...and then on to Brazil with Louis Vuit­ton.

A Brazil­ian set­ting was the per­fect back­drop for Louis Vuit­ton’s sporty take on fu­tur­is­tic fash­ion.

ELLE (Canada) - - Insider - By Ju­liana Schi­av­inatto

ev­ersince my fam­ily and I left Brazil in 1995, I’ve taken ev­ery chance I can to visit. That’s why, in spite of the Zika virus, eco­nomic crisis and pres­i­den­tial-im­peach­ment drama, I didn’t hes­i­tate to ac­cept an in­vite from Louis Vuit­ton to at­tend its resort 2017 show held at the Niterói Con­tem­po­rary Art Mu­seum in Rio de Janeiro. The build­ing, which was de­signed by Oscar Niemeyer, is one of the coun­try’s most fa­mous mod­ernist struc­tures. The day be­fore the show, we were taken on a he­li­copter tour of the city. I’ve vis­ited the Christ the Redeemer sculp­ture on top of Cor­co­v­ado moun­tain many times, but I’ve never flown by it. It was a goose­bumps mo­ment. We also flew along the Copaca­bana and Ipanema beaches and ended our tour with an aerial pre­view of the show’s venue. The next day, I was cu­ri­ous to see how the city would be re­flected in Ni­co­las Gh­esquière’s col­lec­tion. From the first look— a colour­ful scuba-like cut-out dress—you could tell that the artis­tic di­rec­tor drew his #in­spo from the city’s mix of surf, soc­cer and mod­ernist sen­si­bil­i­ties. The util­i­tar­ian flight suits, leather tu­nics, flo­ral asym­met­ri­cal dresses and ruf­fled tops with track-suit-in­spired pants were all in­fused with a Brazil­ian vibe. The bags were also bold, bright and play­ful, es­pe­cially the cheeky boom- box bag. On my last af­ter­noon in Rio, I went to the beach to peo­ple­watch. This time I was see­ing the scene through Gh­esquière’s eyes. The sun was brighter, the sand was softer and the mood was happy. This trip was just what I needed to re­store my faith in Brazil—at least in its rich and in­spir­ing aes­thetic. Obri­gado, Ni­co­las! n

The A-list guests at this year’s show in­cluded Alicia Vikan­der, Jaden Smith, Zen­daya, Alessan­dra Am­bro­sio and Is­abeli Fon­tana.

Sur­real & Sporty The Niterói Con­tem­po­rary Art Mu­seum, which looks like a UFO float­ing above Gua­n­abara Bay, was the per­fect set­ting for Louis Vuit­ton’s sporty yet fu­tur­is­tic col­lec­tion. The shoes—think flipflops meet booties—paired with glit­tery skinny scarves were a nod to Rio’s fa­mous nightlife.

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