Because fashion and broader culture are inevitably and inextricably linked in ways that never fail to fascinate and enthral us, we see it as our duty not just to bring you the latest in one, but also in the other. A Fashioniser’s lifestyle is about more than just clothing, after all. And so in the first of a series we’re bringing you our latest discoveries and obsessions from the world of music. In other words, what we’re currently listening to.
And first up, having just survived out another fashion week season, our runway edition. Because we all love a runway that has us instantly reaching for our ipods.
If you have suggestions for music we should be playing and including in our round-ups, please let us know (try @fashionising on Twitter, our Facebook or the comment box below). And after the break, what the runways have inspired us to add to our playlist this week.
MS MR: Candy Bar Creep Show
At: Angelo Marani fall 2013
There’s a reason why the gently pulsing electro track Hurricane has found its way into fashion films and runway shows and, well, our brains. There’s nothing assaultive about it, instead it’s got dreamy girl-pop vocals and a ’90s mood that make it timely and easy to listen to. There’s no full album yet, but MS MR’s EP Candy Bar Creep Show is one that keeps making it into rotation at Fashionising.com HQ.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Push The Sky Away
At: Ann Demeulemeester fall 2013
The fifteenth studio album from Australia’s dark lord of alternative rock, newly released Push The Sky Away was a fitting accompaniment for Ann Demeulemeester’s fall show. At times mellow, at times haunting, songs tear you between the slow building anticipation of the music and the vivid – dark, beautiful, darkly beautiful – pictures painted by Cave’s incomparable knack for lyricism. Demeulemeester opened with Push The Sky Away and closed her show with the more optimistic Wide Lovely Eyes.
The Heavy: The Glorious Dead
At: Vivienne Westwood men’s fall 2013
Westwood’s menswear show in Milan stuck in mind for more than the clothes and the socio-political messages. It had one of the most romping, stomping soundtracks of the season. Amongst it was The Heavy’s Big Bad Wolf, which had us playing the band’s 2012 album ‘The Glorious Dead’ on repeat. Here’s another gem from the release, the locomotive What Makes A Good Man.
John Legend: Django Unchained Soundtrack
At: Ermanno Scervino fall 2013
Looking back it seemed almost contrary to Scervino’s sublimely elegant, vintage inspired outfits. And yet it worked. John Legend flitting smoothly between soulful verse and vengeful chorus in Who Did That To You, one of the most oft-played tracks from the soundtrack of Tarantino’s Django Unchained. Stands to reason that the soundtrack was coursing through our speakers the next day.
Valerie June: Workin’ Woman Blues
At: Stella McCartney fall 2013
We have Stella McCartney to thank for introducing us to Valerie June and her single Workin’ Woman Blues, the kind of track that takes gnarled old blues, deep South soul, and lyrics full of age-old anguish and brings them to a modern audience. With a pared back authenticity and a lack of polish that’s refreshing, her album Pushin’ Against a Stone comes out in May. She’s currently been touring with Jake Bugg.
Jake Bugg: Jake Bugg
At: Burberry Prorsum men’s autumn 2013
Speaking of Jake Bugg, who more perfect for Burberry Prorsum’s rustic, romantic aesthetic than Britain’s modern day answer to Bob Dylan or Donovan? Someone Told Me and Country Song played on the Burberry runway, putting Bugg in the forefront of many minds. His debut eponymous album gets a run in our offices when we’re in the mood for something mellow that time travels us back to another day.