Femme Fashion: July 2011- Fashion Destination: Burning Man 2011

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Fashion Destination: Burning Man 2011

A vacay Lady Gaga would be “packing happy” to attend, Burning Man is a week-long outdoor fest of radical self expression and self-reliance. Once-a-year, more than 50,000 people descend on Nevada’s Black Rock Desert around the last week of August to create Black Rock City. They come together to create a community dedicated to making and sharing art. In a world with few boundaries, they depart one week later, having left no trace whatsoever.

There are no rules about how one must behave or express oneself at this event (save the rules that serve to protect the health, safety, and experience of the community at large); rather, it is up to each participant to decide how they will contribute and what they will give to this community.

Art is an unavoidable part of this experience, and in fact, is such a part of the experience that Larry Harvey, founder of the Burning Man project, gives a theme to each year, to encourage a common bond to help tie each individual’s contribution together in a meaningful way. Participants are encouraged to find a way to help make the theme come alive, whether it is through a large-scale art installation, a theme camp, gifts brought to be given to other individuals, costumes, or any other medium that one comes up with. http://www.burningman.com/whatisburningman/

What you might see worn while there

Arriving in a desert world with little rules for self-expression, it is then only expected that this will flow into the mode by which people adorn themselves. From the dystopian, to the tribal, to the brightly shaded futuristic, below are some examples of what you might see while there. But don’t stop here: do take a tour through Google images of “burning man fashion” and you will see it does get way more interesting to say the least.

Burning Man Fashion fit for the Fashionista

So what if what the participants of Burning Man wore was the muse of the highest in fashion, the makers of haute couture…what would that look like? How would designers translate these looks into what you see on the runway at fashion week?

Just take a look at what top fashion designer Angela Missoni debuted for her 2010 Summer line to great fanfare at fashion week in Milan. Rugged and raw, Missoni showcased pieces that were reminiscent of a modern-day “Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome” all the while dropping hints that she took her inspiration directly from the fact that her daughter would be one of the participants at Burning Man that summer.

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Marchesa’s brilliantly versatile designer Georgina Chapman did not disappoint with her Resort 2011 collection when she took her inspiration directly from African tribal adorning. Look closely and you will see how she added femininity to the bold color and sharp lines in her offerings by adding rich hand beading and embroidery.

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A favorite of Lady Gaga for its flamboyant designs and extravagant accessories, Armani’s takes a turn for “Sci-Fi chic” with his Spring 2011 collection. A healthy use of bold color (so shiny its reminds you of enamel!) and contrasting fabrics, gives us his take on what a glimpse into the future would look like. And I LIKE it!

All in all, great work from great designers who have shown that their range can include the raw, the indigenous and the super-future just like what would be seen amongst the travelers to Burning Man 2011!

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(If you are interested in journeying to and becoming a part of the artist-community-of-a-week that is Burning Man, check here for more info www.burningman.com)

- Female Fashion Editor: Natasha Dyer

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