Dear Shaded Viewers,
Wishing I was still at the beach in Ipanema instead of negotiating a sinus headache here in frigid NYC. Wanted to share some more highlights from Fashion Rio and a few downtime moments, hope you enjoy them.
The New York hipster-inspired looks at AUSLANDER (above) made me smile and reminded me of the denizens of my 2006 book, Confessions from the Velvet Ropes–except the Brazilian version is less abject, more healthy-looking. And did I mention sexier?
Loved the headpieces at the Melk Z Da show, esp. the Fellini-esque moose antlers and the solid white one which looks like something Steve Strange might have worn to the Blitz club.
I was really digging all the colorful maxi dresses the Brazilian girls were wearing all over Rio. It's not a trend there, it's a lifestyle thing. North American retailers have been trying to push the maxi dress for a couple of seasons now but U.S. girls just don't get it. I never see girls wearing them in New York. The last time I saw a good maxi-dress look in NY was about 2 or 3 years ago when I freelanced at Girlshop. One of the girls there was wearing her mother's dress from the '70s and it was very Altman's "Nashville"–one of my favorite looks of all time.
On the last day of Fashion Rio, Sameer Reddy, Pete Muszik and I decided to take a trip up to Rio's rich hippie 'hood, Santa Teresa, for an exquisite lunch at Aprazivel, a restaurant that makes you feel like your'e dining in an upscale treehouse and which features spectacular views of downtown Rio.
Life's a Banquet: My friend Camille Paglia loves food photos, so these are for her. Above: crab meat topped with ground manioc root; super-succulent "Sacred Lamb" with fresh mint gravy and polenta. Mmmmmmm! This was washed down with a very rare glass of Peverella (Malvasia) Cave Ouvidor '05 made from grapes grown on vines planted in the 1930's. It's a "white" wine but more of an amber color. It was sort of like a drier, less sweeter version of the vin santo (wine of saints or holy wine) I had at a few vineyards in Tuscany back in the early '00s.
Thanks for reading!