marc model mixtape

what we heard on the runway—and what marc jacobs’ muses were listening to backstage.

by ray siegel

The sonic inspiration of Marc Jacobs' spring '13 collection was obvious moments after the first model walked out: This was '60s Edie territory, and like all good Warhol-era femme fatales, she was walking to the beat of the Velvet Underground (or at least, the Velvet Underground as channeled through The Fall).

But despite the models being clad in a very swinging, very sleek black-and-white suit sets, mod minis, and op-art maxis, what they were listening to backstage was a very different story.

We got the details on the Factory Girl beauty look from Redken's Guido Palau. "She might have been out all night and she definitely has a rock-and-roll edge to her. She's very Marc Jacobs and has all of those connotations to her. She might be prissy and super rich, but there's that dark side; she has that danger to her."

Since so many of our favorite models backstage represent that very girl, we polled a few of them backstage to find out what they're listening to in the lead-up to a show (other than the sound of hair dryers). They named everything from heavy metal to electro, but nowhere in there were the too-cool original punk rockers. So add in "Sweet Jane," and then cue up the songs below, as chosen by Marc's band of muses.

Ruby Jean Wilson:

"I listen to Crystal Castles, dubstep--not so much Skrillex. I'll admit that I used to, but not much anymore."

Hanne Gaby Odiele:

"Backstage music: blowdryers. I liked the music they played at Theyskens' Theory--Grimes."

Agnes Nabuurs:

"At home I like to listen to Modest Mouse, the Rapture, and Joy Division."


"I like AC/DC and Guns 'n Roses' 'Welcome to the Jungle.' When I go to castings, so many girls are!"