Some months at Esquire we go with a theme. Sport, for instance. Film. Music. TV. Fashion. Food. We did one last year called Heroes. They're good, those themed issues. Focused, cohesive, authoritative.
Good, but not my favourites. My favourites are the ones that have zero focus, no cohesion and lack any real authority. Issues like March 2014. Issues that are, since we're being frank, all over the shop.
Minutes in the planning, this issue of Esquire is essentially a series of completely unconnected features commissioned on the hoof by men who had nothing else in mind but to gather about themselves some cracking stories and startling photography and plonk it all on the page. It's a freestyle soup. And that, to me, is the beauty of it.
A few recommendations:
1 | Johnny Davis's witty history of the male model
2 | Will Self's treatise on the meaning of (mostly female) beauty
3 | Tom Craig's photo shoot with the gorgeous and charismatic Sienna Miller
4 | Tom Lamont's strange piece on the extraordinary Mutti-Mewse twins, two British men, now in their forties, who as boys befriended some of the greatest stars of Hollywood's golden age
5 | Michael Odell's almost incredible story of less remembered star, the incredible vanishing man also known as The Human Fly.
6 | Tim Lewis's finger-licking report from South Carolina, where he witnessed the world's culinary superstars gathered being put through their paces by a man called Rodney Scott, the world's greatest exponent of the barbecue
7 | More photographs of middle aged men stuffing their faces – because I know that you, like me, just can't get enough of that stuff –illustrating Andrew Harrison's behind-the-scenes report on the goings-on at Sky Sports' remarkable Soccer Saturday.
8 | Perhaps most importantly, 30 pages of significant looks from the new designer collections, photographed by Tomo Brejc and styled by Gareth Scourfield and Olie Arnold
9 | Finally age-specific advice on what to wear, and not, from my own personal style guru, AA Gill.
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