Nine out of ten menswear bloggers agree: Tommy Ton is the reigning king of street-style photography. Whether he’s snapping Nick Wooster or our friend Bruce Pask (or the world’s most fetching female models, for that matter), the soft-spoken sharpshooter has a knack for bringing out each subject’s most supremely photogenic potential—in a candid fraction of a second.
The same holds true when Mr. Ton sits front-row at a theatrical Kanye West concert at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. (If you enjoyed Ton’s photos from West’s previous tour, you’re in for a treat.) Read on for more of our favorite shots.
It’s that time of year again, when the thought of donning excess hosiery seems all but preposterous. Magazines like GQ have conditioned us to believe that the so-called ‘sockless’ look is stylistically standard come summer, but from a practical standpoint, as well—it just feels right. (Once you’ve experienced a cool breeze caressing your ankles on a 100-degree day…you’ll never go back.)
The question, then, is how to cool your jets without a) developing some wicked blisters and b) wrecking your wingtips with the sweat (and stank) of a thousand sweltering steps to and from your air-conditioned office every day. The answer is no-show socks. It turns out that even the men of GQ, progenitors of the sockless look, feel good about pulling on a little protection:
Personally, we’re fans of rocking Chucks sans socks. But for dress shoes, loafers, monk straps, and any footwear you’d like to hang on to for more than a single summer—an extra layer goes a long way.
Tip: Don’t confuse these with ankle socks—which are great for the gym, but not for the illusion of socklessness you should strive for elsewhere. The no-shows shown here are cut extra-low, so no one but you (and whomever you allow behind the scenes) will know the secret pattern or pop of color of your summer sock game.
Spotted in the Wild:Fashion Week having just wrapped up, the usual cavalcade of mesmerizing street-style images is in—and no one does it better than photographer Tommy Ton. Below are a few ankle-baring examples from his recent trips to Milan and Florence (for Pitti Uomo). Are these gents going commando? Or are they protecting their footwear and feet with no-show socks? The world may never know. [Click images to enlarge.]
Crystal Nicodemus, our very own street-style photographer, is in Paris as we speak—roaming alleyways, lurking outside shows, and generally on the prowl for the crème de la menswear crème during Paris Men’s Fashion Week. She caught so many iconic moments (including exclusive pics of Kanye West, Scott Schuman, Tommy Ton and more) that it was near impossible to edit down to a favorite few. Here’s a cavalcade of sartorial inspiration; stay tuned for even more from Crystal’s Paris trip in the days to come.
Of all the things our friends at GQ do right, bringing on the oft-imitated, never matched street-style photographer Tommy Ton is near the top of the list. Here’s a sampling of the effortlessly amazing looks he’s captured so far during New York Fashion Week. See more at GQ.com.