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 — inPoppy 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.
The playa definitely took its toll on me — it was an exceptionally dusty year, and I got a bad case of playa lung, as they call it. Burning Man is held on a giant dry lake bed covered in alkali dust, which becomes more and more churned up as the week goes on. Every gust of wind sends giant clouds of fine white dust into the air, sometimes so huge that they obscure the entire sky and limit visibility to less than 5 feet!
It will be good for you. I was on the playa for about 24 hours before I became a gleeful naked painted person. I frolicked the dust.
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. A Nevada sheriff accepts an invitation from a festival participant as another police officer videotapes the encounter.
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The Burning Man Festival is over. The man, he was burned. The clothes, they were bonkers—when they were even present.
When she stopped holding the fires, attendees Larry Harvey and Jerry James kept them going, with a twist — inthe bonfire was an eight-foot-tall wooden man. After the man was ignited, a bystander ran forward and shook the burning man's hand. The wind had shifted slightly, blowing the flames so she was unharmed.
This is what it looks like when 60, misfits, freaks, adventurers, friends, overprofessionals, extreme amateurs, artists, musicians, scoundrels, heroes, and everything in between come together to build an epically alive desertart city that will disappear in just one week. The dust storm white-outs, the depth of earnest human connection, the dizzying energy and utter freedom… I am still reeling. There are varying levels of naked people up in here. If that is not something that you want to see, do not pass go, and do not collect two-hundred dollars.
The classic female nude has always been a favorite subject of artists. This beautiful woman was over 50 feet tall and was one of a series of three at Burning Man. Art, more than anything else, has been pulling me back to Burning Man since
Court TV -- Each year before Labor Day, thousands of artists and seekers gather in the Nevada desert to experience a world beyond the constraints of everyday life. The fete, culminating with the burning of a foot effigy, is called Burning Man, and it is billed by organizers as an "experimental community, which challenges its members to express themselves. This self-expression takes the form of art, song, dance, theater -- and nudity.