October 2010

Mavericks 2010

Our annual list showcases 16 bold thinkers and risk takers in the worlds of entertainment, politics, fashion, and technology. Whether they're fighting for gay marriage or making virtual reality a reality, these innovators are linked by a conviction that their ideas could—and should—change everything.

The Last Alpha Male

As Don Draper on Mad Men, Jon Hamm has become an instant icon by helping us rediscover our lost masculine cool. Even when he's not in character, the actor is in the driver's seat.

In Bed with Malin Akerman

After fanning fanboy passions in the mega-budget Watchmen, Swedish-born actress Malin Akerman is going small with a pair of angsty Sundance-style films. But no matter what the project, she looks great in her underwear.

"Holy Shit, I'm Fat!"

All over America, chubsessive men are moaning about nonexistent love handles. Why are so many guys so eager to pinch an inch they don't have?

The Spy Who Loved Us

With her stunning body and sultry charm, Russian seductress Anna Chapman made easy prey of the men of America. To this day, they insist that what they had with her was special.


From tuxedos to overcoats to leather bombers, it's cool to be blue this fall.
Know + Tell


A little yellow school bus with the soul of a fighter jet, the extreme workplace-motivation exercises in Italy, and why it's a bad idea to be a corpse in a two-hour parking zone.


A cult line of Danish furniture gets revived. Plus: working-class lamps, and the resurgence of mobiles.


How to make a more refined cup of joe (or shot of espresso), from beans to brewing techniques.


a guide to the best gourmet spices, including where to buy them, how to store them, and which foods they go with.


Stereo speakers for all types, from the frequent flier to the cubicle denizen to the party host. Plus: an app for finding the best deal on plane tickets.


Fashion's go-to guy for music has the soundtrack to your life. Plus: must-see docs, destination bookstores, and a new monograph from the kind of minimalist design.

Painstakingly crafted derbies from Louis Vuitton, a stylish new wave of technical apparel, where to buy men's clothes in the West Village, and how to get a suit custom-made in Hong Kong. Plus: The perennial pleasures of corduroy, hiking boots you won't want to hide, the season's best fragrances, and our complete winter-suit primer.

WISEGUY: Brian Austin Green

The former 90210 star dishes about getting to play a hunk on Desperate Housewives and making an honest woman out of Megan Fox.

LAST CALL: Max Minghella

The rising actor costars in this month's Oscar-baiting The Social Network, but deep down he dreams of getting to blow shit up in a Michael Bay flick.
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