Music and Mod Collide: Indie Edition 1

By ModCloth Writer: Natalie Brova

ModWriters are often asked how we come up with the wonderful, occasionally wacky, names for the bevy of beautiful garments which we bestow titles upon daily. While the answer varies, one thing we are incessantly inspired by is music! So, without further ado, I present to you a little insight into how a few of the items above got their musical monikers…

Everyone at ModCloth HQ loves music, and we even have a few lovely lady DJs in our midst. In my opinion, music and fashion are intrinsically connected to one another, as interwoven as the latticework patches of the Dress Formerly Known as Prints. For your listening pleasure (and style sagacity), we’ve included a playlist of songs and artists that were the inspiration behind six stunning ModCloth commodities. Do you see what we hear? Do you hear what we see?

Read on to see and hear the music behind a few ModCloth monikers…

Note:  To hear full versions of every song click the “open in new window” box in the upper right corner of the mix below!

The Bande à Part Tunic was named for an album by the fabulous French collective, Nouvelle Vague. When I first laid eyes on this garment, I imagined an effortlessly chic Parisian strolling down a boulevard, jaunty hat upon her head, sleek tights under this tunic, and chic boots upon her feet.  She’s sophisticated, yet playful – just like Nouvelle Vague’s bossa-nova-infused rendition of “Dancing With Myself”. This song evokes feelings of fun, sassiness, and even a little bit of sexiness. I could easily envision a saucy, stylish siren listening to the Bande a Part album, and dancing along in this tantalizing tunic.

I’m sure that you, being as indie-savvy as you are, already know (and love) Bloc Party and their unique sound that melds new wave, rock, and sheer brilliance. When the Weekend in the City Dress appeared during a brainstorm session, we all agreed that its title would be Bloc-Party-influenced. The posh purple and black checked pattern is timeless, but the bold silhouette is unlike any wrap dress you’ve seen before. In short – this dress seamlessly mixes the classic with the modern, and the result was uniquely chic. You’ll hear “The Prayer” by Bloc Party on this playlist, chosen for its lyrical relevance to this show-stopping dress. In this dress, you will charm, dazzle, and outshine them all, as Kele says.

The Smashing Pumpkins are nothing short of rock royalty, and the fact that throughout the 90s their bass player was a woman makes them all the better. When I saw the tough, steel grey exterior of the D’Arcy Boots, accented by three rebellious, buckled straps, I knew I had to pay homage to this rock goddess. These boots looked like they’d be more than comfortable on stage, beneath flashing lights, upon a floor reverberating with thundering bass lines. The bass-laden intro of “Cherub Rock” is the perfect song to showcase D’Arcy’s talent and tenacity, plus – it’s just a great song to dance around to, in your D’Arcy boots, while you play air guitar!

How do you interpret the connection between the Heartbeats Cuff and it’s namesake song by The Knife? How about the Big City Secret Booties, named for an album by the amazing Joseph Arthur? And if you can read the Bizarre Love Triangle Heels‘ description, and not get that song stuck in your head, then you are a stronger person than I.

So, ModLovers, now you’ve had the chance to see and hear just a little bit of what happens when music and Mod collide. Do you have a favorite tune or musician that you think deserves to have a Mod product named for it? Then, tell us about it. Our next great inspiration could be you!

About Natalie

As the owner of three small, fluffy dogs, Natalie has accepted the fact that dog hair being everywhere and on everything is just part of her lifestyle now. She cannot stop decorating (and redecorating) her home, and lives by Robert Venturi's words, "Less is a bore." Fresh flowers, floral print dresses, and a good gin and tonic are just a few of her favorite things.

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  1. Melanie 11/03/2009 at 8:16 pm #

    I have never heard that version of Dancing with Myself, I love it.

    I am obsessed with the Monsters of Folk album, and I think that many of their songs would make great names for your items!

  2. Meg 11/03/2009 at 8:47 pm #

    Fleet Foxes seem mod-worthy.

  3. eileen 11/03/2009 at 8:48 pm #

    Bande a Part! The famous film from Jean Luc Godard. That race through the Louvre scene! Certainly the influence of french new wave — “nouvelle vague” — in music and film, and a literal fashion reference in the label “Band of Outsiders.” I love how everything weaves together.

    And thanks for posting the frente! version, it’s always been a favorite.

  4. nicole 11/04/2009 at 8:10 am #

    so cool to learn more about how you guys name stuff! i’m always impressed by the titles and descriptions! modcloth writers rock 🙂

    you guys should incorporate some stuff from the “better than the originals” album, like bell x1’s cover of justin timberlake’s “like i love you”! amaaazing, lol. p.s. love joseph arthur <3

  5. Stephanie 11/04/2009 at 11:09 am #

    Love this idea- I also employ it to name thing I create, i.e. photo albums.

    Ryan Adams and Wilco are great ones…”City Rain, City Streets”, “Sweet Lil Gal”, “Sonny Feeling”, “Shot in the Arm”…the list goes on.

  6. Kristin 11/04/2009 at 2:20 pm #

    I always go through my itunes for inspiration!, like my old blog “Design That Kills” was inspired by a Damned song, “Born To Kill”

  7. jill 11/05/2009 at 7:48 pm #

    I have mixed feelings about the Holland 1945 Jacket… Neutral Milk Hotel might balk at having clothing named after part of their oeuvre.

  8. Margaret 11/07/2009 at 2:45 pm #

    The Decemberists. Enough said.

  9. Meg 11/08/2009 at 3:19 pm #

    Yeah Wilco and The Decemberist are awesome.

  10. tiffany 11/24/2009 at 12:05 am #

    the grey drss, with the braclette, and black, or grey boots will look amazing!

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