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The music mix on the runway sets the mood. Here's some of what played during the season.
— Tara Bonet-Black, Tina Baraga, Cynthia Martens and Katya Foreman
“We are the world.” That was the vibe at a number of shows in New York. Edun was inspired by Africa, Donna Karan by Haiti and Thakoon explored western sensibility mixing Ry Cooder & V.M. Bhatt’s “Ganges Delta Blues” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Cherokee Mist.” On another note, Oscar de la Renta offered the unexpected “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin, Led Zep’s “Kashmir” covered by Loch Lomond and “Run Like Hell” by Pink Floyd. L’Wren Scott had some help from boyfriend Mick Jagger in a debut of “One Day One Night” and “Energy” from his new band SuperHeavy. Rodarte went Disney, closing the show with “Awakening” from the “Sleeping Beauty” soundtrack followed by Tchaikovsky’s “The Sleeping Beauty.” And Zero + Maria Cornejo featured tunes from her long-time employee Kat Lee’s band Ohnomoon. As for live performances, Cibo Matto performed three songs from the 1996 album “Viva! La Woman” at United Bamboo; Billy Reid enlisted singer-songwriters Shelly Colvin and Keegan DeWitt and a seven-piece ensemble for his presentation, which channeled an impromptu jam session; Rachelle Garniez played claviola and bells at Yeohlee, while at Nanette Lepore, singer Sam Bisbee and a six-piece band performed two songs composed especially for the show, along with a few of his own.
The Sixties and Seventies inspired many designers on London’s catwalks. Clements Ribeiro ended its show with The Lemonheads version of “Mrs. Robinson” while the crowd at Issa London was moving to different versions of “The Girl From Ipanema.” Mulberry’s quirky mood used mixed versions of “Singin’ in the Rain” with thunder and rain sound effects. Peter Jensen transported the crowd to the 18th century with a pianist playing Bach’s “Concerto” and “Prelude in C Major,” and E Tautz followed suit with a performance by composer and cellist Peter Gregson.