My Weekend in Rio de Janeiro
I visited the Brazilian city for Louis Vuitton's Cruise 2017 show, but what I got in return was so much more. My, my, Rio. You're a true beauty.| May 31, 2016
Surreal. Incredibly, amazingly, ridiculously surreal. That’s the word that best sums up my recent weekend in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro. From the view of the trippy infinite sky outside my plane window just before descending into the city to Nicolas Ghesquiere’s Cruise 2017 show for Louis Vuitton, my Rio experience was surreal from start to finish. It took 32 hours of travelling both in the air and on the road to get there, but man, it was worth it. It was WORTH IT.
First, Hotel Caesar Park, my temporary home in Brazil overlooking the beautiful Ipanema Beach and the South Atlantic Ocean. I also visited the Fasano Hotel with an outdoor pool that was pretty something – the ocean just several feet away from you, separated by a wall of glass, and a jaw-dropping, panoramic view of Rio’s famed mountains, including the Two Brothers and Corcovado.
Second, the helicopter ride. I’ve got to give it to Louis Vuitton’s team for this one. I’ve dreamt about seeing a city from a bird’s eye view for the longest time and I don’t mean to sound corny, but my dream finally came true. Flying so close to the clouds and seeing Cristo Redentor (or Christ the Redeemer), one of the New Wonders of the World against the urban and natural part of Rio, the ocean and the sky, I was at an absolute loss for words. And yes, there were goosebumps. Plenty of goosebumps that stayed for a long, long time, even after I was back on the ground.
And finally, Louis Vuitton’s Cruise 2017 show at the Niteròi Contemporary Art Museum. The sci-fi building was one thing, the staging of the show was another. The finale was so impeccably timed that as the girls walked down the winding red runway, the sun too was going down on Rio. No excessive theatrics, no extravagant tricks. Just really great clothes, trippy otherworldly music and the unparalleled beauty of Rio.