In 2003, hipster artist extraordinare Ryan McGinley once told The Advocate that he wasn't interested in fashion editorial work: "It may be fine for someone else, but I'm just not interested in taking photographs of other people's clothes. My photos are about something that's really personal to me and the people that are involved in my life." He's since gone on to shoot one of our favorite Kate Moss spreads ever, and create a video project for Puma. Now we hear he's recruiting models around town for two major photo shoots - POP and French Vogue - both of which should be amazing. And though yes, the models in his shoot are often mostly naked, there's at least some fashion on display. And frankly, we love that he changed his mind since his photography tends to make the prettiest clothes even prettier. So until those European shoots debut, you can still catch his very naked, very sunny "I Know Where the Summer Goes" exhibit at the Team Gallery in NYC.
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Street Style: Ryan McGinley Muse Brandee Brown Lives By the Motto 'Who Gives a F***? I'm young!'
Name: Brandee Brown Age: 20 Occupation: Filmmaker, actress and some of my friends say I'm a muse to photographers. I work with Ryan McGinley [Ed. note: She's the one with a kitten in her mouth] What is something funny that you've learned or heard since working with Ryan? Well, he's a vegetarian and I'm a meat lover so, we used to butt heads in that sense. I always get sad when I have to eat all the salads and tofu that he orders, but now he says 'Let Brandee get whatever she wants.' We also call each other Boo Boo. We're each others' Boo Boo's. I love him, he's such a great guy. Whats your motto? 'Who gives a fuck? I'm young!' and 'You only live once.'
Last Night's Party: Club Monaco Courts Cool Kids With the Help of Ryan McGinley
Club Monaco's Spring 2011 collection, full of summery day-to-night pieces in warm neutrals and cheeky pastels, is a youthful range that perfectly embodies photographer Ryan McGinley's style of capturing a moment. For the Spring 2011 campaign, the label enlisted 19 style setters, whose varying personal style represents the brand's dedication to fresh fashion, to be shot by McGinley. They include Lou Dillon, Lauren Hutton, The Virgins’ frontman Donald Cummings, and artist Mitch Ferrin, to name a few.