September 2012

Features

JAKE GYLLENHAAL

The 31-year-old A-lister never fails to surprise. His ultra-intense performance as a hardened South Central Los Angeles cop in End of Watch is yet another bold move in a career full of them: Brokeback Mountain's closeted cowboy, Jarhead's jacked-up Marine, Love and Other Drugs' smarmy pharmaceutical rep. It's even harder to isolate his off-screen essence. He's the boy next door one minute, a brooding artiste the next. Who's the real Jake Gyllenhaal? Don't ask him.

SPIN CITY

Superstar DJs like Tiësto, Kaskade, and deadmau5 are the hottest tickets on the Vegas Strip. They're packing the clubs of Sin City with young, hard-partying, big-spending crowds. No wonder casinos are rewarding them with swanky suites, private-jet access—and up to $300,000 for an hour's work. Is electronic dance music already going the way of Fat Elvis and Wayne Newton?

THE MEME-ING OF LIFE

You know a meme when you see one: a LOLCat, a dancing baby, almost any video involving Nicolas Cage. But how familiar are you really with the Wild West of Internet culture—which is the new pop culture? Here's a guide to the double rainbows and honey badgers that are colonizing our collective consciousness.
Fashion

ROOM SERVICE

Threads and accessories for the man who demands the finest things in life.

MEAN STREETS

This season's most elegant clothes have a dangerous streak.

BACK IN BLACK

Nothing communicates unstudied cool like a sleek, dark suit.
Last Call

LIV TYLER

The 35-year-old star of this month's Robot and Frank was raised by a former Playboy centerfold and has a father who wears makeup. No wonder she's writing an etiquette guide.
Know & Tell

THE BIG IDEA

If you judge others by their online profiles, then you can bet they're doing the same to you. Follow this expert guide to crafting your best Web self. Plus: tips from a personal-branding guru, and the perfect app to organize your day.

FOOD

Set your table in style with the stemware used at Le Bernardin, a decanter from Daniel, and eight other pieces handpicked by the country's best chefs. Plus: a compelling new book about the art of running restaurants.

TRAVEL

Rediscover Italy—without the tourists—in Basilicata, a hush-hush southern region that offers some of the finest wine, cuisine, and beaches on the Mediterranean boot.

DRINKS

Stronger is better with these impeccably flavored overproof cocktails. Plus: a glossary of boozy terms, and drinks so potent you can order only one.

DESIGN

The most influential gallerists in the country recommend one showpiece—from a steel-and-brass floor light to a multifaceted looking glass—you have to take home this fall.

TECH

All the gadgets, tools, and software you need to make home movies like a Hollywood heavyweight. Plus: shooting tips from a top DP, and the website for uploading your videos.


AUTO

Two car companies can be better than one: Land Rover meets Ford, Audi meets Lamborghini, and more cool collaborations at the automotive vanguard. Plus: the high-end showrooms to visit.
Culture

THE BREAKTHROUGH

With the release of their hotly anticipated second album, Coexist, British synth-pop outfit the xx are ready to take the world by storm.

TELEVISION

Everything you need to know about fall TV—including a new wave of can't-miss sitcoms, the latest appointment viewing for Anglophiles, and the continued pinking of the networks.
Style

TREND

Why celebs like James Franco, Katy Perry, and Lindsay Lohan are seeking art-world cred.

THE DIRECTOR

Spike Lee rediscovered his indie roots and his passion for Brooklyn with his new joint, Red Hook Summer.

THE YES LIST

Five things in culture we emphatically endorse this month.

THE WISEGUY

Perennial mobster Ray Liotta plays a two-bit cardsharp in this month's Killing Them Softly. But the 57-year-old Goodfellas star is ready to give up the life of crime for a shot at working with Woody Allen.
Style | Special Section

THE DETAILS GUIDE TO TAILORING

Impeccably dressed men come in many shapes and sizes, but they have one thing in common: They know the rules for wearing a suit. And here are those rules: 103 in all, including the four looks every guy should own, what to consider before you buy, how to pick shirt-and-tie combos, the correct amount of shirt cuff to show, which watches to wear, and more. Plus: stylish updates on classic dress shoes, essential advice from Savile Row's smartest tailor, the best tailors in America, and what the stars can teach you about looking great in a suit.
The Body

WORKPLACE FITNESS

Call it the Success Diet: The key to a corner office lies in your fitness, health, and nutrition routine. Employ these strategies to become a true power player.

CELEBRITY RITUAL

Actor Sebastian Stan shares the boxing-based regiment that gives him a mental and physical edge.

NEWS & NOTES

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

PSYCHE

Gadgets may be killing your workout—and giving you exercise OCD. Here's how to avoid information overload.
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