Cycling in Couture and Ready for NYFW

In the middle of February, we barely allow ourselves to dream of spring sunshine, much less think ahead to crisp fall days. But the fashion world has already moved on. The Fall 2015 New York Fashion Week opens today and we’ll be following along to catch snaps of the fantastic street styles, wispy models, exotic eye makeup, celeb sightings, and of course, the gorgeous sartorial creations.

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But while we await the haute couture designs that models will sashay in down the runway, we can turn our attention to the newly debuted Fall 2015 ready-to-wear styles. (They were introduced a few days before the official Week.)

The modern woman is always on the move. When she’s not biking through town, she’s jogging around a lake, or sprinting to catch the bus, running errands at the speed of light, answering emails in between meetings, etc. Fashion designers know this well. So we’ve combed through the freshly unveiled ready-to-wear designs (not exactly a chore), and pulled the most beautiful, bikeable styles for you to look forward to.

ZAC Zac Posen

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Zac Posen knows the female form like no other, and his secondary line, ZAC Zac Posen doesn’t skimp on the details. We adore this wool dress for a multitude of reasons. First, it’s totally bikeable with a full, swishy skirt that’s short enough to keep out of your way, but long enough to keep you modest. The seams that nip in at the waistline are ever so flattering. The ombre effect in the wool is sleek and elegant (you know how we love wool!). And last but certainly not least, the pockets! Need we say more? Bravo, Mr. Posen! Browse the entire line here.

See by Chloé

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Knee-high boots, plus thigh-high stockings, topped with lacy short-shorts? Be still, our hearts! See by Chloé’s fall 2015 ready-to-wear collection is full of gamine, 1970’s inspired styles that make college-chic cool again. Marcia Brady would definitely approve (just don’t forget your glasses). How many more months before we can don this outfit, roll up to the neighborhood coffeeshop, and order a latte to go?

Check out all of See by Chloé’s fall 2015 looks here.

Sachin & Babi 

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Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia:  a husband and wife duo creating womenswear designs together since 2009. Their ready-to-wear line for fall 2015 is smart, sophisticated, athletic, and edgy. Perfect for commuting by bike. This look’s slim-fit pants will stay far away from your greasy bike chain, and the sparkly top has built in reflectors—the sewn-in sequins up your visibility. Watch out, automobiles! There’s a sparkling cyclist zooming down the road. Click through the entire collection here.

Derek Lam 10 Crosby 

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Never thought you could pull off florals, fringe, plaid, and stripes? Think again. Derek Lam 10 Crosby’s fall 2015 collection proves that mixing patterns pays off. As with the See by Chloé collection, these new designs hint that 1970s styles are back in the game. In this look, VP of Design Elizabeth Giardina paired smart masculine trousers with a detachable skirt. We can’t say for sure if this was the intended purpose, but we think that skirt would make an excellent cover-up for those days when you forget your fender. Did your ride down the road splashing up mud and yuck in a terrible stripe up your back side? Simply throw on the skirt with a flourish and you’re as fresh as can be.

Browse the entire Derek Lam 10 Crosby fall 2015 collection here.

And for a sneak peak of the designs unveiled over the week to come, Blue Carreon for Forbes has pulled together designers’ sketches. Here are a few of our favorites. All bikeable looks, of course. Check out the full list here.

Banana Republic

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“On the move”  Marissa Webb, Creative Director

Rebecca Minkoff

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“The rock-inspired style of Patti Smith and the bohemian culture of New York in the early 1970s.”

Vivienne Tam

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“Chinoiserie – where Western meets Eastern sensibilities and styles.”

psst: Riding a little wild these days? Don’t fear, that shoulder poof should cushion any fall!



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