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The soundtrack of New York Fashion Week

Have you ever wondered what makes fashion shows so entertaining and great to watch? If you watch fashion shows on TV or have been to see a show live, then you will have been impressed by the atmosphere and style of the whole event. Putting together a show may look easy but there are a lot of elements that go into making the spectacle and one of the most important is the music. The muse has been in fashion for as long as music has been played on catwalks. In this field too, musicians have greatly influenced designers.

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week
MBFW

The music playing as fashion models strut down the runway can be as important as the clothes they're wearing. The thump in the background often conveys as much meaning as the cut or color of a dress. Music is an indispensable part of any collection during a fashion show. If clothes are the heart of any collection, then music is the soul. When the models are released on the catwalk wearing the designer's creations, the music accompanying their movements is critical. It can swing the collection either way - it can boost the desirability of the collection, or kill it and relegate it to the concept bin. Some models even prefer certain types of music. Most models tend to like the thick, thumpy beat of house music because it's nearly impossible to mess up the rhythm.

Today, fashion critics often find themselves more fascinated by the sounds of the runway than the clothes parading down it. That's because runway music helps the audience tune in to the philosophy and aesthetics of a designer. Runway soundtracks are meant to set the tone at the show, to give all kinds of clues as to how the designer thinks of him or herself and the clothes that they're putting on. It's sort of another clue as to sensibility that they would like you to partake in by buying their clothes.

The stakes are high at The Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week. There's an influential audience of critics and buyers to wow in just around ten minutes. The video attached is from Paris Fashion Week as designer Jean Paul Gaultier always turns his shows in to full on productions. Take a look at some of this year’s best runway tracks to date:

1. "What I Might Do" by Ben Pearce
2. "Mirror Maru" by Cashmere Cat
3. "One Type Of Dark" by Ginger & The Ghost (Ta-ku Remix)
4. "Jolene" by Dolly Parton (Slow Ass Edit)
5. "Miss America" by Leikeli47
6. "The Giver" by Duke Dumont
7. "Make You Mine" by Miami Horror
8. "Wake Me Up" by Avicii
9. "Send Me On My Way" by Rusted Root
10. "Keep You" by Wild Belle
11. "Getting Even" by White Lies
12. "Bound 2" by Kanye West