THE LOVE BOAT: Rosé wine was flowing at GQ France’s Riviera-themed bash on the boat Les Jardins Du Pont-Neuf in Paris on Friday night.
Maison Kitsuné cofounder Gildas Loaëc, chef Cyril Lignac and GQ Style editor in chief Will Welch were among guests at the party to mark GQ France’s 100th issue. Fronting it is a collage of some of the men and women who have, since the magazine’s launch in 2008, appeared on its covers. These include the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimović, Barack Obama, Kevin Spacey, Omar Sy and Gisele Bündchen.
On the docket for GQ France is a new supplement in the works that’s set to hit newsstands on Dec. 7.
“It’s a lifestyle supplement, which gives good play to food, high-tech,” explained Emmanuel Poncet, editor in chief of GQ France, which already publishes a biannual Style Manual. The next one is set for Oct. 7, and a new version of GQ’s web site should go live by the end of the year.
James Sleaford, GQ France fashion editor in chief, said while men in other countries are going more casual, French guys are embracing tailoring.
“Men are dressing up…with designers like AMI, Officine Générale, Éditions M.R. Balibaris — that’s opening a lot of stores at the moment. These people almost started at the same time as GQ launched,” he added.
Paid circulation of GQ France was 99,499 in 2015, practically flat on 2014, according to the Alliance pour les Chiffres de la Presse et des Médias, France’s circulation audit bureau.
On deck, Lignac – who was sporting Dior Homme from head to toe – said he plans to open a new eatery in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood, where he already has the Aux Prés bistro. The chef in March opened La Chocolaterie, a concept that’s halfway between a chocolate boutique and a coffee shop, in the hip 11th arrondissement.