Indie Rockers Replace Models During Maison Kitsuné And Saint Laurent Paris Fashion Week Shows

Saint Lou Lou at the Maison Kitsuné fashion show.
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Music and fashion have been closerthanclose since day one— after all, that’s what this blog is ALL about. But while rad performance outfits and musicians modeling in campaigns is nothing new (just look at Nicki, Katy, or pretty much anyone with a recent Top 40 single as proof), it’s rarer to find musicians who actually work it on the runways. And THIS is exactly why Paris Fashion Week this season is so out of the ordinary, as indie rockers are replacing top models on Maison Kitsuné and Saint Laurent Paris catwalks. Kitsuné twisted the traditional show concept this week, instead opting for a televised concert starring the fashion brand-slash-music-label’s roster of artists. Genius, right? Emerging acts such as Swedish duo Saint Lou Lou, Brit band Citizens!, and French electro-popper Yelle all hit the stage decked out in the new Fall/Winter collection.

Models/musicians walk the runway at Saint Laurent Paris.
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Then there’s Hedi Slimane, who’s no stranger to using his fave musicians as faces for the recently revamped Saint Laurent Paris label. Jumping off past campaigns with Beck, and, incidentally, Citizens! frontman Tom Burke, the designer recruited indie musicians to strut the runway for Saint Laurent Paris Homme Fall 2013. While these guys aren’t quite as recognizable as the Kitsuné musicians-turned-models (they’re unidentified on, their presence alone marks the sign of a larger trend that will continue into New York Fashion Week. Emerging stars like Angel Haze are already hinting about their NYFW debut, so now we have to ask: who from your iPod playlist are YOU dying to see on the catwalk next month?! Tell us in the comments!

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