What are our favourite fashion designers listening to?

What are our favourite fashion designers listening to?

by Ollie Cox
7 min

This week, we’re doing something a little different for Culted Sounds, fusing the worlds of fashion and music by guessing what some of our favourite designers might be listening to over the weekend. From goth-tinged tracks for fashion’s Lord of Darkness Rick Owens to indie anthems that transport us back to Camden’s peak of cool for Hedi Slimane, we’ve picked the songs we think they might have on their playlists. See what we’ve chosen below. 

Rick Owens: The Cure, “A Forest” 

Given Rick Owens’ Lord Of Darkness nickname, we thought we’d go with a belter from goth rock greats The Cure. We think the 1980s release “A Forest” has Rick Owens all over it and sounds just as good now as it did then. 

Miuccia Prada: Plastikman, “Prada FW21 Womenswear Soundtrack”

Since recruiting Raf Simons in 2020, Prada’s fashion show soundtracks have been produced by British Canadian musician, producer, and DJ Richie Hawtin, aka Plastikman. We thought it would only be right to share some of the mesmerising tracks he has produced for Prada. 

Raf Simons: Kraftwerk, “The Robots” 

For his Fall/Winter 1998 collection, Raf Simons sent models down the runway dressed in red shirts and slim black ties. The look referenced the now iconic outfits worn by German electronic band Kraftwerk on the cover of the 1978 album The Man-Machine, so this one felt only right. 

Hedi Slimane: The Libertines, “What became of the likely lads” 

Hedi Slimane has long been hailed as a pioneer of the “Indie Sleaze” look, which saw skinny suits, deep V-necks, and massive hats thrust into the zeitgeist. Since Slimane famously hung around with The Libertines, we had to get “What Became Of The Likely Lads” on the list. 

Pierpaolo Piccioli: Eryka Badu, “On & On”

After being a long-time admirer of her work, Pierpaolo Piccioli asked the legendary Eryka Badu to soundtrack Valentino’s Spring/Summer 2023 show, which got a big yes from us. And we don’t need any excuse to listen to “On & On.” 

Jean Paul Gaultier: Madonna, “Nothing Really Matters” 

Jean Paul Gaultier and Madonna are a match made in heaven. The famous French designer outfitted the star several times throughout her career, designing the renowned cone bras Madonna wore on her 1990 “Blonde Ambition tour.” We thought we’d go with the 1998 banger “Nothing Really Matters” for our list. 

Maximilian Davis: Nina Simone, “Feeling Good” 

Maximilian Davis‘ debut collection for Ferragamo was titled “A New Dawn,” and with that, our minds were cast to Nina Simone’s timeless track, “Feeling Good.”

Demna: BFRND, “French Connection” 

BFRND is behind the sound of some of Demna’s most revered Balenciaga runway shows, including the brand’s Los Angeles Pre-Fall 2024 show. Given that Demna works out of Paris, BFRND’s “French Connection” was the way we went.

Pharrell: Jay Z, “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)”

Who can forget the legendary link-up between Pharrell and Jay-Z on the’ Pont Neuf in the aftermath of the Skateboard P’s debut menswear collection for Louis Vuitton? Not us. That’s why we chose the 2000 release “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me.)

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