Style File: Fashion Week At Full Volume

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Sep 4th 2012, 16:45

Music and fashion go hand in hand, particularly during New York fashion week, which consistently boasts performances that can make or break the showgoing or after-party experience (we’re still reminiscing over Valentino Garavani’s karaoke rendition of “I Did It My Way” a year ago). True to form, there will be a mix of acts both familiar and brand-new this week. Cyndi Lauper, for example, will be keeping the energy up with hits like “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” on the Betsey Johnson runway and at the designer’s 70th birthday bash, while the 17-year-old vocalist Alexandra McDermott will make her live debut at Erin Fetherston’s presentation tomorrow evening. Fetherston discovered McDermott, who has been described as having “the attitude of Fiona Apple with the voice of Adele,” at a casting and was taken with her beauty (she also stars in the new collection’s lookbook) and talent.

Rebecca Minkoff’s Friday show will feature performances by husband-and-wife indie pop duo Tennis as well as DJ Cassidy. Speaking of turntable sets, Brendan Fallis (a.k.a. Theophilus London’s manager and Hannah Bronfman’s boyfriend) will spin at Jill Stuart’s Saturday show, where his soundtrack will include “moody and ethereal” tracks like Grimes’ “Vanessa” and Purity Ring’s “Odedear.” On Thursday morning, ?uestlove (pictured) of The Roots (not to mention Late Night With Jimmy Fallon) will be providing the beats at Dannijo’s brunch presentation, hosted by Brooklyn Decker.

Some designers are thinking out-of-the-box when it comes to entertainment. Following up its burlesque Fall presentation, Erickson Beamon is re-creating the iconic opening scene of the 1960s French film Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo? by bringing members of the audience into the action, while Concept Korea’s Friday morning show will offer a special performance by the Martha Graham Dance Company. Rising designer Mandy Coon commissioned Miike Snow’s Pontus Winnberg to create an original song for her new collection. In addition to playing the track at her Monday show, Coon also incorporated the track’s midi file as a digital print.

Other noteworthy concerts include Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at the Converse by John Varvatos shoe launch party on Saturday night plus Three Six Mafia at Supreme’s shindig at the Westway on Thursday. There will undoubtedly be a few surprises along the way. Azealia Banks is in town for Fashion’s Night Out at the MAC store, and a performance at Alexander Wang’s notorious after-party doesn’t seem out of the question, right?

—Brittany Adams

Photo: Billy Farrell /

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