What do you get when you merge a rugged, yet proudly androgynous, rising star; the fashion world's most buzzworthy ambisexual brand; and the streets of America's queer mecca? Through the lens of photographer Dusty St. Amand, you get a portrait of the West Village as Wild West 2.0, with Jonny Beauchamp--co-star of Stonewall andOut's face of fall--braving the city in the gender-nonspecific duds of Baja East, not to mention some looks from other vanguard labels like Menagerie.
Serving as the opening highlight of our September Fall Preview, Beauchamp--a queer actor who also recently played trans courtesan Angelique on TV's Penny Dreadful--is, in person, poised and streetwise to a fault. He's a paradigm for public figures shattering gender norms. As he told Out, in regard to "risky roles" for actors: "I would tell anyone out there working to really consider what [parts] they're saying no to and why. I think we should constantly push our boundaries and bring more visibility to equality. I have a true connection to these characters, and to me it's not only about their gender or sexual orientations--it's about the stories and the social commentary."
Founded by best friends and co-designers John Targon and Scott Studenberg, Baja East was one of the 10 finalists for 2015's Vogue CFDA Fashion Fund, and this past Saturday, a whole new line of flowing and funky looks were revealed by the brand at its official New York Fashion Week runway show.
Also on Beauchamp in this photo editorial (an Out.com exclusive) are Roman Sipe's gender-bending, black-heavy Menagerie looks; shirts from Adrien Dacquel's line, Argent NYC; and the actor's own Timberland boots -- which he rarely leaves home without. In his photographs, St. Amand captures the common theme among subject, style, and setting: a gritty grace.
Creative director: Shane Lord. Second assistant: Tramaine George. Styling by Frank Lombardi. Hair: Courville