Runway soundtrack specialist Fredric Sanchez who’s previous clients include Maison Martin Margiela, Prada and Alexander Wang (just to name a few), opted for dark eerie guitars and 60’s influenced rock for Mary Katrantzou’s S/S14 collection inspired by footwear.
‘Noise-pop’ twosome from Colorado, Gauntlet Hair, opened the show with the cold and melancholy ‘Human Nature’. The song begins with a sense that something big is about to happen, and then the chorus explodes with beautiful reverbed guitar chords and sets the tone for the rest of the soundtrack.
Morrissey’s dark and moody ‘You’re Gonna Need Someone On Your Side’ echoed the brown, black and ivory shades seen in the brogue prints. Something Katrantzou wanted this season was more lyrics in the soundtrack, the line 'and here I am, you don’t need to look so pleased' directly confronts you to make an opinion, creating a sense of self confidence, possibly the same confidence felt when the girls were wearing the brogues seen in the print.
Judy Nylon’s ‘Jailhouse Rock’ failed to make a positive impression, it had no clear reference to the clothes and its downward tempo distracted from the collection and didn’t leave you feeling inspired.
The incredible David Lynch teams up with Swedish songstress Lykke Li for the beautiful and sorrowful ‘I’m Waiting Here’. The dreamy, atmospheric and 60’s inspired nature of the song acted as the perfect backdrop to the sequins, mirrors and Swarovski crystals that were embroidered onto the garments and further complimented the femininity of the evening shoe print.
The show ends with ‘She’s A Rainbow' by the Rolling Stones. The lyrics 'she’s like a rainbow coming, colours in the air' highlight the use of colour in the collection and further the 60’s theme. Katrantzou told us that 'it was really appropriate because colour was back in the collection and the song is so elevating'.
Sanchez’s song selection complimented Katrantzou’s designs well, and it seems to be a collaboration that is working, as this is the third season the two have worked together.
Visit Fredric Sanchez’s website hereand listen to my personal highlight of the show below.
Gauntlet Hair - Human Nature
Morrissey - You’re Gonna Need Someone On Your Side
Judy Nylon - Jail House Rock
David Lynch and Lykke Li - I’m Waiting Here
The Rolling Stones - She’s A Rainbow
Photos: Courtesy of Karla Otto