Models are lining up, hems are being sewn, and an array of spring fashions are about to sweep through Lincoln Center for the semi-annual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. But everyone knows that New York Fashion Week is never just about the clothes.
Musicians will be performing at shows, a few will be sitting front-and-center, and others will be able to kick back as their beats pump from speakers around the catwalk. In preparation for a non-stop week of style and sound, we’ve selected 10 songs we’re hoping to hear on the runways this season.
‘Pound the Alarm’
Nicki Minaj has showed us a range of unique — and sometimes crazy — styles this year, but the industry is still head-over-heels in love with the fashion risk-taker. Whether she’s covered in feather headdresses, pink wigs or metal bodysuits, the “Starships” singer creates hits that beg to be on the catwalk. This vigorous, strut-worthy track would perfectly accentuate a grungy collection shimmering with bits of femininity — perhaps at Betsey Johnson’s show?
‘Wine and Chocolates’
Theophilus London already had his beats remixed into shows and performed on a Rebecca Minkoff runway last season, and now he’s back with a sound that belongs on the catwalk. The rapper’s “Wine and Chocolates” oozes with a swagger that speaks to the grime and style of inner city life.
‘One Of A Kind’
With Korean music flooding the States this summer, it only seems appropriate for Fashion Week to embrace the K-pop wave. South Korean rapper and singer G-Dragon has crafted posh tracks laced with attitude that would match any bold, adventurous collection.
French model-turned-songstress Brigitte Bardot revealed her flare for seduction in this intimate track, perfect for fashion shows steeped in femininity, sex and beauty.
Azealia Banks’ upbeat tempos and unapologetic lyrics have already dazzled industry titans like Karl Lagerfeld and Alexander Wang, and her “1991” EP will likely be a favorite at NYFW. “Van Vogue’s” pop-punk sound will accentuate the austere beauty and boldness of a spring collection, and the harsh melodies will bring some much-needed swagger to the New York runways.
Covered by Adele on her 2011 album “21,” the original “Lovesong” by The Cure would bring in a retro vibe and create a calm but sexualized mood on the catwalk.
Fiona Apple’s artistic sound is perfect for a collection of ornate details and bold silhouettes, while “Daredevil’s” subtle percussive rhythms and fragile melodies are made for the runway.
‘Addicted To You’
The hypnotic rhythm, bubbling with unkempt glamour and intrigue, of Madame Mayhem’s “Addicted to You” would beautifully highlight spring collections loaded with leather and bondage-inspired elements.
Moby’s “Go” is a beautiful spring anthem of love, lust and intrigue, all fused together in one salacious mix. This gentle tune, paired with lingerie-inspired looks, would rock the runway.
‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’
Not an obvious choice for the runway, but Taylor Swift’s mellow and alluringly joyful sounds would be the perfect accent to those intimate warm-weather collections rich in sheer cotton and flirty lace.