We’re about a fourth of the way through fashion month (catch up on all the Spring 2017 action in New York here), and amidst the theatrical runway spectacles (Thom Browne‘s doggy disco, anyone?); the supermodel-packed carnivals; the bizarrely staged “art” performances; the lubed-up XXX affairs; and the Slurpee-filled #wangfests (what’s with fashion’s down-market obsession, anyhow?), there’s one common thread that weaves every show, every event, every presentation, and every booze-soaked after party together: The music.
Last week, Tom Ford closed out his sequined-filled Fall 2016 outing at the Four Seasons with Florence Welch’s harmonious rendition of Ben E. King’s classic “Stand By Me,” which was perhaps a call to action, asking the industry to support his new see-now, buy-now approach. Meanwhile, Jeremy Scott paid homage to eclectic disco-pop group Was (Not Was) for his ’80s New Wave-themed romp at Moynihan Station. And then there was Shayne Oliver, who teamed up with PornHub and sent his gender-fluid (and fluid-covered) models down the runway to sounds of moaning, sucking, and a rendition of the Divinyls’ “I Touch Myself.”
Music and fashion have long gone hand-in-hand. So during the final days of NYFW (London, here we come!), we caught up with Japancakes, one of fashion’s most sought-after DJs (he regularly provides beats for Anna Wintour’s private events and was the chosen mix master for Rag & Bone’s pulsing Spring 2017 after party) to talk the marriage of fashion and music, the secrets to sonic runway success, and the most outrageous request he’s ever gotten from a designer. (Hint: It involves Beetlejuice.) And don’t miss Japancakes’ fashion week playlist, curated exclusively for FU, below.