Photography by Bryan Banducci, Styling by Anna Maria Diaz-Balart
Direction by Anna Maria Diaz-Balart and Tayler Rae Dubé
Words by Anna Maria Diaz-Balart
As fall approaches the endless road rides of summer turn into the robust athleticism of cross. Suddenly, after months of sunny rides, you may find yourself training in near pitch black darkness. While night riding might make mountain biking more awesome, it makes training and commuting in the city much more dangerous. And even if the plan is to be home by dark, you can always count on the daylight running out before your last climb.
Garments designed with safety first often miss the mark aesthetically. In years past, reflective gear was often limited to the neon safety vest set. These days pioneering brands like ICNY have taken reflective fashions to a whole new level with inspired streetwear that is as at home on a New York fashion runway, as it is on a jog home from the gym.
With this shoot we highlighted our favorite fall items. While they pair nicely with each other, it was their versatility that we truly loved. Specifically we looked for items that can just mix in with your regular clothes. Windbreakers that can be worn to work, sweats that can chill at home, leggings that coordinate with tunics as much as tees. Ultimately we wanted to present effortless pieces that look great, and have your back should you be running late on your ride home.
Another thing we love seeing more of at PDF is the intersection of Bike and Run. While for many these remain two separate worlds, the truth is great things can come from the blending of tech and trends in these two sports. Not to mention that so many cyclists are dedicated runners. Even if it's just during cross season.
All the clothes featured in the shoot are available this season, with the exception of the Manual for Speed bandana worn by Heidi (the ICNY x Puma Mint Chocolate Chip sneaker is, unfortunately, sold out.) Also worn through out the shoot are reflective arm bands and chokers of our own design that are not currently in production. Last by not least, we are proudly introducing our own reflective tank. Made here in Brooklyn by Out of Line press and designed by Elle Magazine's art director Evan Campisi. We think it looks pretty great, and we hope you love it too. Shop the look below!