Despite the rainy weather, I walked over to Broadway on 40th Street for the Fashion Center Tour de Fashion bicycles event. The tents were crowded as if the weather was no issue. I proceeded through the velvet ropes, past security, and checked in.
The Fashion Center displayed thirty bicycles, each customized by New York’s leading designers to be available to the public during Fashion Week. Each bike shone and stood with their unique designs to be admired and photographed.
I walked throughout the tents more than it was necessary and looked at each bike more profoundly each time around. Every time was a new experience because I always missed a small detail that made them much cooler than before. Feathers, rhinestones, flowers, lace, bright colorful paints, and pretty baskets were very common among these fashion bicyclettes.
My favorites included Betsey Johnson, Amrita Singh, Nanette Lepore, Rebecca Minkoff and Gretchen Jones. Each bike caught my eyes a different way without having to look. It was refreshing to see Johnson’s playful approach since it followed her signature style through fashion. I love the way Amrita displayed her jewelry and Indian background. Lepore’s bright colors and wheels did it for me. I adored the tassels, purse and studs on Minkoff’s designs, it reminded me of the “downtown girl”. Gretchen Jones’ bike stood on a whole level by itself. The wooded wheels were a superb touch.
The terrific news is that each of these amazing bicycles is available to the general public free of charge during Fashion Week. Any person may borrow the bike with a valid credit card and driver’s license for one hour. Why don’t you cycle the city in style during New York City’s Fashion Week events?
Visit ride www.ridethecity.com for more information.