NYFW Spring 2016: These Are the Tunes That Inspired the Collections of 10 Designers

Designer Sketches - H 2015
Courtesy of Dennis Basso, Marissa Webb

From Drake to Duran Duran, designers revealed what was on repeat while they crafted their spring 2016 collections.

In advance of debuting their spring 2016 collections on the runways this week, New York-based designers dished on the tunes that fueled long hours in their studios.

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"We have been listening to 'Lord Knows Best' by Dirty Beaches, 'Sexual Healing Remix' Cover by Kygo and 'OBBS' by Jamie XX."

Marissa Webb:

"Duran Duran on Pandora, on repeat. It's the same playlist I've been sketching to since I started in the industry."

Rachel Zoe:

"There is definitely more of a late '70s/early '80s influence throughout the collection this season. But true to my roots, I love the music of the 1960s and '70s. The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and The Beatles are constantly playing in my design studio."


Georgina Chapman

"I've been listening to Ella Fitzgerald and Louie Armstrong since my early days designing. I usually listen to them in my office when I drape because their soulful voices put me at ease and help me focus."

Keren Craig

"Pink Floyd is my go to. I've been listening to them since my childhood, so I find their music comforting and endlessly creative, and I never tire of them however much I listen to it. LCD Soundsystem is classic old school for me, although I switch it up with different upbeat artists when I want to feel energized."

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Mara Hoffman:

“‘Blue Skies’ by Willie Nelson. My entire collection is inspired by him and all that he represents. I saw him play Prospect Park [in Brooklyn] with my family this summer. It was everything.”

Monique Lhuillier:

“Anything and everything by Drake — his music energizes me. My collection this season is bold and quite dynamic, and I think Drake’s music reflects a lot of the same qualities.”

Dennis Basso:

“My collection this season is inspired by cultures south of the border, so we have been listening to Celia Cruz and Jose Feliciano in the design studio.”

Herve Leger:

Lubov Azria

“Two of my idols are Boy George and David Bowie, but I’ve been listening to ‘Baby’ by Micky Green and ‘Gotta Tape I Wanna Play’ by Disco Deviance a lot this season."

Suno's Max Osterweis 

“Daughter’s The Wild Youth EP from 2011. I’m late to the party on this one, but Elena [Tonra] has an incredible voice, the band writes great songs, and I can’t wait until the new album comes out.”

Wes Gordon

“Classic Dr. Dre, Carole King and Amy Winehouse. Seeing the film Amy reminded me just how amazing Back to Black was and what an amazing talent the world lost.”