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July 31 2014

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Blasblog: JakAndJil Went To Colette

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While all eyes are glued to the catwalks, one guy’s are fixed on the off-runway scene: Tommy Ton, who has followed the action from New York to London to Milan and now to Paris for Style.com. (Click here for a selection of Tommy’s shots.) I love Tommy’s work, and so does Colette’s Sarah Lerfel, who’s given over a wall of her store’s gallery space to his photos for Style.com. Tommy’s favorites from New York, London, and Milan are already up there, but since the shows are still going on in Paris, this last leg of the international collections has been a work in process, with two more being added each day.

“I think French girls are always constantly chic. There’s just something about the way they effortlessly wear clothes,” he explains of the final stop on his tour. Ton’s shots look effortless, too—maybe because he catches his subjects unawares, thus avoiding the usual labored posing. “I don’t like the standard posed position just because everyone else takes that same posed vertical photo,” he goes on. “I try to select a photo that captures that exact moment, but I like it when you can see someone naturally at their best and unaware that they’re having their photo taken.” Ton says the best places to capture these moments are the shows in the Tuileries, where there’s a long approach and a classically French backdrop. But at the end of the day, it’s just a connection: “You know, when it comes down to it, it’s just gut instinct, and I’ve become less analytical and just shoot whatever jumps out at me.” His nonchalant moments will still be up at Colette until the end of fashion week. After that, you can take them home with you: Snaps from all four cities are available for purchase, sold in editions of ten for €150 each.

Photo: Tommy Ton

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