What does spring 2009 sound like? While most designers stuck to the tried-and-true soundtrack, some continued the trend of using live bands to complement their collections. Notable performances Stateside included a 10-piece orchestra at Isaac Mizrahi, alt-rock band Cowboy Junkies at Ports 1961 and Brooklyn-based experimental rockers Stars Like Fleas at Obedient Sons & Daughters. Audiences took in the romantic Erdem collection in London while listening to classical musicians perform Franz Schubert’s “Divertissement à la Hongroise.” In Paris, the fashion fl ock was treated to Jean-Claude Chapuis’ symphony, created with his own white-gloved hands moving over water-filled crystal wine glasses (or crystallophones), at Hussein Chalayan, while Jean-Charles de Castelbajac chose London-based hip-hop electro trio Man Like Me  after auditioning 17 hopeful bands. The majority of collections were accompanied by a premixed set of tunes ranging from old-school (Tone-Loc’s “Wild Thing” at Betsey Johnson) to obscure (Serge Gainsbourg classics mixed with segments of dialogue from his films Slogan, Cannabis and Anna at Dries Van Noten). Here, a mix of spring’s best runway sounds.

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