The Boys of LCM is always our favorite feature. It is at the core of what we believe in at Boys by Girls, and is the antithesis of our mission statement. We believe that the male of today, including the beautiful model kind, is full of substance and depth. They’re musicians, architects, writers, skaters and artists. They love life and have passions of their own, and it’s easy to lose sight of this in today’s world.
We take a break to step between the shows, between the frantic nature of fashion week, the quick eager clicking of cameras, and take a moment to talk to the boys that populate the runways. The boys that iconically stride down the middle of the room in outfit after outfit. Let us take a look at the boys, as they are, not as they're dressed to be. The old faces and the new.
Between the thudding music drifting from the Old Sorting Office near Holborn, we exchange words and ask questions, to let you know they're not just faces. They are the boys to watch, the boys with their own words, their own smiles and their own faces when everyone in the room isn't staring at them. Here are our boys, stripped back, analogue snaps in-between the words we said to each other. Simple, real and endearing.
Bjorn Winiger at Models1
We're from Boys By Girls, do you remember us?
Yes! I was on the cover of issue 6 "The Truth About Boys"!
It's so good to see you again! Are you enjoying London?
Yeah,, whenever I get a break from work, I hang out in it.
Tell us about your interests?
Im a really uninteresting person, but I guess I'll talk about that. haha
When we last saw you, you said you wanted to go to university?
I just finished high school four days ago, and then I'm going to study psychology.
You said you weren't interesting, that's interesting!
I must have lied.
Do you think you will still be modeling when you're thirty?
I don't know if I'll still be modelling then, but I hope I'll still be wearing glitter on my face.
Erik Van Gils Agency at Next Models
What other shows have you walked in?
Gucci, Prada, Dior and a lot of other shows.
Cool, what’s your favorite show to walk in?
I really liked the Dior show last season and the Prada show was really good.
What do you like about London?
It’s a nice city, but the castings can be really far away from each other, which can be a bit of a pain.
You need to come to one of our castings.
Is it far away? haha
What do you do in your spare time?
I was still working in a bar, I quit just before fashion week. And I hangout with friends and have fun.
Is there anything you take with you everywhere you go?
Fionn Creber at SUPA Model Management
Fionn, how have you been!? We've totally missed since we saw you like a week ago.... Thanks for being fab for us yet again, this time for the "Boys to Watch: London SS16" feature. What show have you just come out of?
I've been good, always great to work with you guys. Just done Dunhill. I enjoyed it as I got my hair all permed, looking fly.
What else have you walked this season?
I walked Hardy Amies yesterday and I’ve got John Smedley tomorrow.
If you were to write an autobiography, what would you call it?
I’d call it ****, **** & **** (censored for our innocent readers) Shall we just call it BLEEP BLEEP BLEEP BLEEP?
What would be your spirit animal?
Do you think you'll ever grow out of modelling?
I think everyone grows out of unadulterated hedonism. That would be a great thing to put on one of your inspirational quote pictures. I feel like these interviews have happened so much now, that they have become a bit meta, haha.
Leave us with a Boys by Girls ending message?
If we consider the fact that this interview is incredibly meta, then we can just say, wow, isn’t Fionn very funny.
Vlad at Elite Models
Name, agency, and why you have glitter on your face?
Good question! Vlad at Elite, and I've been trying to get this glitter off, but I seem to have spead it all over me.
That's how glitter works. You put it on one night and it will stay forever.
Are you serous? I better get used to the glitter then.
What's your favourite show so far?
Christopher Shannon, I felt comfortable in the clothes and the music. I just felt it.
How have you matured from last year?
Oh. Well. Ive moved out, that taught me a little bit.
That changes people quite a lot, it's eather sink or swim.
If your life was a film what would it be?
Requiem for a dream.
You were so ready for that question.
I was waiting for it. It's a bit dark, but all the best films are a bit dark.
All the best films make you feel a bit weird when you finish watching them.
Yeah! Dark, but it had a meaning.
Do girls buy you drinks?
Yes, sometimes I feel bad, like im coasting by saying I'm a model, but it's just a job. I mean I have to explain why there's glitter on my face.
Davey at Elite
How have the shows been so far?
They've been really nice, they were was really laid back and relaxed. It's been good.
What shows have you done in the past?
Last season I did Joe Sanders in Milan and Gucci.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve had to wear for a show?
I think it was Topman this season. I was wearing some kind of poncho. It was nice, but it was the weirdest thing. The rest was very like, usual.
What do you do when you’re not modeling?
Actually I am an Architecture student. I’m studying in the Netherlands. I just like buildings. It’s nice.
Do you like the Architecture in London?
So many good questions today! Yeah I think I do. I like the modern ones like the Normon Foster tower.
Is there a lot of difference in clothes here in London to the Netherlands?
No, I don’t think so, it’s almost the same.
Are you into fashion yourself?
I like it. A bit. But not much. haha
What do you wear when you’re not modeling?
Robbi Gruendler at Tomorrow Is Another Day
Where are you from?
I’m from Berlin in Germany.
What shows are you doing?
Today I’m doing Topman.
What do you do in your free time?
I like photography. I like photographing my environment, and people walking through the street.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve had to wear for a modeling job?
I had to wear just a slip in Germany once, that was weird.
Jay at IMG Models, Red and Max at Nevs Models and Kaliash at Next Models.
Hi Everyone. Everyone who wants to be in this interview gather around. What shows have you just walked?
Red: All of us have just walked Christopher Raeburn.
Jay: The clothes were brilliant.
Kaliash: I loved the set. It was very jungle.
Max: The music was brilliant.
Red: He’s also got a great use of different materials. Such a variety.
What's your favourite thing you've done this LCM?
Red: Astrid Anderson. Everyone fucking loves Astrid. Astrid loves me!
Tell me something interesting about yourself.
Red: Alright. Last year Christmas, I tried to surf on my mates car and ended up breaking my leg. Is that interesting? That’s quite interesting.
We can quote that.
Max: I’m the best at rolling a cigarette in the whole fashion industry.
One of you can answer this question that's not Red. Describe yourself in three words.
Red: BIG, BLACK AND BEAUTIFUL!!
Jay: Cheeky, annoying and energetic.
Ah you have an Australian accent, do you prefer London or your home town?
Jay: Australia of course! This is your guys' summer (points at grey gloomy sky) It’s freezing!
Max: London is probably my favourite place in the world.
What's the most exciting place you guys have gone for work?
Kaliash: For work? I only started 4 days ago!
Aw! Really?! Is there anything ridiculous you guys have been asked to do this LCM?
Red: Hm, no, but did anyone see the Sibling show? The guys were made to have their arse cracks out.
Max: I thought they were done with the nudity man. Rick Owens did that last season.
Would you walk for the Sibling show with your bum out?
Jay: I’d do it for a lot of money.
Max: No man, you’ve got to keep your dignity in this industry.
Jay: Give me 100 grand.
Max: 'Anything' by Tarintino or Drive.
Red: What's that film… (sings) “Do you wanna be a snowman?”… FROZEN. That’s my favourite.
Red we thought you were cooler than that. But thank you guys!
Joseph Mensah at Established Models
How has your first LCM been?
It’s been really good, it’s been so busy this whole period and Dunhill just have such beautiful clothes.
Have you walked anything else so far?
Yes I walked Christopher Raeburn this morning, so I actually got to meet Tinie Temper, he came backstage! That was cool. Also yesterday I did Astrid Anderson.
Have you been modelling for a long time?
Kind of yes and no, because I was like freelancing before and I didn’t try to take it anywhere. Then I thought before I started university, fuck it, I’ll give it a proper try and got signed.
Do you remember your first kiss?
It was probably in year 5 or year 6 in the school playground as a dare. I think it was a girl called Rochene.
Relate yourself to an animal.
A bat, I really like Bats. I’m not going to tell you what it actually is, but every single password I have for anything has the word bat in it. I hope nobody tries to hack me now.
If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be?
You know this is quite a strange one, but I’d love to be Mario Balotelli, just to see what goes on in his mind. I’m so curious about what goes through his head when he does various things.
Mihai at Elite Models
You’re walking Christopher Shannon. Are you excited?
Yes, it’s going to be a really nice show.
What kind of clothes do you wear when you’re not modeling?
Just basic stuff most of the time.
What do you do enjoy doing other than modeling.
I longboard, down hill longboarding. Sometimes I do a bit of photography. I play football with my mates all the time. I enjoy staying home in my home town.
What do you like most about London?
The people mostly, everyone is so nice. If you need something they will help you or just take you there if you need a street or something. They will just grab your hand and take you there.
What have you noticed about people our age here vs. in Romania?
We have more fun in Romania. The club is closing at 12pm in the morning rather than 3am at night. It’s cool though, I like the people here. It’s more open minded, that’s what I like about it.
Jason at Elite Models
How long have you been modeling for?
About one and a half years. It’s brilliant, a completely different lifestyle.
What did you do before?
No way! Did you enjoy that?
It’s hard graft. Lifting rails, shoving stuff, so it’s a complete different change.
What’s the weirdest thing about modeling? Like you’ve got eyebrow extensions on right now yeah?
No, I don’t mind them. I’ve been in weirder stuff than that where they’ve vaselined me up my whole body from head to toe except from my boxers and then threw glitter all over me.
Do you have any passions?
Football and partying. That’s pretty much it. I've got a black eye, can you tell? My booker was furious.
Rory Cooper at FM Models
Where are you from?
A town called Shrewsbury, Midlands.
What other shows have you walked in?
I opened the Dior show and walked for Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Paul Smith, Chris Vanash, plus some others I can’t really remember.
What was your favorite show to do?
I really liked Dior. Very classy. Chris Vanash was quite cool, great music, great beat. I’d say that’s my favorite so far.
Is there anything you’ve had to wear that was really quirky or over the top?
The thong. That would be the most interesting.
Was that awkward?
It was a bit revealing, it was a bit airy down there. haha But it was nice, it was nice.
What do you do in your spare time?
I mainly play the guitar. I’ve been playing for quite a long time now.
Cool, are you in a band?
No, but I want to start one, but it’s progress.
What kind of music do you like?
Rock, Indie pop. My favorite band is probably the Doors or Led Zepplin. Anything that’s got a good beat.
Photography by Vilija Kasiginaite.
Interviews by India Opie Meres, Liz Ord and Molly Rose Baker.
Words by Liz Ord.