—Emerging from a winter that left no stone unturned, weatherwise, combined with a global crisis and near absolute zero morale, it’s not difficult to see why so many people are clearing out of the cities and heading for the country or faraway places. They may be seeking a change of scene, to upend priorities, get rid of stress, make their lives more meaningful, or ultimately find the “real” world. Heading off to see if the grass really is greener is one of the most widely–shared desires in the world today, even among politicians …
This latest issue of Vogue Hommes International is an invitation to travel, to get away from it all without getting out of bed, before you, too, make that giant leap. Our slogan for the summer is “Escape” — the word stamped on the wet tank top of our cover boy.
Just 12 months ago, it was Jarrod Scott who smouldered on our cover. We caught up with him at home in Australia, where he lives in perfect harmony in his almost too flash natural environment.
At the other end of the scale, we scooped an exclusive interview with film–maker Bertrand Bonello in a dimly–lit editing suite in Paris. He is putting together the final cut of his eagerly–awaited film on Yves Saint Laurent: a heady, bewitching trip back to the beating heart of the 1970s.
Saint Laurent, who saw colour when he closed his eyes, must have dreamt a lot about Africa. Witness his iconic safari jacket. He would certainly have appreciated our Kenya feature — a production worthy of Cecil B. DeMille shot in the earthly paradise of the Soysambu Conservancy. A glamorous illustration of Karen Blixen’s descriptions of the landscapes in Out of Africa — an exotic trek with a cast of rhinoceros, buffalo, giraffes and elephants. A front–row seat in the back of the back of beyond. As if you were there.