Issue 21 —
VMAN’s sporting high-risk Spring issue offers quite a few rewards. As befits an issue focusing on the thrill of the game, there are numerous zippy articles on all kinds of sportsmen. They range from soccer-star-turned-commentator Kyle Martino and ice hockey’s hot talent Sean Avery in the more traditional realms of sport, to daredevil stuntman Nash Edgerton and Balthazar Getty- who likes a bit of easy rider bike action both on and off screen- at the more exotic edges of the definition. All of these are, of course, accompanied by stunning and suitably heroic photography.
Celebrity and fame, some say, are a sport, most certainly a game. Once again, VMAN is right on time to offer up those cresting the buzz of the international zeitgeist, this time in the form of teen idol Shiloh Fernandez and the returned ruler of cool pop, Kayne West. David Elliot’s article on the latter waxes lyrical about his fifth album, his cinematic projects, his fashion adventures and everything in between. Kayne himself is shot by Karl Lagerfeld; a Kaiser’s portrait of a King.
VMAN just wouldn’t be VMAN without the fashion and here there is no disappointment. Top marks go to Kacper Kasprzyk, whose photos, styled by Tom Van Dorpe, carry the sporting theme into the realms of a vintage gymnasium. Their fashion story of the same title extracts the elegant historic feel from the latest collections all rendered in a soft tectonic black and white world in which striking a pose and competing with honour are forgotten values rediscovered. Needless to say, those of a fashion bent will also eagerly devour Hedi Slimane’s latest chapter in his ongoing photographic saga on new masculinities, this time searching for a real American Hero.