Ultimate Playlist: Sounds from Men's Collections

From Annie Lennox to Tom Waits, the soundtracks at the collections in Milan and Paris reflected the clothes.

with contributions from Tyler McCall
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Tom Waits

Tom Waits

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Lou Reed

Lou Reed

Photo By Kristen Somody Whalen

Annie Lennox performs at Dolce & Gabbanas Mens  RTW Spring 2011
Talking Heads Psycho Killer album cover
Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin

Photo By GAB Archive/Redferns

The soundtracks for the Milan and Paris men’s shows were a direct reflection of the looks they accompanied. Italian designers mined every decade from the Sixties on for their tunes, ending up with a mix that ranged from rugged (The Animals) to refined (Fellini films) — much like the clothes themselves. There were also a few notable live acts, including Annie Lennox at Dolce & Gabbana, Alex Kapranos and Nick McCarthy of Franz Ferdinand at Pringle of Scotland (for whom the two musicians designed a limited edition knit) and classical composer Michael Nyman at Zegna’s 100th anniversary party. The French relied on music that was as diverse as their work — everything from techno to Tom Waits. And they, too, looked to iconic films for audio inspiration. Wong Kar Wai’s erotic and moody “2046” made its way into the soundtrack at Dior Homme, while Givenchy turned to 1987 vampire flick “The Lost Boys.” Here, WWD’s ultimate fashion playlist.


• “Pomp and Circumstance” by Edward Elgar (Alexander McQueen)

• “The House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals (Burberry Prorsum)

• “Hang on St. Christopher” by Tom Waits (Bottega Veneta)

• “Walk on the Wild Side (remix)” by Lou Reed (Calvin Klein)

• Nino Rota songs from various Fellini films (Canali)

• “A Whiter Shade of Pale” by Annie Lennox (Dolce & Gabbana)

• “Psycho Killer” by Talking Heads (Gianfranco Ferré)

• “Gimme Shelter” by Patti Smith (John Varvatos)


• “In the Light” by Led Zeppelin (Jean Paul Gaultier)

• “Ice Cream Man” by Tom Waits (Yohji Yamamoto)

• “Cry Little Sister” by Gerard McMann from “The Lost Boys” soundtrack (Givenchy)

• “Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider Go!” by Trentemoller (Kris Van Assche)

• “Congo Voodoo Drums” by Drummers of the Societe Absolument Guinin (Yves Saint Laurent)

• “2046 Main Theme (with percussion)” by Shigeru Umebayashi from “2046” soundtrack (Dior Homme)

• “Big in Japan” by Alphaville (Kenzo)

• “I’m Living in Shame” by Diana Ross (John Galliano)