Fashion Week Kicks Off: 10 Songs We Want to Hear on the Runway
As New York Fashion Week kicks off today (Feb. 8), designers are making sure their fall/winter 2012 collections are just so, and that their runway shows have all the finishing touches. One crucial flourish: the runway playlist. Here are our picks for ten hot tracks we want to hear on the catwalk.
Azealia Banks, "212"
This up-and-coming rapper has already replaced Lady Gaga at Nicola Formichetti's Mugler show and tickled the fancy of Chanel king Karl Lagerfeld, recently performing at his Paris home, so we have no doubt that Ms. Banks' signature "212" will make its way over to NYFW. Giddy and bustling with enthusiasm, "212" beats with a futuristic R&B vibe sure to heat up the runways here in NYC.
Rondo Parisiano Feat. Karl Lagerfeld, "SomethingALaMode"
What better way to celebrate new Parisian runway trend of French New Wave than with a medley that casts the emperor of French fashion design -- Karl Lagerfeld -- as the main vocalist? This bold and experimental electro-pop tune literally blends the worlds of fashion and music more than any other song on our playlist.
Lana Del Rey, "Video Games"
With a hypnotic melody that echoes out of the heart of a nightmare, Lana Del Rey's "Video Games" would polish a collection steeped in mystic and wonder. Perhaps the perfect complement to Alexander Wang's urban yet murky aesthetic or Marc Jacobs' bubbling, futuristic designs, this moody track weaves together romance, passion and at the same time, loneliness.
This animated track is not only filled with acoustic space but is coyly punky at heart, especially when the percussion explodes in the final moments. A perfect fit for the more out-of-the-box (read: less commercial) collections, and we all know Bjork is fond of fashion that doubles as art pieces.
Jay-Z & Kanye West, "Ni**as In Paris"
Fashion "It Boy" Kanye West continues to blend the worlds of couture and music on the daily, living, eating and sleeping both. 'Ye performed this hit track at the Victoria Secret Fashion Show alongside best bud Jay-Z, where they proved that it's possible to beautifully beat the shit of a runway show. We'd love to see it happen again.
Klaus Nomi, "Total Eclipse"
This symphony of fluttering chords would perfectly frolic around a runway much like a cluster of butterflies in the wind. Perhaps Calvin Klein's runway show would be the ideal match, with the song's obvious quirks capturing the edgy asymmetrical lines of their notoriously straight-forward collections.
Alanis Morissette, "Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)"
Revisiting former classics can prove to be a dangerous sport. However, Alanis Morissette brilliantly remixed the 1920s with "Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)," complete with a throaty roar and fresh attitude. With The Roaring '20s running ramped in cinema "Midnight In Paris," "The Artist" already hits and "The Great Gatsby" on its way), Alanis' Cole Porter cover would be a gorgeous accompaniment to any runway show steeped in flapper fun.
Will.i.am & David Guetta, "Nothing Really Matters"
Production mavens Will.i.am and David Guetta united to create this energetic banger, which, in our eyes, would make for a brilliant model stomp-off.
Adele, "Set Fire To The Rain"
Adele's introspective pop has been heating up runways for a couple of seasons, so why stop now? Her latest single is full of drama and romance -- and are there any other two words that better suit Fashion Week?
Little Dragon, "Summertearz"
Experimental pop unites with electronica to form this joyful tune, which would be quite fitting for a cool and unrefined collection. We could see Jason Wu's fun and flirty aesthetic being accentuated by this little ditty from Little Dragon.