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FANTASTIC MAN
A Decade of Spectacular Masculinity


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BACK ISSUES —
Past issues of Fantastic Man may be purchased conveniently using the most futuristic of all platforms, the internet. As well as the most recent issue for Autumn & Winter (No. 20), certain back issues remain available in limited quantities. Issues No. 19, No. 17, No. 13, No. 12 and No. 9 are currently available to order from Bruil & van de Staaij and can be delivered worldwide.


The designer JONATHAN ANDERSON and his brave new fashions.
Photographed by David Sims, issue no. 21
ROMAN COPPOLA —
“You hit the end and a ball of smoke would fly out.”
Photographed by Todd Cole, issue no. 16
HAMISH BOWLES —
“The fashion writer Caroline Kellett and I were wearing the same Chanel jacket.”
Photographed by Juergen Teller, issue no. 10
— FENN SEAN opening The Super Show, photographed by Jonathan de Villiers, issue no. 12
— CHRIS BEEK and MORGAN WATKINS playing chess
Photographed by Robi Rodriguez, issue no. 16
DAVID WALLIAMS —
“She didn’nt know I was on TV.”
Photographed by Alasdair McLellan, issue no. 12
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
— ALBERT REED, LOGAN MACRAE and JORDAN STENMARK in Palm Springs, photographed by Daniel Riera, issue no. 15
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
— JAMES WELLS photographed by Benjamin Alexander Huseby in Maspalomas, issue no. 11
CHRISTOPH WALTZ —
“I can’t run about every day thinking that I have two Oscars.”
Photographed by Alasdair McLellan, issue no. 20
PETER SAVILLE —
Photographed by Blommers & Schumm, issue no. 3
LUCAS OSSENDRIJVER —
“The style is quietly quirky, softly washed, casually elegant.”
Photographed by Daniel Riera, issue no. 5
WOLFGANG TILLMANS —
“You know, I see myself as gentle.”
Photographed by Alasdair McLellan, issue no. 11
MATTHEW SLOTOVER —
“The NME was my bible. I still have every issue from 1982 to 1989.”
Photographed by Alasdair McLellan, issue no. 15
SPARKS —
“We are inspired by the mediocrity of everything else in pop music.”
Photographed by Andreas Larsson, issue no. 2
— ADAM KIMMEL: “We’ll see how it goes.”
Photographed by Alexei Hay, issue no. 6
LORD SNOWDON —
“I very much believe in privacy.”
Photographed by Alasdair McLellan, issue no. 19
— JAMES WELLS in The 11th Look, photographed by Andreas Larsson, issue no. 14
DAVID COPPERFIELD —
“I had some bad clothing choices... what can I say.”
Photographed by Roger Deckker, issue no. 14
— HAIDER ACKERMANN photographed in Paris by Willy Vanderperre, issue no. 13
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
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
JEFF WALL —
“It’s a balancing act.”
Photographed by Blommers & Schumm, issue no. 19
JONATHAN SAUNDERS —
“What I love about menswear is the subtlety and detail.”
Photographed by Benjamin Alexander Huseby, issue no. 16
Dr. BRANDT —
“I don’t like to look like everyone else. You can see that right?”
Photographed by Andreas Larsson, issue no. 9
LESBIAN LOOKS —
Photographed by Andreas Larsson, issue no. 8
BRYAN FERRY —
“Yes, it’s about being fabulous.”
Photographed by Juergen Teller, issue no. 12
XAVIER DOLAN —
“I start on a subject and start yakking and never finish.”
Photographed by Benjamin Alexander Huseby, issue no. 20
— DANIEL and DOMINIC KING walking on Benidorm beach, photographed by Andreas Larsson, issue no. 15
— KARL KOLBITZ photographed by Liz Collins, issue no. 20
THE DANCER —
Ander Zabala, Photographed by Heinz Peter Knes, issue no. 1
— STEPHEN GALLOWAY photographed in Berlin by Paul Wetherell, issue no. 13
JEREMY DELLER —
“I’ve been interested in prehistory since I was a kid.”
Photographed by Alasdair McLellan, issue no. 17
— NATE SUN photographed in Beijing by Daiel Riera, issue no. 14
— GIBRIL GEORGE wearing a summer suit, photographed by Viviane Sassen in issue no. 9
OLIVER SIM —
“Not lonely, just a bit confused.”
Photographed by Willy Vanderperre, issue no. 16
TOM BACHTELL —
“I often feel like I’m learning to draw again from scratch every day.”
Self-portrait, issue no. 18
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
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
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
— MATTHEW MONEYPENNY wearing city suits, photographed by Daniel Riera in New York City, issue no. 10
EWAN McGREGOR —
“I don’t understand the idea of just delivering lines. I find it boring.”
Photographed by Alasdair McLellan, issue no. 10
AIDEN SHAW —
is perfectly boring
Photographed by Daniel Riera, issue no. 9
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
— ADRIAN BOSCH doing some spring cleaning, photographed by Andrea Spotorno, issue no. 17
TOM FORD —
“Paris is not a priority for us. Parisian men don’t know how to dress. ”
Photographed by Jeff Burton, issue no. 7
ALEXIS TAYLOR —
“They thought it was a girl singing.”
Photographed by Paul Wetherell, issue no. 11
— ROBERTO BOLLE: “I always liked the idea of having superpowers”, photographed by Andreas Larsson, issue no. 17
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
RAF SIMONS —
“I want new, new, new, new, new.”
Photographed by Willy Vanderperre, issue no. 14
DAVID BECKHAM —
“I’m just lucky”
Photographed by Alasdair McLellan, issue no. 13
REM KOOLHAAS —
“It’s essential to have mystical experiences. I have them all the time.”
Photographed by Wolfgang Tillmans, issue no. 6
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
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
FRANCESCO VEZZOLI —
“To think about what’s going to happen after you’re dead is nonsense.”
Photographed by Matthias Vriens, issue no. 8
GILES DEACON —
“I’ve been wearing glasses since I was about five.”
Photographed by Viviane Sassen, issue no. 2
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
AI WEIWEI —
“Yeah, I’m anti-China. What’s the big deal?”
Photographed by Ai Weiwei, issue no. 12
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




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.

21
starring on the cover JONATHAN ANDERSON

Spring and Summer 2015
338 pages

The spectacled fashion designer and former horseback champ GILES DEACON graces the cover of the second-ever issue of Fantastic Man. Who else is in the issue? Indeed, the interior design star JONATHAN ADLER, various older male models, the inimitable Italian gentleman CARLO ANTONELLI, and mademoiselle AMANDA LEAR in the latest men’s fashions as styled by KIM JONES and photographed by ANDREAS LARSSON. Fans of the following people might also want to try to lay their hands on this impressive issue of Fantastic Man, given that each one of them makes an appearance on its pages: the artist CERITH WYN EVANS, the actor ADAM DUGAS, the model BRAD FISHER, the brothers RON and RUSSELL MAEL of the pop group SPARKS, the actor JEROEN WILLEMS and the mysterious menswear designer ADAM KIMMEL. It’s a wonderful issue!

21
starring on the cover JONATHAN ANDERSON

Spring and Summer 2015
338 pages

The first of two issues celebrating Fantastic Man’s tenth anniversary year looks excitedly to the future, with a bold new design direction, plenty of colour and a focus on the fantastic men of tomorrow. Who better to star on its cover, then, than JONATHAN ANDERSON, the creator of the most adventurous clothing in the fashion firmament and the possessor of a totally modern business brain? JONATHAN became known for his own label J.W.ANDERSON and is now hitting his stride as creative director of LOEWE. He won’t rest until everyone knows how to pronounce that brand’s name.

Also interviewed are the splendidly-named entrepreneur MATTHEW MONEYPENNY, the astounding artist MARK LECKEY, the promising actor ALFRED ENOCH, and the energising SoulCycle disciple MARVIN FOSTER Jr. The future of masculinity is explored in an unprecedented photo series by ALASDAIR McLELLAN; the wardrobe of the future is unveiled by designers, among them KIM JONES of LOUIS VUITTON, who kindly reinvent a menswear staple especially for Fantastic Man; and an excursion to rural Italy reveals the tailors of tomorrow. A new section, bearing the title of Man Chat, gets to grips with the pressing topics de nos jours, which include rabbinical matchmaking and domesticated hens. It’s all such a breath of fresh air.





SUGGESTED FURTHER READING —
More marvellousness on paper from the makers of Fantastic Man

Pictured below 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 second issue is out now.






SOME FILMS —
Moving images from the makers of Fantastic Man

Sometimes, the foxiest fashions are best appreciated in motion. Seen above, 2010’s SUPER SHOW is a spectacular menswear catwalk extravaganza staged in a secret location in front of an audience of zero. For SPINS, which won the prize for Best Artistic Direction at the A SHADED VIEW OF FASHION FILM festival, professional men of the ice rink perform incredible athletic manoeuvres in slow-motion, dressed, of course, in the latest skin-tight styles. ROTATION is a dazzling compendium of startling modern dance to herald the arrival of DIOR HOMME’s Autumn & Winter 2013 collection. Please enjoy them all.

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 helpful good advice.

Knitwear Week
— Jumper #5

Originally published Friday, the 28th of September, 2012

It’s been a thrilling week of knits, and we conclude with another fetching zig-zag model. Surprisingly, it’s from the rather conservative CANALI, the Italian brand better known for its tailoring, and is made from a silk and wool blend. While we’re not one’s to play favourites, a not so subtle ranking of the week’s knits is welcome in the comments below.

(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.)

— An Amazing Fragrance Mix Called ‘everything.’

Originally published Monday, the 4th of March, 2013

This weekend our dear friends and Dutch artists LERNERT & SANDER launched their conceptual perfume, EVERYTHING. at COLETTE in Paris. It’s a mix of 1200 commercial perfumes that were launched in 2012, resulting in one giant bottle that looks like a blown-up tester thing-y. The actual fragrance, unsurprisingly-yet-spectacularly smells like you’re walking onto the fragrance floor of a scent-saturated department store. Amazing! Alas, only the super-unique 1.5L bottle is for sale – price on request from the artists. Also please check out the 1:44 min “making of”-documentary here. (Loyal readers will remember LERNERT & SANDER’s amazing ice-skate movies for FANTASTIC MAN.)

(Photography by Andrew T. Vottero.)

— Intellectuality

Originally published Wednesday, the 12th of September, 2012

This trench coat rendered in a wonderful navy wale corduroy, by DRIES VAN NOTEN, reminds stylist HANNES HETTA of his father, who is a professor of psychiatry. “Corduroy,” he says, “is a staple fabric for those who deal with the brain.”

(Photography by Daniel Riera. Styling by Hannes Hetta. Photographic assistance by Scott Archibald. Styling assistance by Fan Hong.)

— Cheese

Originally published Saturday, the 24th of July, 2010

This appetising STICHELTON is an unpasturised version of STILTON cheese that’s produced in small batches at a farm on the border of Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, England. It’s smooth and creamy and very delicious, though it’s not too strong so it’s also great for those who aren’t typically the biggest fans of blue cheeses. It is available from selected stockists around the world, a full list of which can be found here.

(Photograph by ALEXANDER SHOUKAS)

— Collection Of Balls

Originally published Wednesday, the 29th of February, 2012

London-based stylist Ms. SAM LOGAN recommends the calming pleasures of a focussed collection of marble spheres. “They’re very tactile and friendly,” says SAM, “they’re nice to pick up when you’re speaking on the phone or when friends are round. I find the weight of the marble therapeutic as it rolls around in the palm.” SAM possesses approximately 15-20 said spheres in varying sizes and colours, a selection of which can be seen above. The large black sphere is by ASPREY, jeweller to the British Royal Family, while the smaller black sphere is actually made from Tiger’s Eye a silky red-brown gemstone. “Usually, the collection is clustered on various tables and sometimes on the floor. I’d love to find the perfect brass bowl to fit them all,” says SAM, “collections of objects should be shown in their entirety. They’re not paintings.”

(Photography: Sam Logan.)