If you've ever had the displeasure of meeting me in real life, you know that fashion isn't my greatest strength. Just throw on whatever tshirt I won at a bike race/fished out of a dumpster and a pair of jeans I haven't washed in 6-8 weeks and call it good. With that in mind, I'd still like to let you know that I spit my breakfast beer all over my monitor when I saw this photo album up on Pushbike. That's right, some
Italian designer was “inspired” by cyclists and debuted his latest tragedy of a fashion line on a velodrome in Milan. Style.com has some more details:
This season, [Thom Browne] took the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia as inspiration, borrowing competitive cycling items such as zipped racing tops and shorts, adjusting his cuts by extending jacket hems at the back (even adding a peplum effect here and there), and inserting gusseting to ease body movement in his tailoring. He also introduced a Neapolitan ice cream color palette—pink, white, brown—before closing with a classic biker jacket in black leather, a wittily tough little kicker at the end of all that precise, even pretty clothing.
A pair of Thom Browne shorts fit almost as snugly as the spandex kind worn by cyclists anyway, so the theme just gave him a chance to do what he loves most: put on a show. He had his models—dozens of them—parade all the way around the Milan Velodrome before mounting the line of bikes in the center of the field and taking them around the track (to Kraftwerk's “Tour de France” and Queen's “Bicycle Race,” naturally). It was the most fun a fashion crowd could have, and a shrewd commercial move to boot.