Fashion Rio Fall/Winter 2009 Report, Part 1. By Glenn Belverio.

  Jungle finale  
Welcome to the Jungle: Survivalist chic makes its mark in Rio at Redley.

Dear Shaded Viewers,

I had always heard from my other jet-setting journo friends about how magical Fashion Rio is–so I was very excited when Diane dispatched me there to cover the shows which took place January 11 (my birthday) through the 16th. It turned out to be one of the most extravagant (and fun) fashion weeks I've ever attended. I had been to Rio last September (after attending Capital Fashion Week in Brasilia) and was blown away by the beautiful beaches, mountains, architecture and people. I've been to a lot of places and I find Rio de Janeiro to be one of the most stunning places on earth.

Hotel view 
Above: I had a spectacular view of Corcovado (home of Christ the Redeemer) from my room at the Ipanema Plaza Hotel.

Palm trees 

Fashion sugarloaf     
Above: Almost all of the shows were staged in a tented fashion-and-champagne mini-city at the Marina da Gloria, where we were treated to a lovely view of P