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Dispatch from Louis Vuitton’s Cruise Show in Rio de Janeiro

In which our wildest fashion fantasies come true.

By: Stephanie Mark
Photography: Jake Rosenberg

There are many people who would go to great lengths for fashion: Sleeping outside the Supreme store the night before a new drop, paying up to 3x the price of a coveted item on eBay, and even battling your fellow fashion-lover over the last pair of on-sale shoes at Barney's in your size (or, let’s be honest, *close* to your size—sometimes that shoe is worth the squeeze) all come to mind. But if the fashion opportunity is truly once in a lifetime, there are no lengths we won’t go to. Case in point: when Louis Vuitton invited us to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for their Cruise show, we were more than willing to go the extra mile.

After landing in Rio and shooting some very glam stories (coming soon!), we were whisked away to Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói, also known as Oscar Niemeyer's iconic flying saucer-shaped building, for the main event. After last year's epic show at Bob Hope's former estate in Palm Springs, we thought we had seen everything Louis Vuitton, Nicolas Ghesquiere, and architecture, had to offer. Oh, how wrong we were. Once we were seated, models began stomping down the runway in their Speed Racer themed gear. Boombox bags, racing stripes, and slap bracelets were only some of the highlights of this epic show. The fact that the backdrop was something out of a postcard (think: mountain ranges, sailboats and blue waters) didn't hurt either.

Post-show, we loaded into cars and were more than pleased to find ourselves whisked away to a mansion at the foot of Corcovado. The rest is a bit fuzzy, but we do remember champagne flowing, Samba dancing and lots of selfies with scantily clad female dancers in elaborate headdresses. In our books, it was all well worth the distance.

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