Amanda Linnell: The little things

By Amanda Linnell

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Eddie Von Dadelszen, creative director of Working Style, Neville Findlay from Zambesi and Liam Coleman from The Men's Department on the cover of Viva. Photo / Babiche Martens
Eddie Von Dadelszen, creative director of Working Style, Neville Findlay from Zambesi and Liam Coleman from The Men's Department on the cover of Viva. Photo / Babiche Martens

Designer Tom Ford lamented recently in a Vogue article how American men don't wear fashion any more, they dress for comfort. "I just don't understand that at all."

In London, however, men - and women - take style risks, he says. "I love the people the most: the humour, the manners, the irreverence, the wackiness, the fearlessness about fashion."

In this week's special men's Issue of Viva, we've set out to prove that you can have style and comfort. For our shoot, "The Suits", we asked the leaders in New Zealand men's fashion to show how they personally walk this sartorial line.

And then we hit the streets and, reassuringly, found plenty of other Kiwi guys looking the part - take a look at who we found here.

But beauty - as they say in a women's world - is only skin deep. As our men's editor Andrew Glenn has written today, there's nothing more attractive than a man with good manners.

And I have to agree.

In fact, it's not just men that need to brush up on this. Opening a door for someone, standing when someone walks into a room, offering to help another carry a heavy load, being polite and respectful, being a little more selfless...

In a fast paced world, where everyone is too busy and where a lunch with a friend can be spent talking to yourself as they constantly check their phone, it might just be a good thing to slow down and be present and more aware of the people around you. It may all feel a little old fashioned, but it's the little things that truly count.

- Amanda Linnell, editor


- VIVA

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