Last month was the Fall/Winter Fashion Week season and we saw images of the runway in newspapers and magazines worldwide. Maybe it was not as well covered as the Olympic games, but for those who follow the world of fashion closely, it was impossible not to cross paths with the severed heads of Gucci.
Since the media presence these days depends more on internet platforms like Instagram and less on the traditional newspapers, the Fashion Weeks have increasingly adapted to this subtle cry for attention to grab the interest of people watching. This is most prevalent in the United States at New York Fashion Week where, every year, thousands of industry influencers meet up to see what’s going on in the fashion world.
Live music shows are the worst kept secret to draw attention to the events. However, this year the presence of live shows has been reduced, most likely because there have been other issues, such as the #MeToo movement, which the designers don’t want to take out of the spotlight. There have though been some very strong selections made by the New York Fashion Week, when it comes to alternative music, but at all the other Fashion Week events the musical scene has been nudged out further, often only accompanying models as background audio. The only music news were disappointing, as Victoria Beckham confirmed at the London Fashion Week that there won’t be a Spice Girls reunion.
The Live Shows
Some brands however, did provide spectacular musical entertainment. Los Angeles-based brand C2H4 walked down the runway with a collection made by designer Yixi Chen. For the event they invited the lead singer of the band The Neighborhood, Jesse Rutherford – now launching a solo career -, who modeled with the last look of the night before singing his latest release Drama.
For its part, the brand Abasi Rosborough used the music of heavy metal guitarist Tosin Abasi –brother of Abdul Abasi- and singer Kelela, to accompany their new collection. The parade, which focused on an almost alien dystopia, was in some way complemented with the rocket that Elon Musk sent into space a few hours before.
Still, if there was a live show that entranced everyone, it was from the “catwalk” of Telfar Clemens which was appropriately titled ’Music’. To execute his display, the catwalk was removed and replaced by a circular platform in the middle of the stage. Here, Dev Hynes (a.k.a. Blood Orange) and Ian Isiah covered Grateful by gospel singer Hezekiah Walker. Soon they were joined by other artists including Bryndon Cook, Kelela (who had also performed for the Abasi Rosborough show mentioned earlier), Oyinda, Arsun Sorrenti (the son of Mario Sorrenti), 070 Shake or Alton Mason. Clemens also revealed his own vocal talent by changing the lyrics of the original song to a humorous “I’m grateful to my faithful, faithful, faithful customers”.
They were not the only ones. Shortly before announcing solo careers, Cushnie et Ochs had at their runway, a special performance by the singer AlunaGeorge. Eckhaus Latta also closed their event with a DJ set from the most “in” music producer Yaeji.
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