On the Scene: Sounding Off

Sometimes the music is half the fun. Or not. Here are some high notes (and a few clunkers) from runway soundtracks.

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WWD Collections issue 03/21/2011

Sometimes the music is half the fun. Or not. Here are some high notes (and a few clunkers) from runway soundtracks.

This story first appeared in the March 21, 2011 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Victoria Beckham looked to two classic movies to bring her runway to life: “Theme From Valley of the Dolls” sung by Dionne Warwick and “Love Theme From Eyes of Laura Mars” sung by Barbra Streisand.


• Indie City: Los Angeles indie-rock band The Like performed songs at Rachel Antonoff, while C’N’C Costume National featured Swedish pop group You Say France and I Whistle live.


Rebecca Minkoff’s muse Charlotte Kemp Muhl and bandmate Sean Lennon performed three songs from their debut self-titled album, The Ghost of the Saber Tooth Tiger.


• Singer-songwriter Niia covered Rolling Stones classics “Give Me Shelter,” “Under My Thumb” and “Paint It Black” on piano at Wes Gordon.


Cynthia Rowley closed her show with a Misshapes mix of Kalup and Franco’s song “I Love You” (that’s artist Kalup Linzy and actor James Franco).


• Best Sixties moment: Burberry Prorsum opened and closed with Dusty Springfield’s “You Don’t Own Me” and “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me.”


• Best early-Seventies moment: “When the Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin at Vivienne Westwood Red Label.


• Best late-Eighties moment: “Sweet Jane” by Cowboy Junkies at Missoni.


• To the dogs: Topshop Unique opened with “Cruella de Vil” from the 101 Dalmatians soundtrack and finished with Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog.”


Versace introduced Prince’s new track, “Hot Chocolate.”


• The spoken word—voice recordings over music— was all the rage in Paris, with a recording of William Burroughs reading “Sharkey’s Night” at Akris; Leonard Cohen, “A Thousand Kisses Deep” at Haider Ackermann, and readings of Arthur Rimbaud’s Ophélie at both Junya Watanabe and Yohji Yamamoto.


• Sour notes: The two-note drone during the hour- long preshow wait at Prada, Marilyn Manson’s “Beautiful People” over and over at Marc Jacobs and death metal at Julien Macdonald.