You’ve seen the clothes from Astrid Andersen’s AW16 collection at LC:M today, now hear the soundtrack.
As one of London’s most exciting and innovative menswear talents, it’s no surprise that the Danish-born designer Astrid Andersen would be discriminating when it comes to picking beats. She couldn’t have chosen much better than Brodinski – the French DJ and producer who, with his label Bromance, is one of the most respected talents in the business – who worked with Andersen to produce a killer playlist for the show.
The collaboration, born out of the Red Bull Catwalk Studios Project, has resulted in something that’s a little bit Trap and a little bit dark-Techno, with a lot of raucous, lively beats – a great match for the queen of vibrant, urban-fashion. Featuring SoundCloud heroes like Tommy Kruise, underground hip-hop from the likes of Bricc Baby and plenty of original cuts from Bromance’s upcoming release Homieland Vol. 2, it’s definitely one to stick on to take you into the Saturday evening. We sat down with Andersen and Brodinski to find out a little bit more about the collection and how this collaboration came about.
What has been soundtracking your time in the studio this season?
We listened a lot to The Velvet Rope by Janet Jackson, to me it’s one of the greatest records of all time! And I won’t lie for those late nights we have been listening to Justin Bieber, there’s no getting around it!
What were your main inspirations for AW16?
This season there just weren’t that many clear references or themes. It just clothes that I felt like making. I love to work in fabrics that are unusual for my aesthetic and try and make them look like they belong here, so this season I worked with a very traditional UK tweed mill and wanted to really work in an iconic fabric but make it ours and not ladylike.
Who is the ultimate pin-up guy for AW16?
What’s your favourite piece from the collection?
The tweed tracksuit and bomber gets me exited!
What about Brodinski made you want to collaborate?
Everything! When the red bull catwalk studio approached me re my catwalk music this season I knew I wanted to work with him. He is so talented, I was so honoured when he took the time to work on this mix with me! As an artist he is very confident in creating a new sound and as a person, when he walks into a room you instantly know he is the boss, and he smiles a lot and is genially one of the nicest people I have met – it’s such an attractive combination, he becomes inspirational on all levels!
How did you start to plan your mix for Astrid?
Astrid gave me a bit of direction, influences and mood to bring together the right music around the new collection. Then I improvised!
After the show… where else is the ideal place for us to play the mix?
You could run to it, cook to it, get stoned to it (shh…hah) but I think if you listen to it in the car (while driving please) you gonna hear the real thing.
How closely did you and Astrid work together?
We had a chance to meet in London and work together on it, so I’m happy as soon as she is!!
I’m just here to take care of the music.
Are we going to see you in any of Astrid’s AW16 pieces?
Probably! I already love her work, cannot wait to see what’s coming too!
Astrid Andersen London Menswear Fall Winter 2016 January 2016