We may be in an age ruled by famous female models, but O’Shea is bringing it for the boys. This year the LA resident walked every runway from Louis Vuitton to Dior Homme – not forgetting Raf Simons’ SS15 show, where attendees were forced to stand and get stared out by O’Shea: “I’m not sure if I was supposed to, but it was a blast!” A musician as well as a model, next year he’ll release his debut EP. “I spend my life savings on synthesisers and weird, vintage tape recorders,” he laughs.
What was your defining pop culture moment of 2014?
What’s your favourite song of 2014?
Gryphon O’Shea: Probably “minipops 67” by Aphex Twin.
Sum up what we can expect from you in 2015.
Gryphon O’Shea: Hopefully, the release of my first album. I’m trying to work on some large-scale art as well, like some kind of art car – something for Burning Man. Expect the unexpected. As far as where I’m going to be, I want to end up in a different place every day and have this year completely break from the kind of uniform work path that I’ve been following. I want to do a lot of spontaneous travel.
What’s the most exciting thing about the fashion industry today?
Gryphon O’Shea: I think it’s cool that there are a lot of up-and-coming designers who are doing their own things. It’s more dictated by youth than wealth and elitism nowadays. People are turning to what kids are doing and looking at.
What new skill did you learn this year?
Gryphon O’Shea: Lots of new sound design stuff. I’m obsessed with sound design. I learned some synthesiser engineering that can help me build my own modules and make my own effects that nobody else has, which I think is a really cool thing.
What’s the most surprising thing we’d find out if we looked at your phone?
Gryphon O’Shea: Oh my God, let me scroll through my pictures and see if there’s anything PG-13. Maybe that I live in a bed that’s stuck to my ceiling, hanging above my synthesisers.
Lead image: all clothes by Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane; earrings model's own. Hair Rutger at Streeters; make-up Inge Grognard at Jed Root using YSL Baby Doll Collection; nails Honey at Exposure using YSL; model Gryphon O’Shea at New York Models/Select; photographic assistants Kim Reenberg, Nicholas Maloof; styling assistants Coline Bach, Victor Cordero; hair assistant Kayo Fujita; make-up assistant Suresh Seneviratne; digital operator Andrew at Capture This Digital; location Pier 59 studio, New York; production Art+Comerce; casting Noah Shelley
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