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Before a designer’s first look hits the runway, the tone of the collection is set with sound. This season, the style set played tunes both obscure (the soundtrack from the 1971 erotic thriller “Vampyros Lesbos” at Melani Von Alexandria) and old-school (Tone-Loc’s “Wild Thing” at Betsey Johnson). There were even noteworthy live performances by artists including Cowboy Junkies at Ports 1961, Ben Harper at Propr, Brooklyn-based experimental rockers Stars Like Fleas at Obedient Sons & Daughters and a 10-piece orchestra at Isaac Mizrahi. Here, WWD has mixed a master playlist, in chronological order, from the New York spring shows.

“Just a Friend” by Biz Markie (Trovata)
“L.E.S. Artistes” by Santogold (Erin Wasson + RVCA)
“Breaking It Up” by Lykke Li (Lela Rose)
“Shut Up and Let Me Go” by The Ting Tings (Rag & Bone, Preen, Missy Sixty)
“Gobbledigook” by Sigur Rós (Zero + Maria Cornejo)
“Let the Music Play” by Shannon (Proenza Schouler)
“Rhapsody in Blue” composed by George Gershwin, performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Marc Jacobs)
“Wild Thing” by Tone-Loc (Betsey Johnson)
“Repetition Kills You” by The Black Ghosts (MaxAzria)
“Gone Daddy Gone” by Gnarls Barkley mixed into the original by The Violent Femmes (MaxAzria)
“Good Vibrations” by The Beach Boys (Michael Kors)
“Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears (Richard Chai)
“Electric Feel” by MGMT (3.1 Phillip Lim)
“I Want Candy” by White Williams (Vera Wang)
“That’s Not My Name” by The Ting Tings (G-Star)
“Jungle Drum” by Emilíana Torrini (Zac Posen)
“You Run Run Run Me Ragged” by Mick Jagger (L’Wren Scott; see Eye Scoop)

This story first appeared in the September 15, 2008 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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