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A clean, graphic, classic combo—black and white make every outfit a main event.Read more »
By Mark Hacking
Despite the drawbacks to driving a car—not enough parking, too much going nowhere in too much traffic—we continue to be obsessed with the automobile. And for good reasons: First, certain cars are motorized works of art. Second, life is short.
The interior features leather in a perforated pattern that suggests bubbles rising in a glass of champagne. The exterior is the colour of cognac, with a base coat covered in multiple clear layers that impart an intoxicating shine. And the front is spanned by a grille that’s like the wings of an eagle in flight.
Looking at this new Lincoln MKZ Concept—unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January and presented at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto in February—it’s clear that Lincoln is aiming high.
Derrick Kuzak, Ford Motor Company group vice-president for global product development, acknowledged in a January press release, “With the Lincoln MKZ Concept, we are not introducing a new car. We are essentially introducing a new brand.” Read more »
For Alexandre Despatie, diving is all about aesthetics. “Every time I step on the boards, I’m judged by how I look,” says the two-time Olympic medallist while on set at his Men’s FASHION cover shoot in Toronto. “It’s a fact I live with. My form has to be sharp. Every angle of my body is studied—it’s what I’m marked on.”
At a solid five-foot-eight and 155 pounds, Despatie’s frame is noticeably well toned. As he approaches the camera in a brief black swimsuit, an air of confidence radiates from his diamond-cut build. “Our bodies are our machines—our Formula One race cars,” he later says, after throwing on a pair of jeans and a T-shirt. “They need to be perfect to run well.”
In the midst of preparing for the London Summer Games—his fourth Olympiad to date—the Montrealer is clearly running on overdrive. Heading to the gym six days a week, he maintains a schedule that befits his title as Canada’s 36-time senior diving champion. Yet his daily routine—which includes 1,000 crunches, one hour of strength training, 20 minutes of trampoline work, an indoor cycling program called PowerWatts and 50 sets of ab exercises called “pike-ups”—is something he feels “lucky” to be able to do at all. Read more »
André 3000, real name André Benjamin, along with actors Adrien Brody and Gael García Bernal, is featured in the Masters of Style campaign, created by Gillette to promote its recently introduced Fusion ProGlide Styler, a tool that combines the functions of shaver, trimmer and edger. Benjamin, too, is a triple-threat talent. As half of Outkast, the Atlanta-based duo, he became one of hip hop’s most acclaimed musicians. He has also won praise as a menswear designer since launching his label, Benjamin Bixby, in 2008. And as a dresser, he’s known for being one of the best. He’s been celebrated in fashion magazines, and in Slaves to Fashion: Black Dandyism and the Styling of Black Diasporic Identity, an academic work of groundbreaking cultural history, his name shows up on the very first page.
Let’s catch up on the musical action. Last year, you earned a Grammy nomination for a track with Beyoncé. In February, Converse presented “Do Ya Thang,” your collaboration with James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, and Gorillaz. Is an Outkast album due to come out in 2012?
“To be honest, no, there is not an Outkast album in the works. I know there’s been a lot of talk in the internet world. I don’t have Twitter or Facebook or any of those kinds of things, so I haven’t had a chance to address it.” Read more »