Charlotte Ronson’s Fall 2013 Presentation: English ’60s With Matching Samantha Ronson Playlist

Looks from Charlotte Ronson’s Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week presentation.
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Charlotte Ronson’s uncanny ability to capture all a girl’s potential moods in a single, cohesive collection makes her shows consistently one of our most-anticipated every Fashion Week. While C.Ronson opted for a presentation this season rather than a runway show, the clothes were nothing short of covetable. The format for the designer’s newest collection reveal may be different, most everything else remained constant. PYTs like Angela Simmons and Holland Roden still turned up in droves (even through Nemo’s wintery mix!). The looks created by Charlotte were still both strikingly unique yet also ceaselessly wearable. And of course, her twin and reknowned DJ/musician Samantha Ronson flew in from sunny LA to spin her show soundtrack.

Looks from Charlotte Ronson’s Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week presentation.
Photo: Getty Images

The Fall/Winter collection stuck to a color palette of rich, seasonal jewel tones like cranberry, amethyst, and hunter green, and silhouettes, for the most part, followed the angular, clean lines of mod-era prepsters. High necks, delicate but sharp collars, and mini skirt hems dominated the heavily edited 20-look collection. And the throwback Brit vibe was heavily felt in Samantha’s extended playlist. “This season is a little different because it’s a presentation,” she explained, “so it’s an hour and a half instead of frantically trying to put it together in, like, 15 minutes.” We’d probably call a 500% increase in playtime a bit more than “a little different,” but we also don’t DJ for a living. Fortunately, Samantha also had more time this season to create the playlist. “I just landed yesterday and went straight to her office, and I got to see the clothes,” she said, “Usually it’s the day-of.”

Rather than creating a soundtrack narrative, Samantha took the English ’60s inspiration of Charlotte’s collection and ran with it to put together a consistent musical atmosphere for the audience filing in and out of the Lincoln Center venue over the course of the presentation. “I just wanted to keep it simply ’60s in a way you can’t help but notice,” she elaborated, “And because it’s English, I tried to stick to people like Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, Cilla Black, Lulu… You know, just like really classic English artists from the ’60s. But then, obviously, I can’t stay away from the soul from that time either.” And we’re so glad she didn’t! Check out (most of) Samantha’s playlist for her sister Charlotte Ronson’s Fall 2013 presentation below.

+ “As Tears Go By” – Marianne Faithfull
+ “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” – Dusty Springfield
+ “Walkin’ Back to Happiness” – Helen Shapiro
+ “Walking in the Rain” – The Ronettes
+ “A Change Is Gonna Come” – Sam Cooke
+ “To Sir With Love” – Lulu
+ “It’s For You” – Cilla Black
+ “Come and Get These Memories” – Martha Reeves and The Vendellas
+ “Don’t Say Goodnight and Mean Goobye” – The Shirelles
+ “He’s Sure the Boy I Love” – The Crystals
+ “Lady Godiva” – Peter & Gordon
+ “Chain Of Fools” – Aretha Franklin
+ “Out in the Streets” – The Shangri-Las
+ “Downtown” – Petula Clark
+ “Girl Don’t Come” – Sandie Shaw
+ “Dedicated to the One I Love” – The Shirelles
+ “Always Something There to Remind Me” – Dionne Warwick
+ “(Love is Like a) Heat Wave” – Martha Reeves and The Vendellas

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