Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week S/S 2016: The Stealth Sound – and Style – of rag & bone

Way out in St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, Thom Yorke’s music collaboration with the rag & bone show was creating its usual magic. But this time, it felt extra necessary to pay close attention to the ambiance and mood that sound creates for presentations like these.

The show program notes gave a shout-out to the  “12 amazing members of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, a collective of immensely talented young singers, representing 200 schools citywide, who made their fashion-show debut” accompanying Villain, Yorke’s soundtrack.

The singers were semi-secreted away behind a mesh curtain, and as the models emerged wearing sporty cotton bouclé knit dresses paired with high-top trainers and long-layered sateen bomber jackets with really killer leather sandals, I related the Radiohead singer’s album title and the overall mood to…cat burglars.

I thought of how some clothes—and some nights, and some spaces—make you feel really stealthy and agile. And how then, at those times, you can really perform.

Please do as we did and immerse yourself in the sounds and voices of the evening with this audio recording of the whole darn thing.

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—Laura Cassidy and Jessa Carter