According to an article in the New York Times “Fashion & Style” section, bicycles have crossed the line from being merely fashionable to being actual fashion accessories:
Fendi, for example, recently introduced the Abici Amante Donna, a handmade $5,900 bicycle with a front-mounted beauty case and saddlebags in Selleria leather ($9,500 for the version with the optional fur saddlebags). At Louis Vuitton, the designer Paul Helbers riffed on Manhattan bike-messenger style at the Paris runway shows in June. Last spring another LVMH brand, DKNY, helped execute the Bike in Style Challenge, in which aspiring designers were asked to create fashionable bike apparel. And in June, Hublot, the luxury watchmaker, partnered with BMC, the Swiss bikemaker, to create a sleek black 11-speed, for about $20,000.
Until recently, bikes were merely fashionable. Lately, it seems, they are fashion —and they don’t have to be ultraexpensive novelty items to qualify. As fashion companies start marketing bicycles and bike gear, Mr. Dutreil, a supporter of bicycle-advocacy programs in New York, said he wants to see more cyclists pedaling around in high style, just like that woman in the Randall photograph.
Last I checked I’m a middle-aged nerd in sandals; I guess I didn’t realize how fashionable it is to ride a bike these days. :-) The idea of bicycles as fashion accessories initially struck me as odd, but after thinking about it, whatever gets people out of their cars is fine by me.