Nicola Formichetti, Jason Schwartzman Play Arbiters for Opening Ceremony’s Best of 2011 List

To chime in on the various best-of roundups floating around the web, Opening Ceremony has put together a list of this year’s favorite movies, books, songs, fashion moments and more. A nice twist on their effort is that they asked a bunch of their famous friends to declare their picks, including Nicola Formichetti, Spike Jonze, Jason Schwartzman, and The Misshapes. They also tapped a few internet-famous people, too, like photoblogger Tommy Ton, who selected Belgian model Hanne Gaby (pictured) for best street style.

"Hanne Gaby is crazy, young, and silly. She uses clothes like a little girl playing dress-up," Ton tells OC. She has fun with style—it’s not the standard model-off-duty look. She’s the ideal muse for a designer, wearing head-to-toe looks right after the shows, but adding her own quirky touch." 

For best movie, Jason Schwartzman picked Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and for best Lady Gaga look, Nicola Formichetti went for the Mugler leopard bodysuit that the pop star wore to the after-party for his first Mugler show in Paris. "We took the outfit straight off the runway, put her hair up, and styled it with the Mugler knee-high leather boots from ‘Born This Way,’ and a glass of champagne," Formichetti notes. "Her date made the outfit even more glamorous—it was me, of course!" See the full list here.

Fashion’s Finest Toast Tommy Ton x Club Monaco Collab

Ever since we first discovered photographer Tommy Ton and his wildly popular blog, Jak & Jil, we knew that he was destined to be a star. We’re certainly not the only ones to fall head over platform heels for the notorious street-style snapper—he’s now BFFs with a host of notable fashion insiders, including the one and only Anna Dello Russo. Although Ton is a frequent collaborator with fashion brands, he’s never actually rolled out a product line with one of them—until now.

Last night, a slew of designers and style-inclined individuals gathered at Club Monaco’s Fifth Avenue Flagship to fete the release of the Tommy Ton x Club Monaco handbag collection. The event featured a Ton-snapped gallery of Fashion Week-ers like Taylor Tomasi Hill, Leandra Medine, Emily Weiss, and Marina Munoz sporting the bag in-between shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris. 

See the bags here. They retail between $198 and $225 and can be purchased at select Club Monaco stores in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia today.

Sneakers Had the Best Year Ever

If we can point out one prominent style shift this year, it’s that comfort became key. Thanks to Elin Kling hitting the streets in pajama pants and Alexa Chung attending major fashion events in flats, stylish fans were given the sartorial green light to rock whatever felt good, without apologies. This newfound freedom eventually led to the fashion girl’s fling with the sneaker, which street-style photographer Tommy Ton selected as the most surprising trend of 2011.

"After years of towering around in sky-high heels, it was only a matter of time before fashion insiders came back down to earth and slipped into something more comfortable," Ton tells Style.com. "Embraced by tastemaker Phoebe Philo as she makes her Celine bows and also seen in countless editorials, the sneaker has become the shoe of choice."

As for the rest of Ton’s list of best off-runway fashion statements, the biggest trend was color, Hanneli Mustaparta‘s toned abs gave us the best reason to hit the gym, the best signature pose came from Natalie Joos, and Kate Lanphear wore the most lethal accessory, which was a double claw ring by Dominic Jones. See the rest here

Photo: Tommy Ton

Jak & Jil Returns to Feed Our Need for Superior Street-Style Snaps

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.

Tommy Ton Captures the Fruitful Trends of Men’s Fashion Week

Known for capturing spectacular street-style moments across the globe, photoblogger Tommy Ton has an expert eye for details. That’s why when he posts a new set of pics, we bust out our notepads to document any new trends that meet his lens. In his latest coverage for Style.com, Ton shoots the scene at men’s fashion week in both Paris and Milan, which features tons of highlighter-hued looks. But what really stole the show for us was the bevy of fruit-themed garments circulating, like the above citrus-happy number to the right. See the dress in full (and a few more favorites) after the jump.

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See more shots here.

Tommy Ton’s Picks for Best Dressed in 2010 Are All Related to the Industry

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.

Hanneli Mustaparta Is Kind of a Big Deal Now

What a difference a year makes. Since we first named Hanneli Mustaparta “The New Sartorialist,” the former model has become a top street-style photographer and quite the media darling. She’s developed a sharp eye behind the camera, but is also a style icon in her own right, thanks to photobloggers like Tommy Ton capturing her high-fashion-meets-high-street looks in action. And there’s no question that Mustaparta’s career reached new heights when she was tapped by Vogue and CBS to co-host a live webcast of Fashion’s Night Out: The Show, the kick-off event for Fashion’s Night Out—and the largest public fashion show in New York City history. Streamed on CBS.com, she hosted the designer and celebrity arrivals with none other than Vogue Editor-at-Large André Leon Talley, and interviewed the likes of Vera Wang, Donna Karan, and Blake Lively. Landing a role amongst such fashion heavy-hitters seems like a natural progression for the Norwegian transplant, especially now that she’s established a solid American fan base on top of her existing international audience.

And although her face has been immortalized on a Zara t-shirt (see the original image here), perhaps that designer collaboration I suggested will come in 2011. But whatever Mustaparta’s next big move is, we’ll be watching.

Clockwise from left: Artwork by Danny Roberts; Hanneli with Carine Roitfeld; Hanneli with her vintage Nikon camera; T-shirt by Zara; Hanneli with André Leon Talley and Blake Lively; Hanneli in BlackBook Dec/Jan 2010.

To Bryanboy, From ADR

Being Anna Dello Russo, fashion director at large for Vogue Nippon, isn’t easy. A self-described “passionate fashionista,” Dello Russo is a fanatic for wearing completely different, creative ensembles from head-to-toe every time she steps out in her stilettos. She is also known for being very media savvy, which is why she recently gave Style.com her gift ideas for some of the most famous fashion bloggers in the biz. See her picks, after the jump.

“For Bryanboy because he’s a frequent flyer.” Trussardi leopard-print ponyskin iPad holder, $390.

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“For Scott Schuman to wear on a date with his girlfriend, Garance.” Brioni made-to-measure tuxedo, price upon request.

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“For beautiful Garance Doré to make her even prettier.” Dolce & Gabbana Smooth Eye Color Quad, $59.

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“For Tommy Ton’s equipment. He’s always outside and it’s waterproof!” Prada Tessuto camouflage messenger bag, $1120.

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“For all my followers—they are beyond!” Anna Dello Russo Beyond perfume, $25.

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Fashion’s Latest Obsession: SingStar

Fashion people like to sing. Want proof? Just look at models Karen Elson, Carla Bruni, and Irina Lazareanu, who have all followed up fame in the fashion industry with singing careers. Now it seems the urge—at least in the form of karaoke—is taking hold of an even wider cast of trendsetters. SingStar, the competitive music video game series for PlayStation, is fast becoming a favorite pastime of some pretty heavy-hitting fashion folk. “I had a SingStar party in Paris last month,” photoblogger Tommy Ton, whose glossy images have landed him ad and editorial work as well as status within the industry, recently told Dazed Digital. And he’s not the only one. At a SingStar party he recently held—at which designer Rad Hourani was in attendance—Ton admits things got a little out of control: “The police came twice or three times. We were singing Lady Gaga and Lionel Ritchie at the top of our lungs in the heart of the Marais, so you can imagine…”

Also a fan of the game: Agyness Deyn. “She does, like, the Cure. And ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.'” Put simply, Ton is obsessed: “I’ve never really used my internet fame, but I figure I might as well now. So I’ll put this out there: I would totally be the international spokesperson for SingStar.”

Photo by Hanneli Mustaparta