FANTASTIC MAN AND THE GENTLEWOMAN
2011 A/W ISSUE
“Fantastic Man” is an independent men’s fashion magazine created by graphic designer Jop van Bennekom and journalist Gert Jonkers. Launched in 2005, each issue features detailed interviews with known figures from backgrounds such as film, music, business and design. A sister publication aimed at women,“The Gentlewoman”, was created in 2010. The magazine enlisted Penny Martin, a contributor at “Fantastic Man”, and also an ex-member of the SHOWstudio team as their Editor-in-Chief. Lauded for their elegant presentation of photography, art direction, layout and paper choice, both magazines are highly ranked in the global scene.
In the latest 2011 Fall/Winter issue, “Fantastic Man” features Belgian designer Raf Simons on the cover. Other than talking about his views on work, life and fashion over his 15-year career, he is also photographed at his home while exploring the notion of body and space through the art of body language. Another key feature story is “CHINA NOW!” an in-depth look at the latest fashion happenings in Beijing’s new energetic areas, Sanlitun and Hu Tong. Presented in a bilingual format, the reportage aims to introduce this rapid growing and unavoidable country with interviews from a selection of key figures in the city’s fashion and art scenes.
The newest issue of “The Gentlewoman” explores the theme of “Lovely”, with interviews from Olivia Williams, a film, stage and television actress who graduated from the University of Cambridge; Jennifer Egan, an American novelist, whose work “A Visit From The Goon Squad” was chosen as one of Time Magazine’s Best Books of the Year in 2010; French fashion recruitment mogul Floraine de Saint Pierre and also jewellery designer Gaia Repossi. From these discussions, we’ll be able to understand the vocations through their individual style and opinions, and women’s struggles in the modern society.
Text: Vincent Lau | Translation: noble pauper
Photo: Fong Siu Pong
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