Milan Fashion Week is currently experiencing a simply delightful burst of Springtime sunshine; washing the whole of the city in the kind of fresh and breezy golden light that hints that everything is right in the world - as well as perfectly showcasing all the fashion editors' new Spring/Summer 2012 purchases.
OBViously during the crazy schedule of catwalk shows, the Grazia team insists on being chauffeur-driven around Milan's spaghetti-tangle of streets (our jobs are SO hard). But yesterday afternoon a different opportunity presented itself... An opportunity that was simply irresistable.
Grazia's Editor-at-Large, Angela Buttolph, is not exactly known for her enthusiasm for exercise, and yet when Dolce & Gabbana telephoned to offer to lend her their first ever, soon-to-be-released, hand-finished, limited-edition bicycle for the afternoon, she leapt at the opportunity.
And she was not disappointed. We received a text update: "Guess what? It's PINK LEOPARD PRINT!!!" How very Dolce! How very cute and cool.
Far be it from us to suggest that Angela may have been more focused on coordinating her cycling look [still working that Mary Katrantzou dress for Topshop dress, with Louboutin mary-janes, plus a Dolce & Gabbana pink Dolce bag] than she was on the Milanese highway code, but suffice to say there was significantly more time spend posing than peddling.
But after an afternoon spent in the (Dolce & Gabbana logo-ed) saddle, our Editor-at-Large is a huge fan; 'This bike is absolutely gorgeous! I'm totally besotted! I want one!'
We may never hear the last of this.
Thanks to the Dolce & Gabbana "Animalier" bike, we're confidently predicting a sudden outbreak of cycling fashionistas this season (could the "It bike" take over from the "It bag" this Spring?). So now the question is: who's going to be spotted (ahem) on it next?
The Dolce & Gabanna Animalier bike will be on sale at selected Dolce & Gabbana stores in London and worldwide from April 2012.