In the days of yore (the formative stages of my fashion/style obsession), I remember trawling through countless threads on The Fashion Spot (as any wannabe fashion-aficionado does), the vast majority of which involved a helluva lot of model-appreciation even if the thread's sole purpose wasn't model-fanboy/girl-ing. And since I've never really been a model-obsessive it did at times prove irksome when members would gush "OmGzz Brad is sooo hot" in response to mere posting of runway collections. I knew the difference between my Irinas and had, at one point, a none-too-healthy interest in Sean O (eh...who didn't?) but I've never been a full-on, stalk-the-show-venues model-fanatic.
Now, though, with the recent launch of fledgling London-based zine, Hero (founded by James West and Fabien Kruszelnicki), I find myself steadily developing a mild (but existent nonetheless) obsession. With photography by "Polaroid artist" Jeremy Kost and everybody's favourite cheeky it-boy Pelayo Diaz Zapico, and a wealth of the boys making up the cream of the male-modelling crop including Robbie Wadge and Ryan Koning, this really is set to be something big.
^ Ryan (Major, NYC) photographed by Matthew Kristall.
^ Robbie (VNY, NYC) photographed by Matthew Kristall.
^ Nicolas (Cento, Berlin) photographed by Stefan Heinrichs.
^ Luuc (Republic, Amsterdam) photographed by Massimo Pamparana.
No, it may not be the most inspiring publication regarding formulation of your daily outfit (unless you're perfectly happy to sit topless - possibly pantless, too - at your office-desk) but what it lacks in actual clothes it more than makes up for in artful photographs/layouts, insightful interviews (hopefully...only snippets as of yet) and breathtaking beauty.
Find stockists or buy online here.
EDIT: So, Blogger tells me this is the 250th post. I'd like to take this opportunity (avoiding as much cheddar as possible in the process) to thank each and every one of you for reading, ranting, loving, hating etc. In keeping with the truly celebratory theme this post is on topless boys, do enjoy yourselves.