What to Wear to Burning Life, Part 1

This year again, I have volunteered to help move along the fashion portion of Burning Life, which is a very small part of BL overall, and seems kind of superfluous because no one is looking at avatars—they are looking at the amazing builds and listening to the music. However, there is a place for fashion—what people wear to Burning Man is very important. That being said, this is the first in a series (I hope) of blogs about what to wear to Burning Life this year.

BL Part 1

Today’s ensemble is based on anecdotes from RL Burners who have attended Burning Man. The playa is hot and the playa is dusty and you spend a lot of time walking around under the sun. Recommended are hats to protect from the sun, goggles in case of sudden dust storms, and socks and shoes to protect the feet from the alkaline dust of the playa. The rest is left to one’s discretion. One blog says, “Many Burners, both men and women, take the city’s self-proclaimed agenda of ‘radical self-expression’ to mean ‘wear as little as possible.’”

BL Part 1

I have chosen the brilliant Shai Delacroix’ Zambia Safari Swimsuit for the playa. With it’s utilitarian camo bottoms and delectable top, it would suit the playa just fine—light enough on top to keep me cool, tough enough on the bottom to withstand dancing, camping, and general radical self-expression.

Braids are always useful—not so much flyaway hair in the winds on the playa. And the bandanna on top of Truth Hawk’s style can serve as protection or face covering when need be. It also keeps the sweat out of my eyes. I have adorned myself with kikunosuke Eel’s (of Japan Tempura fame) beautiful new jewelry to complete the bohemian look I have going here.

BL Part 1

The boots are the most important. Fallingwater Cellardoor’s Old Boots are my favorite pair. Broken in, reliable, tough, they protect me from the playa dust better than any, and I don’t have to worry about wrecking them. They get better looking with age.

BL Part 1

Walk the playa, take in the sights, be “radically included”:

Hair:>TRUTH< Tahlia-Chestnut by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<

Skin: Pulse Skin-Valeries T: Sienna/Champagne by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Swimsuit: *Shai* Zambia Safari Swimsuit by Shai Delacroix for Casa del Shai

Earrings: [MANDALA] Soul Cream Earrings by kikunosuke Eel for [MANDALA]

Bangles: [MANDALA] Takara Bangle Dark Wood A and B by kikunosuke Eel for [MANDALA]

Socks: ALB JOY socks filz by AnaLee Balut for ALB Dream Fashion

Boots: (Shiny Things) Old Boots – black by Fallingwater Cellardoor for Shiny Things

Please note Shai Delacroix, Kriss Lehmann, and Miabella Foxley are mounting a collection for the Philippine Red Cross for the victims of Typhoon Ondoy/Ketsana and Botanical and Casa del Shai are donating 50% of their proceeds. For direct donation, go to the Philippine Red Cross website.

Poid crossed over!

6 thoughts on “What to Wear to Burning Life, Part 1

  1. Harper you said it all and Poid you seconded it – nothing more I can say but DITTO

    I am definitely helping the victims of Typhoon Ondoy/Ketsana and want to say my personal thanks to Shai Delacroix, Kriss Lehmann for their 50% proceeds donations.

    As to what I am basing my fashion on for Burning Life 2009 – I am going to respectfully dress in the manner of the Australians with a 60,000 + year history. A hint of what I will be wearing, and a great old song, you shoudl have seen it live :-) here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7cbkxn4G8U

  2. oh wow, thank you so much for featuring the zambia. Im so happy you mentioned the fundraising efforts. Things are a settling down a bit here, people are picking up after the flood. Hoping to post the photos soon when we can. My sincerest thanks, Harper.

    Shai

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