biking: fashion + lifestyle
I guess I would still say, biking is fashion+ lifestyle, it’s a combination of the two. For the mildly-getting-chilly fall, biking is still a good way to exercise and sport the latest fashion. Some city-dweller fashionistas would even have to admit that a bicycle is a must-have accessory.
As I’m preparing the whole new look+ fashion trend report style of 5amjetaime (scheduled to be launched on Nov 1.), I am thinking hardly why I picked Yoco Nagamiya‘s illustration ‘woman on her bike’ as the signature picture in the “About” section of 5amjetaime. Should I change it or keep it? This young & stylish woman represents a free and independent spirit that totally attracts me. She looks in control of her bike, seemingly to know where she is going. Riding two wheels is not like driving a car because you ARE part of the scenery on the road. Also, it’s an i-don’t-make-pollution statement to the world. On top of that, you have to show your identity, your outfit (because you have no way to hide them), you are totally in tune with the happenings in the world; such as the noises, the winds, the raindrops…It is because of this direct connection with the world, that makes biking also part of fashion, because it represents YOU. I love yoco’s woman wearing such a striped dress, hat and tall & heeled boots (or maybe it’s socks + high heels). (check out shopstyle here: today they posted a trend report in shopping tall boots). This is a 5amjetaime style- simple and effortless chic, mobile, and alert to the happenings around everywhere.
Women on two wheels can, or course, announce their own fashion statement, and most of their images have become iconic. From the impressionist painting ‘ Le Chatlet du cycles au bois du Boulonge’ by Jean Berard to the forever-glamorous Audrey Hepburn, biking has certainly present some restrictions on outfit, but also allowed you to create your own outfit according to your needs and style. I love this Hepburnish smile and especially the part that she’s carrying this cute puppy with her laid-back summery blue outfit. I would say, the Lacoste campaign of 2010 summer , “un peu d’air sure terre” resonated exactly the Hepburn’s biking-fun. Biking is for sure a summer entertaining options; it’s supposed to be fun, free-spirited, joyful, colorful, refreshing, daring and adventurous.
So what about fall fashion having to do with exercising on two wheels? The high fashion minds who are bike lovers must have wondered as to what to put on for a biking voyage. It’s fun to see that Olivia Palermo (via Sartorialist) put her hermes birkin to occupy the usual “puppy’s seat”; at the meantime, I love how she’s sporting the latest chic outfit with ribbon heels (lavin?) and a military style jacket, and in shorts! During the Paris fashion week, the most stylish frequent bike rider, Catherine Baba (via Mr. Newton) went the full-fledged color statement; becoming the color bike queen. “restriction on bike outfit?”…ummm, i don’t see any….here we have heels, coat, sunglasses, hair wrapper and accessories of all!!!
Here are my picks for my riding tour during fall. My list would be a stylish and knitwear poncho, or a faux-fur purple vest, an open ended faux-fur boots, or just an oversized knitwear coat! These are fabulous stylings from the Japanese fashion brand Snidel, a northern-european and romantic combination of aesthetics.
of course, you’ll have to remember to protect yourself from the chilly wind breezing through your ears while cycling, so, here is the resolution: a super cute, comfy and warm trapper hat! and let’s hit on the road and go find the mini bunny in the woods….this would become the ultimate goal for my biking trip…and maybe on a designer bike!