In honour of a travel-filled weekend, a cloud mid-flight.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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In honour of a travel-filled weekend, a cloud mid-flight.