When uber-popular photoblog, Jak & Jil, digitally shut its doors to prepare for a revamp earlier this year, we couldn’t help but feel a little abandoned. Sure, we turned to photographer Tommy Ton’s street-style images for Style.com and GQ in the meantime, but there was always something about his work for good old J&J that thoroughly satiated our need for high-fashion detail shots. (And we all know that copycat blogs just don’t cut it.) Well, we can all rest easy now, because Jak is back!
Save for a new hover bar and a bottomless scrolling feature, not much on the site has changed. One thing we’re sad to see go is the "Archives" section, which housed all of Ton’s classic imagery from 2008 and beyond. Perhaps Ton is withholding his older work because of a possible book deal or, better yet, an Anna Dello Russo collaboration.
Like internet cat videos, male models are adorable. This video Justin Wu made for Jak&Jil captures the boys of Paris and Milan fashion week having a grand old time, minus all the Zoolander angst we so often associate them with (“I’m sorry that good-looking people like us made you throw up and feel bad about yourself”). More fun than a kitten tangled up in yarn, the boys sing, in classic lipdub form, the Dandy Warhol’s song “Bohemian Like You,” showing us that there’s more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking.
Boys of Milan & Paris FW2011 from Justin Wu on Vimeo.
Tommy Ton, the founder of the much-adored fashion blog Jak & Jil and resident photoblogger for Style.com, has released his best-dressed list of 2010—and there’s not an actress or singer in sight. In fact, the list is comprised mostly of fashion assistants, editors, and stylists. Leigh Lezark is the only DJ on the list, but even she has a tie to the fashion industry, as a beauty ambassador for Chanel. Only one fashion blogger turned up on the list, and one NYC party girl, Michelle Harper. Other than that, it’s all business. It’s no surprise that BlackBook favorite Anna Dello Russo is on the list, but Ton also included both of her assistants—Viviana Volpicella and Aurora Sansone—which will certainly make them a new target for other street-style photographers.
See the complete best-dressed list here and peep the slideshow here.
Photo of Anna Dello Russo by Tommy Ton.
In just a few years, Anna Wintour has undergone quite the attitude adjustment regarding her perspective on the blogosphere. While at one time so bothered by the word “blog” she tried to come up with a substitute, Wintour has done a 180. In Vogue’s next issue, she’ll highlight seven different fashion bloggers. Word first came when Bryanboy tweeted he was in town for the shoot; then the names of Tommy Ton of Jak & Jil and Todd Selby of The Selby were added onto the confirmed list. (None of these three are necessarily a surprise, given Bryanboy’s prominence within the industry — sitting front row at D&G and having a Marc Jacobs bag named after him — while Tommy Ton contributes to Style.com.) But who are the unnamed four?
Tavi seems pretty much guaranteed. The tween blogger hosts a video on Style.com in which she previews Rodarte’s Target line and their related photo shoot on the plains of North Dakota. Also a very likely candidate: Hanneli Mustaparta — the Norwegian-born former model who lives in NYC and whose street-style photo blog has garnered the respect of many within the industry. Beyond that it’s very likely that photo bloggers Scott “The Sartorialist” Schuman and his gf Garance Dore are the other two, as each has been both featured on and contributed to Vogue quite a bit. Susie Bubble of Style Bubble and Rumi Neely of Fashion Toast are potential wild cards as well, but we’ll have to wait another few weeks until the full cast of bloggers is revealed. Regardless, it marks quite a revelation in terms of Wintour and Vogue’s acceptance of the fashion blogging community as a whole. Besides, if you can’t beat ’em, might as well join ’em.
Kate Moss parties in hers. But what about the rest of the fashion community? Soon you’ll have an insiders view into the closets of fashion icons across the board. Refinery29 recently started posting its findings after visiting the closet of aspiring actress and fashion week front-row fixture Becka Diamond, with more closet raids to come. Meanwhile, Myspace has its own series called “Famous Hangers,” which recently documented Paris Hilton’s two filled-to-the-brim closets. And now Style.com is following suit.
The person in charge of documenting these beacons of style is Jak & Jil’s Tommy Ton, says Fashionista. The street-style photographer has already been enlisted by Style.com as its exclusive Fashion Week photographer. But with his new gig, Ton will be leaving the catwalk (and its adjoining sidewalks) for the homes of fashion heavyweights who have yet to be revealed. In the meantime, I highly recommend hitting Style Like U, which invades the closets of everyone from Williamsburg hipsters to Gza and eccentrics who have been building their closets for decades. When resources are strapped media-wide, it’s no wonder closet raids are suddenly all the rage. Given the fact that all you need is a video camera and a fashionable celebrity or designer willing to show off, it’s as cheap and easy to produce as fashion entertainment comes.