GQ Summary – December 2013

We’re at it again! Last week we unveiled our monthly feature, a summary of GQ Magazine  (November ’13 – Michael Fassbender). This week, we tackle the annual December “Men of the Year” Issue.

As with most years, GQ’s 2013 Men of the Year come from two main pools – Actors and Musicians. The 5 separate covers feature Matthew McConaughey, Justin Timberlake, Kendrick Lamar, Will Ferrell, and the late James Gandolfini.

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Our Takeaways from the Issue:

1. There is some really overpriced expensive stuff out there, that GQ thinks make great gifts. We’re not so sure you need a $5,995 ping-pong table, $395 Hermes luggage tag, or a $799 air purifier. (We prefer selections from our Holiday Gift Guide for the Dapper Gentleman)

2. A Tweed Two-Piece can be the most versatile fall/winter suit in your closet. It can be worn together, or separated into pants/blazer, and can be dressed up or down (think chunky sweater). Keep it slim in the leg with no break for best results.

FreshNeck Style Tip: Stick with gray, and add shots of color with your accessories.

cfb6fe3b18bb0b3633901214746978013. Everybody and their mother still yearns for Breaking Bad.

4. James Gandolfini had his demons. But he was beloved by many, and was one of the best actors. Ever. (And he showed us a big man could have style!)

images5. 2013 may have been the Year of the Woman. The Insanely Hot Woman. Like Jennifer Lawrence, Katherine Webb (Miss Alabama, of Brett Musburger fame), and Emily Ratajkowski.

images-1 Unknown Unknown-16. Sarah Silverman is still the funniest gal around.  If you haven’t seen the James Franco Roast, two snippets from Silverman:

On Jonah Hill: “Right before the show started, Seth (Rogen) rolled a gigantic fatty on the stage – because that was the only way we could get Jonah Hill onto the stage”

On Franco: “I don’t think James is necessarily gay or straight. I think he just literally can’t open his eyes enough to see who he’s f#&king”

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7. The 25 Least Influential People of 2013: featuring Paula Deen, Anthony Weiner, Miley Cyrus, Aaron Hernandez, Justin Bieber, Tim Tebow, Lennay Kekua, and others. (somehow President Obama made the list???)

8. Jason Collins, the first openly gay American Professional athlete, has not been picked up by an team. As an aging big man with mediocre talent, it’s hard to tell the true cause. But regardless, his work is just beginning.

9. Say what you will about Matthew McConaughey and his public shirtless exercising, but the man can act. Some of his best work: Dazed and Confused, A Time To Kill, Contact, Amistad, How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days, We Are Marshall, The Lincoln Lawyer, Magic Mike, and Mud. They are throwing the O-Word around for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club, and he is starring in the upcoming Scorsese Wall Street destined-to-be-a-hit “Wolf of Wall Street” alongside Leo and Jonah. And yes, the man looks good in everything a suit.

10. Contrary to Number 3 above, many are ready to proclaim “House of Cards” the next “best television show of all time.” Hyperbole aside, Kevin Spacey is a beast of an actor (can you be underrated with 2 Oscars?).

Unknown-211. Kanye, Jay Z, Drake, and Eminem all dropped albums in 2013. Rapper of the Year – Kendrick Lamar. We’re big fans, and could do an entire post just on him (maybe we will), as he brings a fresh perspective to a game that hasn’t seen anything new in some time. Our favorite snippet: “in August, Kendrick snuck a sixty-four-bar Trojan horse into his buddy Big Sean’s song “Control” – a guest spot on a song that didn’t even make the final record. After Big Sean goes on for a while about drinking champagne in Detroit, Kendrick wakes up the entire hop-hop universe, calling out nearly ever single young rapper in the game: Drake; A$AP Rocky; J. COle; Tyler, the Creator; even Big Sean himself. The dude slaps Sean on his own song.”

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12. There is still only one man that the men want to be, and the ladies want to be with – Justin Timberlake. Musician. Actor (underrated). Funny as Fuck. Style Icon.

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GQ (November) Cliff Notes – 10 Takeaways

Since 1958, Gentlemen’s Quarterly has been the Style Bible for men (Re-branded as GQ in 1967). The cover has been adorned by a who’s who of style and culture, including Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, JFK, Denzel Washington, and Paul Newman. Tom Cruise has covered the mag 7 times. Though a men’s style magazine, pretty ladies are no strangers to the cover, from Barbara Streisand and Julia Roberts to Jennifer Aniston to Tyra Banks. See the entire Cover Portfolio here.

Beyond the cover one can find a plethora of style inspiration, and interesting stories.  But herein can lie the problem. Coming in at over 200 pages per issue, combing through it all (and retaining something) can be a daunting task.  Not to mention the ads (the most recent issue boasts its first article on page 69). So we’re here to help, in a new monthly installment called GQ Cliff Notes. We will scour the mag in all its glory, and give you a condensed list of 10 takeaways, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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November 2013 (Michael Fassbender):

1. Green is the color of the season. Think dark (Hunter or Emerald) to make your neutral grays, whites, and blacks pop.

1382541230648_green-style-012. Tie Bars are the accessory of the moment (We’ve been telling you this for months. Maybe you’ll listen now that GQ is telling you the same thing). It’s a quick and affordable way to step up your Suit and Tie game.

3. Its a lot easier than you realize to hire a hitman. And a lot less expensive. But be careful, apparently the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives employs an army of undercovers.

4. Tom Ford can turn just about any bloke into the best looking man in the room. (All it takes is a complete makeover that would cost a few grand). And he refuses to button the top 3 buttons of any shirt.

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5. The Oscars may get racially flipped this year, with no less than 5 worthy African-Americans worthy of the statue. (Michael B Jordan in Fruitvale Station, Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave, Idris Elba in Mandela, Isaiah Washington in Blue Caprice, and Forest Whitaker in Lee Daniels’ The Butler)

6. Harrison Ford is a cranky old man. So is Keith Olbermann.

7. Adele Exarchopoulos is a smokeshow (She’s the star of “Blue is the Warmest Color,” a French movie with a 10-minute lesbian scene).

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8. But she still doesn’t hold a candle to Emily Ratajkowski (of “Blurred Lines” fame).

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9. Quitting your job and being a SAHD (Stay At Home Dad) actually seems like a decent way to go.

10. Michael Fassbender is way cooler than you. Heck, he’s probably already been with #s 7 and 8 above.

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So there you have it. Everything you need to know from the latest edition of GQ. And you didn’t even have to pretend to not see all those cardboard subscription slips fall onto the floor.