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.