I’m searching for the first signs of spring.
Inspired by Copenhagen Cycle Chic, in this past years observations I have been able to document that the bicycle on the streets of Toronto has inspired a culture of awareness of both two wheeled simplicity and street style.
With the upcoming Fashion week and Alternative Fashion weeks in March and April, I’m calling out to all the Toronto Fashion Bloggers, Designers and Cycle Chic manifesto followers to send in their submissions on how two wheels have influenced their Toronto frame of mind.
My bicycle was there during first kisses in Trinity park. It supported my early morning rides for spring lattes at the café curbside to the design studio. While riding I've found alleyway shortcuts to where flowers bloom on side streets and the smell of 3am baked bread still lingers past noon.
I recall as a teen getting chills watching flowing skirts, and drinking in wafts of perfumed sweat on summer breezes as the red changed to green. Even now I hear the same distinct ding of vintage bells whose sweet alarm teases of upcoming conflicts, or flirts of the unknown around each turn.
Bicycles crossed the beaches at 2am with bottles of wine to rest amongst strangers and the flicker of skyscraper fireflies. Their two wheels have heard the slander of lovers quarrel and felt the side swipe of oncoming traffic during periods of emotional insanity.
My Bicycle took me away through rain wind and snow, always without a care to the destination.
Bicycles have inspired fashion, films, music, poems and photos. Its simple stencil holds a gentle strength in its slender spokes. It creates a relationship that can bind a stiletto to the pedal and fuel a fire that pushes one leg to mimic the other in a rhythmic dance bringing reason to the here and there.
If you ride a bicycle and are a Toronto Fashion Designer, Fashion Photographer, Blogger, Musician or any Torontonian in Canada or abroad, whose style has been inspired by the simplicity and sexiness of two wheels please join this virtual ride to somewhere.
Please send any photos of you and your bicycle and a brief description of who you are to firstname.lastname@example.org We will show case your inspiration with links back to your website on upcoming posts.
If you Flickr please join this group http://www.flickr.com/groups/torontocyclechicsearch/
Please forward this post to any Fashion Friendlies who you think may be able to contribute.