24
starring on the cover
DEMNA GVASALIA 
Autumn and Winter 2016 ... 302 pages

This issue of Fantastic Man, number 24, celebrates VETEMENTS’ designer DEMNA GVASALIA on its cover, photographed by INEZ & VINOODH. Featured inside: stunning critic AA GILL, singer DEV HYNES of BLOOD ORANGE fame, theatrical engine IVO VAN HOVE, sky-high BLAISE BELLVILLE who opened club phenomenon BOILER ROOM, and the artist JORDAN WOLFSON whose work is just sensational. Two new editorial sections are launched: one called TIME SPENT, reporting from across the universe, and another named QUESTIONNAIRE, which ties in with a new feature of the same name on this website. As always, the issue includes many fashion-photographic essays mapping great style.

MEN

A clickable display of subjects from the Fantastic Man archive

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 Andreas Larsson, 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
SEAN FENN 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

The Family

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  • This FANTASTIC MAN book, published by PHAIDON and edited by EMILY KING, is chock-full of the many men whose style and intelligence graced the pages of the magazine in its first decade of print.

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  • THE HAPPY READER, made in collaboration with the book publisher PENGUIN, is a bookish quarterly devoted to the pleasures of devouring the written word.

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  • THE GENTLEWOMAN is our cherished sister publication, of course. Produced from the heart of fashionable London, it carries exquisite style suggestions as well as conversations with the world’s most amazing women.

    thegentlewoman.com

    The book BUTTONED-UP, made in collaboration with PENGUIN, explores the fashions of East London.

    penguin.co.uk

    FOREVER BUTT is the hard-backed compendium for TASCHEN of the best and baddest bits of BUTT, our celebrated magazine for homosexuals.

    buttmagazine.com

    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.

    cosstores.com/Magazine

    This FANTASTIC MAN book, published by PHAIDON and edited by EMILY KING, is chock-full of the many men whose style and intelligence graced the pages of the magazine in its first decade of print.

    phaidon.com

    THE HAPPY READER, made in collaboration with the book publisher PENGUIN, is a bookish quarterly devoted to the pleasures of devouring the written word.

    penguin.co.uk

    THE GENTLEWOMAN is our cherished sister publication, of course. Produced from the heart of fashionable London, it carries exquisite style suggestions as well as conversations with the world’s most amazing women.

    thegentlewoman.com

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