“My first GQ was the June 1981 issue—featuring one of Bruce Weber’s first covers. It’s hard to imagine magazines without celebrities on the cover, but this was from the days of models on covers and this one was a particularly good one—a tan, fit beautiful guy in a tiny bathing suit, being hugged from behind by an equally beautiful girl in a bathrobe. I’ve been staring at that image since I was 15, it’s burned into my brain. It’s always been a dream, a moment I was certainly too young and skinny to live out myself at the time, but one I’d always wanted to recreate somehow. So this was where the collection took flight: we wanted to recreate the most beautiful summer, at least my idea of one. Maybe it really was the summer of 1981.”
This past weekend the annual Doris Duke Surf Fest celebrated the world’s first competitive female surfer, Doris Duke, “the world’s richest girl” and protégé of Duke Kahanamoku. Surfers, locals, and enthusiasts gathered at the Rough Point Mansion, one of Newport, RI’s most elegant Cliffwalk estates, and perused the hundreds of surfboards fanned out across the lawn. GQ was there to ride the wave and capture it all on film.
GQ Rules. Summer style. One suit, three looks. Click the screenshot to check out the series, and check back for more summer fashion survival tips.
By now you’re hopefully familiar with the latest installment of GQ Selects, featuring killer products available at Nordstrom stores, and online. But our friends at Nordstrom went the extra mile to capture some behind the scenes footage from the recent shoot in New York.
When you think “Tank top,” do you immediately think of Jersey Shore meatheads? Well, think again. Meet the new, designer-endorsed tank—sportier and more dignified, just like the guys wearing them here: six of America’s top gymnasts, some of whom will be defying gravity for God and country at the London Olympics.
As a man, you have a slew of beachready footwear options, but few look sharp beyond the boardwalk. Flipflops showcase your gnarled toes, and while we’ll go to our grave rocking Vans slip-ons, they can feel a little casual if you’re heading straight from the sand to a champagne-fueled soiree. That’s where Rivieras Leisure Shoes come in.