Designers Outfit Tour de Fashion Bicycles

Designers from Prabal Gurung and Nanette Lepore to Betsey Johnson and Lela Rose decorated special wheels for the Fashion Week free rental program in the Garment District through September 15.

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Designers decorated custom wheels for the Tour de Fashion, a free bike-rental program in the Garment District through September 15. Alice Ritter opted for a classic, wallpaper-like floral print from the back box to the frame. (All photos courtesy of Kathy Akey)
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Diane von Furstenberg outfitted her bike with a vibrant green-and-white print that seems straight from one of her signature wrap dresses.
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Lela Rose turned the frame of her bike into a lanyard-covered burst of color that looks like something she made at designer summer camp.
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Girly-girls will be clamoring to take a spin on Prabal Gurung's feminine, flowery ride, complete with a flower-printed acrylic box and -- you can't see it here -- a polka-dotted chain guard.
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Betsey Johnson covered her bicycle design in flowers and personal love letters.
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Rebecca Minkoff knows how to accessorize, outfitting her true-blue bike with its own Minkoff tote at the helm.
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As a vocal proponent of the fight to save the Garment District, Nanette Lepore went all-out for the Tour de Fashion: Not only are her wheels painted fire-engine neon green, but she transformed the splash guards into a veritable garden of retro plastic flowers.
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Another ladylike option is Rebecca Taylor's entry, with a flower-stocked box, crystal-studded spokes and a python-printed seat.
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Those looking for a more understated ride will like Bibhu Mohapatra's matte-black bicycle with a caramel leather seat and coordinated black-and-tan basket — a departure from his glamorous, oft-embellished runway designs, for sure.
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Naturally, jewelry designer Amrita Singh tricked out her pink-painted whip with bangle-stacked handlebars.
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Carlos Falchi's cheery two-wheeler features a hand-painted and signed frame, box, and tires.
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If you look closely, you'll see Elie Tahari's ultra-elegant snakeskin-printed bike box and striped frame.
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The official Fashion Center bicycle comes appropriately encrusted with buttons, and features a map of the neighborhood on the box.
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Kaelen combined Rorschach prints, a hemp wrap and handlebar feathers for a totally whimsical way to get around the Garment District.
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Nicole Miller's urban, graffiti-splashed look comes accessorized with orange-and-black baskets.
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Taking a minimalist approach, Number Lab spoke to the color-blocking trend with its orange-and-cobalt design.
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Fans of Thom Browne don't have to read the name tag to recognize the designer's signature red-white-and-blue palette on this crisp model.
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Garment District shop owner Yeohlee Teng got buggy on her bike, which has ants marching across an apple-green backdrop.
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