We’ve been hard at work these past few days filming Delhi Couture Week for Vogue India and I thought I’d share some of the songs I’ve discovered/heard most often as the soundtrack to a fashion show.
Lana Del Rey – Young and Beautiful (Cedric Gervais Remix)
Lana Del Rey is a huge favourite for fashion show soundtracks. I can see why designers/show directors pick her music – it is intensely moody and the most anthemic choice you have at a bpm suited for slow, dramatic walking. It feels over the top sometimes, but I have to confess that when I heard Young and Beautiful at a show last week, the effect was massive. For our playlist, I’ve picked a dancier version of the track.
The Dø – Too Insistent (Trentemoeller Remix)
Another big favourite. I had a hard time figuring out what this song was because the only lyric I memorised was “Why won’t you let me go…..still tiny toes…” Not an easy search. Apparently the real lyric is “still a tiny toad”. Not much better than what I misheard, but it’s a cool song and this remix is most often what is played for the catwalk.
Coldplay – Life In Technicolour
This 2008 hit is a big favourite for show openers. Its big sweeping buildup is near perfect for the job. I discovered this mega version which combines all three parts of the song into one.
Florence & The Machine – Dog Days Are Over (Steve Pitron & Matt Sanna Remix)
As a remix this works for when you need a rousing theme to go with your collection. Designers favour remixes of this one, because you know, it’s important to be triumphant but also dancey.
Tomoyasu Hotei (Kill Bill Vol. 1)- Battle Without Honor or Humanity
This is the only one I haven’t heard on the ramp so far. I nominate it as the Best Walking Song Ever. In Kill Bill it plays when O’Ren Ishii arrives at The House Of Blue Leaves and it always makes me want to walk purposefully, in slomo, towards…something. I wouldn’t try it, but it would be perfect for models on the ramp.