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Fashion Week in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro

January 20, 2010

São Paulo Fashion Week

As winter takes over the northern hemisphere, a select group of international journalists and fashionistas headed south towards the warmth of Rio de Janeiro for Rio Fashion Week.

While São Paulo Fashion Week is the bigger and more famous in Brazil, Rio is slowly getting recognition in the international fashion scene despite normally being famous for it’s beachwear. Visitors to this years summer fashion week found that brands that are redefining the Brazilian fashion identity. Sportswear chic is the new word.

Mara Mac, one of Rio’s fashion highlights, sent down the runway echoes of the Carioca cool and effortless style. The ageless and sophisticated collection was a perfect mix of sportswear and tailoring. Tones of dark blue and clashing colors brought a breath of fresh air to the nautical theme.

Melk Z-Da, considered the promising fashion star of Brazil, uses a lot of typically Brazilian handicrafts. Rustic materials were wisely mixed with technologically developed fabrics and deconstructed shapes – and a natural palette was complemented by real laminated wood.

Lucas Nascimento has for a long time been collaborating with big names like Giles Deacon, Luella Bartley, Jonathan Saunders and Basso and Brooke. The London-based designer decided to look back to Brazil and take the next step by investing in his own brand. Thinking about textures he created a very sensual and tactile collection; threads of mohair, merino wool and silk were combined with Lurex, metal and plastic.

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Sommerfest in Blumenau

January 15, 2010

Sommerfest

Each summer Santa Catarina hosts Sommerfest, one of the season’s partying highlights. This summer version of Oktoberfest Blumenau has traditional Oktoberfest nights throughout the season. These nighttime extravaganzas feature beer from local microbreweries, typical food and oompa music. Many of the partygoers who attend Oktoberfest nights and Sommerfest are vacationers at nearby beaches such as Balneário Camboriú, which is less than 40 miles away.

Oktoberfest Nights in Sommerfest Blumenau:

When: Jan.14, 21, 28 and Feb.4 & 11, 2010 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: Parque Vila Germânica, Blumenau – SC
Tickets: R$4/ R$2 if you wear traditional German clothes

Catholic Church to Upgrade Christ the Redeemer in Brazil

October 30, 2009

Christ the RedeemerThe Catholic Church has announced plans to raise 3.5 million dollars for a major upgrade of Christ the Redeemer, the iconic giant statue of Jesus with outstretched arms that overlooks Rio de Janeiro.

The 30-meter (98-foot) tall stone and cement Christ the Redeemer stands on an eight-meter high pedestal on top of Mount Corcovado, overlooking the metropolis of around 10 million people. The statue’s designer, Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, ceded all the rights to the monument to the Catholic Church. Paul Landowski, a French sculptor of Polish origin, sculpted the statue. It was inaugurated in 1931 after five years of work.

Archbishop Ornani Tempesta told reporters Wednesday that cleaning and repairing the 78 year-old statue will take four to six months.

Some of the money will be raised by selling small metal brooches of the statue, available for 4.30 dollars at any of Rio’s 252 parishes, Tempesta said. “It is a way to get to know Christ even better. We will carry him on our chest.”

Brazilian mining giant Vale will also pay for part of the project.

Christ the Redeemer was classified as a historic monument in 1973. Every year some 1.8 million visitors stop by to see the stature.

Recent Violence in Rio Worries Some, But Not Olympic Committee President

October 22, 2009

rio-olympic-imageSince this past weekend thirty-three people have died in Rio de Janeiro due to drug and gang related violence. Barely two weeks ago the campaign to bring the Olympic Games to Rio portrayed the city as a vibrant, joyful place and highlighted events such as Carnaval and gorgeous vacation spots. With the city unable to mask its darker side from the world, many wonder whether Rio will be able to quell the violence in time for what is sure to be a massive influx of international tourists.

Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge said on Thursday that he is sure that Brazil will find a way to ensure the safety of the Olympic Games. “Security arrangements of the Games have always been very strong…we are confident that the Brazilians will find good ways to do that,” Rogge said. With seven years of time to prepare Rogge is sure that Brazil will be able to prepare. The new measures being taken for the FIFA World Cup will also undoubtedly benefit the preparations for the Olympic Games.

Brazil’s president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva offered nearly $60 million in federal money to help the city’s police combat drug gangs. Rio police killed seven suspected drug traffickers on Wednesday, bringing the number of deaths since Saturday to 33. Other casualties include three police officers, killed when their helicopter was shot down, and three residents caught in cross-fire.

The pressure is on local authorities to quell the violence as Rio begins its $14-billion preparations to host the Olympics in 2016, the first time the Games will be held in South America. Rogge is confident that the police force, newly enriched by federal funding, will be successful in the campaign to subdue gang violence in Rio.