The art of the mixed tape is now considered old hat, but those customized soundtracks had an unmistakable personal stamp. The iPod has made that once-daunting task a breeze, and nobody appreciates it more than designers. Here, a look at the playlists that inspired their fall 2007 collections.

Laura Poretzky, Abaete
Fall inspiration: “The songs are only similar in the way that they are very romantic, and at the same time sad.”
Playlist: “Lover, You Should’ve Come Over” by Jeff Buckley; “Change Your Mind” by The Killers; “Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane; “Disritimia” by Martinho da Vila; “Sometimes” by My Bloody Valentine

Akiko Ogawa
Fall inspiration: “Contemporary and traditional fusion and the existence of delicacy in strength. These classic and current bands coming out of Europe have inspired my fall/winter 2007 collection.”
Top played bands: “The Smiths”; “Kasabian”; “Joy Division”; “Sigur Ros”

Stacey Bendet, Alice + Olivia
Fall inspiration: “Nouvelle Vague’s ‘This Is Not A Lovesong’ reminds me of sitting at my friend Nick’s restaurant and indie rock bar ‘BC’ in Paris. It makes me think of late nights, girls all in black, dark and sexy but in a quirky French way. During the day I think of a white button down with a super sleet short black jumper over it, sexy high leather boots, beret and very red lips strolling through the 6eme.”
Playlist: “This Is Not A Lovesong” by Nouvelle Vague; “Madame Hollywood” by Felix Da Housecat; “You Can’t Be Funky” by Bush Tetras; “Underdressed” by Stellastarr; “I Need Your Love” by The Rapture

Benjamin Cho
Playlist: “Seadrums” and “House of Sun” by Boredoms; “Over the Edge” by Wipers; “The Greatest” by Cat Power; “Vienna” by Ultravox; “Only You” by Yaz

Carlos Miele
Fall inspiration: “I’ve been listening to some experimental jazz and electronic music from the U.S. and Brazil among other places that bring me this idea of a real ‘urban diva’. This music reflects the collection and the show’s soundtrack. This idea of sophisticated, artsy and international music that could be listened to by the woman I am designing for in New York, Paris or Sao Paulo.”
Top played musicians: “Ambitious Lovers”; “Ricardo Villalobos”; “Ursula Rucker”; “Jimi Tenor”; “Annette Peacock”

Cynthia Rowley
Playlist: “The Globe”, “The Bottom Line” and “Rush” by Big Audio Dynamite; the album “Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby” by Terence Trent D’Arby; various songs from “The Good, the Bad & the Queen”

Daniella Helayel, ISSA
Playlist: “Sun is Shining” by Bob Marley; “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon; “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac; various songs by Queen and “Freddie Mercury”

Jeremy Laing
Fall inspiration: “The sound of each of these albums is quite different, but they all synthesize organic and inorganic elements in some way, which is an idea I’m playing with for fall 2007.”
Top played albums: “He Poos Clouds” by Final Fantasy; “The Warning” by Hot Chip; “Silent Shout” by The Knife; “Half-Eaten Guitar” by Wyrd Visions; “So This Is Goodbye” by Junior Boys

Heidi Middleton, Sass & Bide
Playlist: “Living Proof” by Cat Power; “Ceremony” by New Order; “This Charming Man” by The Smiths; “The Killing Moon” by Pavement

Adi, Ange, Gabi, Three As Four
Playlist: “The Love I Lost” by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes; “Tomorrow” by Sean Lennon; “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone; “Maybe” by Janis Joplin; “Let’s Face the Music and Dance” by Doris Day; “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac; “Ja So Bin Ich” by Marlene Dietrich; “Postcards From Italy” by Beirut; “Coat of Many Colors” by Dolly Parton; “Champagne Taste” by Eartha Kitt

Wenlan Chia, Twinkle
Fall inspiration: “The songs are melancholy and happy at the same time. I find that a tinge of sadness adds depth to clothes that are otherwise just pretty. I guess I am always a bit moodier in the fall!”
Playlist: “Let’s Get Out of This Country” by Camera Obscura; “A Window” by The Radio Dept.

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