June 18, 2013 London
Well, sure. It's the brave soul who bikes in a hand-knit. But the inspiration launched Long into one of his strongest collections to date, and a standout at the London men's week. The rubberized, baggy Bermudas he showed are variations on his old favorite summer themes, but the fitted, printed tops—splices of aggressive handwritten messages to psych up cyclists—had the stripy geometry of earlier designs, with a bright new florid energy. The leather jackets that always figure into the collection came aerodynamically unlined, with just a thin layer of satin bonded inside. But the real revelation was the mesh bombers and sweatshirts, some shown in their unalloyed form and some used as the lattice for a new kind of knit, with ribbon woven through. And summer-appropriately, they were featherlight. "I wanted everything to be really international, and really lightweight," Long confirmed. "For just zipping around."
He paused for a second, and then added, "Everyone just zips around now." And since the whole world lies beyond the velodrome, why shouldn't every man be his own biker?