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Louis Vuitton's Show in Brazil and It's cruise collection

Louis Vuitton's Show in Rio Gets Sporty, Punky, and a Bit Political

The Louis Vuitton cruise show in Rio de Janeiro today showcased designer Nicolas Ghesquière’s affinity for all things sci-fi and tech, starting with a UFO-shaped venue. Set on a cliff overlooking Brazil's Guanabara Bay, the futuristic Niterói Contemporary Art Museum was the perfect setting for the collection’s spacesuit-like dresses and sleek jackets — all fit for a modern Star Trek.

Three weeks ago there was Chanel in Havana, Cuba, a provocative and challenging choice of location for an event that brought designer clothes to a political hotspot, but ultimately a successful exchange that was generally well received by the two cultures. On Saturday afternoon came Louis Vuitton in Rio de Janeiro, where artistic director Nicolas Ghesquière showed his cruise collection at the Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, an Oscar Niemeyer landmark that looks like a spaceship floating above the polluted waters of Guanabara Bay (pictured above).

Out of the UFO curves of the building came models wearing parachute-silk cape-backed dresses with wetsuit zippers, or silk blouses inspired by Brazilian artist Aldemir Martins’ paintings of Pelé. The famous Louis Vuitton box trunks were reincarnated as Copacabana beach ghettoblasters, complete with gold hardware and the LV monogram. In the front row, Catherine Deneuve watched imperious, while Brazilian supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio captured the moment for posterity with selfies.