New York Fashion Week is undeniably about the clothes, but a runway show’s music is just as important. If you’re gobsmacked by a gown floating down the runway, the right song can amplify this feeling—and that’s especially true if you’ve employed an almost 100-person choir in a cavernous theater, as Pyer Moss’s Kerby-Jean Raymond did. There were moments in that show when the strength of the gospel choir’s voices in unison quite literally made one’s hair stand on end.
In addition from Jean-Raymond’s long standing choir, though, there were plenty of other memorable music moments from this New York Fashion Week, including live sets from the likes of Londoner Nilüfer Yanya, who performed at Ulla Johnson, and Zsela, a staple of the underground fashion scene, who sang a medley of her own songs at Collina Strada’s environmentally-minded show. Last but not least, Lizzi Bougatsos and Brian DeGraw of Gang Gang dance continued their collaboration with the designer Maryam Nassir Zadeh by creating an original composition for this season’s show.
And it wouldn’t be a proper New York Fashion Week without some high-spirited DJ sets, which were delivered in spades. Chromat enlisted Discwoman affiliate Bearcat to put together another mix for them (she did it a few years ago, too), while Dion Lee tapped local DJ Lydo to serve the crowd some of her signature, ultra-fast techno.
Before the rest of fashion month begins, listen to a playlist inspired by NYFW’s most memorable musical moments below.
“In Your Head,” Nilüfer Yanya — Ulla Johnson
“I Get High,” Freda Payne — Area
“Come Alive (War of the Roses),” Janelle Monáe — Ralph Lauren
“Vanguard,” DJ Richard — Eckhaus Latta
“Too Much, Too Soon,” Gang Gang Dance — Maryam Nassir Zadeh
“Noise,” Zsela — Collina Strada
“No Sleep,” Ibon — Dion Lee
“How Shall I See You Through My Tears,” The Gospel at Colonus — Pyer Moss
“Don’t Go There,” 24K — Chromat
“Poppin,” Rico Nasty — Chromat