Happy New Year! I hope you’ve all had a fantastic break and are refreshed, supercharged and ready to make this your best ever year. I was lucky enough to get to An Evening with Oprah Winfrey when she visited Australia, so perhaps I’m still chanting in her ‘Best You Ever’ scriptures. OTT perhaps, but I love the symbolism of a New Year – I fully buy into the opportunity to reset, make new plans, new goals and ambitions for myself. I guess you do too, as our Back-to-business issue is always one of our most popular, so let’s go with it. In this brand-new issue of GQ Australia, you’ll find all the ammunition to build a new you for 2016. From your home office, to your briefcase, to a versatile work wardrobe and a new grooming arsenal, we have your outward expression of success sorted. Then there’s the more meaningful advice in GQINC., our department for astute career direction, that will help achieve the holy grail of work-life balance and, as always, some stern business acumen and inspiration from The Boss himself, Mr Mark Bouris – all packaged to coach you to greater heights this year. And it looks like it’s going to be an intriguing year to enjoy too. Sport and politics will be at the forefront as we head into an Olympic and election year both here and in the US. At the time of writing, America is set for a showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump – unbelievable yes, but likely to be highly entertaining. Locally, before Christmas, the election seemed like a forgone conclusion with the Turnbull government’s extended honeymoon, but who knows what lies ahead as things heat up in 2016. In a quest to get to know the key players more personally, foreign minister Julie Bishop sits down with GQ to kick off our political coverage. What’s with her love for the emoji? She reveals all on page 46. With a new year also comes new horizons for GQ. This month, I’m handing over to the new editor of GQ Australia, Matthew Drummond. Many will know I’m the John Farnham of editors, having stepped back in for one last term in 2015 while I found a replacement to run the brand. I have to say, I’ve had a fantastic year and it’s hard to sign off (again). So hard, our chief subeditor Mike, as gentle as he is, had to literally stand over me all week to prize this final letter from my fingers. Looks like there’s already separation issues. I have to thank the brilliant team for making the year what it was. As I mentioned last issue, we won Magazine and Cover of the Year at the prestigious Publish Awards – the best achievable accolades in the industry. The guys also put on a stonking farewell party – OK, maybe that was the GQ Men of the Year Awards, but I’m totally claiming it. Catch up on all the fun from the event, and see our incredible line-up of winners in a special foldout wrap up. I don’t really like to say, ‘all good things come to an end’, rather, ‘all great things get better’. And I know, as I move more behind the scenes to running the GQ business (and that of sister titles Vogue and Vogue Living), there’s even more exciting ideas to come from Matthew and the team in 2016. Lastly, thanks to you, our audience. Thank you for being more engaged with the GQ brand across its many forms. Be it through personal thoughts and ideas sent to me, coming to our events, or interaction through our various social channels. As we’ve broadened our editorial remit this year, I’ve noticed such an incredible and positive change to what it means to be a great Australian man, driven by you. Yes, the Aussie gent is more stylish, that’s a given. But he’s now someone that wants to be more – more tolerant of people’s differences, more active in driving equality for all people in Australia, more caring to be a fantastic dad, more open to change, and most importantly in the reality of the world today, more willing to make it a better place. And that’s a great, great thing.
Enjoy the issue,
Nick Smith EDITOR IN CHIEF