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Look | Designers Trick Out Bikes for Fashion Week

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Elie Tahari's bike has snakeskin on it. When asked if the material would hold up, Tahari said snakes were waterproof. Elie Tahari's bike has snakeskin on it. When asked if the material would hold up, Tahari said snakes were waterproof. (Kate Hinds)

On Wednesday, 30 designers showed off bicycles they made for New York Fashion Week, which kicks off on Thursday. The bikes, which can be borrowed for free at the pedestrian plaza on Broadway between 39th and 40th Streets and at the pedestrian plaza on Ninth Avenue and 14th St., will be auctioned off at the end of Fashion Week.

To see images of how designers tricked out their bikes as part of a project called Tour de Fashion, check out the slideshow below.

We don't know how well this bike would do in rain, but it looks like the parasol just might keep off the sun.
Kate Hinds/WNYC
We don't know how well this bike would do in rain, but it looks like the parasol just might keep off the sun.
The bike was designed by TK, who paid attention to the details.
Kate Hinds/WNYC
It's all about the details.
Does this evoke friendship bracelets for anyone else?
Kate Hinds/WNYC
Does this evoke friendship bracelets for anyone else?
A lavender-colored bike for the shutterbug and the seamstress. (Yes, those are spools of thread.)
Kate Hinds/WNYC
A lavender-colored bike for the shutterbug and the seamstress. (Yes, those are spools of thread.)
Complete with measuring tape and zipper!
Kate Hinds/WNYC
Complete with measuring tape and zipper!
The Lim College, a fashion business university in Manhattan, kitted out its bike with a weathered suitcase.
Kate Hinds/WNYC
The Lim College, a fashion business university in Manhattan, kitted out its bike with a weathered suitcase.
Nicole Miller's orange rear bike box alongside Thom Browne's stripey one.
Kate Hinds/WNYC
Nicole Miller's orange rear bike box alongside Thom Browne's stripey one.
Who says bike helmets have to look bad? These beauties were designed by Danielle Baskin of Belle Helmets.
Kate Hinds/WNYC
Who says bike helmets have to look bad? These beauties were designed by Danielle Baskin of Belle Helmets.
Elie Tahari's bike has snakeskin on it. When asked if the material would hold up, Tahari said snakes were waterproof.
Kate Hinds
Elie Tahari's bike has snakeskin on it. When asked if the material would hold up, Tahari said snakes were waterproof.
Even the handles are covered with snakeskin.
Kate Hinds/WNYC
Even the handles are covered with snakeskin.
Amrita Singh poses alongside her bike.
Kate Hinds/WNYC
Amrita Singh poses alongside her bike.
It has a bejeweled basket.
Kate Hinds/WNYC
It has a bejeweled basket.
And bangled handlebars to match.h.
Kate Hinds/WNYC
And bangled handlebars to match.
Gretchen Jones designed a bike that could be ridden in high heels.
Kate Hinds/WNYC
Gretchen Jones designed a bike that could be ridden in high heels.
It's form AND function for the turquoise basket on her bike.
Kate Hinds/WNYC
It's form AND function for the turquoise basket on her bike.
The heel-savvy pedal.
Kate Hinds/WNYC
The heel-savvy pedal.
A detail on Carlos Falchi's painted, splattered bike.
Kate Hinds
A detail on Carlos Falchi's painted, splattered bike.
Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne stand by a bike made by their group, Public School, which turned to yellow cabs for inspiration.
Kate Hinds/WNYC
Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne stand by a bike made by their group, Public School, which turned to yellow cabs for inspiration.
Nanette Lepore's bike is all about the neon.
Kate Hinds
Nanette Lepore's bike is all about the neon.
Rebecca Minkoff's blue period.
Kate Hinds/WNYC
Rebecca Minkoff's blue period.
Number Lab's bike.
Kate Hinds/WNYC
Number Lab's bike.

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