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POLL: How Useful Are GQ and DETAILS Magazines To You?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Nexus6, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. rs232

    rs232 Well-Known Member

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    On the occasions I've picked up copies, I have found them to be mostly ads. The articles aren't that well researched either. Agree that forums are generally more accurate, more stylish, and less fashionable. Except that trend around here for jackets that look an inch too short...
     
  2. lasbar

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    You will most likely get one or two fashion ideas per magaizine..
    You will most likely get more practical tips such as addresses ,new shops and so on than real sartorial science..
    Style Forumers are more likely to give you great sartorial advice than GQ or Esquire journos..
    When you occult the coveted interests and personal lobbying/networking behind these articles , you might find one great article per se every month, the rest being sheer product placement..
     
  3. ChicagoJohn

    ChicagoJohn Well-Known Member

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    I get a few of these magazines and the first thing I do is flip through them with a razor-blade. I slice out any pages with interesting looks and put them into a scrapbook on the coffee table.

    Occassionally I flip through this scrap book for new ideas or looks I may want to replicate. It's a quick go-to guide of only clothing and looks. No articles, no ads, no editorials. Just the clothes.

    It's surprising how much of mens fashion magazines are pure garbage. I get MAYBE 3-4 pages to keep out of an entire 100+ page mag.
     
  4. yachtie

    yachtie Well-Known Member

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    They're all shills for the fashion houses. Waste of time.
     
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    They're all shills for the fashion houses. Waste of time.

    +1 One of the most annoying things it to flip through a GQ spread and read what the guy is wearing. Sometimes it will be "Suit, $200 from H&M, shirt, $850 from Armani, shoes, $1600 from Dolce and Gabanna, and Tie, $45 from J. Crew" and it just leaves you thinking that no one who wore an H&M suit would go buy an Armani shirt for 4x the price. They obviously just combine random shit that the fashion houses give them.
     
  6. Nexus6

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    +1 One of the most annoying things it to flip through a GQ spread and read what the guy is wearing. Sometimes it will be "Suit, $200 from H&M, shirt, $850 from Armani, shoes, $1600 from Dolce and Gabanna, and Tie, $45 from J. Crew" and it just leaves you thinking that no one who wore an H&M suit would go buy an Armani shirt for 4x the price. They obviously just combine random shit that the fashion houses give them.
    True. Also, the models are usually way too young to even be able to afford any of it in the first place, unless they are spending daddys money (doubtful), and even if they get the money, they still have nowhere to go in these clothes. If a person is just learning though, they can still use the photos as a study to match colours and textures with what they may have or they can buy something affordable and tweak the ideas to achieve the same effect. 99% of people on the street won't know the difference. [​IMG] It would be wise for those mags to give more helpful tips. 2 years ago there was a good spread about clothes for different body types. That was just great.
     
  7. lasbar

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    Magazines are using certain network like every business on the planet ..
    We also have what i call the product ads disguided as a full blown fashion article...
    Journos can also be lazy and contact a few brand names willing to send their products and also make favours such as freebies...
    A very notorious London-based Journalist is famous for that...He had a lot of free bespoke suits from Hunstman for promoting their brands,shoes from Cleverley and also Gaziano and many others...
     
  8. js4design

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    read gq, details, and sometimes esquire and i think i like gq the best of the 3. gq seems to know what it is and what it isn't and doesn't take itself too seriously, while details has a little bit of a too cool for the room vibe IMHO. Esquire has good ideas for articles, and then they don't execute them as well as they could (too few examples). but i think good ideas can be pulled from all 3, as long as you're not using any as a "bible" of sorts.
     
  9. lasbar

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    You're absolutely right..They go for the punch line straight in and the rest of the article is lazy..
    A great title, a few lazy pictures and products offered by sponsors and an article full of cliche,that is Esquire or GQ for you...
    They want you to believe that they are introducing you to something exceptional when most of the time you're reading a very superficial article..
     
  10. Finsen

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    GQ and Details are great for beginners who need to learn what fit means, how to combine clothing items, and build up a wardrobe starting from the basics.

    Besides the fashion and clothing stuff, those magazines also include topics like food, cars, and other investigative articles. So I would classify them as lifestyle magazines since their focuses are not solely on fashion.

    By the way, I think GQ is a tad bit better than Details.

    p.s. I'm not a big fan of their celebrities stuff...
     
  11. Nuff said

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    There is more good stuff in a Men's Ex or Leon before the masthead, than in an entire GQ, etc.

    QFT

    Once you buy a couple of Japanese mags you won't go back to Details & GQ. It's like comparing Converse with Crockett & Jones. You don't need to speak Japanese - the photos and illustrations are all you require.
     
  12. emmanuel

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    True.
    Also, the models are usually way too young to even be able to afford any of it in the first place,
    unless they are spending daddys money (doubtful),
    and even if they get the money, they still have nowhere to go in these clothes.


    By no meaning of the word sense does that make any!
     
  13. Guero

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    +1 One of the most annoying things it to flip through a GQ spread and read what the guy is wearing. Sometimes it will be "Suit, $200 from H&M, shirt, $850 from Armani, shoes, $1600 from Dolce and Gabanna, and Tie, $45 from J. Crew" and it just leaves you thinking that no one who wore an H&M suit would go buy an Armani shirt for 4x the price. They obviously just combine random shit that the fashion houses give them.

    Eh, while I agree with your conclusion about the source of the clothes, I'm not sure I agree that mixing high and low is a bad thing. If I like something, I like it. I'm wearing a Richard James suit and JM Weston derbies to a meeting tomorrow with a shirt I got at BR for $13 and a $25 Kent Wang pocket square. I like the shirt as much as any of the other stuff.

    Also, someone else made the point, and I agree, that while there is a heavy emphasis on fashion, these are lifestyle magazines and often include useful stuff on restaurants, travel, etc. Details skews a little young for my taste, but it would be useful to a guy in his 20's.
     
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    By no meaning of the word sense does that make any!
    Emmanuel?
     
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    If someone is young they are either broke or they have money because of daddy? Come on...
     
  16. Nexus6

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    well...young people working part time are not going to pay $$$ for the extreme expensive stuff are they?

    I mean when I was that age (teens-20's), it didn't matter what you wore,
    one was only trying to get laid, and everyone was equally broke,
    and it didn't matter because we knew how to relate with one another.

    Very few young people are using their intelligence....a mere handful.
    the majority can put on a good show...for a few minutes,
    then it all falls apart.
    Young people today cannot pull up their pants. they spit and mumble and rap, and no one understands anything.
    They are incapable of an original thought; have a 3 second attention span,
    and a 300 word vocabulary,
    and I haven't begun to even judge them.
    These are straight-forward observations that are painfully obvious to anyone who has eyes to see it.

    What money they may earn, they would rather buy food & booze, condoms & drugs than fine clothing.

    There are always the exceptions..but they are the exceptions, not the majority.

    Seriously, even this website represents a great minority.
    Maybe one day that will change, and I certainly hope the popularity of websites like this grows.
    But today is not that day.
    What more can I say?[​IMG]
     
  17. emmanuel

    emmanuel Well-Known Member

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    There are always the exceptions..but they are the exceptions, not the majority.


    But there are exceptions. Thats all I wanted...
     
  18. Nexus6

    Nexus6 Well-Known Member

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    But there are exceptions. Thats all I wanted...

    Sorry for any misunderstanding
     
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  20. yoshii

    yoshii Well-Known Member

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    i'll sometimes flick through GQ to kill time if there's a newsagent/bookstore around.
    There's sometimes a few interesting things in there, but as most have said most of the pages are ads.
     

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