Who Said Bicycling Had to be Restricted to the Daily Commute? Parisians show off Street Fashions by Bike
Biker shorts and Lycra are having their moment again on New York runways, in a 1980s revival, but in Paris, two-wheeled fashion has nothing to do with athletic gear.
When Paris fashion week starts next week, fashion editors are likely to be pedaling to palatial venues in stilettos and skirts, large leather bags dangling off handlebars.
An upright bike beats a tinted-window sedan for showing off an outfit any day. A new generation of cyclists, influenced by icons such as supermodels Elle Macpherson and Agyness Deyn, have turned biking from a sport into a fashion statement. Cycle Chic, a popular blog whose motto is “style over speed,” snaps photos of urban riders in Paris and Copenhagen.
Yet the basic bicyclist still is trying to cruise out from under Lance Armstrong’s shadow. “People think they need to put on a uniform like they’re going to battle,” says Amy Fleuriot, whose Cyclodelic label of accessories and apparel was sold in Topshop last spring. “You don’t have to wear all fluorescent.”
And if you want more chic cycle fashion, check out the Cycle Chic Fashion Show on November 7th in Cork.
Photos: Cycle Chic Gallery