Marcelo Burlon is a man of many hats, but probably best known for his role as Editor in Chief at Rodeo Magazine, consultant to Givenchy and the founder of Milan club, Pink is Punk. These are merely a few of his day to day’s, a true renaissance man. Dossier Journal interviewed Marcelo Burlon
Elisa Simi: You were born in Patagonia, Argentina. How did you end up in Italy?
Marcelo Burlon: I was born in a small town called El Bolson, an amazing place surrounded by lakes, mountains and incredible rivers. It was like a hippy village mixed with the local gauchos and, of course, the immigrants were first generation, like my grandparents. [They] arrived in the beginning of the century from Lebanon… Because my family roots are in Beirut and Italy, my father decided in 1990 to go back to Italy. He was born in the north and right after the Second World War, he moved with his parents to Buenos Aires. All my family were immigrants, moving around, looking for a new land, a new place to put their roots…So here I am, always in movement, always around…
Elisa: What was your first “fashion job”?
Marcelo: My first real fashion job was doing PR for a designer called Riccardo Tisci. He had just graduated from the St. Martins and was back in Italy to find his way. We met and it was love. I was working with Riccardo for three years at the very beginning of his career, before the whole Givenchy situation. We became best friends straight away.
Elisa: How was it working with him?
Marcelo: Well, working with Riccardo was very tough. He knew already that he would be part of fashion history. He was very young, but he already had an unique and unmistakable vision. It was also very funny because we didn’t have any money, so I was running around with my bike, meeting the stylists—even if I didn’t know them. I was like, ‘Hi, I’m working for a new designer called Riccardo Tisci. He just arrived in Italy after a few years in London studying at St. Martins. He did an internship at McQueen and Berardi; here’s his lookbook…’ (Laughs). The lookbook was shot by Alessandro dal Buoni and the model was Mariacarla [Boscoso]. The stylists and journalists were shocked. The whole concept and Ricky’s history was so interesting that people started to write about him—Vogue UK, V Magazine, Dutch, Marie Claire, Amica… Everything was so fresh, and we were so enthusiastic. Sometimes I wonder where this feeling went…
Elisa: How can you handle being a PR, DJ, Stylist, Event Manager, Magazine Director and sometimes guest contributor, all at the same time?
Marcelo: Yoga. No alcohol. No heavy drugs. I like to have a very simple life. No drama, no stress.
Elisa: Which one of your jobs do you like most?
Marcelo: I like to work for the magazines, actually. My experience at Rodeo Magazine as Editor-in-Chief makes me realize that I love that job. So I would say this is the kind of job I like most.
Elisa: You have a lot of friends who are musicians, artists, designers, top models and many, many people. How can you remember all their names? I’m kidding. I’d like to know which activities you do with each one: Who do you go shopping with?
Marcelo: Michael Jordan. It was a job for Nike as a personal shopper… I love Michael, such an amazing man!
Elisa: Who do you go to a concert with?
Marcelo: I would go with Devendra [Banhart], because after the show we could kiss backstage (laughs).
Elisa: To a spa?
Marcelo: With Carmen Consoli and Mariacarla Boscono…They are very similar—such a strong girls—and we could gossip, too!
Elisa: To a fashion show?
Marcelo: Casey Spooner, because every time I am front row between Carla and Suzy! (Laughs)
Elisa: To sleep with?
Marcelo: Magdalena Frackowiak and Richard Nicoll, a threesome!
Elisa: Who do you call first when you have good news?
Marcelo: My best friends: Edward Buchanan, Macs Iotti, Ilaria Norsa, Aluminè Honik and Riccardo Tisci.
Elisa: You’re a close friend of Mariacarla. How is it hanging out with her? Don’t you feel kind of dazed at her side?
Marcelo: Not really. Maria is a very, very simple girl. You see her talking with everyone. We hang the most in Paris and years ago in Milan. Hanging out with her means laughing all night, but also talking and talking for hours—in a very deep way.
Elisa: What is the best thing about her?
Marcelo: Her attitude, her approach toward life and her sense of humor.
Elisa: And your best and worst qualities?
Marcelo: I’m a good PR. I’m like a bridge between people; I like to make connections. I think that’s the best part of me. And the worst? Let me think about it and I’ll get back to you…