There is a whole lot of blood, sweat, and tears that goes into putting on a fashion show--and also a lot of music-listening. At least, there is if you're the one putting together the playlist for a designer.
Meet Brendan Fallis, a New York City-based DJ who is also Jill Stuart's go-to guy when it comes to putting together the mix for her collection. Season after season he nails it (if there's one thing we can always rely on from Jill Stuart, it's must-have party dresses and must-download songs), and the fall '13 show, which goes down on Saturday, should be no different.
That goes for the process of making the playlist as well: "I meet with Brendan a month before the show to discuss the mood and vibe of the collection, and we spend the next couple of weeks sending songs back and forth to each other," explains Stuart. She adds, "I give Brendan a lot of freedom with the song choices because he has a fantastic knowledge of music, but I also suggest things, sometimes just to give him an example of a sound I like."
The fall '13 collection, which Stuart describes as "a London girl at a posh party in a castle in the country," and Fallis describes as "Boho-nobility," is filled with upbeat songs--especially ones with female singers. "I always like to use new songs and artists," Stuart says. She gets one in particular who Fallis thinks is about to have a breakout Fashion Week: Misun. "They are a brand new band from Washington, D.C., who just dropped their first EP in July. They have a really good and interesting yet very catchy vibe to them," he says. "We will definitely be seeing them around in a much bigger way very soon."
Even if you don't have a front row seat at Jill Stuart, you can enjoy the tunes Fallis put together for the show--we've got the exclusive sneak peek at his playlist. Press play now, buy the collection later.
REBECCA WILLA DAVIS