Why The T-Shirt Designer Favored by Drake and LeBron James Only Drinks Rose’ Champagne

When it comes to popping bottles, this street style guru advises you to drink pink.

County of Milan creative director Marcelo Burlon’s  animal-themed t-shirts are coveted by the likes of LeBron James, Drake, Meek Mill, Pusha T and Waka Flocka Flame. So it’s no surprise that he favors that most baller of bubblies, rosé Champagne. Here, Burlon recalls his all-time favorite night of drinking:

“Rosé Champagne is the only thing I drink. After a glass or two, I feel sexy, decadent, and wild. I just feel more alive. I used to work in fashion PR and threw parties for all the big designers. One night in 2006, I was organizing an after-party in Milan for Versace. I was supposed to be at the door, taking care of the guests. But Prince was performing inside. So I left the door and had a few glasses of Champagne, and I just went crazy. I started dancing, and I didn’t give a fuck about anyone or anything.


“There were a lot of models dancing with me, too: Natasha Poly, Joan Smalls, Karen Elson. Prince was onstage writhing with a pair of twin girls—his backup singers. They were super hot, with beautiful voices and big hair waving all around. That was the masterpiece of the night: being gloriously drunk and experiencing that mesmerizing moment. Champagne isn’t just something that’s celebratory and fun. It makes you feel more present, more confident, maybe even a little more dangerous. That’s why I put a tiger on the labels I designed. Because that pink Champagne inside can turn you into an animal.”

Marcelo Burlon’s Tiger Bottle Collection for Moët Nectar Impérial Rosé is available now.

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