- Hannah Slapper
Today we bring you an ode to the city of the moment: Paris. This capital of culture, love location, and city of cuisine is one of the most romantic, magical and exciting places on earth. Right now, hundreds of beautiful people are walking those streets as part of Paris Fashion Week, and they'll be breathing in all those iconic sights and sounds, as well as the incredible atmosphere that only PFW can bring.
Whether you're there or not, here's a soundtrack which totally exemplifies all that we love about French culture and inimitable experience of being in Paris. Francophiles, get ready to be transported...
Paris - Groove Armada
From the first wave of strings you can feel all those iconic Parisian locations rising up into your vision. Complete with pining vocals, this song also introduces one of the main draws of Paris: the romance. It's all too easy to fall in love in such a charming place.
Le voyage de Pénélope - Air
Now, 'Penelope's journey' could mean many things here. It's possible she's just stepping off the train to attend some SS14 shows, met with a balmy climate and a barmy crowd of eccentric fashion luvvies. However, listen to those funky synths and suddenly you get the impression that maybe she's met a certain Pierre somewhere, and is embarking on quite a different journey altogether.
L'Amour Et La Violence - Boys Noize Remix - Sébastien Tellier
Sébastien Tellier is one of France's greatest musical exports, and this pulsating remix of his mournful ode to love and violence manages to be at once totally cheesy and yet vaguely philosophical. Definitely the kind of track you'd hear at PFW, while models strut along the catwalks.
Niggas In Paris - JAY-Z, Kanye West
Not making a social statement here, but more flagging the relationship between Paris and 'the celebrity'. Yes, you'll find all the stars milling around the streets this week, supporting the brands that dress them, and making some interesting connections. This song just proves how music and fashion are overly-close cousins. Just ask Justin Timberlake and Tom Ford.
Désolé - Sexion D'Assaut
France has a thriving hip-hop and R&B scene, with some incredible sounds coming from Paris. The risk of sounding horrifically hipster by including a really 'underground' hip-hop sound was far too real, so instead we went for this absolute winner of a track. This is the kind of song you will sing along to very loudly, especially if you don't speak French.
Sometimes in the fall - Phoenix
Now this is a fashion band. Why? Well, aside from the fact that they're one of those wonderful rare French indie-rock groups, their music happens to be on most Sofia Coppola movie soundtracks. Oh, and the lead singer is married to her. So that makes them officially hot on the style thermometer. Plus, sometimes in the fall we like to listen to playful guitar pieces.
Paris Is Burning - Ladyhawke
An obvious choice, but if you go to PFW you are almost guaranteed to hear this song either on the catwalk or a at a fashion party. We have a pretty strong theory it was basically written exclusively for that purpose: to keep Paris burning all night long.
Lose Yourself to Dance - Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams
Pharrell really hits the nail on the head here: "I know you don't get a chance to take a break this often". Funky funky funky bass and a wonderfully French backing track by Daft Punk makes this the perfect way to let go at the end of a stressful month of trekking to shows and living off double-shot lattes and sheer determination. Can't you just picture bony-shouldered French girls in oversized t-shirts dancing to this with serious expressions and slowly flailing limbs?
Bonnie And Clyde - Brigitte Bardot, Serge Gainsbourg
Well, here we go. One of the most French songs of all time by the ultimate Parisian couple. JAY-Z needs to back off and take a bow, because he and Beyonce are totally usurped with this musical portrayal of Bonnie & Clyde: the sexiest crime duo in history. We like how this tune also showcases the French love of casual rebellion.
La Mer - Charles Trenet
Sitting here in a London office, it's hard not to think about the thing that separates us from this gorgeous Parisian paradise. That tiny sliver of sea is the reason we have such a wonderful and unique love/hate relationship with France. As countries we are Benedict and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, and we all know how that ends...