New York Fashion Week Preview: From Lorde to Madonna, Designers’ Front-Row Dream ‘Gets’

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Designers' Dreams Fashion Week Front Row Guests featuring Madonna, David Bowie & more.

Fashion Week isn’t just about next season’s hot looks -- it’s about who is hot right now, too. From Rihanna creating a spectacle at the Paris shows in March to Kanye West making appearances for obscure fashion houses, scoring a major artist can make for a hit collection, as 10 designers reveal their dream “get.”

“Hands down, the musicians I’d like 
to see at my show are Mick Jagger and Julio Iglesias. They have incredible style.” 
— Carlos Campos

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“A dream come 
true would be to have 
Andre 3000Odd Future’s Tyler the Creator and 
Jack White there.” 
—Cynthia Rowley

“It’d be beyond wonderful to have 
Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Beyoncé attend one of our shows.” 
—Giovanna Randall of Honor

“I dream of having ASAP Rocky, M.I.A. 
and Lorde on the 
front row. I love Lorde!” —John Patrick of Organic

“I would love to see Madonna there because she is a huge inspiration!” 
—The Blonds

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Florence Welch at one of my shows would be tremendous. She wore one of my pieces for the cover of ‘Shake It Out,’ which was shot by Karl Lagerfeld.” 
—Bibhu Mohapatra

Jimmy Page sitting front row. It’s always been my intention to dress rock stars and people who love music, because music has always had such a big influence on me.” 
—Anna Sui 

“I’d love to have 
David Bowie 
at one of my shows!” —Yigal Azrouel


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“The best get? Julian Casablancas. The Strokes are what Timo and I bonded over.” —Alan Eckstein of Timo Weiland

Rufus Wainwright 
and Mark Ronson! Not only do I love their music, but I think they would both look good in our clothes!” 
—Michael Bastian

Q&A: Timo Weiland's Alan Eckstein Personal Playlist for All Things Fashion

What do you listen to the day before a show?
Since we are together around the clock the day before a show, it is important that we are all on the same page about the studio soundtrack. From morning until evening, [we need] the perfect balance of upbeat energy to keep us going and chill enough to maintain a relatively calm, focused atmosphere. Phoenix, Blood Orange, King Krule, Sky Ferreira, and Lana Del Rey have often populated the track list. Power chords.  

The night before a show?
Into the wee hours the playlist can get progressively more electronic in order to stay awake. Cut Copy, Daft Punk, RAC, Viceroy, Big Black Delta, Purity Ring, Grimes, Charli XCX and Disclosure. Since we have become more organized, early starters in our design process, we have pulled fewer all-nighters which means we can cut the music off at a decent early morning hour and be well-rested for the following big day. 

The day of a show?
Emo ballads and local rock. Perfume Genius to mellow the nervous energy and the Strokes to get back to our NYC rock roots. We actually collaborated with their bassist on a small Spring capsule collection at the beginning of the TW brand. Everything about the Strokes makes us happy and proud to be from NYC. That attitude is key to our successful navigation of NYFW. 

And after the show?
Always feel-good bittersweet celebratory -- no matter what the outcome. We have put our best foot forward and have worked around the clock for 8 weeks straight on the new collection, so emotions are high. Jay Z, Iggy Azalea, Future Islands, Robyn, Beyonce, New Order, and Passion Pit have all made the rounds for our afterparties.  

An edited version of this article first appeared in the Aug. 30 issue of Billboard