Ever since Zoe Kazan confessed her must-have accessory of the season¬--a bicycle¬--we¬'ve become a little cycle crazy. We found ourselves making mental lists of which celebs get around on two wheels and starting having fantasies of giving up our cars for good. In fact, all this obsessing prompted an interoffice gifting of a vintage red bike (Pee-wee Herman would be proud), which in turn influenced the unfolding of this story.
We¬'re not the only ones with bikes on the brain; the fashion world¬'s attention is centered on cycles too. There is an entire section devoted to bikes and bike outfits on photographer Scott Schuman¬'s incredibly influential and thoroughly delightful website, The Sartorialist. Cynthia Rowley surprised the audience at her spring show and sent a handful of models down the runway on Beach Cruisers ($900). The floral print bikes were designed specifically for the show and come complete with a silver bell and wicker basket. You won¬'t regret investing in one of these stellar accessories¬--they¬'re just so darn cute. If you are in need of something a little edgier (and aren¬'t concerned about your budget in the slightest) we must point out that Karl Lagerfeld also created a bicycle for Chanel¬'s S/S 08 collection. The chic cycle is detailed with a quilted leather seat, jeweled pant clips, and a saddlebag inscribed with the renowned logo ($13,595, 800.550.0005). Clearly it¬'s a one of a kind piece that belongs to an art collector or true enthusiast.
When dressing oneself for a bike outing, you will inevitably encounter certain restrictions, but (as the slew of ladies pictured above prove) biking can be done sans spandex. We think heels are a cycling faux pas, so show off a great pair of flat shoes instead. You can flirt with your tomboy side, as Karolina Kurkova did while riding in South Beach earlier this year, and wear a classic pair of lace-up Chucks ($47). If you aren¬'t a sneakers kind of gal, we think you¬'ll embrace Uma Thurman and Kate Hudson¬'s preference for sandals and opt for something effortless like Jill Stuart¬'s Tina Metallic Flats ($114).
Of course, the biggest dress-code dilemma is figuring out what to do with your purse while pedaling along. We think you should keep your hands free and your handlebars unencumbered by toting an across-body bag √† la Agyness Deyn. The model demonstrated the look on her recent nighttime ride through the Meatpacking District with Rebecca Minkoff¬'s Morning After Clutch ($325, preorder 8/15). Happy biking! ¬--Jessica Amento