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Eco Fashion Week JacketsA selection of jackets from Nixxi, Prophetik and Lav & Kush
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ShowitShowing a little bit, or a whole lot, of skin in great clothes by Eden and Lara Miller
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Short ShortsFor the 'killer pair of legs' look. Short shorts by Kdon, NIxxi, Nicole Bridger
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Hour Glass OutfitsFabulous looks creating the always flattering hour glass shape by Nicole Bridger, Lav & Kush and Prophetic
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Drop PantsGreat drop pants by sustainable designers Lav & Kush, Red Jade, Lara Miller
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Eco Fashion Week Jackets
Last fall I had the pleasure to attend Vancouver’s first Eco Fashion Week to get a sneak peek of the Spring/ Summer 2011 fashion collection. It didn’t take much to be persuaded.
The Momentum team had just returned from Toronto, Montreal and Las Vegas where they promoted stylish cycling, and were gearing up for the Carrall Street Bike Lane fashion show. I needed some inspiration and motivation from other amazing Vancouverites dedicated to being sustainably stylish.
Taking place from September 28th-30, it was four days of well-produced parties, seminars and shows. The event was set out to be about fashion first, and dispelling the myth that green is granola. It did that indeed, with an excellent organic cocktail list in the lounge, flawless make up and hair from AVEDA, intellectually stimulating industry lectures and presentations by some heavy hitters, not to mention excellent after parties (except a very disappointing show from K-OS at the closing party). In one trend-forecasting seminar from Carly Stojsic at Worth Global Style Network, urban cycling culture was pointed out to be a big influencer in the future.
Vancouver Eco Fashion Week is set for success showing of Fall/Winter 2011 this February 22nd-25th. For a special bike angle, this season OPUS bikes is sponsoring the presentation of Vancouver labels Downtown Betty, Sofia and Tonic.
It’s open to the public, and if you are interested in attending any of the shows or parties this season, please go to: nhttp://ecofashionweek.eventbrite.com/
Click on the slide show to see some cycle friendly trends I picked out for this spring and summer. All photos are curtsey of the wonderful Kris Krug.
~Meg Orlinski is a Deadly Nightshade
Styles to Live By
Drop It Like It’s Hot
Harem pants and dropped crotches (don’t laugh, it’s a real fashion term) were reintroduced to the market a few seasons ago, and aren’t going away. The look can be a horrible fashion faux pas if you end up looking like you have diaper butt, but, well executed, this style is fun to play with, and very comfortable. Skinny jeans and pants can often be a downfall if you are a cyclist, as the movement created by pedaling can stretch tight fabrics and cause unforeseen sagging in the butt and legs. Loose fabrics, and lowered crotch lines are a great way to avoid the sag, and be more comfortable as you ride. Make sure the pants you choose are tapered so there is no snagging in your chain.
Wrap it Up
Wrap garments are great for a few reasons. They will always fit perfectly and flatter your waistline, and you have the ability to play with them a few different ways to change up your look. Specifically for cycling, wraps are great as they are comfortable, and you can adjust and loosen the piece to fit the way your body moves according to your riding style.
The Riding Jacket
A good, structured jacket is a “trend” that occurs every year. Style notes taken from motocycle jackets are a popular theme. Cinched waists, wide lapels and detailing on the shoulders are key features for this year’s perfect stylish riding jacket. Remember to look for room in the shoulders. If it’s a bit snug or uncomfortable in the store, it will really bug you after a while on the road.
The Hour Glass
A traditional hourglass silhouette is classic. This silhouette on an upright bike evokes memories of 1950 starlets and pin-up women. This is a great look that can easily be accomplished by slipping on a sun dress. Or for a modern take, play around with volume and cinch the waist in with a vest, faux-corset, belt, or scarf. Too make sure it’s not too tight, when you are trying on the outfit, practice leaning forward, twisting, and deep breathing to make sure it won’t cramp your style on the bike. You should have enough movement and space to breathe fully.
Who likes short shorts? Cyclists! Show off your strong and well-toned gams this season by sporting a pair of shorts that show off the goods. Great legs on the road are a major way to promote cycling goodwill in your neighborhood. To avoid the “neighborhood bicycle” look that is usually associated with short-shorts, opt for tailored shorts that fit a bit loose, with a higher waist and tailoring details.
Show it Off
If you proudly ride your bike everyday you most likely suffer from cycling’s most prominent side effect: being in great shape. If you have a “body by bike”, why not show it off like these great models?