December 2010

Features

MATTHEW MORRISON

Glee's talented Mr. Schuester provides grown-ups with a reason to watch the hit show. But when school lets out, TV's teacher of the year has even greater adult-contemporary ambitions—like becoming the next Michael Bublé.

bullfighting's boy king

Inside the ring, 12-year-old Mexican matador Michelito Lagravere has already put the sword to nearly 300 bulls. Now, if he could just overcome his fear of flying, maintain his grades, and keep from giggling when he talks about girls.

Gift Guide

Instant gratification

From books to bikes to bow ties, the 71 coolest gifts to give (and get) this holiday season.

Fashion

lounge acts

Bored with anonymous crewneck sweaters? The season's cable-knit cardigans, rugged wool henleys, and chunky turtlenecks will make you stand out in a crowd.

Know + Tell

the oBSESSION

A British company lets you turn rooms into art by making wallpaper out of prints, illustrations, and photography.

tech

Speakers that look as beautiful as they sound. Plus: the best sites for high-fidelity music downloads.

design

Shop the world's finest design galleries. Plus: a smart, simple way to sex up antique furnishings.

food

Food-of-the-month clubs for gourmet tastes. Plus: new restaurants from acolytes of French Laundry chef Thomas Keller.

drinks

Great wine doesn't have to come in bottles. Plus: Meet your mobile sommelier.

Culture

THE CULTURAL DIET

Vincent Cassel, who stars in this month's Black Swan, talks about his favorite song to work out to, the bad French film he loves, and his fondness for Speedos.

THE insider's guide

Art Basel Miami Beach, the most important collector's event in North America, arrives this month. Here's everything you need to see.

THE trend

Like Larry David and Neil Patrick Harris, Matt LeBlanc has discovered that the best way to entertain audiences is to play a mean-spirited version of himself.

THE starlet

The most eye-catching visual effect in this month's Tron sequel just might be House star Olivia Wilde in a skintight rubber suit.

THE talking points

Five cultural touchstones of the month, from a can't-miss Oscar contender to Julie Taymor's trippy Spider-Man musical.

THE WISEGUY

Jared Leto may be best known as an actor, but the Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman has proved himself to be a legitimate rock star, too. He dishes on working with Kanye and getting in touch with his inner transvestite.

Style: Travel Special

THE PURCHASE

A Gucci duffel that looks sharp and plays hard.

Cases

Packing is a fine art, and the right tools can help you master it.

WARDROBE

The ideal travel outfit includes an unstructured blazer, a cotton button-down, butter-soft jeans, and sneakers you can pair with a suit.

TASTEMAKER

Globe-trotting Swedish fragrance designer Ben Gorham shares his tips on how to stay stylish and fresh on the road.

IN FLIGHT

Everything you need in a carry-on, from noise-canceling headphones to a change of clothes. Plus: how to choose your iPad case.

GADGETS

Six essential tech products for getting the most from your time in transit.

GROOMING

The complete Dopp kit. Plus: the best way to shave while traveling.

SLEEP

A handy guide to help you choose the right sleeping pill when you fly.

HEALTH

Two nutritionists offer advice on the best snacks to pack before you board and how to order the right meals from an airplane menu.
Special Section

How Design Is Changing The Way We Do Everything

Contemporary design is influencing every aspect of modern life. It's transforming our homes with smarter housewares and interior-decoration techniques that help us build better dwellings. It's altering our offices with ergonomic, energy-efficient furnishings and productivity tools that let us get more done. It's remaking travel by creating satisfying modes of transportation that are less harmful to the planet. And it's even reinventing leisure time with products that give us exciting new ways to play.
Last Call

henry hopper

The 20-year-old star of Gus Van Sants upcoming Restless (and son of the late Dennis Hopper) disses action movies, explains what real art means to him, and predicts an alien invasion.
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