A fashion week at the movies

Wednesday 22 February 2012


Report by alison taylor

How’s your movie knowledge? Because with this season’s show music, it was a case of spot the film soundtrack. The references were many and varied, from Jule Styne’s delirious theme from Funny Girl at Anya Hindmarch’s witty vaudeville-inspired show, to the distinctly dirty and grungy sounds at Christopher Kane, taken from the Al Pacino movie Cruising. “I always loved that soundtrack,” said Kane post-show.

Nicole Farhi said she wanted to “evoke the mood of the big sceen”, with pieces from French film composer Alexandre Desplat (he received a BAFTA for his King’s Speech score). The effect was mesmerising. From classical to industrial grunge – Fashion East’s Marques’ Almeida show referenced “Nineties slacker movies,” according to its DJ, Jonjo Jury. And there we were, transported to Dazed and Confused.

It was also about the girl on film. Marios Schwab’s femme fatale walked out to a Mahler symphony used in Death in Venice, while Roksanda Ilincic talked about a “rebellious girl”, whose cinematic soundtrack was the iconic Sixties hit (Remember) Walking in the
by The Shangri-Las. Score extra points for recognising it from Goodfellas.

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