Marcelo Burlon hails from Patagonia but is the man in Milan. An editor, stylist, director, PR, DJ, sound designer, events organiser (and many things in between), Burlon is a relentless champion of new talent and creativity in the city, a force for progression and positive change. Former Editor-in-Chief of Rodeo Italy and publicist to a budding young designer called Riccardo Tisci, he is infamous for his hedonistic, egalitarian party Pink is Punk and has curated events for Versace, Calvin Klein, Jil Sander, Prada, Maison Martin Margiela, Gucci, Alexander McQueen and Givenchy. Recently Burlon was invited by Lane Crawford to work on a video project celebrating both Milanese and Asian talent.
The Iceberg music was really nice too; I used some René Aubry, mixed with Nicolas Jaar and Martin Rev that came out a couple of years ago on his own album – he was part of the iconic group Suicide in the 70s. It was a good mix of sensual, pathos and contemporary music
Dazed Digital: What have you been up to so far this Milan Fashion week?
Marcelo Burlon: This fashion week was pretty busy. I did the music for No.21 by Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Iceberg, Missoni and A.Martini. It's very intense working as a music designer, you spend so much time in a recording studio, mixing, creating music, creating the mood of the season! Each fashion designer has an idea and you have to translate that with music. It's quite amazing to see all the supermodels walking on the runway under the rhythm of your music...
Then I did a couple of parties. One for the Tuscan designer Elisabetta Franchi – the venue was in a very incredible building called Palazzo Visconti, from the 1700s. The DJ was the amazing Seth Troxler: 400 of my people were dancing to Whitney Houston’s 'I Wanna Dance with Somebody', really emotional. I also did a cocktail for Alberto Guardiani at 10 Corso Como. I was DJing too, so naturally we ended up dancing to Nicolas Jaar tunes, one of my favourites...
DD: What was on your soundtrack at No.21?
Marcelo Burlon: One of the best tracks on the album 'Pina' by Win Wenders, the soundtrack to the documentary about Pina Bausch, the German choreographer who sadly died three years ago. The finale song at No.21 is always 'Love Is A Battlefield' from Pat Benatar – it's a song that brings good luck to Alessandro Dell’Acqua and he always wants to end his show with that one!
The Iceberg music was really nice too; I used some René Aubry, mixed with Nicolas Jaar and Martin Rev that came out a couple of years ago on his own album – he was part of the iconic group Suicide in the 70s. It was a good mix of sensual, pathos and contemporary music.
DD: What have you been wearing?
Marcelo Burlon: Givenchy menswear A/W12! But also some vintage Givenchy from the first men’s collection that Riccardo did...
DD: Did you manage to catch many shows?
Marcelo Burlon: Just a couple because I was busy working! I saw the Prada show which was quite amazing and Raf's last Jil Sander.
DD: What else are you looking forward to?
Marcelo Burlon: Actually I'm leaving fashion week now to go ski in the mountains two hours from Milan! I'm going with a group of friends and we'll spend the Sunday in Genoa, at the seaside, eating at a good restaurant by the beach. I need to escape and be ready for Paris! I'll be DJing for Vika Gazinskaya in Paris for four hours in a private apartment during her presentation, so I'm looking forward for that. And then I'll be going to Buenos Aires to DJ at three parties, before heading down to Patagonia for the Easter holidays.