“Of Italian-Lebanese descent, Marcelo Burlon was born and until the age of 13 raised in Argentina, before his parents—in a tight financial spot—arranged to emigrate to Italy. That’s partly why the current Italian government’s attitude to immigration sticks in Burlon’s craw. Before this show he said: “We are living in a very weird moment in Italy. They are closing the ports. They don’t want the people to come over here from Africa. They don’t want immigrants and they are afraid of diversity.” Hence a considerable proportion of Burlon’s casting for his show consisted of first-generation Italians of African descent—one small way in which he felt free to stick two fingers up at the current government of Italy. He added: “we are also encouraging the kids who follow the brand to vote. In this little world of fashion we try to be activists.” Via @luke_leitch at @voguerunway
COUNTY SS20 FASHION SHOW
CREATIVE DIRECTION: @marceloburlon
ART DIRECTION: @bratislavtasic
ART INSTALLATION: @edoardotresoldiofficial
LIGHT DESIGNER: @illolli
SOUND DESIGNER: @locodiceofc
MAKE UP: @iamcristianaceccarelli@aldocoppola
BACKSTAGE DIRECTION: @marchilala
COLLABORATIONS EASY RIDER (@sonypictures) & @lindafarrow
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I made a huge mistake and I would first and foremost like to apologize for my stupidity.
Social media is a tool which can often be used for a frivolous laugh, but what I really learned today is that this should never ever be at the expense of another person, or group of people.
I would like to ask forgiveness and express my most sincere regret to Madonna and anyone whom I might have offended, insulted, or touched.
Yesterday I posted images of Madonna wearing my brand stating that she purchased the garments herself. I haphazardly and irresponsibly used a common italian slur to describe her. The term, which I use often with close friends, in context is non offensive, but I clearly understand that it was my mistake to assume that I could speak on social media using the same tone that I use in my daily private life.
Instead of celebrating the fact that a celebrated, and highly respected woman like Madonna ( who is a woman, a mother, a daughter, a friend, and an inspiration to many ) made a choice to freely wear something from my collection I have played foolish and irreverent.
My intention was never to provoke antagonism or hate.
I made a naive and stupid mistake but the root of this should not be misunderstood as misogynistic because that was in no way my motivation.
As anyone close to me can attest, I have always attempted to effectively live my life without gender, age, or racially based prejudice. I am not perfect, and I too learn daily from
my surroundings which is why I would sincerely like to punctuate that there was in no way malicious intent based on gender or age in my post.
I love and I want to share love and harmony.
I also intend to learn from my mistakes.