37 Of The Most Insane Pictures Ever Taken At Burning Man
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While you likely spent your Labor Day Weekend atop a pool float, perhaps lamenting the fact that summer's nearly over, a particular segment of the fashion community swapped their local watering hole for Burning Man at Nevada's Black Rock Desert. In the interest of journalistic integrity, we'll admit that we aren't entirely sure what, exactly, Burning Man entails, but its Wikipedia summary sure makes it sound like a "Mad Max" cosplay operation — a place where rich, nearly naked hippies become one with art and the Earth and each other's nearly naked, dust-covered bodies. While Burning Man is traditionally a favorite for fashion — in , Poppy Delevingne famously traded her Burberry cape for a burger — this year's gathering attracted quite a few more Victoria's Secret Angels than it does normally. And why not? That lingerie isn't going to wear itself in the degree dry heat.
A gigantic wooden sculpture known as "The Man" is engulfed in flames during the Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. A woman riding in an outrigger fires a flame cannon over the heads of Burning Man participants as they dance in the early hours of the morning. A fire tornado emerges from the burning embers of the "Temple of Whollyness" as it burns at the conclusion of the Burning Man.
Burning Man fashion evolves from the desert experience on the playa. Rooted in the practicality of protection from a harsh environment, clothing becomes a communication medium and survival tools become accessories. Dust and wind are part of the makeup and add to the complexity of adornment. Going naked or simply putting on a costume is easy and misses the finer points of individually developed character, style and flare. Natural earth elements of primitive culture are often combined with….