André Leon Talley dances with Diana Ross at Studio 54, 1979.

Expand your listening horizons with the best designer and celebrity endorsed Spotify playlists

Whether you’re after booty bouncing beats or sounds smoother than a Kardashian’s keratin-treated hair, here are the playlists to stream until the next work email demands attention. From celebrity mixes to fashion favourites and straight-up nineties throwbacks, ready your earbuds and surrender to the stream.

Michel Gaubert
As well as being one of the coolest people on Instagram, Michel Gaubert is the sound designer for Chanel, Loewe and Louis Vuitton’s epic runway shows. Prepare to pony walk down the corridor to the Pet Shop Boys, Kraftwerk, Robyn and Diana Ross. 

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Honey Bones Summer 19
Just to qualify things, we know it’s no longer summer and it’s certainly no longer 2019 but Honey Bones Summer 19 is a reminder of much, much more carefree days. The vibe is best summed up by Angus & Julia Stone meets Boz Scaggs with a hefty dose of Rhye. It’s on constant repeat in the Denizen office, so tap into our musical spirit. 

I Love My 90s Hip Hop
It’s all there in the title, what else do you need to know? Put on your snap-side tracksuit pants and oversized sweater and bust some moves to Missy Elliot, De La Soul, Dr Dre, Common and some Fugees.

Kym Ellery’s Isolation Edit
Paris-based Aussie designer Kym Ellery is known for her exaggerated silhouettes and luxe fabrics. She created this playlist while isolating, and it’s a goldmine of simple, stripped back sounds. Let Dragon’s ‘April Sun in Cuba’, David Bowie’s ‘Sorry’ and Tame Impala’s ‘The Less I Know The Better’ play in the background as you go about your day.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, The Row
Having transitioned from Full House to New York’s favourite twin set via their ultra-luxe, yet pared-back label The Row, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s Spotify playlist is just what you would expect. The Row: February 2022 swings from Aretha Franklin and Fleetwood Mac to The Cure and Dean Blunt.

Katy Perry — At Home Together
With Katy Perry, one expects to get bright and breezy pop through a neon filter, which is exactly the vibe of her Spotify playlist At Home Together — designed for quarantining Americans but equally uplifting for Antipodeans at any time. Shuffle in your seat along to Harry Styles’ ‘Lights Up’, The Beach Boys’ ‘In Your Room’ and some old school Jamiroquai with ‘Virtual Insanity’. “Some of them are new and some of them are classic and some of them say exactly how I’m feeling in this time and some of them are hopeful little nuggets of empowerment,” Perry said. 

Jacquemus Showroom
French fashion’s It boy designer Simon Porte Jacquemus is known for his style-setting ready-to-wear shows (cue oversized straw hats and micro purses) but with this showroom playlist he’s offering a feast for the ears rather than the eyes, so you can feel his influence around you wherever you’re playing it from.

Missy Rayder
Supermodel Missy Rayder has nothing to prove when it comes to cool credentials, having walked for Balenciaga and Prada, but her taste in music is up there with her choice of designers. Missy Rayder’s Love-In features old school Johnny Cash, Nina Simone and Billie Holiday. “I chose songs that are meaningful for the time and artists who clearly have endured the darkness-found and were able to transform bleak days through the creative process manifesting in the song,” Rayder says.

Ryan Heffington — Sweatfest For Everyone
With his Instagram, Hollywood choreographer Ryan Heffington did his best to get everyone off the sofa during lockdown, and went viral in the process. His playlists are equally energising — this seriously upbeat mix is perfect for dressing-up drinks before a big night out or even for working out at home.


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