Music in the Runway: Andrea Crews, Thom Browne, Comme Des Garçons

Andrea Crews’ Fall Winter 2016/2017 collection begins as graffiti is painted in a curtain that covers a a band of 3 street-style performers playing the same song during the entire show. Both the decoration and the music is a reflection of Barbès, a small boulevard in Paris characterised by street vendors, clothing, colors, and music.

Inspired by the beach, Thom Browne’s Spring Summer show begins dramatically as models enter the runway with the main theme from JAWS. With every model wearing a grey oversized suit, “Pet Sounds” from The Beach Boys beings playing, and now the show officially begins. Then again, more dramatic music, once again from the JAWS soundtrack. This feeling of darkness and mystery doesn’t change at all during the entire show. Not even when Beach Boys’ songs are played. It was like a nightmare at the beach…which was probably the whole intention of this show.

Comme Des Garçons went for a more classic sound for its Spring Summer 2017 collection. As classic as “Toccata and Fugue”, which I’m sure you’ll recognise as the main song from The Phantom of the Opera (although this piece was actually wrote in the 1700s). Versions of the classic songs used in this show are from Japanese artist Makoto Nakura, who uses only marimbas to perform the songs.


Andrea Crews playlist:
No commercial songs included

Thom Browne playlist:
John Williams “Main Title And First Victim” (JAWS)
The Beach Boys “Pet Sounds” (The Stereo Mix)
The Beach Boys “You Still Believe In Me”
The Beach Boys “God Only Knows” (The Stereo Mix)

Comme Des Garçons playlist:
Makoto Nakura “Toccata and Fugue In D Minor”
Makoto Nakura “12 Variations On the Folia of Spain”
Makoto Nakura “Solo Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Minor”
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau “St. Mathew Passion”

by Rogelio Cázares

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