Not as eye-catching as the Orenna, but loaded with features, from Jessica Velasquez, winner of the fashion company LMVH's bike design challenge. Graphic via NYT.
Smith is hopping on to a bike fashion wave that is quite exciting to see. In big bike towns Amsterdam and Copenhagen, as women">commenters have been quick to note, people ride in their regular clothes, even their formal clothes, and the trick is to have a Dutch-style city bike with the high handlebars which lets you ride relatively upright.
Smith's cape is compelling because it does have a few functional elements - the fasteners at the back are magnetic so the cape will hang right, the polyester side is water-resistant, the Scotchbrite tape is safety-conscious - but it doesn't quite devolve to an athletic profile - you could see somewhere wearing it on the streets and in a restaurant.
The same can be said for Duckie Brown's Spring 2009 collection. Designers of the collection took the bike messenger as their starting point, and it shows, in a positive way (though most messengers probably couldn't afford this stuff). While the deadpan catwalk expressions make the clothes look a bit foo-foo, and the pricetags will take your breath away, the clothes themselves do combine style with functionality. It's nice to see the combination creeping into fashion. One last kudo to Smith - she did it and got the green element, too.
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