So much of Fashion Week coverage is about the visuals, or what we’re seeing, but often what we’re hearing is just as important. The music played during a show can go a long way toward conveying a designer’s vision, and no sound specialist is more sought after than Frédéric Sanchez to help make the aural part of fashion pop. This season alone, Sanchez—who calls himself a “sound illustrator”—has worked on shows from Marc Jacobs to Calvin Klein and Alexander Wang.
The Parisian, who got his start in 1998, has helped set the tone for the shows of a boutique’s worth of designers: Martin Margiela, Hermes, Givenchy, Balmain and Jil Sander. He’s also created permanent sound installations for one of Prada’s Tokyo outposts. After hearing his heart-pumping beats at the Alexander Wang show, we asked him to break down his favorite playlists from the spring 2013 New York Fashion Week shows. Just try to listen to these tunes without imagining yourself sashaying down a runway—we dare you.
Track List 1 “Garage”
Put Cha Back in It and Vibrate EP by DJ Sliink
Yaow! and Harlem Shake by Baauer
Bonkers by Jay Fay and Ra Cailum
Track List 2 “Performance”
The Firebird (1910 version), 2nd Tableau: Disappearance of the palace and dissolution of Kashchei’s enchantments; animation of the petrified warriors. General thanksgiving by Sir Simon Rattle/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Warmer than Gold and Sky Skating by Annette Peacock
Copped It by The Fall
Fetch by Moritz Von Oswald Trio
Moses by Nina Kraviz