November 2010


Chris Pine

He earned his stripes as a swaggering Kirk in last year's Star Trek relaunch. Now he appears opposite Denzel Washington in this month's Unstoppable—a title that nicely describes the career trajectory of this handsome young star. So why is it so hard for Chris Pine to have fun?

The Biggest Act in Vegas

Ten years after he embraced the name Big Elvis, Pete Vallee tipped the scales at nearly 1,000 pounds. But today, thanks to diet and exercise, he's half the man he used to be.

Stay. Here. Now.

Magnificently conceived boutique hotels are sprouting up in the unlikeliest places on the globe. Here are nine of the best. Plus: the restaurants and boutiques for design addicts.

New Aged

Want the look of worn shoes without having to put in the work? These broken-in beauties are just the ticket.

Double Take

Slimming and stylish, the modern double-breasted jacket has left the midtown office behind for the downtown scene.
Know + Tell


One more reason Wall Street is dazed and confused, Carnival's Boyz II Men-themed cruise, and what British businessmen are doing with stuffed animals.


Off-kilter shelving for on-point tastes. Plus: the rise of warm metals like copper and brass, and this month's hottest design exhibitions.


The old-school boom box gets an iPod dock. Plus: bespoke earbuds, and an app that critiques what you're wearing.


Everything you need to throw a party on the fly, from cocktail mixers and condiments to vintage corkscrews and sleek decanters. Plus: five essential nightcaps, the best alternatives to guac, and how to get your friends to pitch in.


Indie rockers are looking and sounding a lot like those kids from Glee. Plus: 1970s American cinema, books popular among prison inmates, and Danny Boyle explains 127 Hours in two minutes.

The two coats you have to have this fall, a military-inspired watch from Dior Homme, Tommy Hilfiger's new slim-cut line for hipster preppies, and how to tie your scarf like a European. Plus: grooming tips from Simon Spurr, the 15 best online shopping destinations, why suede gloves spell sophistication, and four wardrobe essentials that are trending right now.

How to Get the Body of the Moment

Today's ideal physique is slim and rangy, and you can't achieve it in the weight room. Instead, head to the exercise studio and try these four stretching and toning workouts. Plus: the best classes, and how to do them without a trainer.

Drop Culture

While the Early Adopters were busy broadcasting the latest trends to their followers on Twitter, a new tastemaker emerged. His skill lies not in discovering what's next, but in discarding the soon-to-be-played-out. His name? The First Dropper.

WISEGUY: Gavin Rossdale

Gwen Stefani's hubby on dodging diaper duty, reuniting Bush, explaining paparazzi to the kids, and his strategy for playing tennis with Roger Federer.

LAST CALL: Todd Phillips

The director of this month's Due Date dishes on his plans for a sequel to The Hangover, his upcoming Belushi biopic, and his attempt to tase Zach Galifianakis.
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