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10 times DJs lent their talents to high fashion runway shows

The top dogs of high fashion and electronic music join forces

  • Sydney Megan Jow
  • 8 September 2016

For a runway showcase, mood is everything. Great music can elevate a designer's collection to astronomical heights, introducing a crucial emotional component. Over the years, high fashion houses like Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Alexander Wang, Kenzo and more have enlisted the talents of top electronic producers for their fashion week presentations. Some, like The Martinez Brothers and Jamie XX, specially composed and arranged productions exclusive to a designer, while Daft Punk and Brodinski created curated mixes to match runway shows.

See our 10 favorite electronic artist contributions below.

1. Daft Punk for Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2008

Daft Punk's whimsical, futuristic allure caught the attention of high fashion houses around the world. One of the first to grab the iconic French duo's talents was Louis Vuitton for its 2008 Spring/Summer show. Homem-Christo and Bangalter created an eight-track mix including four of their own, their production with Kanye West, 'Stronger' and an unexpected Busta Rhymes song for the runway presentation. The compilation showcases the classic, heavy Daft Punk sound and proves an interesting complement to Vuitton's grittier, purposely blotchy designs that year.

2. The Martinez Brothers for Givenchy Fall/Winter 2014

The Martinez Brothers composed, mixed and arranged the music for Riccardo Tisci's Givenchy runway shows for multiple collections during 2014 and 2016 after meeting the celebrated designer in Ibiza.

A favorite exclusive piece for Tisci was their Fall/Winter 2014 concerto, an unexpected 10-minute arrangement of airy, drumming production which pulls from trap components and fluttering motifs that mimic the nature of the designer’s label pieces. Around the 8:30 mark, The Martinez Brothers take on haunting vibrations strongly dissimilar from their usual club sets, proving versatile production masters. The mix is highly textured, with layers tangible and in tune with the flow of Tisci’s models.

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