The 15 Best Tracks from New York Fashion Week (Playlist Included!)

Peanut butter and jelly, Jay-Z and Beyonce, music and fashion--some things just go together perfectly. The right soundtrack can elevate a show from 'meh' to 'Hell yes!' in just a few short beats. We picked 15 that we think nailed it.
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Peanut butter and jelly, Jay-Z and Beyonce, music and fashion--some things just go together perfectly. The right soundtrack can elevate a show from 'meh' to 'Hell yes!' in just a few short beats. We picked 15 that we think nailed it.
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Peanut butter and jelly, Jay-Z and Beyonce, music and fashion--some things just go together perfectly. The right soundtrack can elevate a show from 'meh' to 'Hell yes!' in just a few short beats.

So we tapped Billboard.com fashion editor Gregory DelliCarpini Jr. to give us the low down on the music at New York Fashion Week. He explored the best beats of the week and sent us a list of his favorite songs that shook up the tents at New York Fashion Week. We added in a few of our own ('Eye of the Tiger' at Alexander Wang--come on!) and we're sharing them with you here.

Oh, and for those of you who want it, we've hooked you up with a YouTube playlist featuring all of our picks here!

Photos: IMAXtree

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Jeremy Scott: The Beastie Boys, "Girls" This classic track was the perfect accent to Scott’s cartoon monster-mashed collection.

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Altuzarra: New Tide Orquestra, 'Time Lapse Variation' This track is sophisticated but tough thanks to the driving beat--the perfect accoutrement to Altuzarra's tough-luxe leather and furs.

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Betsey Johnson: Elton John, ‘The Bitch Is Back’ The bitch is back! After filing for bankruptcy, Betsey Johnson is back with an 80’s style aerobics runway workout.

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Charlotte Ronson: Peter & Gordon, 'Lady Godiva' I was fortunate to collaborate with Samantha and Charlotte Ronson on this 60’s inspired playlist and I have to admit, I spotted many attendees head-bobbing to our selections at the presentation.

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The Blonds: Talking Heads, ‘Psycho Killer’ This strut-worthy and sinister melody spoke to The Blond's magical melding of horror, sparkle, pop, and fashion.

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Rodarte: Butthole Surfers, 'Pepper' The Mulleavy's always add extra cool to their shows with their superb music choices. Here, sheer tulle jumpsuits and tie dye evening dresses were taken in a 90s direction thanks to this track.

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Band of Outsiders: Fiona Apple, ‘Hot Knife’ Fiona Apple's murky growl matched the dark forties-tinged collection of ladylike suiting.

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Marc Jacobs: 'The Sirens' from David Bedford's Odyssey The perfect moody, eerie, accompaniment to Jacobs' breathtaking fall show.

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Degen: Olivia Newton John, 'Let's Get Physical' This sexy and fist pumping melody highlighted Degen’s fantastically eccentric and zany knits.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs: Tame Impala, 'Elephant' It's just the best song ever. The psych-pop beat is perfect for stomping a runway in a '70s-inspired frock.

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Alexander Wang: Survivor, 'Eye of the Tiger' Alexander Wang was in a fighting mood for fall, furry boxing gloves and all.

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Vera Wang: Gazelle Twin, "Changelings (John Foxx and the Maths Remix)" This haunting-but-beautiful remix matched the darkly romantic collection, and the sick bass line made for a perfect runway stomp.

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DKNY: Papa Roach vs Rihanna, 'Rude Boy Resort'

Editors went crazy for the sick mix of '90s-esque music at DKNY. Bonus? The Sinatra "New York, New York" mixed with Biggie's "Juicy" for the finale.

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The Row: Aphex Twin, 'Avril 14th' This gorgeous and subdued track is also featured on the Marie Antoinette soundtrack. Its mellow tones suited the ultra-luxe presentation space.

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Jason Wu: Adele, 'Skyfall'

Dramatic, beautiful, and a little bit sexy--just like Wu's collection.