the beat of the runways

The Music of New York Fashion Week (So Far)

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Solid baselines are what keep the models in step and our toes tapping, and a good beat also helps to visualize the inspiration behind the collection. When the thrumming intro of “Rocky” came on at Alexander Wang, all the better to underscore those furry boxing gloves, or when Butthole Surfers blasted at Rodarte’s very nineties-nihilist collection this afternoon? Perfect. We’ve been keeping track of the music that plays at all the shows so far and we’ve put it into one Spotify playlist for you to enjoy. Take a listen, and check back again later as we update it with all of the latest runway shows.

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“Disintegration (Mike Luck Remix)” - Monarchy
“Brite Lites” - Lana Del Rey
“Architecture (Them Jeans Remix)” - SALM
“Basement Love (Cosmo Vitelli Remix)” - Bot’Ox
“Simply the Best” - Gudrun Gut & Thomas Fehlmann

Bibhu Mohapatra
“NYC:73-78” - Phillip Glass & Beck
“Bells” - FaltyDL
“Angel Echoes” - Four Tet
“Up The Box” - Andy Stott
“Brothers” - Ludovico Einaudi

Narciso Rodriguez
“Jellyfish” - Bloody, Le1f
“Pulse X (Blackwax Remix)” - Youngstar
“From Here On Out / Part I)” - Nico Muhly
“Sweet Tea (Cedaa Remix)” - Bloody, Le1f

“Drumming: Part 1” - Steve Reich
“Eclipe/Blue feat. Kazu Makino” - Nosaj Thing
“Ice Age” - How To Destroy Angels
“Too Insistent (Trentemoller Remix)” - The Do
“Crazy (Noze Remix)” - Ornette
“Shades of Marble” - Trentemoller
“Kimmi In a Rice Field (Balam Acab Remix)” - Twin Sister
“Into the Garden” - Danny Elfman

Diesel Black Gold
“Born Slippy (Nuxx)” - Underworld
“Personal Jesus (Dirty Booty Nipples Remix)” - Depeche Mode vs. Gorillas in Drag

Michael Kors
“I Wanna Be Your Man” - Willy Moon
“Yeah Yeah” - Willy Moon
“She Loves Me” - Willy Moon

“Run To Your Mama” - Goat
“Burst! (Planningtorock Remix)” - Peaches

Rachel Zoe
“Shelter Song” - Temples
“Sympathy For The Devil” - The Rolling Stones
“Hurricane”- Bob Dylan

3.1 Phillip Lim
“Train Song” - Lantern
“Heartbreaker Acoustic Live” - Alice Russell
“Heartbreaker” - Alice Russell
“The Force ft. Kool Keith” - Tokimonsta

A Detacher
“Transit a Marilou” - Bruce Springsteen
“Hosianna Mantra” - Popol Vuh
“Warda’s Whorehouse” - Philip Glass and Foday Musa Suso
“III” - Taj Mahal Travelers
“Caravan Petrol” - Renato Carosone
“Do it again” - Steely Dan

Alejandro Ingelmo
“Spirals” - Synkro
“Stilhed” - Mike Sheridan
“Acceptance” - Synkro
“Revolt” - Mr. Cloudy

Alexander Wang
“Eye of the Tiger” - Survivor
“I Turn My Arm (Alixander II Remix)” - Gazelle Twin
“Real Love” - Cult Days
“Holy Water (Jesus Piece)” - The Game

alice + olivia
“Why Do You Love Me” - Garbage
“Hand In My Pocket” - Alanis Morissette
“Love Potion No. 9” - The Clovers
“DownTown” - Peaches
“Pro Nails ft. Kanye West” - Kid Sister
“Je T’Aime Moi Non Plus- Serge Gainsbourg, Jane Birkin
“Through Being Cool” - Devo
“Cruel Intentions” - Simian Mobile Disco

“Elephant Island 2” - Sleeparchive
“Time Lapse Variation” - New Tango Orquesta
“Preparation for Attack” - Zero Dark Thirty

“Little Lights (CosMes Remix)” - Soft Rocks & CosMes
“Man O To” - Nu

Betsey Johnson
“Celebrity Skin” - Hole
“Thrift Shop ft. Wanz” - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
“Why You Wanna” - T.I.
“The Bitch Is Back” - Elton John

Billy Reid
“Sunday (Runway Edit)” - Machinery of the Night
“California” - John Mayall
“Please Forgive My Heart” - Bobby Womack
“Chinatown” - City Champs
“Get Off In It (Alt version)” - Eddie Hinton
“Interlude 1” - Alt-J
“Nolas Titanic” - Antje Duvekot
“Buttons” - The Weeks

“Peek-a-Boo” - Siouxsie And The Banshees
“Girls Talk” - Dave Edmunds
“Broken English” - Marianne Faithfull
“Look Sharp!” - Joe Jackson
“Prove My Love” - Violent Femmes
“Uh-Oh, Love Comes To Town” - Talking Heads
“Original Love” - The Feelies

Diane Von Furstenberg
“Love to Love You Baby” - Donna Summer
“Inspector Norse” - Todd Terje
“More More More” - Andrea True Connection
“I’m Every Woman” - Chaka Khan

“Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win (Sebastian Remix)” - Beastie Boys featuring Santigold
“Rude Boy Resort” - A mash-up of Rihanna and Papa Roach

“What About Her” - Such Pretty Losers
“John I’m Only Dancing (David Bowie Cover)” - Yamantaka Sonic Titan

“Time of the Season” - The Zombies
“La Ritournelle” - Sebastien Tellier
“Full Moon” - The Black Ghosts

Helmut Lang

“Oh Linda” - Lee Harvey Osmond
“In The Wake” - Tristesse Contemporaine
“Husbands” - Savages
“Providence” - Foals

Herve Leger
“Success is Her Sensuality Blackest Ever Black” - Dalhous Mitchell Heisman
“Salon des Amateurs Ping (Tolouse Low Track Remix)” - Hauschka

Jason Wu

“This Ladder is Ours” - The Joy Formidable
“Milk & Black Spiders” - Foals
“Here Comes the Rain Again” - Eurythmic
“Skyfall Remix” - Adele
“A Song For You” - Amy Winehouse

Jeremy Scott
“Girls” - Beastie Boys
“Rock Lobster” - The B-52’s
“The Bird Is the Word” - The Ruffled Feathers

Jill Stuart
“Cannon Ball” - Breeders

J. Mendel
“King of Leaves” - Richard Walters
“Mirror” - New Found Land

John Varvatos Launch Party
“You’re the One that I Want” - Grease
“Suit & Tie” - Justin Timberlake ft. Jay Z

Lela Rose
“Ash Tree Lane” - MS MR
“It’s Too Late (Dave Sitek Remix)” - Wild Belle
“Ambulance” - Coco Morier

Monique Lhuillier
“Dreem” - Sinner DC
“Radar (Michael Mayer Remix)” - Hauschka
“Call Her” - Creep feat. Tricky & Alejandra de la Deheza
“TC” - Sinner DC
“The Horizon” - Sinner DC

Nicole Miller
“Pyramidspeak” - Hood Internet (Purity Ring X Frank Ocean)
“Phone Sex” - Blood Diamonds feat Grimes
“Everything is Embarrassing (Twin Shadow Remix)” - Sky Ferreira
“Forever (The Knocks Remix)” - Haim
“Closer” - Tegan & Sara

Oscar de la Renta
“As Time Goes By” - Bryan Ferry
“I’m In The Mood For Love” - Bryan Ferry

Philosophy di Alberta Ferreti
“November Rain” - Guns N’ Roses

Prabal Gurung
“Chopper” - Alexandre Desplat
“Luxury Problem” - Andy Stote
“November Morning” - Stimming
“November (Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Version)” - Stimming
“Flight to Compound” - Alexandre Desplat

“Pepper” - Butthole Surfers
“Blackhole” - Beck
“Virginia Reel Around the Fountain” - The Halo Benders
“Start Choppin’” - Dinosaur Jr.

“Things That Dreams Are Made Of” - Human League

“Bohemian Forest” - Pantha du Prince

The Row
“Avril 14th” - Aphex Twin

Theyskens’ Theory
“Soii Noir” - COH

Thom Browne
“Quartetto e Coro” - Dvorak
“Storm” - Bjork
“Pearl” - Bjork
“St. Matthew Passion” - Ernst Haefliger
“J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion” - Gewandhauserorchester Leipzig

“So Long My Love (Extended Mix)” - Tomorrow’s World
“So Long My Love (Alternative Mix)” - Tomorrow’s World
“Swim Swim” - Mensch
“Vampiros Hermanos” - Pachanga Boys
“Go! Club Mix” - Tones On Tail

Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Collection
“Wonderwall” - Oasis
“The Only One I Know” - The Charlatans
“You Got Me, Really! (V Under My Skin Edit)” - Sinks
“For Your Love” - The Yardbirds

Tommy Hilfiger Women’s Collection
“Only Love Can Break Your Heart” - Saint Etienne
“Under My Thumb (Todd Terje Remix)” - The Rolling Stones
“Nothing Can Stop Us Now” - Saint Etienne
“She’s Not There” - The Zombies
“Under My Thumb” - The Rolling Stones

Tracy Reese
“Rock to the Beat” -  Kevin Saunderson
“Decaptacon” - Le Tigre
“Punker Plus - Le Tigre

Vera Wang
“Introductory Movement Violin” - Yann Tiersen
“Changelings” - Gazelle Twin, John Foxx and the Maths remix

Victoria Beckham
“The Truth Is” - Chrysta Bell
“Swinging Upstream (Gab Demo 4)” - DJ Shadow
“Polish Poem” - Chrysta Bell

“I Don’t Know” - Ruth Brown

Yigal Azrouel
“State Trooper (Mike Nouveau Edit)” - Bruce Springsteen

The Music of New York Fashion Week (So Far)