My favourite runway music moment from New York Fashion Week didn’t come until the last day, but it was definitely worth the wait. Before the first model even appeared at Ralph Lauren’s fall/winter 2012/2013 show, the first few notes of music caused the fashion crowd to utter a combined sigh, produced hundreds of knowing smiles and started a tweeting frenzy. What music could possibly elicit such a reaction? Only the theme song to Downton Abbey. Mary-Jess’s “Did I Make the Most of Loving You” was a perfect match for the herringbone and houndstooth suits that opened Lauren’s show. [caption id="attachment_7893" align="aligncenter" width="385" caption="Ralph Lauren opened his most recent runway show with the theme song from Downton Abbey."] [/caption] While the Downton music was easy to recognize, not all runway music is so easy to pick out. (And if you’re going to tweet about it right away, you’d better be sure.) Just as I was about to tweet that Whitney Houston's version of “I'm Every Woman” closed the Donna Karan show, I had second thoughts. “This is Whitney, right?” I asked Pam, a reporter at People magazine and my seatmate at the show. “I think it could be Chaka Khan…” she wondered. “But let’s check.” Pam whipped out her Blackberry and Shazamed it. In less than 10 seconds, the app analyzed a sample of the music playing and spit out the name of the song and the artist singing. In this case, it confirmed it was indeed Whitney’s version of the song. Thank you Pam! Here are a few more of my runway music highlights from New York Fashion Week: Hip-hop star Theophilus London performed “I Stand Alone” live at the Rebecca Minkoff show. It was an edgy choice that paired nicely with Minkoff’s yellow python short shorts and brocade biker jackets. Marc Jacobs selected “Who Will Buy?” from the musical Oliver! to accompany his mad hatter-pilgrim-Victorian concoctions. (Yes, we’d certainly like to buy some of his pieces…but not the complete runway looks!) Models clad in Tommy Hilfiger’s preppy-military-equestrian-inspired collection marched to Lana del Ray’s “National Anthem.” Whether you love or hate Lana, the song sure helped the show stand out in my memory. Zac Posen chose an orchestral cover of Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain" for his return show in New York. The violins swept me away—and so did several of his Asian-architectural gowns.