HER NAME IS RIO: Christian Louboutin, Domenico Dolce and a smattering of luxury executives helped Iguatemi Shopping Centers mark its 50th anniversary in Paris with a sumptuous dinner at the home of Georgina Brandolini.
“I know in European terms, we are just a baby,” demurred Carlos Jereissati Filho, president of the Brazilian upscale mall developer and operator, as he raised a glass to toast the likes of Valentino’s Stefano Sassi and Yves Saint Laurent’s Francesa Bellettini, among the retailer’s key partners.
Guests snapped photos of the curious entrée – a cheese soufflé that resembled a strawberry cheesecake – and the dessert: a casserole of pink ice cream that resembled a soufflé.
Louboutin said he spend a good chunk of the summer in Brazil attending the Rio Olympics, and couldn’t get enough, singling out the diving competitions as a particular highlight.
It should be, with all that swimwear on display.
Fashion critic Lilian Pacce was in town to launch her book, “The Bikini Made In Brazil,” which was 10 years in the making.
“It’s the only piece Brazilians are well known for in fashion,” she said.
Yet she credited a French designer, Gabrielle Chanel, for popularizing the skimpy swimwear by giving a thumbs-up to sunbathing.
Her tome covers swimwear from the end of the 19th century through to depictions in movies and soap operas.