Spring 2012 Collections: Show Tunes

The music mix on the runway sets the mood. Here's some of what played during the season.


In Milan, designers paid musical homage to cinema. Dolce & Gabbana featured “Mambo Italiano” sung by Sophia Loren, Fendi laced its show with dialogue from the 1961 film “La Notte,” Gianfranco Ferré borrowed Goblin’s “Sleepwalking” from the 1985 Dario Argento movie “Creepers” and Bottega Veneta chose Alberto Iglesias’ “En el Calor de la Noche” from the recent Pedro Almodovar film “The Skin I Live In.” C’N’C Costume National went live with model-musician Sebastian Brice and his band, Avius.


Live performances stood out in Paris, notably Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine at Chanel. Vivienne Westwood enlisted 16-year-old pianist Kyle Nash-Baker, Hussein Chalayan had the CRB Chamber Choir and Viktor + Rolf went with French group Brigitte. Other designers opted for standout tracks such as Antony and the Johnsons’ version of John Lennon’s “Imagine” at Haider Ackermann, Van Halen’s “Runnin’ With the Devil” at Lanvin and “Suspira” by Goblin from the Dario Argento horror flick of the same name at Louis Vuitton. Meanwhile, rapper-producer—and now designer—Kanye West put together a mix of the Fugees, Michael Kiwanuka and Common for his runway  debut.

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