Marcelo Burlon - County of Milan: MFW AW16 Menswear Review
It's not common to be "stunned" by a designer when they present their new collection, but hats off to Marcelo Burlon who took the unprecedented action of opening the show with Shamanic ritual, to summon the spirits, in order to give thanks for his success!
The Fashion Set are used to seeing it all, and can be a little jaded, however, a Buddhist, Burlon wanted to show his gratitude to all the forces that have helped him and one gets the sense it was genuine. As a creative, working in photography, design and music (DJ'ing for designers and creating after-party events for years) he has started to gather quite a following, via his fashion brand and social-media.
For AW16 Marcelo Burlon - County of Milan harks back to the hippie cultures in the 70s from his Argentinian home town - El Bolson, featuring psychedelia, raves and rituals. Burlon's use of print with complex imagery features flames, sparks, wings and bones worked in Navaho geometry. Leather and jersey are combined and the use of Vinyl is a throwback to the kinky 70's! Black and white, grey, burnt orange and teal blue created a good balance for AW16 without being too dark, in every sense.
Embroideries are worked into hoodies whilst blouson and bomber jackets reference couture embellishments. Bold graphic images are worked in Ponchos and capes, with add to the Native American message. He has collaborated with Pendleton and Alpha Industries for the flight jackets for AW16.
Marcelo Burlon is a designer attracting lots of attention from that "Tribe" - a dedicated group of followers, and a cool touch was the designer's choice of casting for his show. 'Inclusion' was very apparent- a sense of the 'Everyman'- wide ranging was colour, size, ethnicity and age, which made it all the more impressive.