As we bid farewell to London Fashion Week, we dig out some earworms that made themselves heard on the runway
You can count on the Brits to cultivate and promote good music — they did, after all, produce bands such as The Beatles, New Order and Spice Girls (thrown in for good measure). After an RnB and hip-hop led playlist for New York Fashion Week, the London crowd jived to some electronica and rock n'roll.
Burberry leads the pack with Alison Moyet performing together with a 32-piece orchestra at a sunken, circular stage, belting out singles such as When I Was Your Girl, a beautifully melancholic song — something Burberry seems to have a penchant for (past tunes include Paloma Faith's Only Love Can Hurt Like This and Tom Odell's Still Getting Used to Being on My Own). '70s British sounds were represented by punk and post-punk band The Slits with their cover of I Heard it Through the Grapevine, given a fresh spin here from electronic New Yorkers Bungalow. Not all that is old is gold though — young Irish rock and roll outfit The Strypes provided a fitting tune for Versus's leather and hardware-clad models.
The picks weren't limited to just British artists, though. The dreamy electronics of French favourites M83 were an apt closing for Mary Katrantzou's stargazing-inspired collection, as was Kuwait-raised, New York-based electronica artist Fatima Al Qadiri's multi-layered sounds for Peter Pilotto's fun and fresh showing. Up next, Milan.