Hollywood boldfacers and fashion insiders are heading to the Brazilian city despite the looming threat of the Zika outbreak.
Louis Vuitton is set to present its much-anticipated cruise 2017 collection at Oscar Niemeyer’s Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday. Despite the possibility of contracting the Zika virus, the Hollywood and fashion set don’t seem too worried, as A-listers including Alicia Vikander, Catherine Deneuve, Jaden Smith, Zendaya, Doona Bae, Rainie Yang, Alessandra Ambrosio, Isabeli Fontana and Tao Okamoto are among the guests confirmed for the front row.
This is the first time the flying-saucer-shaped museum will host a fashion show. The white modernist structure is reflected in the pool’s base, designed to look “like a flower,” according to late artist Niemeyer. “This setting inspired me right away,” said artistic director Nicolas Ghesquiere. “With the 2017 cruise collection, we’ll be discovering the vision of Oscar Niemeyer.” The museum is celebrating its 20-year anniversary and will reopen soon after the LV presentation. Four Louis Vuitton-sponsored exhibitions will be shown at the museum this year.
Guests will enjoy a jam-packed itinerary, between partying and visiting Rio de Janeiro’s top spots. Post-show, guests will enjoy dinner and entertainment at the expansive mansion Parque Lage at the foot of the historical Corcovado. The morning after, guests will brunch at a private resident in Santa Teresa, which boasts an incredible view of the city. Planned activities include a privatized site (for epic Instagram photos) near the Christ the Redeemer statue that overlooks the city, a helicopter tour of the city and paddle classes at Praia Vermelha. Guests are already #cloggingthefeed with posts under the hashtag #LVcruise in anticipation of the big show.
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No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. From Louis Vuitton’s Cruise 2017 collection comes a selection of bags you can buy now, which amongst other pieces, includes this pair of Petite Malle bags that are love, love, love. More a statement piece than anything else because we all know how much they can actually hold, there’s no denying their allure. Their adorable size and shape inspired by the French luxury house’s trunk has also helped them become one of Louis Vuitton’s most iconic hits since Creative Director Nicolas Ghesquière took over.
Priced at EUR3900 each (or USD5750 depending where in the world you are), there are no updates as to how much it will cost in Singapore for these puppies that measure 18 cm by 12 cm. Made of Epi leather that’s then embossed, you’ll find gold-tone hardware on the green and beigeTropical, while the Tropical Spike (the one that comes with mainly blue stripes) will come with silver-tone hardware.
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Love the colours but want a bag that’s erm, more practical? Well you can check out these Twist MM bags then, priced at EUR2850 and USD4100respectively for those based in Europe and the US respectively. Again no word yet on how they will be priced in Singapore, but if you’re keen enough, you could always make a trip down to any LV store here and I’m pretty sure you’ll get the info you require almost immediately.