Music Was the Winner of New York Fashion Week

We break down the shows playlist-by-playlist.

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Sep 14 2014, 4:30am

There was no clear sartorial “winner” this New York Fashion Week—no obvious standout trend, no breakout model, no epic rager really to speak of—and this made the entire showgoing experience pretty boring in many ways. But despite the fact that spring 2015 lacked a single takeaway style-wise, it actually made the music better. Designers’ eclectic visions meant that with each show’s soundtrack, you never knew what you were going to get. From DKNY’s random Brooke Candy obsession to Alexander Wang’s pulsating electronica, check out the good, the bad, and the just plain bizarre from this season’s Fashion Week soundtracks below.

Marc by Marc Jacobs

Music wise, Marc Jacobs won NYFW. Not only did the attendees at his namesake high-end line listen to a soundtrack by Pulp's Steve Mackey on Beats by Dre headphones, gifting us all with a photo of Anna Wintour wearing them (above). He, along with designers Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier, took us into a rave lair at the show for his younger line, Marc by Marc Jacobs where punk-inspired Mohawk buns and latex leggings were best accessorized with 80s house anthems and throbbing beats.
Chuck Roberts, “My House”
Tessela, “Hackney Parrot (Special Request VIP)”
Franz Lehar, “Danube Love”
Mella Dee, “GT Turbo”
KLF, “3am Eternal (Blue Danube Oribital Mix)
Meat Beat Manifesto, “Radio Babylon”

Hood by Air

Shane Oliver’s mashup of silk cargo pants,cut-out jackets, and recycled bicycle parts transformed a handbags calls for an equally unexpected soundtrack. This odd coupling of Travi$ Scott, Big Sean, and The 1975 did the trick.
Travi$ Scott Feat. Big Sean and The 1975 - "Don't Play"
Alexander Wang

Blaring hip-hop and electronica added a sense of urgency to Wang’s sporty minidresses and laser-cut separates. The music was so loud, some editors spent the show with their hands over their ears. Bonus points for Skrillex sitting front row.
Matrixxman ft Mykki Blanco, “God Created the Beat (Apocalypse Now)”
Steve Aoki ft. Chris Lake, Tujamo, and Kid Ink, "Delirious (Boneless)"
Diplo, ft. Angger Dimas & Travis Porter, “Biggie Bounce”
Linkoban, “Like This”
Lil Jon ft. Tyga, “Bend Ova”

Betsey Johnson

If there’s anyone who can divide her show into themed scenes with specific music inspired by each one, it’s Betsey Johnson. After all, this was the only show where Nelly and Billy Idol just seem right together.
Grand Prospect Hall "We Make Your Dreams Come True”
Frank Sinatra, “The Way You Look Tonight”
Marilyn Monroe, “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend”
The Andrews Sisters, “The Polka Strip”
Chic, “I Want Your Love”
Lynard Skynard vs. Nelly, “Sweet Home Alabama,”
Notorious BIG, “Mo Money Mo Problems”
Billy Idol, “White Wedding,”
Cool and the Gang, “Ladies Night”

Dixie Cup, “Going To The Chapel”
Rob Base, “It Takes Two”
Rebecca Minkoff

If Rebecca Minkoff's show taught us anything, it's that a live performance of soaring melodies and saccharine choruses happens to go great with pastel sundresses and floppy hats.
Little Daylight, “Overdose” and “Mona Lisa”
DKNY

The collection may have been an ode to downtown New York City, but Donna Karan opted for LA weirdo pop rapper Brooke Candy to soundtrack her kaleidoscopic prints and sportswear-inspired separates.
Brooke Candy, “Opulence”

Liza Darwin is a NYFW veteran. She's on Twitter - @lizadarwin.

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