, DJ sets from ALEXIS TAYLOR and WOLFGANG TILLMANS, a cake by FRANCESCO VEZZOLI and the hilarious DAVID MILLS as master of ceremonies. Not to mention, the unveiling of the Fantastic Man retrospective edited by EMILY KING and published by PHAIDON. Phew! Special thanks to Veuve Clicquot and Peroni for keeping everyone so well hydrated on the night, as well as to Abel Sloane, Michelle Sugar Art and Wendy Aldridge at Homeplace. Here’s to another 10 years.


A BOOK
FANTASTIC MAN – MEN OF GREAT STYLE AND SUBSTANCE

Encapsulating a decade of Fantastic Man, ‘Fantastic Man: Men of great style and substance’, published by PHAIDON, is available at many fine bookstores around the world. Edited by the cherished friend and long-term Fantastic Man contributor Emily King, the esteemed design writer and curator, the book is chock-full of the many different men whose style and intelligence have graced the pages of the magazine. On the cover, that iconic image of OLLIE EDWARDS shot by COLLIER SCHORR for Fantastic Man’s 18th issue, in which he dons the limited-edition ‘Man Fantastic’ T-shirt, made in collaboration with CARHARTT WIP. Inside, no less than 69 interviews with the world’s most fabulous men from the Fantastic Man archives, reprinted for the first time, plus visual explorations of the unique and singular aesthetic vision of the magazine. Some of the men featured, in no particular order, include TOM FORD, REM KOOLHAAS, FERGUS HENDERSON, DAVID WALLIAMS, HELMUT LANG, DAVID BECKHAM, and BRYAN FERRY. For more information on this hefty hard-backed volume, please visit www.phaidon.com.


A CELEBRATION

FANTASTIC MAN AND LOEWE’S DISCO DANCE PARTY

It’s hard to believe that 10 years has passed since Fantastic Man launched its first issue with a social gathering at COLETTE in Paris. To celebrate a spectacular decade, friends of Fantastic Man and LOEWE flocked to London night venue THE GLORY on Thursday, the 2nd of July, 2015. The guest of honour was of course Fantastic Man issue no. 21’s cover star JONATHAN ANDERSON. The jollifications were made all the more memorable by DJ JEFFREY HINTON’s banging music set, which ensured revelrous dancing throughout the evening. Oh, what a night!


A DECADE OF MASCULINITY

A selection of sixty men featured in twenty-two issues of Fantastic Man
THOM BROWNE
“I think it’s so chic to get smashed and end up on the floor in your three-piece suit.”
Photographed by Marcelo Krasilcic, issue no. 1
THE DANCER
Ander Zabala, Photographed by Heinz Peter Knes, issue no. 1
GILES DEACON
“I've been wearing glasses since I was about five.”
Photographed by Viviane Sassen, issue no. 2
AMANDA LEAR
“My ambition is to pay the rent and to paint and sing and act. And to sometimes be able to walk into the PRADA store and buy myself a nice new handbag.”
Photographed by Todd Cole, issue no. 2
SPARKS
“We are inspired by the mediocrity of everything else in pop music.”
Photographed by Andreas Larsson, issue no. 2
WIM CROUWEL
“Design was so interesting and full of spirit in 1928, the year of my birth.”
Photographed by Viviane Sassen in the Rietveld Schröder House in Utrecht, issue no. 3
STEFANO PILATI
“You can work out your obsessions in your work. That’s what I’m doing.”
Photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, issue no. 3
PETER SAVILLE
Photographed by Blommers & Schumm, issue no. 3
DIEDERIK VERMEER, photographed by Viviane Sassen in Cape Town, issue no. 3
HELMUT LANG
“I’m perfectly happy.”
Photographed by Bruce Weber, issue no. 4
ANDRÉ BALAZS
“In my childhood I wanted to be a sculptor. Part of the attraction was the ability to create something out of nothing, but one of the things I found frustrating was working in a vocabularly that very, very few people understood.”
Photographed by Terry Richardson, issue no. 5
LUCAS OSSENDRIJVER
The style is quietly quirky, softly washed, casually elegant.
Photographed by Daniel Riera, issue no. 5
REM KOOLHAAS
“It’s essential to have mystical experiences. I have them all the time.”
Photographed by Wolfgang Tillmans, issue no. 6
STEVE McQUEEN
“When you’re filiming something, it’s like feeling your way through a house in the dark.”
Photographed by Viviane Sassen, issue no. 6
ADAM KIMMEL: “We’ll see how it goes.”
Photographed by Alexei Hay, issue no. 6
TOM FORD
“Paris is not a priority for us. Parisian men don’t know how to dress. ”
Photographed by Jeff Burton, issue no. 7
TOBIAS MEYER
“I can’t judge. I’m an auctioneer. I can only accept. I have to suspend judgement.”
Photographed by Terry Richardson, issue no. 7
MALCOLM JACKSON wearing delicious silk, photographed by Andreas Larsson, issue no. 7
FRANCESCO VEZZOLI
“To think about what’s going to happen after you’re dead is nonsense.”
Photographed by Matthias Vriens, issue no. 8
OKWUI ENWEZOR
“When I look at a picture of myself at 17 it seems that I’ve worn the same type of clothes ever since.”
Photographed by Terry Richardson, issue no. 8
LESBIAN LOOKS
Photographed by Andreas Larsson, issue no. 8
PIERRE CARDIN
“I’m not much of a womaniser, as you’d probably gathered, even though I do own Giacomo Casanova’s Venetian palazzo.”
Photographed by Paul Wetherell, issue no. 9
Dr. BRANDT
“I don’t like to look like everyone else. You can see that right?”
Photographed by Andreas Larsson, issue no. 9
BRET EASTON ELLIS
“My mother sends me all these links. So that's really how I keep up.”
Photographed by Jeff Burton, issue no. 9
GIBRIL GEORGE WEARING A SUMMER SUIT, PHOTOGRAPHED BY VIVIANE SASSEN IN ISSUE NO. 9
EWAN McGREGOR
“I don’t understand the idea of just delivering lines. I find it boring.”
Photographed by Alasdair McLellan, issue no. 10
HAMISH BOWLES
“The fashion writer Caroline Kellett and I were wearing the same Chanel jacket.”
Photographed by Juergen Teller, issue no. 10
MATTHEW MONEYPENNY wearing city suits, photographed by Daniel Riera in New York City, issue no. 10
WOLFGANG TILLMANS
“You know, I see myself as gentle.”
Photographed by Alasdair McLellan, issue no. 11
ALEXIS TAYLOR
“They thought it was a girl singing.”
Photographed by Paul Wetherell, issue no. 11
JAMES WELLS photographed by Benjamin Alexander Huseby in Maspalomas, issue no. 11
AI WEIWEI
“Yeah, I’m anti-China. What’s the big deal?”
Photographed by Ai Weiwei, issue no. 12
DAVID WALLIAMS
“She didn’t know I was on TV.”
Photographed by Alasdair McLellan, issue no. 12
BRYAN FERRY
“Yes, it’s about being fabulous.”
Photographed by Juergen Teller, issue no. 12
FENN SEAN OPENING THE SUPER SHOW, PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN DE VILLIERS, ISSUE NO. 12
STEPHEN GALLOWAY PHOTOGRAPHED IN BERLIN BY PAUL WETHERELL, ISSUE NO. 13
DAVID BECKHAM
“I’m just lucky”
Photographed by Alasdair McLellan, issue no. 13
HAIDER ACKERMANN PHOTOGRAPHED IN PARIS BY WILLY VANDERPERRE, ISSUE NO. 13
DAVID COPPERFIELD
“I had some bad clothing choices... what can I say.”
Photographed by Roger Deckker, issue no. 14
RAF SIMONS
“I want new, new, new, new, new.”
Photographed by Willy Vanderperre, issue no. 14
JAMES WELLS IN THE 11TH LOOK, PHOTOGRAPHED BY ANDREAS LARSSON, ISSUE NO. 14
NATE SUN photographed in Beijing by Daiel Riera, issue no. 14
TIM BLANKS
“Some people wanted a Mercedes or a Rolex when they were growing up and I was, and am, perfectly happy with a loud shirt.”
Photographed by Roger Deckker, issue no. 15
MATTHEW SLOTOVER
“The NME was my bible. I still have every issue from 1982 to 1989.”
Photographed by Alasdair McLellan, issue no. 15
DANIEL and DOMINIC KING walking on Benidorm beach, photographed by Andreas Larsson, issue no. 15
ALBERT REED, LOGAN MACRAE AND JORDAN STENMARK IN PALM SPRINGS, PHOTOGRAPHED BY DANIEL RIERA, ISSUE NO. 15
OLIVER SIM
“Not lonely, just a bit confused.”
Photographed by Willy Vanderperre, issue no. 16
JONATHAN SAUNDERS
“What I love about menswear is the subtlety and detail.”
Photographed by Benjamin Alexander Huseby, issue no. 16
ROMAN COPPOLA
“You hit the end and a ball of smoke would fly out.”
Photographed by Todd Cole, issue no. 16
CHRIS BEEK and MORGAN WATKINS playing chess
Photographed by Robi Rodriguez, issue no. 16
JEREMY DELLER
“I’ve been interested in prehistory since I was a kid.”
Photographed by Alasdair McLellan, issue no. 17
ADRIAN BOSCH DOING SOME SPRING CLEANING, PHOTOGRAPHED BY ANDREA SPOTORNO, ISSUE NO. 17
ROBERTO BOLLE: “I ALWAYS LIKED THE IDEA OF HAVING SUPERPOWERS”, PHOTOGRAPHED BY ANDREAS LARSSON, ISSUE NO. 17
PETER YORK
“I can’t bear those fake elbow pads that seem to be on everything these days. You should only mend things when they need it.”
Photographed by Andreas Larsson, issue no. 18
TOM BACHTELL
“I often feel like I’m learning to draw again from scratch every day.”
Self-portrait, issue no. 18
LORD SNOWDON
“I very much believe in privacy.”
Photographed by Alasdair McLellan, issue no. 19
JEFF WALL
“It’s a balancing act.”
Photographed by Blommers & Schumm, issue no. 19
CHRISTOPH WALTZ
“I can’t run about every day thinking that I have two Oscars.”
Photographed by Alasdair McLellan, issue no. 20
XAVIER DOLAN: “I start on a subject and start yakking and never finish.”
Photographed by Benjamin Alexander Huseby, issue no. 20
KARL KOLBITZ PHOTOGRAPHED BY LIZ COLLINS, ISSUE NO. 20

SUGGESTED FURTHER READING

Pictured above is a delectable spread of enlightening printed matter from the same stable as Fantastic Man. From left to right: THE GENTLEWOMAN is our cherished sister publication, of course. Produced from the heart of fashionable London, it carries exquisite style suggestions as well as conversation and writing contributed by the world’s most amazing women. That vision in pink is FOREVER BUTT, the new hard-backed compendium for TASCHEN of the best and baddest bits of BUTT, our celebrated magazine for homosexuals. COS magazine is a chic cultural biannual produced for the retailer of the same name, featuring insightful interviews with luminaries from the worlds of art, design and technology. Next: two collaborations with the book publisher PENGUIN. From 2013, BUTTONED-UP is a book exploring the fashions of East London. THE HAPPY READER is a bookish quarterly devoted to the pleasures of devouring the written word. The third issue is out now.


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THE DAILY RECOMMENDATIONS

FANTASTIC MAN has dispensed approximately 1,500 ingenious and instructive online Daily Recommendations since 2009. Please scroll down the page to enjoy a random assortment of good advice.


A DELICATE CHEESE DIP

14.11.2009 – The cheese monger Mr. ADRIAN RICHES recommends the “delicious VACHERIN MONT d’OR” baked in its box as the perfect weekend cheese, due to its propensity for sharing. “VACHERIN is covered in a downy white mould and has a wrinkled, reddish rind,” says ANDREW, who works at MONS FROMAGER-AFFINEUR in Borough Market, London. “It has a woody, animal aroma paired with a delightful creamy, nutty flavour and is packaged in a tight-fitting wooden box that lends itself perfectly to a gentle baking in the oven.” ADRIAN says the cooking method is simple. “To bake the cheese, place it in its box, with the lid intact, in a warm oven for 20 minutes or until runny. Once warmed, it’s best enjoyed fondue-style. I like to cut the cheese open, place it in the centre of the table and invite my dinner guests to dip fresh figs, chicory and raisin bread into its creamy, ivory paste. You might wish to further enhance this first-rate experience by studding the cheese with garlic and sprinkling it with crisp white wine before baking.” Although ADRIAN vouches for this recipe, he admits that a renowned maker of the cheese who he had the pleasure to meet recently, Monsieur PATRICK SANCEY RICHARD, eschews this method of serving his cheese. He prefers his cheese served straight from the box at room temperature.


HOT!

22.07.2013 – For the following few days the DAILY RECOMMENDATIONS will be dedicated to that blissful summer garment, the bathing suit. Today sees this brilliant no-nonsense model by LACOSTE. It has a turquoise-and-white net lining.

(Photography by Devin Blair. Styling by Julian Ganio. Grooming by Hiroshi Matsushita. Styling assistance by Rosie Bertuello. Model: Harry Goodwins at Models 1.)

GREY WEEK
A GLOSSY GREY FLOOR

21.10.2009 – Of benefit to any home or office is the decision to paint the floor in delicious grey gloss. Although this might seem quite a choice, the grey floor is actually an incredibly benevolent decorating choice, making anything that is put on it look marvellous – whether it be wooden shelves, a metal side table, a Persian rug, or just a simple leather couch. The above grey gloss floor is from the London residence of Mr. JOP VAN BENNEKOM, one of the editors of FANTASTIC MAN and a particular grey-floor obsessive. (Photograph by DEVIN BLAIR)


CLIP

28.10.2011 – When organising paper on a regular basis, few desk accessories top the simplicity of the paperclip. In fact, popular novelist Mr. STEPHEN KING swears by them after having a manuscript returned early in his career with ‘Please use paper clips’ scrawled across it. He had used a staple. (An anecdote, which is lifted from KING’s highly recommended memoir On Writing.) We particularly like the ZILVESTA clips seen above both for their attractive packaging and attractive price (1.11 euro).

(Photography: John Verde.)

TIM BLANKS RECOMMENDS
THE BOWIE OBJECT

19.10.2011 – Today guest editor TIM BLANKS recommends THE BOWIE OBJECT in his five-day series of recommendations on Mr. DAVID BOWIE.

Like any true cult, BOWIE is surrounded by fetish objects. And, like any true cultists, Bowiephiles attach immense value to arcana – from vinyl rarities to concert programmes (especially from the 1976 Isolar tour, somebody’s offering the original tour program on eBay for $325 USD) to ticket stubs. When EMI re-released BOWIE’s game-changing ’76 epic Station to Station (seen above) in 2010, they all but emptied his wallet into the limited-edition box, which includes so much ephemera it is a completist’s wet dream. You are right there, at New York’s Nassau Coliseum on 23 March, 1976.

(TIM BLANKS is editor-at-large at Style.com)

(White roll neck jumper by Alexander McQueen. Station to Station box set courtesy of ROUGH TRADE. Photography: Daniel Riera. Styling: Jodie Barnes. Grooming: Ben Jones using Bumble & Bumble and Dior Homme Dermosystem. Styling Assistance: Joe Porritt and Philip Smith. Model: Yuri Pleskun at Elite.)