Must Read Links

How’s the long weekend treating you? Make the most of your bonus day with these must read links. I’ve been saving them up for months. It’s a good batch.

Fashion is heavily influenced by functional apparel. Famously, blue jeans morphed from sturdy, miners’ gear to the epitome of LA chic. And this sort of style evolution is happening all the time. Check out how a simple length of tube bandage evolved into a ubiquitous NBA accessory. Via the New Yorker.

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“I often use mesh and chain mail in my costume designs,” he said, “and I was fascinated by the opportunity to make something light and fluid out of rigid materials.” A Crystal-Crusted Gown for Dita Von Teese Made with a 3-D Printer

 

 

blueOf the Famous Artworks That Inspired 15 Films, I think The Blue Boy + Django Unchained is my favorite, because fashion history and Quentin Tarantino. But the rest of the list is pretty darn fascinating.

 

“In a survey of graduating professional students, Linda Babcock, of Carnegie Mellon University, found that only seven per cent of women attempted to negotiate their initial offers, while fifty-seven per cent of the men did so. We see those dire statistics and think that women are, in a sense, self-sabotaging…. But is it really the case that the disadvantage stems from not asking?” Via The New Yorker.

marilyn-monroe-in-bed-pic-613x478We all know that the genius of Marilyn Monroe was way underestimated during her lifetime. Fortunately, internet scholars are posting her pearls of wisdom for our own edification: “By nature, I suppose I have a languorous disposition. I hate to do things in a hurried, tense atmosphere, and it is virtually impossible for me to spring out of bed in the morning. On Sunday, which is my one day of total leisure, I sometimes take two hours to wake up, luxuriating in every last moment of drowsiness.” 9222672655_b6925c1138_z

 

The radness that is Mary Kay Chin, one of the founders of SF Yellow Bike and San Francisco Bike Party. Via the Manic Fixie Dream Girls of Chicago’s Tiny Crush Blog.

 

 

 

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A hearty congratulations to Bikie Girl Bloomers on the completion of a successful crowd-funding campaign. That means we can expect more lace-trimmed spandex bloomers in classic colors and fun prints. (I’m a fan of the polka dot pair.)

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A round-up of gorgeous turn-of-the-last-century vintage cycling ads, via Iladora. I want to live inside every single one.

 

 

 

 

“Do I have some magical skill set that allows me to ferret out…deals? Nope. Are my methods top secret and difficult to employ? No way. Do I troll eBay on a daily basis looking for deals … well, sort of, but we’ll get to that.” Sally of Already Pretty breaks it down in the ultimate guide to buying clothes on eBay.

 

fashion history head wraps and hoodies“The ladies in the photo exude a sense of dignity, which I believe is a protest in and of itself. Their head wraps simply added to that power. Then I remembered how other articles of clothing have been an important symbol for various protests and revolutions—particularly involving Africans and African Americans—throughout the years.” Scripts and Sightings explores where fashion history and social justice meet and mingle.

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Bike Pretty’s very own Kelly and her hunky French boyfriend Seb are leading a tour of the Tour de France:
We will leave South London on Friday 25 July, cycle 70k to New Haven, take the overnight ferry to Dieppe. Then cycle 130k on Saturday 26 July where we will end the day camping. On day 3, we will cycle 80k to Paris, where we hope to catch both the women’s and men’s Tour de France.
And you’re invited! Sign up via the London Bike Kitchen newsletter.

 

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Argh, scarves! How can something so simple (just a freaking length of fabric, yeah right) never fail to frustrate the daylights out of me. I usually just ball them up and throw them in the back of my closet. But there is a better way to make them work: How to Tie a Scarf Like a Parisienne, via Vogue.

 

 

“I am sick of hearing that only stupid, shallow people buy into the unrealistic expectations society has of women. Because as much as I try to fight it, I often buy into them. Does that make me shallow and stupid? Is it therefore MY FAULT that I feel inadequate sometimes – because if I was more intelligent and not so vain, these expectations wouldn’t affect me, would they?” I’m Fed Up of Being Told I’m ‘Too Smart’ To Fall for Body Fascism

And finally, watch Renee’s mini-teaser for her upcoming eBike documentary!

Beret Baguette: Bike Pretty, French Style

Hey guys, when we said ACE* season was finally here, we really meant it

Béret Baguette, the Parisian answer to the Tweed Run, goes down this weekend in the French capital.

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What began as a real fête de saucisse** in 2009 of like 50 dudes and a few chicks in borrowed plus-fours, myself included, has swelled to attract some 1,000+ cyclists on its annual jaunt through Paris, usually in late May or June each year.

Accessorized with bérets.  And baguettes:

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Yes, you read that right: 1,000+ cyclists.

If that sounds unmanageable, it’s because it is: the 2013 edition was an exercise in start ‘n’ stopping.

Which was fine with me, because then you can take more photos!

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Photos of beloved French bloggers,

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rear-rack-mounted, wine-box picnic baskets of the so-charming-it’s-obscene variety,

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Bike Pretty friend trios,

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& anachronistic looks that err on the ’30s-’40s side.

The dress code is “Congés 1936″ in reference to a law passed in France that year that set the historic precedent for Gallic paid vacations.  So you know: vacation-y, picnic-y looks, circa late ’30s.

My above dress is actually ’40s, but one of the charms of Béret Baguette is its lack of enforced rules and laissez-faire attitude to numbers, a different experience next to the well-oiled machine that is the Tweed Run.

You can’t really compare the two however – even if they both have Penny Farthings,

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girls cycling in heels,

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a few Eccentrics (kilt-wearing unicyclist, anyone?)

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fetching couples (Ed. note: they won Best-dressed!),

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pretty pretty Marshalls ; )

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expert modeling of houndstooth,

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and borrowed bikeshare steeds:

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Despite those similarities, there is also something quintessentially French about the whole thing.

Like an unerring ability to make the simplest scarf look impeccably chic:

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an unrivalled ease in Breton stripes,

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an uncanny ability to accessorize:

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and garçonne looks so on-point it’s possible the already-inflated sales of boater hats around Béret Baguette time just jumped tenfold:

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This year, the event looks poised to start at the recently-pedestrianized Place de la République, loop west along the right bank to Place de la Concorde, cross the river and amble through Saint-Germain, and end in that most bucolic of Parisian picnic locales: the Bois de Vincennes.

Because if Béret Baguette is about anything, it’s the pique-nique:

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If you’re in Paris on Sunday morning at 9:30, head over to République & gawk at what is sure to be a super-successfully-Bike Pretty event.  If you can’t make it this year (like me), surf the hashtags on IG – if last year was any indication, the official HT should be #rbb2014.

Can’t wait to see what the Paris crew brings to the BP table!

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**Not in the French sense of “Hey, let’s all eat some sausage!  SAUSAGE PAR-TAY!” but more like, sooo many dudes

Affiche at the top – Copyright Benjamin Donadieu, http://www.givetogod.fr

Tweed Run Street Style: 2014 Teaser

Well now.

If you’ve been leading a life dangerously imperiled by lack of access to the sublime #tweedrun hashtag, fear not, we’re here to remind you that the 2014 London Tweed Run went down this past Saturday.

And as per usual, it was a whole lotta fun.  Like, this much fun:

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Sorting through my photos from the event since has put me in a state of swooning reverie.

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…a state punctuated by penny farthings,

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…myriad shooting stockings,

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cape or two,

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one extremely covetable and expertly-modeled pair of Vivienne Westwood pirate boots (we’ll get to HRH Karina’s full look later),

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and a disparate array of tweed-iness (and hosiery) so vast and colorful as to induce a state of shock.

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I’m not gonna lie, going back to real life has been difficult.

Call it tweed run withdrawal, if you will: riding through the streets of London minus the 500 fellow tweed-ified lunatics cyclists at one’s back is frankly just not as much fun.

So until next year, we’ll just have to find solace in the photos, and inspiration in the details.

I was happy to note some signature Bike Pretty techniques in this year’s crop:

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E.g., knotted skirts

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& milk-maid braids (even better with fox fur and chartreuse leather gloves),

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ample examples of cycling in heels,

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handlebar-mounted bags (hey, @cyclodelic!),

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and a few nods to the oft-turbaned patron saint of Bike Pretty herself, one Ms. Catherine Baba.

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I can’t wait to be ringin’ mah bell and blockin’ double-deckers again next year.  Er, rather, photo-marshalling from the back of Peter Georgallou‘s cargo bike (Ed. note: This above photo via 8and2; thanks guys!)

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In the meantime, looks like I need to get my bike-bar up to Quirkessentials‘ level.

I like the back-up merlot [for when the gin runs out]; nice touch.

Seen In The Wild: The Bike Pretty Satchel

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How gorgeous does Kelly look in her Alistair dress, matching ghillie sandals, and Bike Pretty Satchel? Photographed by Isabelle O’Carroll at the Hyères Festival last month. Look closely and you’ll spot a Michaux Club snazzy reflective/metallic tassel. Definitely a must-have.

Kelly assures me that she also spent plenty of time biking around Paris with her satchel and that a couple Vélib shots are coming our way soon.

Getting Ready for the London Tweed Run

Photos by Kelly Miller

Kelly and her young man have already started marshal training for this year’s London Tweed Run, to be held on May 17.

Shini Park at the London Tweed Run 2013

Sadly, last year’s co-organizer Jacqui Shannon isn’t managing the ride this time, due to her full-time employment. (I mean, she’s probably not sad about having a job. Congrats, Jacqui!)

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Lucky for us, Kelly will be documenting the ride from the stoker position of a tweed-covered tandem bicycle. Can’t wait to see more shots like these!

At the London Tweed Run 2013