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A Musical Guide To S/S '19: Front Row Business With A Kanye-Approved Singer To Asian Pop Princesses

Fashion and music have been bedfellows since forever. Here’s a condensed guide to all the ways the latter raised the style — and star — factor of the S/S ’19 collections.

The Ones To Watch Out For

Either fashion houses really love them, or these three names who hit show after show are going to make waves this year: LA pop rock band Haim — made up of sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim — was seen at (left column, from top) Dior, Valentino and Givenchy; British R&B chanteuse Jorja Smith popped up at (clockwise from top, middle) Gucci, Chanel (pictured with French trip hop duo Ibeyi), and Kenzo; while the all-black-wearing, electro-soul crooner Moses Sumney made his presence felt at (clockwise from bottom right) Chanel, Valentino and Kenzo.

The Asian Pop Princesses (And Princes)

Clockwise from far right: Kai of K-pop boy band Exo at Gucci (don’t mess with his fans), American-Korean singer Krystal Jung at Salvatore Ferragamo, Taiwanese dance-pop diva Jolin Tsai (yes, Jolin Tsai) and singer/actor Dylan Xiong at Gucci, CL at Celine, and Rose and Jisoo of Blackpink at Coach.

The Indie Crowd

From left: Kanye-approved dream pop singer Kacy Hill at Moschino, Berklee-trained synth-pop musician Empress Of at Chloe, R&B’s new cool dude Khalid at Calvin Klein 205W39NYC, French singers Soko and Jehnny Beth at Gucci, Juliette Lewis (yes, she sings) at Miu Miu, and Jared Leto (yes, he sings too) at Gucci.

The Legends

Clockwise from bottom left: Primal Scream founder Bobby Gillespie (with The Kills’ Jamie Hince — sorta an indie rock legend — on left) at Celine; Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis at Moschino; the one and only Charlotte Gainsbourg and Sebastian — remixer for the likes of Daft Punk and the Beastie Boys — at Saint Laurent; Billy-freakin’-Idol (with China Chow) at Moschino; and Sebastien Tellier, another French electronica icon, at Chanel.

The Chart-Topping Divas (And One Jonas Brother)

Clockwise from left: Hailee Steinfeld and Cardi B at Tom Ford, Nicki Minaj at Marc Jacobs (chill, girl), Rita Ora at Versace, Selena Gomez at Coach, Joe Jonas at Louis Vuitton, Eve and Gwen Stefani at Moschino, and Lady Gaga at Celine.

The Bonafide Fashion Icons

Clockwise from top: Alt-pop princess/style icon for the experimental Hypebae Billie Eilish at Calvin Klein 205W39NYC, OG Fashion Week street style twins-turned-DJ duo Simi Haze (Google “Haya and Sama Abu Khadra”) at Tom Ford, and R&B singer Kelela — the refined alternative to FKA Twigs — at Chloe and Louis Vuitton.

The Performances

Because after the (runway) show, it’s the after party — and sometimes, a surprise musical act midway adds to the vibes. Besides Jane Birkin standing up unannounced from her seat at Gucci to belt out Baby Alone in Babylone, New York label Telfar (top) enlisted rising names like Moses Sumney and Ian Isiah to sing an original composition by performance art duo Faka as models marched around. To cap their dramatic evening presentations, Hugo hired Wiz Khalifa to hit the stage of its techno club venue (middle), while Emporio Armani treated guests to a mini concert by Robbie Williams (bottom).

This story first appeared in Female’s February 2019 issue.