In Case You Missed It: Phillip Lim’s Girls on Bikes

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Um, yes, please. This video lookbook from Phillip Lim’s 2011/2012 Fall Winter collection perfectly captures what it’s like to be a fashionable cyclist in San Francisco.

In my dreams.

My apologies for posting this six seasons after its debut. My excuse is that Bike Pretty: The Blog wasn’t even born yet, so you can imagine, back then we had different priorities.
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At any rate, I stumbled across the video in the archives of velojoy where everyone seems scandalized by the lack of helmets. Typical.
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But never mind that, let’s let Phillip Lim himself have the last word. What’s it all about, Phil?

It’s about these chic girls on bikes, riding to work, to an art gallery, a party—where she goes is a mystery, because you only see her for that instant, but the thought of her lingers on in your mind.

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!

Anjou Chic: Style Tips for your Next Vintage Ride

Everyone’s favorite French ACE* is just around the corner: come Saturday, some 3,000 cyclists will disembark in Saumur for the 4th annual Anjou Vélo Vintage.

Here’s some helpful tips to bear in mind before you hop on that Eurostar/TGV out to western France.  And if you’re not going this year, pay attention – you never know where you’ll be come 2015.  France is always a good idea.

1. Plan for inclement weather.
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Forecasts promise some scary clouds & lightning bolts, so it’s best to make like Melissa last year:  bring a light cardigan to cover up that cute ’50s-y match set.  And don’t think you can get away without hosiery.

Match your socks to your look, but not too matchy: mimic the motif, not the colorway.  And don’t forget your raincoat!
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2. Don’t be afraid to (subtly) match your friends.  

Note the white: gloves / hosiery / panniers / kitten heel pumps here. Well done ladies.
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3. Do match your lipstick to your beret

What’s that pithy Bill Blass quote – “When in doubt, wear red” ?  He’s right.
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4. Make your bike carry the load.   

Jenni here has a sturdy Carradice bag on her rear rack, an excellent choice for touring.  But remember – this was shot in 2013, before the ultimate bike bag arrived on the market.
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Whatever you opt for, it’s a good idea to put the weight of your wine stuff on your bike frame.

If you want something more Jane Birkin-esque, go for a basket + bungee cord combo.  Never fails to charm.
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But remember the more practical choice for your non-ACE riding. (#shamelesspromotion) (Ed. note: How cute is this lady?!?)

5. Bring an umbrella.

If it’s not raining, you can block the sun with it.  If it is raining, you’ll be glad you have it. Remember, #inclementweather.
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6. What did we say about red berets? 

For a more mature look, go beyond the lipstick and match it to your ’60s-esque kitten-heel pumps.  Sophisticated, indeed.
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7. Wear your repro-vintage vs. your actual vintage. 

It may not be immediately obvious, but then again that’s the point.  The weather may just be crazy.  You may just get sweaty.  And rained on.
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So your nice organza fit ‘n’ flare is probably not the best choice for an ACE event.

My above look is vaguely ’50s, but the dress is actually Ralph Lauren rayon, circa 1990s.  The waxed-linen jacket is Peter Jensen (#samplesalescore).

The brogues are actually vintage Salvatore Ferragamo, and they got soaked in the end.

8. Bring your camera.  

Because life really is like a Wes Anderson film from time to time.
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And HAVE FUN!  Don’t drink too much crémant.  Or do.

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*Anachronistic Cycling Event. Apologies if you’re a regular BP reader and tired of this corny acronym. But we’re here to educate people.

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.

Must Read Links

A generous handful of must read links for your long Easter weekend.
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☛ I picked up 2 vintage berets last month, but I’ve totally stalled out on how to wear them. Retro Chick comes to the rescue with 3 Ways to Wear a Beret.

☛ Salvatore Ferragamo threw a beautiful fête at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor. Dita Von Teese, Devon Aoki, and Marissa Mayer were in attendance. Sadly, my invitation was lost in the mail? Via Women’s Wear Daily.

☛ A 1908 vision of women’s liberation. Scary back then. Awesome to our eyes. Bonus: free fudge. Via The Appendix.

☛ I have this ongoing project: cleaning out my closet. It’s kinda become my second hobby. Turns out I’m really good at buying clothes and not wearing them. If you’re anything like me, look for these 9 signs you shouldn’t buy that item of clothing you’re trying to talk yourself into buying. Via XO Jane

☛ Helmets are cute and all, but they are one of the least important cycling safety measures, according to British Cycling policy advisor Chris Boardman. Via Road.cc

☛ Vanity Fair at its best: a juicy long read all about Hollywood’s Top Stylists. “Are the top Hollywood stylists cold-eyed deal-makers, or vulnerable freelancers, dependent on the whims of designers and stars? ” Via Vanity Fair.com

☛ Now that the weather is warming up, you’re probably thinking about how to transition out of your winter-cycling wardrobe. Shaye has illustrated thoughts she would like to share with you. Via Simple Recipes for Disaster

☛ Best friends Katy and Katie tackle this dubious Anthropologie hack. “I hate word hack. I hate it.” Definitely a must watch, but be prepared to cackle like a crazy lady. Via Just the Tips