"My first soundtrack was for Preen back in 2000, I was working with them at the time as a sales and production director. As I've been playing in clubs since approximately '95, I thought I could do it – I wanted to. Thea and Justin are also friends of mine, we are close and I believe we have the same feel. I love their vision. Their shows are always breathtaking, chic and timeless – their collections make sense, you can observe the development of thought process from season to season, it's never random. It grows and has a story.
For Autumn 13, Preen designed a blend of progressive modernity and quiet luxury, fusing Jarman's cult new-wave film Jubilee with contradictory Avedon images of his muse, couture-model Dorian Leigh. The show was held on the 32nd floor in the Heron Tower with a breath-taking 180 degree view of foggy London city.
Pandora's Jukebox for Preen AW13 - soundtrack
The minimalist palette of black, red and white accentuated the stark lines of the silhouettes, Justin and Thea were playing with shapes from A-line to pencil, and variants on couture volume, either at the front or the back. A silk satin tartan skirt was flocked with leopard and backed onto wool crepe. There was a devoré pixelated leopard print and delicate, tailored maxi-coats toughened by a silver chain.
I try to do the same with a soundtrack, which I believe is very important for a full delivery of the show. It's intricate, yet based on a simple story – and it has to be a story. I like to work with tunes that evoke emotion, communicating with each other but layering it with samples so it achieves a modern perspective. This time was 'anarchy in soul and love in the heart'. I also like to go in an opposite direction of the visual delivery, so it's not too literal. Otherwise, no rules, just chills down the spine, good beat and phat bass: that's the measure.
I am very careful not to become indifferent about it. The funny thing is that it takes days being in the studio to create ten minutes of the soundtrack, not that I mind. In fact, that's when time stops – that's when work is love! I feel lucky. Everyone that I work for is a friend of mine, and I need to feel like what they are creating. So far, my clients for soundtracks have been Preen, Pringle by Alistair Carr, Alexander McQueen´s trunk show, Lara Bohinc, Agent Provocateur, Linda Farrow, and Marchesa. I´m very excited to work with a fresh designer during Paris fashion week too!
These are the clothes I need in my wardrobe from Preen AW13: looks 1, 2, 6, 19, 25, 29, 34 and 35."
PANDORA'S JUKEBOX FOR PREEN AW13 TRACKLIST:
Fleetwood Mac, 'Brown Eyes'
Karen Elson, 'I Love You'
Scritti Politti, 'Absolute'
Mixed with samples of: The Human League, 'Being Boiled'; Devastations, 'All Cats Are Grey'; Andy Stott, 'Numb'; Sade, 'Smooth Operator'; DSCRD, 'The Dawn'
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