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Fashion Week Anthem

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By Jessica Michault

Fashion and music have always had a symbiotic relationship, one that comes sharply into focus at runway presentations. The soundtrack laid down for a collection becomes tied our memory and experience. Some will argue that it can make a lackluster collection look better and, when it misses the mark, turn even the most original sartorial ideas into a snooze fest. So, with the stakes this high, it’s no surprise that there is a small handful of sound sculptors—aka DJs—the fashion set turns to season after season. Here, we profile five of the leading DJ’s who will be spinning records and plugging in their iPods at all the top-ticket events across the four fashion capitals of the world.


Michel Gaubert is the godfather of fashion DJs. He has been doing it longer, and arguably better, than anyone else in the business. He is a prolific DJ who books multiple runway shows in each of the four fashion weeks. He is also a very faithful DJ having worked for decades with most of the designers he spins for, including Karl Lagerfeld and Raf Simons. Surprisingly, he still finds time to be a prolific Instagrammer whose humorous posts are legendary within the industry.



Frederic Sanchez calls himself a sound designer, and that title does seem fitting for the soft spoken and unassuming artist who has shaped the musical landscape for brands like Prada, Hermès, Valentino, Miu Miu and Alexander Wang. His soundtracks are all about creating a heightened emotional atmosphere around a collection. Inevitably when Sanchez is behind the turntables the audience will discover a new singer, band or style of music they never would have come across. His Instagram feed is filled with abstract videos where the music takes priority over the moving images.



The Misshapes is a New York-based creative collective that counts a pair of artists at its heart—DJs Leigh Lezark and Geordon Nicol—who have been tapped to create runway mixes for Calvin Klein, Jeremy Scott, Diesel and Zac Posen. But it is Lezark who draws the eye. Her pitch black hair, sultry yet street good looks and original style have made her a fashion fixture both behind the turntable and in the front row.



Tom Ford, Diane Von Furstenberg and Tommy Hilfiger are just a few of the marquee names that have turned to Rene Arsenault to create soundtracks for their work. He has also collaborated with powerhouse singers like Lady Gaga, Beth Ditto and Sia. He has said about his work in the fashion world that “In a movie, you have someone who can push the plot along verbally. But with fashion, music and clothes are your whole plot.” Arsenault’s plots are always powerful, moody and moving, which is perhaps one of the reasons why he has branched out to create original scores for a number of luxury perfume campaigns.



A muse for Jeremy Scott and considered one of the coolest people in Tokyo, (a city that is pretty much the epicenter of cool), Mademoiselle Yulia takes the whole Harajuku style to new level. Her eye catching look (including her signature electric blue hair) is the perfect foil for her electro musical mixes. Not satisfied to in her role as a celebrity DJ, Yulia also writes for the magazine Nylon Japan and is working on launching her own line of clothing.


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