August 2012

Special Section: Made in the USA

BUILD THE PERFECT OLYMPIC BODY

America's best male athletes step on the world stage only once every four years, but they never stop working to shape their bodies in gyms, pools, and training facilities. And after the closing ceremonies, they'll have changed the way we think about fitness and the male form. Meet 10 medal hopefuls—and steal their training tips so you can achieve your own personal best.

MICHAEL PHELPS

The once-in-a-generation swimmer is recharged, relaxed, refocused, and ready to go one more round. How the country's most decorated Olympic athlete—and the most amazing American body ever—stays committed to his grueling routine, relentlessly building the physique that has lapped the competition.

AMERICAN IDOLS

There would be no Michael Phelps without Mark Spitz, no Trey Hardee without Bruce Jenner. A look back at the iconic athletes who made their names at past games.
Features

LEAVING OM

When they were boys, they were identified by holy men as reincarnations of Buddhist religious leaders, just like the Dalai Lama. Now that they're young adults, they're questioning their spiritual inheritance, pursuing careers as rappers and filmmakers, and exposing the dark side of monastery life. Meet Tibet's lost lamas.
Fashion

OUT OF POCKET

These leather wallets offer a subtle way to stand out.

PERFECT COMPANY

Get ready for fall with chic topcoats, military-inspired jackets, and tweed suits.
Last Call

DIANE KRUGER

She shines as Marie Antoinette in this month's period epic Farewell, My Queen, but the 36-year-old German stunner is a sci-fi geek at heart.
Know & Tell

THE OBSESSION

This Dutch update of a classic 1950s bedside clock is an eye-opener in more ways than one.

DRINKS

Six white wines from unexpected regions that are guaranteed to refresh and impress. Plus: A guide to the new crop of celebrity winemakers.

TECH

These four flat-screens are ready for prime time. Plus: The basics of TV buying, and a covetable plug-and-play sound system.

FOOD

From sea to shining sea, here are the four best American road trips for gastronomes.

DESIGN

The sexiest timekeepers and must-have apps for your digital clock. Plus: Mixing luxe materials is the hottest trend in home furnishings.

AUTO

Not since the VW Rabbits of the early eighties have hatchbacks been so cool. Plus: The most over-the-top customization options.
Culture

THE SUMMER MUSIC PRIMER

Introducing British singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka and four more rising stars you need to know now. Plus: A rock doc about a talent who should have been a legend.


THE TREND

Why today's female writers are creating more satisfyingly complex on-screen men than their male counterparts.

THE YES LIST

Five things in culture we emphatically endorse this month.

THE WISEGUY

Chris Rock, the star of this month's 2 Days in New York, dishes on his short-lived teenage plan to sell crack and why he might be buying Britney Spears' next album.
Style

THE PURCHASE

A stylishly understated entry from Dolce & Gabbana's debut line of watches.

ESSENTIALS

From a perfect patterned scarf to a trim pair of wool pants, here's everything you need for a complete fall wardrobe.

BASICS

A denim jacket can be more than just a jacket—it's also a versatile layering piece that livens up any outfit.

TREND

Forget chunky glasses—show your face to full advantage with a pair of thin-framed specs.

GROOMING

Whether you're looking to give your skin some extra glow or you want to hide a blemish, there's a masculine concealer that's right for you.

EDITORS' PICKS

Our latest style endorsements include a designer denim collaboration and a luxe celebration of Opening Ceremony's 10th anniversary.

TASTEMAKERS

Masaya Kuroki and Gildas Loaëc, the founders of the Paris-based fashion and record label Maison Kitsuné, share their sources of inspiration.
The Body

FITNESS

The true measure of a (fit) man: the quality of his sweat. Follow these rules to reap the better-body benefits of perspiration.

TREND

The DNA-based diet just knocked paleo off its pedestal. Have we found the weight-loss wonder plan?

THE REGIMEN

Look like an elite soccer player with this cardio-strength combo.

NUTRITION

Hollywood A-listers swear by customized food-delivery programs. Here, the hottest services around.

NEWS & NOTES

All the trends, stats, and tips to get you in your best shape.
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