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On the final day of Milan Fashion Week, Marcelo Burlon’s County of Milan label took to an abandoned industrial space to unveil its FW16 collection. While the designer-cum-DJ has stuck on the street-luxe straight and narrow for a while now, he entered more psychedelic territory this time around, as a troupe of dreadlocked models marched down the runway to a trippy Pink Floyd soundtrack.

Citing shamanic rituals as an inspiration (and actually performing one at the beginning of the show), Burlon’s clothing was still very much that of a streetwear brand – as you’d expect, graphic tees and sweaters took center stage. What was different, though, was the styling. The Argentine’s boys were less macho, more disheveled, and sported facial piercings, beaded necklaces and oversized hooped earrings. Distressed denim pieces – a growing trend – were cut oversized and in rust orange tones, while colossal knitwear pieces sported built-in scarves.

Graphics-wise, things were as highly-charged as ever – tribal motifs from Marcelo’s home continent appeared throughout. Some of the collection’s more color-heavy designs did run the risk of straying into the Navajo-inspired graphics that caused Urban Outfitters so much trouble a few years ago, it has to be said.

All in all though, this new-found celebration of wayward vagrants was a welcome breath of fresh air to County of Milan’s aesthetic.

For more from Milan Fashion Week, check out the latest shows from GucciNeil Barrett and Versace.

Words by Alec Leach
Freelance Writer/Editor/Consultant

Alec Leach grew up in Brighton, England, but now lives in Berlin

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