August 30 2014

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Spaceman About Town


Ground Control to David Sims...The Man About Town is about to be Man About Galaxy. The new edition of Philip Utz’s menswear biannual Man About Town is The Space Issue, dedicated to the high life in all of its iterations—from the burgeoning space tourism market to French pastry master Pierre Hermé’s recipe for space cake. (Include cannabis at your discretion.)

For the new issue, Utz and creative directors Mathias Augustyniak and Michael Amzalag of M/M (Paris) pitted the homemade against the futuristic, starting with the hand-crafted font M/M (Paris) worked up for use throughout the issue, one that was hand-formed in salt dough, then photographed. “The space theme was chosen because I wanted to break with the retro aesthetic that Man About Town had been championing prior to the Hedi Slimane issue, but also because I felt that it would take the writers, photographers, and stylists out of their comfort zone to produce something less self-referential and more thought-provoking than what most other men’s books have to offer,” Utz says. “It was certainly very rewarding to see everything come together, with such unlikely bedfellows as astrobiologists and stylists, computer programmers and fashion photographers.” The full list of contributors includes fashion world heavies such as Alasdair McLellan, Joe McKenna, Olivier Rizzo, David Sims, and Willy Vanderperre, but also Google vice president Vint Cerf, astronomer Sir Patrick Moore, and Virgin Galactic head of astronaut relations Dave Clark. (“Our approach to Man About Town was very free-spirited,” Augustyniak and Amzalag say of the roster. “We wanted to have fun and placed calls for everyone to join the party.”)

The issue hit stands this past Friday. It comes with a packet of six postcards featuring art from the pages of the magazine, like the David Sims shot, styled by McKenna, at left. “Postcards from the edge,” Utz calls them. Space: Wish you were here!

Photo: David Sims / Courtesy of Man About Town

Hedi Slimane Speaks: The Dior Designer Turned Photographer On “One Of The Most Personal And Intimate Projects I Have Done In Ten Years”


Man About Town, Philip Utz’s biannual men’s mag, may be Paris-based, but its next issue takes Los Angeles for its theme. And who better to steward its westward course than Parisien-turned-Angeleno Hedi Slimane? The former Dior Homme designer has spent the last several years shooting disaffected youth in L.A. Even sunny California couldn’t brighten up Slimane’s trademark moody images, shot mostly in black and white. “This issue is all about the creative or artistic community in Los Angeles, not the well-known Hollywood side, but rather the subcultures, something like a tribute to ‘indie California,’ ” Slimane told “Brian Wilson had therefore to be on this cover, a mythical Californian figure still inspiring the punk rock scene today with vibrant bands such as Wavves or Best Coast. This issue is mostly about portraiture, from iconic artists or writers (John Baldessari, Kenneth Anger, Chris Burden, Larry Bell, Gore Vidal) to California youth.” The former Beach Boy is Slimane’s cover subject, shot in all his well-creased glory. “Brian Wilson is legendary for me,” Slimane explained. “He still embodies the ‘sound of California,’ and proved to be one of the most gifted and important musicians of the twentieth century.” The whole issue, the photographer continued, is very close to his heart. “The L.A. portfolio might be somehow one of the most personal and intimate projects I have done in ten years. The magazine is almost a complement to Anthology of a Decade [a book of his photos from 2000-2010], coming out this month.” Above and below, a few exclusive spreads from the forthcoming Slimane-filled issue of Man About Town.

Photos: Hedi Slimane