Behind the Runway Music: Nanette Lepore’s Spring 2014 NYFW Show Soundtrack

Looks from Nanette Lepore’s Spring 2014 show
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Scott Mou knows music. Not only is he the buyer for famed NYC music retailer, Other Music, but the long-time DJ-around-town also put out a few albums under the band name Jane, an electronic duo whose second half was Animal Collective’s Panda Bear (the two once worked together at Other). So, it was no surprise that we caught Mou behind the booth at Nanette Lepore’s Spring 2014 runway show—the man’s in high demand! What we were surprised by, however, was Mou’s decision to roll out the runway music via compact disc—YES, an actual burned c.d.! Holy ‘90s, right? Well, holy ‘80s, to be exact. Mou used a collection of songs (and covers of songs) from the era of shoulder pads and parachute pants for Lepore’s soundtrack. And TBH, it was nothing short of amazing.

Backstage at Nanette Lepore’s Spring 2014 show
Photos: Mr. GIF and Colin Douglas Gray

BTW: Seeing as how it’s 90+ degrees in New York today, Nanette’s collection, which included delicate spaghetti-strap dresses, bold corals, light, lace neutrals and floral-print bathing suits, was spot-on for spring AND this sweltering weather. Although, we’d much prefer wearing her laid-back, beach-ready line with our feet in the sand, not on the asphalt. #DREAMS

Backstage at Nanette Lepore’s Spring 2014 show
Photos: Mr. GIF and Colin Douglas Gray

Wanna see what Scott had to say about the soundtrack and find out which ’80s songs made it onto the show? Check them out after the jump!

Looks from Nanette Lepore’s Spring 2014 show
Photos: Getty Images

“Nanette usually gives me the collection concept a few weeks to a month in advance of the show. As the run of the show and looks get edited into the final product, we meet a few times with a small, select group including Nanette herself, her main assistant, as well as designers and other musically-savvy types.”

“This season’s theme was ’Neo-Romantic.’ There’s something very classically American and fun about Nanette Lepore, so I initially wanted to use favorite ’crush’ songs — but once I saw some of the beachy looks in the collection, I decided we had to address that somehow, just not too obviously. So we opened the show with ’Lovecats’ by The Cure. A classic for sure, but I like how people wouldn’t expect to have the band who wrote albums like Faith and Disintegration to open a Nanette show! The song was perfect on so many levels: The Broadway/show-tune-y bassline and pianos, the ’ba-dap-bop-badda,’ the lyrics about “Into the sea/you and me … I’ll show you its spring.” It just fit perfectly. We also used a classic that (to me) always evokes a lazy game of volleyball with an oversize beach ball: ’Genius of Love’ by Tom Tom Club. We used Pixie’s ’La La Love You’ for the finale, which has surf guitars, wolf whistles and the word ’love’ all over it!”

Backstage at Nanette Lepore’s Spring 2014 show
Photos: Mr. GIF and Colin Douglas Gray

NANETTE LEPORE’S SPRING 2014 SOUNDTRACK
+ “The Lovecats” – The Cure
+ “Genius of Love” – Tom Tom Club
+ “Please Be Mine Tonight” – Brenda Ray
+ “Upside Down” – Carol Cool
+ “La La Love You” – Pixies

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