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
Photo of Kate, X17. Photos of Uma and Agyness, Splash News. Photo of Karolina, Pacific Coast News.