Said Nelson, "I heard whispers of this when I first got the job [as editor in chief] and went to Milan to meet with designers like Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs — people would talk about the Seventies era of GQ as the secretly influential years. It was a more marginal magazine then, before Art Cooper made it a mainstream, successful juggernaut."
He continued, "It changed the visual iconography. People now are used to seeing sexy, even homoerotic images on billboards, and I think that's a great thing. It's liberating and allows everyone to celebrate physical beauty without hang-ups." Kamp finds that heritage today in Abercrombie & Fitch catalogues and Calvin Klein billboards.
Elsewhere in the issue, a retrospective debunks the magazine's 1991 claim that Julia Roberts was the first woman to appear on the cover, an achievement actually of Carol Channing's. "We repressed it," joked Nelson. "[Art Cooper] had so refashioned the magazine in his image to be so masculine, and he might not even have looked back. It [Roberts' cover] just seemed like it was the first woman." — I.C.
FINE LINES: It looks like Hedi Slimane, who has shunned the media spotlight since parting ways with Dior Homme last March, is ready to talk. Word has it French daily Le Monde will publish an interview with Slimane this weekend. Journalist Florence Evin declined to discuss the article's content, but it is understood Slimane reiterates that he has maintained good relations with luxury giant LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and its chairman, Bernard Arnault. — Miles Socha