Paris Couture Meets ‘Cross & Covers: John’s Big ‘Alternative’ Photo Gallery

A John Thomson Photo Collection

PeloPics: Our resident ‘Paparazzi’ John Thomson has rattled his vast photo collection for another very varied gallery. A mix of his own cyclo-cross and couture shots, plus his favorite cycling magazine cover photos.

# You can see John’s last ‘Roubaix Cobbles and Paris Couture Mega Photo Gallery’ HERE. #


Arrival at Redemption in sunny Paris

John says: “This is a gallery of shots from Paris Fashion Week, Belgium cyclocross and some of my favorite old cycling magazines. The PFW shots were mostly done in September 2019 and just like all the cyclocross images, I used a zone focused Ricoh GRII with a Canon flash.”


Grandson Mathieu at Essen 2016


Grandfather Raymond at Paris-Nice 1966. Photo by Marcel Besson


Gorgeous fashion at Paco Rabanne


One of my all time favorite cover shots. Photo by Yann Guichaoua/Agence Vandystadt


Posing up a storm at Palais de Tokyo


Wout winning at Essen 2016


Beauty at Paco Rabanne


It was a “different” era of cycling in 1964 but nobody can dispute the great drama of the photographs


Miss Fame at Miu Miu


Jared Scott for the USA at Namur juniors 2019 on the muddy cobbles


“The Killing of a Sacred Deer” actress Raffey Cassidy arrives at Miu Miu


Jacques Anquetil broke the hour record in 1967 but refused the doping test, so the record was disallowed. Photo by Raymond Riotte with the biggest and most awesome photo credit I have ever seen


Blood splatter coat at Palais de Tokyo


Joe Kiely for Great Britain at Namur juniors 2019


At Place Colette for Isabel Marant


Raymond Poulidor after his crash at the 1973 Tour


After the Loewe show


Marianne Vos 7 times World Cyclo-cross Champion at Namur 2019


Georgia Fowler at Tommy Hilfiger


Merckx at Il Lombardia in 1973. Photo by Marcel Guerard


Two fashion forward youngsters


Ruby West for Canada at Namur 2019


Devon Windsor at Redemption


Fausto Coppi in the Dolomites of the 1952 Giro


Posing at Palais de Tokyo


Laughing at Palais de Tokyo


Eli Iserbyt has his own flag at Overijse 2019


An authentic Parisian


Walter Godefroot winning Paris Roubaix 1969


A model after the Chloe show


Tom Meeusen at Overijse 2019 is one of my favorite riders to shoot


Rockin’ sweaters at A.P.C.


Merckx with Agostinho and Martinez at the 1974 Tour


Pure gold at Chanel


Annemarie Worst at Hotondcross 2019 is also one of my favorite riders to shoot


Crossing the crosswalk for Redemption


The brilliant and tragic Luis Ocaña would win the 1973 Tour


Posing at Maison Margiela


MVDP on a fast downhill corner at Overijse 2019


Model posing after the Isabel Marant show with some tourists in the background having a good laugh


Merckx and Guimard at the 1972 Tour


One of these lovely ladies is wearing Valentino


MVDP wins the Grand Prix De Ster Sint-Niklaas 2019


Eye makeup at Valentino


Merckx would win the 1971 Milan-San Remo


Evie Harris at Loewe


MVDP with mud flying at Hotondcross 2019


Two legends of street style fashion photography. Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist and Phil Oh of Vogue.com


Merckx would win a drama filled 1971 Tour that would include the famous crash of Ocana on a wet descent


Two smiling arrivals at Isabel Marant


Quinten Hermans at Overijse 2019 had a great Giro


Top model Jon Kortajarena at Balmain


Eddy Merckx on the cover of a 1970 tv guide


No makeup needed after Paco Rabanne


A bit of blood and a bit of mud on Tom Meeusen at Overijse 2016


No shirt needed at Maison Margiela


Ocaña bloodied and chasing with Van Impe in the rain after crashing during the 1972 Tour


Editor-in-chief of British Vogue, Edward Enninful has a passion for fashion


Wout at Scheldecross Antwerpen 2018


Not sure if they are laughing with the photographers or at the photographers. Probably a bit of both


No special time trial bike for Raymond Poulidor in 1971


A semi-transparent top is a magnet for photogs for some reason


Toon Aerts at Overijse 2019


Trendy couple in Paris


Hugo Koblet won the Tour and the Giro and had a colourful life and a tragic end


Just awesome


Luis Ocaña would win his only TDF in 1973


A guy has to be very cool to rock this outfit


The phenom that is Tom Pidcock at Overijse 2019


The new Oakley cycling glasses? Maybe not


Luis Ocaña won the Grand Prix des Nations time trial in 1971


Smiling arrival at Isabel Marant


Mathieu and Lars at Namur 2019


Top model Kris Grikaite at Chloe


Toon Aerts on the last lap riding with fractured ribs after his crash at Namur. I could hear him struggling to breathe as he passed by


How to wear shades


Felice Gimondi winning Paris Roubaix 1966


Posing after Saint Laurent as security tries to keep the road clear


Sir Paul after the Stella McCartney show


I have given photo credits when I could find them but in case I missed some, these are the credits for Miroir magazine. The photogs for L’Equipe magazine are Robert Legros, Marcel Guerard and Christian Rochard.

# Big thanks to John for a look at his vast photo collection. #

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