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NICOLE BENTLEY PHOTOGRAPHER

For our take on ‘Back to Work’ (p104), Bentley had the ‘tough’ job of mak­ing Aussie su­per­model Jordan Barrett look good in pho­tos. She suc­ceeded.

JORDAN’S A COOL KID – WHAT WAS HE LIKE TO WORK WITH?

A dream – he’s one of those rare spe­cial ones. His pres­ence in front of the lens matches his beauty in the flesh.

HE’S KILLING IT AT THE MO­MENT – WHY IS THAT?

He’s got that cool, young heart­throb ap­peal. He also has got a mag­netic per­son­al­ity that draws peo­ple to him and his beauty and pres­ence just am­pli­fies him be­yond the norm.

TELL US ABOUT THE SHOOT.

We wanted to cap­ture his ex­pres­sion, move­ment and range. The fashion has a nos­tal­gic nod and Jordan gave it the ‘now’ fac­tor. It was a bit of a day in the life of Jordan.

BLACK AND WHITE VER­SUS COLOUR – WHEN AND WHY?

It’s about feel­ing – the mood of an im­age changes be­tween black and white and colour. I let the emo­tion drive it.

MOST IN­TER­EST­ING THING NO ONE THINKS ABOUT BE­ING A PHOTOGRAPHER?

It’s one of those pro­fes­sions where ed­u­ca­tion doesn’t have weight com­pared to some­one’s nat­u­ral abil­ity, vi­sion and style.

ANY FASHION ESSENTIALS YOU CAN’T SHOOT WITH­OUT?

Hunter gum­boots for those lo­ca­tion days out in na­ture – they live in my car. My shoot­ing fashion sta­ple is a sim­ple Mai­son Margiela black dress.

MIKE CHRISTENSEN MAN­AG­ING EDI­TOR

In his new role, Christensen’s main task is to keep the team run­ning like a fine­tuned ma­chine, which is easy given his amaz­ing col­leagues. Right, Mike?

AS A MAN IN MAGS, DO YOU AVIDLY READ THE CONTRIBUTOR PAGES OF OTHER MAGAZINES?

All the time, it’s good to know a bit about our fel­low writ­ers, pho­tog­ra­phers and mag peo­ple.

SO WE WON’T MEN­TION YOUR STASH OF RARE VIVALDI VINYL?

Ha, we just did. Though, it’s less a col­lec­tion, more a one-off I’ve played a lot on re­peat.

AT WHAT AGE DID YOU REALISE YOU WERE DRAWN TO THE WRITTEN WORD?

The moth-to-light mo­ment came when I did sur­pris­ingly well in an Amer­i­can lit­er­a­ture A-level exam. I find a way to credit Ten­nessee Wil­liams in most of my ar­ti­cles.

AND WHEN YOU’RE NOT NEGOTIATING BUDGETS AND COVERS OR SENDING THE MAG TO PRINT, WHAT DO YOU DO?

I text my wife and daugh­ter good morn­ing and good night. And dream about be­ing a de­cent surfer – the em­pha­sis be­ing on dream.

THE BEST PLACE YOUR JOB HAS GOT YOU INTO?

The only time I’ve ever dropped, “I work for GQ” was to get into last year’s Big Wave Awards. Ron­nie Blakey was host­ing and it was worth it. Maybe (def­i­nitely) some­thing I need to im­prove on.

DAVID SMIEDT GROOM­ING EDI­TOR

GQ’S go-to groom­ing au­thor­ity for as long as we can re­mem­ber, he’s the rea­son the team have the most up-to­date hair­dos and al­ways smell so good. Or some­thing like that. Go to p73 to get in­volved.

ARE YOU OF­TEN SENT GROOM­ING-RE­LATED PRESS RELEASES THAT MAKE NO SENSE?

Yep, every week I re­ceive one that seems to be the re­sult of a PR per­son who’s been let loose with a the­saurus and a tube of KY Jelly.

HELP US OUT – HOW DO YOU PRONOUNCE OUD?

Rhymes with rude or nude.

AND WHAT THE HELL IS IT?

Oud is a resin pro­duced by the agar­wood tree – na­tive to south-east Asia, In­dia and Bangladesh – in re­sponse to the phialophora par­a­sit­ica mould. It smells like a com­bi­na­tion of spice and tim­ber. Well, you asked.

BEST FRAGRANCE OF 2016?

Czech & Speake ‘No 88’. The rose, cas­sia and frangi­pani can seem dis­cor­dant at first but it was un­doubt­edly the fragrance I got the most com­ments on.

THREE GROOM­ING HABITS OR TRENDS EVERY MAN NEEDS TO ADOPT THIS YEAR?

Hair – the longer, slightly di­shev­elled cut, as seen on In­sta star and ex-tom Ford muse Jon Kor­ta­jarena, will be big. It’s per­fectly struc­tured with­out look­ing too done. Lunch hour spa treat­ments are go­ing to be mas­sive for men. So book now. With scents, fresh greens are go­ing to be big. My pick of the bunch so far is ‘Bracken For Men’ by Amouage.

LEILA AMIRPARVIZ FASHION AS­SIS­TANT

With seven Men of the Year shoots to con­tend with in her first month, quickly fol­lowed by the or­gan­i­sa­tion of dress­ing 50-plus celebs for the awards cer­e­mony, we’re thrilled/sur­prised Amirparviz is still here/alive. So we fig­ured the next test was to quiz her on the joys of work­ing at GQ.

WHAT’S IT LIKE RUN­NING THE FASHION CUPBOARD?

GQ So fun – watch­ing the fashion team play dress ups with in­ter­na­tional col­lec­tions straight off the run­way is what dreams are made of.

NO, BE HONEST. WHAT’S IT AC­TU­ALLY LIKE?

Even when I haven’t slept in 48 hours, it’s 2am, I haven’t called my mum in a week, and am on the floor scrub­bing make-up off Jon Hamm’s col­lar so the shirt can go back to LA on the first courier – still fun.

WORDS OF WISDOM FOR ANY­ONE WANT­ING TO GET INTO FASHION?

Be pre­pared to work re­ally hard for a re­ally long time. And set re­al­is­tic ca­reer goals for your­self. And never wear heels on set. Jug­gling 15 cof­fee or­ders in stilet­tos is never a good look.

WHO’S YOUR FASHION IDOL?

My fab­u­lous grand­mother. She es­caped the Ira­nian Rev­o­lu­tion with only a sewing kit in hand and went on to cre­ate tai­lored looks for roy­als and the so­cial elite in Lon­don’s party scene through­out the ’80s and ’90s.

SHOWS YOU’D LIKE TO ATTEND?

I would pick Jac­que­mus for fun and Prada for se­ri­ous style.

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