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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Bike Chain as Chanel Inspiration, New York

Whenever I see these bike messengers with their big bike chain wrapped around their waist I always think about Karl and Chanel. I keep waiting for the day I see Chanel models racing down the runway sporting heavy chain belts with leather threaded through - a thicker version of a Chanel bag's chain. This messenger's look is just begging to be Karlized.

I know he has Chanelled other sports but has Karl ever interpreted bike messengers? Just imagine all that gear (high-heeled biking shoes as showcased earlier today) with the Double C logo.

By the same token, I would love to see a few smartass messengers turn the table and do their own version of a Chanel bike chain and lock.

I nominate this young lady to lead the charge.
October 2010

November 2010

Ok, I know Terence Koh isn't actually a messenger but still...the look is begging for the Karl touch.

Comments on "Bike Chain as Chanel Inspiration, New York"


Blogger Stephen said ... (3:01 PM) : 

You find them all. . .



Blogger Abby Alicia said ... (3:06 PM) : 

God was literally just trying to google myself an awesome bike for the summer! want one so much! these people look beautiful xoxo Abby


Blogger Jason Barbaria said ... (3:07 PM) : 

Great idea, although I'm not sure if some of the models could handle the weight!


Blogger Unknown said ... (3:08 PM) : 

haha.. your totally right! now every-time I see a bike messengers with their big bike chain wrapped around their waist I'm going to think about Karl and Chanel :D


Blogger blue roses said ... (3:10 PM) : 

i really enjoy when you muse a bit, some exploration in language.

in relation to this post, i love when anything is chanel-ized. karl infuses brilliance across media.


Blogger Malo said ... (3:19 PM) : 

Cool photos... That chick look really tough! She could lead the charge alright.

Thanks for sharing,




Blogger sorelle in style said ... (3:24 PM) : 

my mom has an amazing vintage chunky chain chanel belt - maybe i can do a little DIY by threading leather through it and see how it looks! good idea - thanks for the inspiration!



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:39 PM) : 

Thinking of a DIY...and heading out to get a bike chain now...oh yes, this is happening! Thanks for the idea!

Visit the Inspiration Board!!


Anonymous She Likes Shoes said ... (3:39 PM) : 

lovely photos!


Blogger jackie said ... (3:44 PM) : 

love the bike theme today :)


Blogger samecookiesdifferent said ... (3:45 PM) : 

such a perfect idea...cant wait to see it karlized !
the cookies xxx


Blogger dan said ... (3:58 PM) : 

oh hey thats a photo of my but you posted.



Blogger Asterisk said ... (4:09 PM) : 

I think you should know.. your dreams are SOMEWHAT true. The bike lube of choice: Chain-L. The Packaging design mimics Chanel No. 5... enjoy.

AND DAMN -- that first boy -- is that the Red Hook Crit winner.. DANIEL CHABANOV? oh i think it is.


Blogger Katherine said ... (4:16 PM) : 

I bet he's totally going to do it now!
La Petite Marmoset


Anonymous Allie said ... (4:22 PM) : 

What an innovative idea- LOVE!


Blogger Notes From ABroad said ... (4:26 PM) : 

LOL, I actually have a Chanel belt and I think I would love the chunkier biker belt too !
I Love Terence Koh :)


Blogger MareeG said ... (4:27 PM) : 

will someone tell Karl please?
That would be so insane :)

love it


Anonymous salome said ... (4:28 PM) : 

Nice pics ;D



Blogger Danielle said ... (4:28 PM) : 

Fab pics! Love that girls tattoo! :)



Blogger comme fraiche said ... (4:31 PM) : 

I think designers should create some fashion specifically for
messengers on wheels. Ralph Lauren's line could be named the "Polo Express"


Blogger My Savage Side said ... (4:39 PM) : 

what a great complement!!

fashion will never stop to surprise me...

for this reason I love it!


Blogger Milica said ... (4:49 PM) : 

Love it!


Blogger estela.pereira said ... (5:17 PM) : 

They certainly ride their bikes with style! So cute the girl, she looks so tough and rides a pink bike:).I started following this blog just few days ago, check it in the morning and again the end of the day. How delighted i was to read a text together with the great pictures. Sometimes its good to know ur thoughts behind ur work. And most of the times just ur work says it all. Im looking forward to the weekend so i can see the older posts.


Blogger Jessie said ... (5:17 PM) : 

what a fabulous inspiration. i love the tattoo on the second photo.


Blogger Román Iglesias said ... (5:59 PM) : 

I like the first photo Vans...!


Blogger Tina Marie said ... (6:33 PM) : 

Hopefully from your blog to Karl's ears or eyes! Great idea. Loving it!


Blogger damofoto said ... (6:45 PM) : 

Branding opportunity obviously: Chainel.


Blogger Unknown said ... (7:25 PM) : 

The white boy is the look :D


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:47 PM) : 

this guy in white is really pulling off a cleanroom/charlie and the chocolate factory look!!!
god i love that people put these crazy but great looks together! it amkes my day!


Blogger Amy Creyer said ... (9:18 PM) : 

I love fashionable people who ride bikes!!!


Blogger juana said ... (9:19 PM) : 

good idea


Blogger C-WORD said ... (9:23 PM) : 

If you want to photography more fashionable bikers you should come to Portland, Oregon immediately! It is bike fashion heaven!


Blogger Seattle Bites said ... (9:40 PM) : 

what makes them look so wonderful is that they have PERSONAL style not designer style.


Anonymous tamara said ... (10:09 PM) : 

Interesting idea, but I doubt that the bike messengers' typical ethos/aesthetic would embrace Chanel. I dig their own style, personally. Great photos, as always.


Anonymous bcw said ... (10:51 PM) : 

vuitton men did a bike messenger inspired season for SS10 men, where bike messengers were the "gentlemen butterflies" of the city.



Blogger kathrynnova said ... (11:06 PM) : 

i think terrence made a mistake - the chain need to be white too.

there was a guy in my high school that would wear the heavy hardware store chains on his pants. he wore so many of them that whenever he walked by me the noises from the chains hurt my ears.


Blogger Mars said ... (11:28 PM) : 

You are a genius. Karl should really create something inspired by these. I cannot imagine how glamorous it will all be with the double C.

Mars of fashion insouciance


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:50 AM) : 

Love the girl with the shoulder ink's style.


Blogger Architect Valeria Maselli said ... (2:35 AM) : 

And did you noticed that real messangers' bikes don't have brakes and don't have gear? They are the so called fixed bikes and you can brake only counter pedal.


Blogger Architect Valeria Maselli said ... (2:38 AM) : 

PS: in the girl's bike you can notice a small piece of paper in the front wheel it's a sort of a ticket you get when you go to alleycats, semi-secret races for fixed fanatics


Blogger Kiki said ... (4:45 AM) : 

Shrink it and pink it, baby!

Bike messengers are the few authentically fierce individuals still roaming our city streets . . . Karl has already nicked their mitts, let's hope he leaves the shorts to the professionals . . .


Blogger so, dress me said ... (8:47 AM) : 

anyone remember what it was like to be on that first bike and going down a bunny hill for the first time and pick up your feet? ahhhh, spring!


Anonymous proletarian Great Gatsby said ... (10:14 AM) : 

The last photo is a practical vision of Courreges and his white spacial fashion in the 60's.


Anonymous Maryanne said ... (10:52 AM) : 

chanel did the biker chain look in 1992.
Model Kristen Mcmenamy on the cover of italian vogue may 1992...complete with an oversize chain belt..
Chanel mixed up a few looks at that time..mixing biker with rapper..and the heavy chains were all part of that.

But the angularity of the biker chain in the first photo ( which reminds me of the necklace Michael Kors sent down the runway..2 years ago) would be a nice update and a retrospective at the same time.


Blogger J.Ro said ... (11:34 AM) : 

This is bittersweet, Mr. Scott. My bike just was stolen last night; I may have to invest in a chain.


Blogger NY Fashionista said ... (12:54 PM) : 

I can't wait till I see this trend on the runway. You can say you called it !!

Designer Fashion Market


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:03 PM) : 

We use those chains in NYC entirely out of necessity.

When I moved to SF, I got a lot of funny looks until I realized I was getting called out for the "coooool, tough look." I don't own a U lock, so what else am I supposed to use in SF?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:24 PM) : 

i like your blog but i'm really against this post. I am a part of that bike culture and it's a significant part of my life. It's beautiful to because it's raw and flash at the same time. and for some reason which i'm struggling to put into words right now, this post makes it seem so silly.

i know fashion can be fun and lighthearted. i mean silly as in it suggests DIY seems far removed from it.

it screams for that Karl touch? please no.

sticking double c's on all of it? no really, please no!


Blogger Christina said ... (3:28 PM) : 

This post cracks me up. Karl needs you on his design team, Scott!


Blogger john rogers said ... (3:59 PM) : 

that young lady is nyc messenger kate manning.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:23 PM) : 

You've been bikesnobbed.

I would definitely say the dude with the glasses is begging for a hot karl.


Blogger aroonietoons said ... (5:25 PM) : 

Betsy Johnson's Spring 2011 look was inspired by bicycles and had at least one model with a big ol' chain & lock draped over her shoulders.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:44 PM) : 

ha, you've been Bikesnobbed!

How about a Hot-Karl for dinner?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:01 AM) : 

hipster locks already exists. No need for Karl.


Blogger Unknown said ... (6:36 AM) : 

amazing glasses...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:15 AM) : 



Blogger Sophistafunk said ... (8:42 PM) : 

The last fellow is my favorite.


Anonymous BlingDuckFashion said ... (7:24 AM) : 

the tattoos are to die-for! love, love these shots!


Blogger Joshua Logan said ... (3:32 AM) : 

Vivre la velo!! Good to see rolling up the pants as form following function.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:36 PM) : 

Burberry has just done a collection of men's activewear inspired by bike messengers!


Anonymous Melissa said ... (12:37 AM) : 

Minneapolis is the number one bike city in the US and the riders have a really unique style, different from anything else I've seen in other parts of the world. I'd definitely recommend making a trip....


Anonymous Nicola said ... (2:56 PM) : 

The yellow cap and animal print tattoo won me over.. now I want to ride..


Blogger Mary Stramer said ... (5:02 PM) : 

new york i love you!!!


Anonymous jennifer said ... (12:07 AM) : 

i had been thinking about getting back into biking. after seeing how awesome this guy looks i think i will go through with it.


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