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.
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.
2. 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.
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).
8. But she still doesn’t hold a candle to Emily Ratajkowski (of “Blurred Lines” fame).
9. Quitting your job and being a SAHD (Stay At Home Dad) actually seems like a decent way to go.