RIO DE JANEIRO — Sao Paulo Fashion Week, the twice-yearly event that had become one of the best attended in Latin America, won’t be attracting as many of foreign press and buyers next week because of a lack of government sponsorship.

“We received some $1.6 million in private-sector sponsorship to put on the fashion week, but not the government sponsorship needed to bring the foreign press and foreign buyers to the event,” said Andre Almada, an SPFW press official.

“We’re expecting to get the government sponsorship needed to do so for our second Sao Paulo Fashion Week in late June-early July.”

At last year’s SPFW, buyers from Henri Bendel in New York, Harvey Nichols of London and Galeries Lafayette, Le Printemps and Le Claireur from Paris came to the event.

Since the SPFW started six years ago, it has attracted a growing number of foreign buyers, anxious to see what Brazilian designers could offer as an alternative to the current global brands and trends.