Taking fashion’s most basic of staples, the t-shirt, Marcelo Burlon creates a blank canvas on which he paints his expressionist views of self-determination as a revolutionary tool.
Not quite the opener you’re used to finding here at FashionBeans, but nonetheless, Marcelo Burlon uses his t-shirts as a “declaration of intents; a political manifesto, even.” Hailing from Patagonia, before moving to the fashion motherland, Milan, Marcelo’s work includes styling, photography, music and art direction – all working together as an “endlessly morphing monument to the power of contamination.”
His latest venture, a line of printed t-shirts, draws on Marcelo’s multi-cultural view, taking inspiration from across the globe. Mapuches crosses from Patagonia, Argentinean bird feathers as well as esoteric symbols, nods to rave and club culture all take on a kaleidoscope-quality as the print moves around the yoke of the t-shirts.
Highly visual, these statement separates offer a contemporary alternative to the traditional graphic tee. And having worked with the likes of Dolce & Gabana and clients that include Alexander McQueen, Maison Martin Margiela, Givenchy, Versace, Calvin Klein, Gucci, Prada and Jil Sander, it is no wonder that Marcelo has moved into fashion design himself, having laid the foundations of designer stardom.
The t-shirts are made from 100 per cent cotton, and cut in a classic short sleeve and crew neck. Worn slightly oversized, these sartorial successes are perfect any season, worked however you like.
You can watch the accompanying campaign video here.
The collection is available to buy now at Selfridges.