In the Bike Lane (Louis Vuitton)

Paris…Who would have ever thought one of Paris’ most notorious fashion houses would create an entire runway collection inspired by one of society’s most questionable characters, the bike messenger. Usually on the receiving end of a lot of annoyance, designer Paul Helbers pointed out that messengers are actually urban “butterflies” of sorts, zooming in and out of traffic delivering packages in colorful outfits. With an asphalt runway, the first thing noticed about the clothes was the immense pops of taxi cab yellow and safety cone orange. Who knew the streets could be so beautiful? Of course with such hard-hitting jobs, it’s no wonder the clothes made function stand out with cargo pockets, hip packs and fabrics like neoprene and nylon. Many of the shorts had active leggings layered underneath and prints seemed to evoke typical elements of city scenery like sidewalk cement. The bags featured in the collection were breathtaking, many being reproductions of vintage Vuitton silhouettes. Perhaps Helbers is telling us to be cautious and aware about what the future holds, but the excitement and energy of the city was not lost in the message.


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