Cycle Chic: Past, Present & Future Fashion Show
Women on Bikes SoCal presented the Cycle Chic: Past, Present & Future fashion show in Long Beach, CA on September 13, 2012. I was in town attending a few conferences and events with Momentum Mag and this evening was one of the social highlights of the week. Following on the heels of the Women’s Bike Summit, a reception surrounding the incredibly long catwalk on the promenade got the festivities started on what was one of the hottest nights of the year.
The show was kicked off by Melissa Balmer with remarks from Charlie Gandy, Dr. Suja Lowenthal and the Cycle Chic ambassador himself, Mikael Colville-Andersen (see last image for the latter two). Billed as a “celebration of dressing for the destination”, the models wore items from a large number of local, bicycle-friendly designers and manufacturers. Some models rode, others walked and a couple did the long strut down the packed runway. The looks ranged from casual cyclists in practical attire, California beach cruiser vibes, elegant looks for nightlife and a collection of conceptual outfits from the future (and yes, some gold body paint for good measure).
All in all, a very successful show bringing a lot of positive energy to the blossoming Long Beach cycling scene. They aim to be the nation’s most bike-friendly city and it seems they are moving fast in that direction. More on that and riding around Long Beach in an upcoming post.
Long Beach, California, 2012.