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A Cover-Ready Kit • Lil Nas X is the king of the viral outfit. So how do you dress him in clothing to match his larger-than-life personality? If you’re GQ, you bring in a bag of red-carpet-level high jewelry, diamond-encrusted watches, and razor-sharp Tom Ford tuxes (and a lot of rarefied couture—go to page 82 to see what we mean). Here’s a look at the styling behind the Lil Nas X cover shoot, captured on the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G.
The Year of the Brave
42-Chart-Topping Gift Ideas • Starring the Kid Laroi and a mountain of certified-platinum holiday drops.
Man at Work
ANDREW GARFIELD’S ANSWERED PRAYERS • How the erstwhile superhero—and perpetual seeker—fashioned himself into one of Hollywood’s finest actors on his own soulful terms.
Watches Worthy of a Leading Man • Henry Golding, who blew his first big paycheck on a Cartier Pasha, is looking for the next excuse to add to his collection.
The 12 Biggest Fıts of the Year • Fashion is back! So are the galas, awards shows, and after-parties where it thrives. These are the people who went large.
Sacred & Profane • How Lil Nas X conquered one-hit-wonderdom to become a master of attention.
THE CENTER OF THE WEB • Tom Holland was 19 when he first appeared as Spider-Man and became his generation’s biggest leading man. Now he holds the keys to the Marvel Cinematic Universe—that is, if he still wants them.
THE ONE AND ONLY GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO • His fairy-tale rise made him a sensation. But now, after turning the once-dismal Bucks into champions, he’s becoming something more like a legend. Inside the whirlwind next chapter for the NBA’s most dazzling global star—who’s deciding what he intends to conquer next.
THE YEAR OF RADICAL BRAVERY • In a cultural moment full of tests, these artists, athletes, and agitators risked their reputations and raised their voices to call out abuse, reframe narratives, and champion new ideals.
Well i Guess This is Growing Up • Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus got cancer—and then accidentally shared his diagnosis with the public over social media. Turns out getting sick renewed his faith, healed his old friendships, and reminded him what makes life worth living.
Demna Gvasalia for Balenciaga • Honoring the people, the moments, and the outfits that made this one of the most fun and freaky years ever for fashion.
Gucci, Fall 2021, Look No. 16
‘THE FRENCH DISPATCH’ CAST at Cannes
AIMÉ LEON DORE, 214 Mulberry Street, NYC
ELI RUSSELL LINNETZ for ERL
Adidas x Wales Bonner
Louis Vuitton Spring-Summer 2022
DIESEL by Glenn Martens
BAD BOY LIFE • He’s had a Hall of Fame career in the NBA, where he fashioned himself into a gender-exploding fashion icon. But when you peel away the attitude, and the hair, and the piercings and tattoos, who is Dennis Rodman underneath it all?
UNCHARTED TERRITORY • The most extraordinary explorer mountaineer photographer documentarian of our time, Jimmy Chin reached new heights with his film Free Solo. And now he’s panning out to even bigger stories, like The Rescue— his account of 2018’s riveting Thai cave saga. So has all the Oscar success cost Chin his edge? Well, he just dropped off the side of a cliff—and now it’s GQ’s turn.