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John Elliott Pairs Light, Resort-Friendly Looks With Lee Bannon's Music at Men's Fashion Week

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A model on the John Elliott spring 2017 runway.

The designer partnered with online music streaming platform Boiler Room to broadcast his latest collection.

Curating music for a fashion show is no longer a novelty. Whether it’s Twin Shadow’s tunes for Public School, Leigh Lezark’s sets at Chanel or Duran Duran guitarist John Taylor’s daughter Atlanta de Cadenet spinning for countless afterparties, fashion playlists are (almost) as integral to a show as the clothing itself.

But menswear designer John Elliott took the connection even further on Wednesday at his spring 2017 show, partnering with underground music digital platform Boiler Room to live-stream the event at New York Fashion Week: Men’s.

Through the platform, Elliott met artist and producer Lee Bannon, who created the show’s set (sounds included rushing water, shattering glass, an industrial lean and an unexpected mix of Mariah' "Emotions"). "Lee fit the vibe, for the collection and for the brand. He focuses first on his craft, which I really appreciate," said Elliott, who spent a few days with the artist, showing him the collection and discussing the theme of Watching Water, a concept that the designer used to contemplate life on a private island or yacht. "We wanted it (the music) to still feel dark and heavy, to have some emotion to it," Elliott said.


BEHIND THE SCENE: A model backstage at the John Elliott spring 2017 show. (Photo: Rob Kim/Getty Images Entertainment)

The collection was a pivot for the 33-year-old designer, who usually sticks to a palette of grays, and whose fall 2016 collection was even darker, inspired by Berlin nightclub Berghain. "I wanted to get back to this curious, happy kind of life," Elliott said of the Dodger blues, Kelly greens and lush, aquatic looks for spring. He also mined inspiration from his '90s childhood, scouring eBay for Nike aqua socks that informed the leather slides that accompanied the lightweight looks, which included terry cloth shorts and tops, windswept anoraks, reversible silk bombers and a printed beach towel inspired by a Moroccan fountain. Pusha T and J Balvin, 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala and actor Colton Haynes were among the show's attendees.

Elliott has been a fast-rising star at New York Fashion Week: Men’s and last month was nominated for the Swarovski Award for Menswear at this year’s CFDA Fashion Awards.

This article originally appeared on Billboard.com.

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