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Gareth Pugh SS16 Backstage
Backstage at Gareth Pugh SS16Photography Chloé Le Drezen

Is this the ultimate fashion rave soundtrack?

Gareth Pugh’s audio alchemist and longterm collaborator Matthew Stone shares the mix from the designer’s Soho-themed SS16 show

On Saturday, visionary designer Gareth Pugh debuted his SS16 collection in a show that paid homage to London’s Soho. Once the centre of the city’s LGBT party scene, the area is rapidly becoming more gentrified, with higher rent prices, fewer drag bars and more Costa coffees. In something of a love letter to the past of this increasingly sanitised area, Pugh’s models took on Soho’s dark, twisted former persona, even bearing resemblance to some of its patron saints such as club scene icon Leigh Bowery. Here, the designer’s longterm collaborator and serial sound director Matthew Stone shares the mix he created for this show.

“Normally I write and produce all of Gareth's music from scratch, but this season we remixed existing tracks,” he explained. “Both Gareth and I brought tracks to it, but Gareth was adamant that the whole piece be built around the Merry Clayton vocal from “Gimme Shelter” (by the Rolling Stones). So I built from there.” With Clayton’s dulcet tones as the foundation, Stone layered other songs on top of it, creating an amazing mix. “There are old trance tracks,” he continues. “Some electroclash and some eighties synthpop in there and I linked them all together with an industrial beat that runs throughout.”

Listen to Gareth Pugh’s SS16 soundtrack below: