Yes, tons of care goes into crafting a collection, casting models, and styling it all (from the top of a high-bun head to the bottom of a ripped-tights leg). But when it comes to the actual show--and getting across just what the inspiration is behind the entire thing--few things do it quite like music.
Whether it's nodding to the past (Anna Sui's punk-inspired spring '13 collection was soundtracked to New York punk hits) or giving a buzzed-about musician the fashion world's nod of approval (a la Grimes at Zac Posen a few seasons back), you can learn as much about the clothes from the models as you can from the music.
So instead of asking designers for a sneak peek sketch or a word to describe their spring '14 design inspiration, we asked some of our favorites to submit one song that you'll hear come New York Fashion Week during their actual show (or at the very least, one that represents what their new collections are all about). Best of all? Scroll down past our list to listen to the playlist yourself!
Spring '14 New York Fashion Week Playlist
"Freedom 90" - George Michael
"Sugar Man" - Rodriguez
"Railroad Track" - Willy Moon
"Atlas" - Beth Jeans Houghton & the Hooves of Destiny
"Children of the Revolution" - T-Rex
"Blue Flower" - Mazzy Star
"The Lovecats" - The Cure
"Psychic City" (Clasixx Remix) - Yacht
"Night is Young" - Southern Shores