it’s late september as I write these words, and though the midday temperatures are still hovering in the low 30s, there is – and I don’t think this is delusional on my part – the merest hint of a cooling morning breeze. Perhaps the winter monsoon really is heading our way, presaging the imminent arrival of a golden autumn.
It may seem like we’re jumping the gun just a little, but as is the tradition here at Prestige Towers, this October issue comes packed with every look a guy will ever need to cut a dash during the cooler months that beckon enticingly between now and March. As well as the 120-page Prestige Runway autumn/winter men’s supplement that comes bundled with this magazine, we’ve also ventured into the badlands of LA for our fashion shoot, in which we showcase a wardrobe of daring seasonal duds against a backdrop of classic Airstream trailers and the random detritis of Hollywood movie-making.
Naturally the broadly masculine orientation of this month’s magazine requires a suitable cover personality, and we’re certain that actress and action heroine Jaimie Alexander fits the bill perfectly. Alexander first held our attention a few years back as the warrior Sif in Thor, a role she recently reprised in the movie’s sequel, The Dark World. In an interview that accompanyies a stunning portfolio of photos, the elfin-faced Texan talks of a rough-and-tumble childhood alongside four brothers, which doubtless accounts at least partially for an affinity for fast motorbikes and a serious ability to kick ass, both onscreen and off, an attribute shared with Olympic medallist and action star Ronda Rousey, whom we also interview in this issue.
As for the other names to look out for in these pages, there’s Brit chef Tom Aikens, visionary Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi, Hogan supremo Andrea della Valle, and a quartet of young Asian racers who are tearing up through the ranks of motorsport. Acclaimed photographer Jim Richardson talks about his affinity with the world’s agricultural communities, and African-American artist Nick Cave reveals how he’s incorporated the ugly face of racism into his work. I trust it all adds up to an entertaining and thought-provoking read to accompany the onset of our favourite time of year.