#2811 The King Of Cool

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Hey, gidday mates. Overshare alert: I’ve had a stomach virus for the past four days, so besides leaving the house on Friday morning for 25 minutes to shoot with Kat and Jenny, I haven’t left my bed in 96 hours. Except, of course, to run to the bathroom and explode. In my downtime I managed to watch a season and a half of the BBC cop drama Luther, which stars Idris Elba as a rage-obsessed-yet-steadfastly-loyal detective; I read all 10 of these Incredible It Girl Profiles, nine of which were brilliant (the Tiffani Amber Thiessen one was just plain nasty); and watched the Super Bowl, which included a TV commercial featuring my friend and fellow New Zealander Georgia Fowler! I also obsessively pored over thousands of photos of The King of Cool, Mr Steve McQueen. Here are some of my favorites. Happy-er Monday than me, everybody!

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#2810 You’re Dating A Bully

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Anon asks: My girlfriend of three months gives me a lot of shit. She thinks it’s in the form of witty banter, a bit of a treat ’em mean, keep ’em keen approach to her first relationship (she’s 23, I’m 25). What started as funny, quick, back-and-forth conversation has developed into continuous blows to my confidence. What to do? She always says she’s just joking but when I say I don’t like it, her answer is “Well this is just me, take it or leave it.” I love her but shit it’s tough sometimes.

Hey, gidday mate. Have you ever read that book The Game about the secret society of pickup artists? Sounds to me like your girlfriend is negging you.

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#2809 Gucci X Bergdorf Goodman

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Hey, gidday mates. Let’s get something straight: Alessandro Michele is single-handedly disrupting the world of menswear, which, prior to his landing on the scene at Gucci, was evolving at a glacial pace. He started with those furry loafers, then the loose, flowing pants, the silk suits and the pussy bows, now the Charlie Brown-chic, the appliqué overload, and the not so subtle shift in silhouette. Sometimes you need a renegade to come along and knock the socks off the establishment. Watch this space: Our wardrobes are about to change dramatically. I shot these photos with Kat Irlin on top of the Nomad Hotel a few weeks ago, I’m wearing Gucci S/S 2016, and today is the day I can finally release them, because today is the day that the collection is released in store at Bergdorf Goodman. Guess who’s going to be first in the door this morning to try it all on? See you there.

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#2808 The Second Layer Q&A

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Hey, gidday mates! I flew back to New York from Paris last Monday, and I was joined onboard by a couple of cool Californian designers named Ant De Padovane and Joshua Willis, who’d just been showing at Project Paris. We got talking, they told me about their labels Second Layer (which they’re presenting tomorrow at NYFW Men’s) and Article No. — worn by guys like Future, Jared Leto and Eugene Tong — and I asked if I could record what was said and post it as an interview. The following conversation on New York VS LA, Mexican gangster style, and tacos took place 30,000 feet above the English Channel.

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#2807 Puffer Daddy

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Hey, gidday mates! A few things: 1. New York Fashion Week: Men’s starts today; 2. It is unseasonably warm right now in New York (it’s going to be 16 degrees/61 Fahrenheit on Wednesday); and that means, 3. We can actually wear well-thought-out outfits without having to worry about dying of cold. Hooray! This Tatras goose down puffer jacket is my secret weapon right now. It’s warm but almost completely weightless, and because it’s puffy it compresses, which means I can wear it underneath just about anything — including a tailored suit jacket — eliminating the need for an overcoat. It also makes me look super Italian, which can only mean good things. Si si? Maybe. Hard to say. Happy Fashion Week, New Yorkers! Happy Monday, everybody else!

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