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Fashion Meets Music at New York Fashion Week

well dressed show go-ers at NYFW

well dressed show go-ers at NYFW

It’s that time of year again when fashion editors, stylists, bloggers, and anyone remotely involved in the fashion industry turn into Barnum and Bailey and travel from city to city in the name of fashion. While what started out as a way to attract attention from French fashion houses during World War II and has since evolved into a month long fashion marathon. While the industry folk sit front row and plan photo shoots, buys, and client pulls for next year, everyone in the audience knows that there’s more to fashion shows than the clothes.

Year after year designers, production staff, publicists, DJs, and whomever else has a say get together to figure out what music will be the best backdrop for the ‘’practical, matter-of-fact, not too over styled” clothes at Vena Cava (apparently it was Klaus Nomi). The same way that Abercrombie and Fitch insists on blasting whatever they think kids are listening to these days out into the mall, designers blast whatever music best suits their brand and collection in an effort to create an atmosphere and give models something to walk to. (How boring would it be to watch 30+ looks stroll down a runway in perfect silence?)

Keeping it laid back at Fashion Week

Keeping it laid back at Fashion Week

Since fashion is all about being new and fresh while simultaneously giving a nod to the past, it comes as no surprise that this season, like those before it, featured music from up and coming indie faves as well as tried and true acts. From Nina Simone and David Bowie to The Cure and Stereolab right down to Telepathe and LCD Soundsystem, it seems as though everyone dug deep into their iTunes and came out with playlists that are a music lover’s dream. (Check out Vanity Fair’s list of playlists from NYFW S/S ’11. Billy Reid, Timo Weiland and Prabal Gurung’s lists make me want to download some new music asap.)

According to MISS music editor Randi Hernandez the folks over at Betsey Johnson and L.A.M.B. were just as fond of mixing old school and new school on their playlists as the Vanity Fair group.  While Betsey kept to a New York influenced playlist complete with songs about cycling around the city to follow her Le Tour de Betsey theme, over at L.A.M.B. Gwen further expressed her love of Ragga and laid back tracks that were the perfect accompaniment to her relaxed collection. Both ladies mix genres and obviously appreciate Kanye and Jay-Z, since they popped up on both playlists.  Check out the playlists for both Betsey Johnson and LAMB, as gathered by Randi with the help of everyone’s pal Shazam-don’t know what I’d do without him sometimes- and load your iPod up with tracks to get you through the upcoming winter months.

Artist                                                SONG
*Air                                                                        Alpha Beta Gaga
*Air                                                                        Mer Du Japon
*The Pharcyde, Ancient Astronauts                        Classic
*Ulf Stricker, Ancient Astronauts                        Dark Green Rod
Run Jeremy                                                            Window Licker
Arctic Monkeys                                                Leave Before the Lights Come On
The Psychedelic Furs                                                Love My Way
Queen                                                                        Bicycle Race
Kanye West Feat. Dwele                                    Power
Yeah Yeah Yeahs                                                Yeah! New York
The Kills                                                            What New York Used To Be
Ace Frehley                                                            New York Groove
The Mixtures                                                            The Pushbike Song
The Magnetic Fields                                                The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side
Cut Copy                                                            Hearts on Fire
Delorean                                                            Indio/Deli
Mike Ronson                                                            The Bike Song
Village People                                                            In The Navy
Usher Feat. Jay-Z Hot Tottie
*Pre-show soundtrack

Artist                                    SONG
LCD Soundsystem                                                                 Dance Yrself Clean
M.I.A.                                                                                                Born Free
Kanye West Feat. Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Bon Iver  Monster
Rebel MC Feat. Tenor Fly                              Comin On Strong (Ragga Mix)
Sean Paul Feat. Sasha                                            I’m Still in Love with You
Jay-Z Feat. Santogold                                                            Brooklyn Go Hard
Micha Moor                                                                        Space
Santogold Feat Kid Cudi      Find a Way/Lunar Camel (Graeme and Switch mix)
Luniz                                                                        I Got 5 On It (remix)
Dawn Penn                                                You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)
M.I.A,                                                            Paper Planes
Gwen Stefani Feat. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley    Now That You Got It (remix)
MGMT                                                Electric Feel
The Belle Stars                                    Iko Iko


Images by Randi Hernandez, layout by Sarah B

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One Response to “Fashion Meets Music at New York Fashion Week”

  1. Barbara says:

    It is too bad American designers don’t support American music, jazz and it is too bad LIVE musicians were not involved. Surely, if someone can afford a thousand dollar blouse made of cotton, the designer could support a few live jazz musicians so the music would be sophisticated and appeal to a larger audience than 17 year olds with Daddy’s money. Jazz music would show the world we actually have taste and intelligence in the US and encourage people to buy the finer things in life…their creations!


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