Music has always gone hand-in-hand with fashion. What would an awe-inspiring runway show be without its soundtrack, that can instantly plunge attendees into a world of fantasy? This is also true of the afterparty, the collection launch and well, just about anywhere that those young, beautiful denizens of the fashion world turn up to night after night. And the one usually supplying the tracks? Enter that rare breed known as the Fashion DJ. They have that it-look, start the trends and spin blast their personal playlists to the joy of all those in attendance. From Alexa Chung to Harley Viera Newton, these girls may lack formal training, but make up for it with style in spades and their perfectly manicured fingers on the pulse of all that is cool.
- If there is one Fashion DJ that stands out among the rest its Alexa Chung. Arguably one of the first to start this trend, this London-born, New York-based TV host, writer and model has been described by the New York Times as “the Kate Moss of the new generation.” Her exotic look and penchant for all things ’60s has landed her on many a best-dressed list. She collaborated with fashion line Madewell back in 2010 and modeled for cool-gal brand Maje. Her new book, It, shares her inspirations, heartbreaks and loves that have influenced her enviable personal style.
2. Those in the know, know that before there was Alexa Chung there was Leigh Lezark. Downtown club kid turned one-third of the NYC-based collective The Misshapes turned solo DJ and model is the ultimate fashion success story. Lezark went from chronicling her late night outings with friends on the Lower East Side back in 2003 to Chanel beauty ambassador and front row regular at Paris Haute Couture Week. Today, she models for DKNY, GAP and Zac Posen and every now and then when she does DJ, it’s glorious.
3. Born in London, raised in Los Angeles and currently calls NYC her home – oh, and her mother is a Brazilian model. Welcome to the wonderful world of Harley Viera-Newton, model/DJ who famously spins at The Jane, Le Bain and the Standard Hotel in NYC. She’s also the House DJ for Dior Beauty and recently got signed to Jay-Z’s mega-label Roc Nation. Haven’t seen her spin before? You’ll have likely seen her face in the pages of Elle, Vogue and in campaigns for Target, Net-a-Porter and Hermes.
4. Chelsea Leyland is a relative newcomer to the scene, but has quickly risen the ranks to become the most requested Fashion DJ, spinning for the likes of Valentino, Chanel, Topshop and Burberry. In her short rise to the top she’s been written about in Elle, i-D and almost all of the Vogue titles. Did we mention she’s a model? Check out her instagram for a constant stream of style inspiration. http://instagram.com/chelsealeyland
5. Mia Moretti is the real deal. She’s been snapped more than once lugging her turntables and computer around the streets of NYC. Originally from Oakland she recently moved to New York where she started playing at the lobby of The Standard Hotel and quickly moved up to playing gigs at Le Bain. Her most recent and most notable gig was … wait for it… being asked to play at Chelsea Clinton’s wedding. Also interested in designing she created a capsule collection for Pencey this past spring and has more collections on the way.
6. Hannah Bronfman & DJ Brendan Fallis: she’s New York’s current “It Girl,” hailing from one of Canada’s oldest clans and American cult cinema history; he’s from Toronto and made a name for himself spinning at Le Bain and then for Theophilus London, touring the world. They rarely DJ together, but they are dating, and two Fashion DJ’s are always better than one.
7. British-born Tennessee Thomas calls Alexa Chung a BFF and was the founder and drummer of the now defunct indie-rock group The Like. You can find her DJ’ing at the Soho Grand and the Tribeca Grand in NYC and she recently opened a pop-up/cool kid clubhouse The Deep End Club in the East Village. Inspired by Andy Warhol’s factory, the shop is a blend of music, art and fashion –everything Thomas exudes during one her sets.
8. Known for her relaxed, effortlessly cool L.A. style, Binki Shapiro is a musician first, who happens to DJ now and again. She’s one half of the duo Adam & Binki (as in Adam Green of The Moldy Peaches), and used to date Fabrizio Moretti of The Strokes. She’s been called muse to Phillip Lim and usually plays the fashion week circuit mainly for close friends and family, because she’s just that cool.