September 2011

Features

Ashton Kutcher

It's easy to forget he made his name as Kelso on That '70s Show. Since then the 33-year-old actor has fashioned himself into the most social-media-savvy figure in Hollywood, an investor in and adviser to tech's hottest properties, not only remaking his image but reinventing everyone's idea of the geek. Oh, and he's about to return to TV on Two and a Half Men. So, really, who's "winning" now?

Meditation Nation

A-list actors, multiplatinum musicians, and Hollywood movie moguls swear by it. Even today's Masters of the Universe close their eyes and recite mantras before they close a deal. How Transcendental Meditation became the new status symbol.

The Billionaire King of Techtopia

When you have cofounded PayPal and were Facebook's first angel investor, thinking small holds no appeal. Now the controversial Silicon Valley capitalist Peter Thiel is embarking on his most audacious venture yet: a start-up country on the open seas that will test his radical libertarian ideals. Will it change the world or prove to be his Titanic?
Fashion

Coast Guards

Think it's too early to start looking for the perfect cold-weather coat? Then you haven't seen the surfers at Australia's Whale Beach.

Get the Boot

Every man wants to get his hands on the must-have footwear of the season.

Street Smart

Get the urban-sophisticate look with these stylish variations on classic fall suiting.

Color

How can you make the season's muted palette pop? We offer a few bright ideas.
Know + Tell

The Obsession

The spectacular canopied open-air market in Spain where the architecture is as exquisite as the delicacies.

FOOD

The 10 new cookbooks every man should own.

DRINKS

An introduction to black beer, the brew of the moment; the appeal of super-small-batch liquors and wine-cask-finished spirits.

DESIGN

From boutiques to galleries, here's how to sample the best of London Design Week—in just 48 hours.

AUTO

Audi's new limited-edition sports car is the sexiest thing on wheels; a tech enthusiast's guide to the 2012 models.

FOOD

From friendly local grocers to massive indoor markets, here are the world's best gourmet shopping destinations.

TECH

You don't need an audiophile system—or even electricity—to get great sound from these acoustic speakers. Plus: the three music apps to download now.
The BODY

The Fitness Revolution

The secret to shedding weight lies in making your workouts shorter—but more demanding. Here's how to get more from less exercise—plus the best gym classes for doing it.

NUTRITION

Why chia—yes, the seeds from those clay pets—is the new superfood.

CELEBRITY TRAINER

Madonna's trainer Josh Holland shares an intense 10-minute jump-rope routine worthy of the Material Girl.

ACCESSORIES

These five pairs of sweatproof headphones sound amazing and will never slip, no matter how extreme your workout.

EQUIPMENT

Discover the future of resistance training: the TRX Rip Trainer, a versatile four-pound metal bar that's your ticket to a stronger core and ripped abs.

CALENDAR

Want to get a major energy boost? This 30-day program will change the way you eat, exercise, and sleep. Prepare to launch.

Culture

THE STARLET

With The Help, The Debt, and four other movies out this year, Jessica Chastain might just be the busiest actress in Hollywood.

THE INSIDER'S GUIDE

A sprawling new multi-venue exhibition confirms Los Angeles' place as one of the world's elite art cities.

THE CULTURAL DIET

Aussie actor Guy Pearce, who stars in this month's Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, shares his taste in everything from footwear to guitars.

THE PLAYLIST

A look back at the 10 best albums from DFA Records' first decade.

THE BACKSTORY

Jesse Peretz, the director of Our Idiot Brother, on how he became a filmmaker and why he cast Paul Rudd as a stoner.

THE WISEGUY

Common, the "conscious" rapper turned serious actor, dishes on his beef with Ice Cube and what it's like to be a Fox News target.

THE PRIMER

Six new TV shows you won't want to miss this fall. Plus: why networks are dressing their comedies to look like Bridesmaids.

THE YES LIST

Five things in culture we emphatically endorse this month.
STYLE

OPENER

Nothing says success like this elegant crocodile briefcase.

ESSENTIALS

Everything you need to know about casual shirts—the newest trends, the ones to stockpile, and how to get them tailored.

CLASSICS

Fresh takes on three iconic leather jackets: the bomber, the motorcycle, and the safari.

THE TASTE MAKER

Tips from Nicola Formichetti, the creative director of Thierry Mugler (and stylist to Lady Gaga).

TREND

On the runway and on the street, wedge-soled shoes are the look you need now.

ENDORSEMENTS

Our editors' picks: the 10 things we're coveting this month.

INFLUENCES

Is your style seventies-glam-inspired? Or are you more nineties grunge? A decade-by-decade primer on how to master the retro look.

GROOMING

This fall's six must-have scents. Plus: Benjamin Millepied's grooming regimen.
Last Call

STEVE JONES

As the host of Simon Cowell's new show, The X Factor, the 34-year-old Welshman is earning the affections of American audiences (particularly the ladies).
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