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Designers kept it interesting this season by making their runway music as personal as their collections. Alexander Wang showed his love of the Eighties, as did other designers, with a soundtrack that included “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses, “Girls” by Beastie Boys and “Thriller” by Michael Jackson. Tory Burch also went with her favorites this season, personally choosing a mix of Estelle, Mos Def, Black Lips, INXS and The Rolling Stones. At Erin Fetherston, guests were either soothed or not by the music box mix of classical type pieces ranging from composer Igor Stravinsky’s “Suite No. 2” to Sébastien Tellier’s version of “Clair de Lune.” Diane von Furstenberg paid homage to her front-row guest Diana Ross by booming the singer’s hit “Upside Down.” And Y-3 kept it simple by playing a collection of Carole King songs.

Most noteworthy were the live performances. Donna Karan had jazz pianist Eric Lewis on a baby grand piano playing “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers, “Going Under” by Evanescence, “Knives Out” by Radiohead and “The Diary of Jane” by Breaking Benjamin. At Isaac Mizrahi, jazz band The Bad Plus performed original music written for the show, while Zac Posen had piano virtuosos The 5 Browns perform their classical repertoire. At the other end of the music spectrum, pop rock band Lissy Trullie performed at 3.1 Phillip Lim.

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At Diesel, Dutch DJ-producer Joost Van Bellen orchestrated a soundtrack of a live four-piece band playing tunes like Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” along with background sound bites from movies such as “The Shining” and “Casablanca.” Eclecticism aside, there were a few songs heard almost everywhere: “Kids” by MGMT and “Love Letter to Japan” by The Bird and the Bee.

Hot Tunes

“Out of Time” by The Rolling Stones (Antonio Azzuolo)

“Assoul” by Tinariwen (Duckie Brown)

“Gallery Piece” by Of Montreal (Adam Lippes)

“Vessels” by Philip Glass (Patrick Ervell)

“Barbie Girl” by Aqua (Mattel Barbie Fashion Show)

“Pleasure, Little Treasure” by Depeche Mode, remixed by Sebastian Perrin (Richard Chai Men)

“Roxanne” by The Police mixed with “Mercy” by Duffy (DKNY)

“Prologue” composed by Leonard Bernstein from the “West Side Story” soundtrack (Calvin Klein Men’s Collection)

“Isis” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Jill Stuart)

“Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon (Michael Bastian)

“Bite This” by Roxanne Shanté (Marc by Marc Jacobs)

“O…Saya” by A.R. Rahman and M.I.A. from the “Slumdog Millionaire” soundtrack (Narciso Rodriguez)

“Clocks” by Coldplay (Michael Kors)

“Radioactivity” by Kraftwerk (1909 Victorinox)

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Harold Arlen/E.Y. Harburg covered by Nina Hagen (Malandrino)

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