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Runway Cycles

One thing is certain this Fashion Week, cycling is STILL influencing designers and the runway for S/S11. We were invited to the Numbers Lab show, designed by architect-turned-designer Luis Fernandez, which started with a Hardcourt Bike Polo presentation (they even used local riders from the NYC Bike Polo League), and ended with a bevy of bike-inspired looks strolling down the catwalk.

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With a mix of sporty color-blocking, light weight nylon jackets and knit pullover-inspired jerseys, this show hit the nail on the head in the category of fashion-meets-cycling. They even accessorized the models with Giordana Brooklyn Team cycling caps (inspired by the Brooklyn Chewing Gum Professional cycling team from the 70s/early 80s) for an added touch of authenticity.

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Native New Yorker, and “queen of quirk”, Betsey Johnson also opted for a bike theme this season. As flirty film of Madame Johnson riding a bike through Manhattan played in the background, models sauntered around in courier-inspired bike caps, shorts and windbreakers. Now, this is purely an example of a designer having FUN with traditional codes by integrating cycling aesthetics into fashion, NOT to be taken too seriously…We think the “RIDE ME” chokers gave that away.

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