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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
AIDEN SHAW —
is perfectly boring
Photographed by Daniel Riera, issue no. 9
FRANCESCO VEZZOLI —
“To think about what’s going to happen after you’re dead is nonsense.”
Photographed by Matthias Vriens, issue no. 8
LORD SNOWDON —
“I very much believe in privacy.”
Photographed by Alasdair McLellan, issue no. 19
— KARL KOLBITZ photographed by Liz Collins, issue no. 20
— NATE SUN photographed in Beijing by Daiel Riera, issue no. 14
RAF SIMONS —
“I want new, new, new, new, new.”
Photographed by Willy Vanderperre, issue no. 14
Dr. BRANDT —
“I don’t like to look like everyone else. You can see that right?”
Photographed by Andreas Larsson, issue no. 9
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
MATTHEW SLOTOVER —
“The NME was my bible. I still have every issue from 1982 to 1989.”
Photographed by Alasdair McLellan, issue no. 15
JONATHAN SAUNDERS —
“What I love about menswear is the subtlety and detail.”
Photographed by Benjamin Alexander Huseby, issue no. 16
DAVID COPPERFIELD —
“I had some bad clothing choices... what can I say.”
Photographed by Roger Deckker, issue no. 14
JEREMY DELLER —
“I’ve been interested in prehistory since I was a kid.”
Photographed by Alasdair McLellan, issue no. 17
XAVIER DOLAN —
“I start on a subject and start yakking and never finish.”
Photographed by Benjamin Alexander Huseby, issue no. 20
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
— STEPHEN GALLOWAY photographed in Berlin by Paul Wetherell, issue no. 13
LESBIAN LOOKS —
Photographed by Andreas Larsson, issue no. 8
— ROBERTO BOLLE: “I always liked the idea of having superpowers”, photographed by Andreas Larsson, issue no. 17
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
GILES DEACON —
“I’ve been wearing glasses since I was about five.”
Photographed by Viviane Sassen, issue no. 2
WOLFGANG TILLMANS —
“You know, I see myself as gentle.”
Photographed by Alasdair McLellan, issue no. 11
— HAIDER ACKERMANN photographed in Paris by Willy Vanderperre, issue no. 13
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
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
— ALBERT REED, LOGAN MACRAE and JORDAN STENMARK in Palm Springs, photographed by Daniel Riera, issue no. 15
ROMAN COPPOLA —
“You hit the end and a ball of smoke would fly out.”
Photographed by Todd Cole, issue no. 16
JEFF WALL —
“It’s a balancing act.”
Photographed by Blommers & Schumm, issue no. 19
— GIBRIL GEORGE wearing a summer suit, photographed by Viviane Sassen in issue no. 9
THE DANCER —
Ander Zabala, Photographed by Heinz Peter Knes, issue no. 1
HELMUT LANG —
“I’m perfectly happy.”
Photographed by Bruce Weber, issue no. 4
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
— CHRIS BEEK and MORGAN WATKINS playing chess
Photographed by Robi Rodriguez, issue no. 16
SPARKS —
“We are inspired by the mediocrity of everything else in pop music.”
Photographed by Andreas Larsson, issue no. 2
HAMISH BOWLES —
“The fashion writer Caroline Kellett and I were wearing the same Chanel jacket.”
Photographed by Juergen Teller, issue no. 10
REM KOOLHAAS —
“It’s essential to have mystical experiences. I have them all the time.”
Photographed by Wolfgang Tillmans, issue no. 6
— JAMES WELLS in The 11th Look, photographed by Andreas Larsson, issue no. 14
OLIVER SIM —
“Not lonely, just a bit confused.”
Photographed by Willy Vanderperre, issue no. 16
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
TOM BACHTELL —
“I often feel like I’m learning to draw again from scratch every day.”
Self-portrait, issue no. 18
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
— ADAM KIMMEL: “We’ll see how it goes.”
Photographed by Alexei Hay, issue no. 6
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
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
DAVID BECKHAM —
“I’m just lucky”
Photographed by Alasdair McLellan, issue no. 13
EWAN McGREGOR —
“I don’t understand the idea of just delivering lines. I find it boring.”
Photographed by Alasdair McLellan, issue no. 10
— JAMES WELLS photographed by Benjamin Alexander Huseby in Maspalomas, issue no. 11
— MATTHEW MONEYPENNY wearing city suits, photographed by Daniel Riera in New York City, issue no. 10
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
AI WEIWEI —
“Yeah, I’m anti-China. What’s the big deal?”
Photographed by Ai Weiwei, issue no. 12
— DANIEL and DOMINIC KING walking on Benidorm beach, photographed by Andreas Larsson, issue no. 15
ALEXIS TAYLOR —
“They thought it was a girl singing.”
Photographed by Paul Wetherell, issue no. 11
DIEDERIK VERMEER — photographed by Viviane Sassen in Cape Town, issue no. 3
— FENN SEAN opening The Super Show, photographed by Jonathan de Villiers, issue no. 12
BRYAN FERRY —
“Yes, it’s about being fabulous.”
Photographed by Juergen Teller, issue no. 12
DAVID WALLIAMS —
“She didn’nt know I was on TV.”
Photographed by Alasdair McLellan, issue no. 12
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
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
LUCAS OSSENDRIJVER —
“The style is quietly quirky, softly washed, casually elegant.”
Photographed by Daniel Riera, issue no. 5
TOM FORD —
“Paris is not a priority for us. Parisian men don’t know how to dress. ”
Photographed by Jeff Burton, issue no. 7




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.

— A Writing Instrument

Originally published Thursday, the 26th of July, 2012

Isn’t it just fabulous how quality pens are called ‘Writing Instruments’? Here is a particularly slender one by DUNHILL that makes the joy of writing an even lighter and more uplifting endeavor than usual. It goes by the official name of “dunhill Sidecar Streamliner Chassis Rollerball”.

(Photography by Devin Blair.)

— Joan Didion

Originally published Tuesday, the 3rd of August, 2010

Now in her 70s, Ms. JOAN DIDION is perhaps best known for the in-depth, personalised style of journalism she shares with the likes of TOM WOLFE and NORMAN MAILER. Her reflections on culture, politics and contemporary society have appeared everywhere from LIFE magazine to THE NEW YORKER, and though her impressive literary output also includes novels, screenplays and drama, it is DIDION’s non-fiction writing that has won her the most praise. LIVE AND LEARN is a collection of three volumes – and almost four decades – of such work. For fans of her prose, it’s a must-have. For newcomers to DIDION, it’s something to look forward to.

(Photograph by ALEXANDER SHOUKAS for FANTASTIC MAN)

— Persephone Press

Originally published Saturday, the 3rd of April, 2010

Mr. SIMON FOXTON of London writes: “May I suggest the wonderful re-published books from the PERSEPHONE PRESS? These are, for the most part, from British women authors of the 20th Century. They are uniformly bound in dove grey, softback covers with wonderful ‘fabric print’ end-papers. Their shop on Lamb’s Conduit Street in London is a total gem. And the books are great weekend reads.” Some favourites of SIMON are “The Village” by Ms. MARGHANITA LASKI, “The Fortnight in September” by R.C. SHERRIFF, and “Few Eggs and No Oranges” – the diaries of Ms. VERE HODGSON.

Tim Blanks Recommends
— The Bowie Book

Originally published Monday, the 17th of October, 2011

Today marks a series of recommendations by the acclaimed fashion journalist and dear friend TIM BLANKS. The five recommendations cover DAVID BOWIE, a subject which Mr. BLANKS is particularly well versed in.

DAVID BOWIE wields a cultural influence disproportionate to anything as banal as record sales or chart positions. Akin to those theories that posit the arrival of extra-terrestrials who bred with neanderthals and knocked them several rungs up the ladder of evolution, BOWIE’s arrival in the lives of a generation elevated sensibilities to a degree acute enough that those so changed were able to exert similar influence when they became editors, designers, musicians and artists in their later lives. But, like HITCHCOCK, WARHOL or DYLAN before him, BOWIE offers such a banquet of choice in his many manifestations that it’s possible to mine just one period in his career to extract the pure gold of inspiration. Autumn 2011 is 1976 in BOWIETIME. BOWIE has inspired more comment than almost any other star, but, informed or otherwise, it was usually in the moment. What we’ve needed is a benchmark biography, something that locks in the context but is also well aware of the picture that gets bigger as time passes. Here it is. Starman by PAUL TRYNKA is set to be re-issued in 2012, but can be conveniently found secondhand for those unwilling to wait.

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

— Henley #5

Originally published Friday, the 11th of April, 2014

For a fifth and final day, model FLORIAN VAN BAEL is hard at work on the pull bar, the torso-enhancing piece of sporty hardware that’s just perfect for devotees of the henley shirt, which tends to look best on a pronounced chest. This white cotton long-sleeved version is by Mr. RALPH LAUREN.

(Photography by Daniel Riera, styling by Julian Ganio, grooming by Lee Machin.)