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.


HOW TO WASH A 501

03.05.2013 – Is there anything more becoming to a posterior than a well cut pair of jeans? Ms. LYNN DOWNEY, the archivist and historian for LEVI’S, believes that there is not. In her 24 years in the role, she has undertaken the heroic task of cataloguing the brand’s denim incarnations from the earliest ‘XX’ style (not to be confused with the pop group of the same name) through to the 501 worn by cowboys, crooners and Hollywood rebels.

FANTASTIC MAN: What’s the proudest piece in the LEVI’S collection?
LYNN DOWNEY: Well that would be the oldest item, which dates to about 1879 and is literally the world’s oldest pair of jeans. It’s when the 501 was just called XX.
How does one go about storing a pair of valuable jeans like that?
It’s very high security in the archives. They are in San Francisco, and we have two fireproof safes. We use fabric like unbleached muslin, a neutral storage medium, and we have a lot of other pieces that are in acid-free boxes. We also open the fireproof vaults every day so mould doesn’t grow. They’ll last forever if we keep them that way.
Jeans have a reputation as the most hardwearing garment.
People didn’t worry about taking care of their trousers in the old days. Some of these working men would never wash their jeans. We bought a 1950s pair of from a man who said they were his fishing jeans. They came to us, and he’d never washed them.
Surely they stunk?
Oh, they were awful! He had cleaned his fish gutting knife on them. So my co-worker literally took them home, threw them on her driveway and turned a hose on them. We have another pair that came out of a ghost town in Nevada. They were in a ball of mud, and we had to soak them and soak them in water. Water won’t hurt the denim, but you have to get the dirt out.
Is water the best way to wash jeans, rather than detergent?
Well, I wash mine in cold water and hang them outside on my clothes line. That’s what they did in the past, and that’s good enough for me. I wouldn’t want to put all those chemicals in them myself.
Do you have a dedicated network of people on the lookout for denim treasures?
I’ve been an archivist for LEVI’S for 24 years, and I’ve been buying all that time, but there’s only so much out there and the supply has kind of run out. I have one guy in Southern California who sells pieces to me. About every 18 months I get an extraordinary old pair that came out of a mining town or a garbage dump.
What makes a pair of jeans ‘extraordinary’?
Pre-1900.
There’s nothing sexier than a good arse in a pair of jeans, is there?
Yeah! I totally agree.
The subversive connotation of jeans has disappeared now though, hasn’t it?
I don’t know. I think there’s still some pockets where jeans are seen as a little bit ‘out there’. You know, when OBAMA wore jeans people remarked upon it – all those Ivy League types. But why shouldn’t the president wear jeans?
Do you think there’s anyone that shouldn’t wear jeans?
Oh heck no. Everyone should wear jeans.

(Text by Owen Myers. Photography by Justin Borbely.)

SLIM TABLE EXCITEMENT

02.12.2013 – A case of miraculous multitasking: as the new issue of Fantastic Man takes shape in our Amsterdam office, said office is undergoing something of an overhaul at the same time. The newest fabulous acquisition is a set of SLIM tables by Dutch designer BERTJAN POT for ARCO. The name of the very handsome table refers to its spectacular slenderness of course (which is thanks to a metal honeycomb construction beneath a tactile layer of wood) but it is also a play on the Dutch meaning of the word ‘slim’, meaning clever!

(Photograph by Gert Jonkers.)

A TOP TOP

30.01.2014 – It hardly comes as a surprise, since the work of designer ITALO ZUCCHELLI of CALVIN KLEIN COLLECTION never fails to impress the Fantastic Man staff, but his presentation for Spring Summer 2014, shown in June 2013, was another total high. Take for instance this narrow, mesh-and-neoprene cropped sweater with slightly looser arms. It makes the torso look so good. Oh, and the colour palette! Fresh like clear sky, pool water, toothpaste and YVES KLEIN BLUE. The only reason that fashionable readers might want to forego running to the store right now is because they’re saving their budget for NEXT season’s CALVIN KLEIN COLLECTION, featuring some incredibly desirable sweaters with the names of popular CALVIN KLEIN perfumes displayed proudly on their chests: OBSESSION, ESCAPE and ETERNITY.

(Photography by Milan Zrnic with styling by John Colver. Model: Daryll at Red NYC. All clothes by Calvin Klein Collection.)

B&W WEEK
THE SUPER GRAPHIC SHIRT

08.10.2012 – A variety of entirely monochrome options graces the DAILY RECOMMENDATIONS this week, just because. We are beginning with this cotton button-up shirt by COMME DES GARÇONS HOMME PLUS. Where most haberdashers would arrange the black and white stripes in a uniform direction, clever COMME has arranged the yolk’s stripes at an acute angle to those of the body. The shirt screams to be worn “buttoned-up”, without a tie, for further graphic rigour.

(Photography by Daniel Riera. Styling by Hannes Hetta. Grooming by Halley Brisker at Jed Root. Photographic assistance by Scott Archibald. Styling assistance by Fan Hong. Grooming assistance by Mizzie Logan and Jamie McCormick. Model: Chris Beek at Success. Thanks to the Town Hall Hotel.)

DIFFICULT COLOUR WEEK
BLACK

06.03.2014 – Ah, a very interesting case of a difficult colour for clothes is black – and not just because of the (apparently unresolved) debate about whether black is indeed a COLOUR at all, or just a surface that doesn’t reflect light. Anyway, while black is probably the MOST POPULAR shade for clothing in the whole world, wearing it becomes less and less advisable as one ages, when hair goes grey and skin loses radiance. While black is a great colour for those in their teens and twenties, navy blue is the trustiest alternative for all.