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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.