VOGUE Hommes International (English) - - EDITORIAL - Olivier Lalanne

—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.

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