Where to Acquire A Model Wardrobe
Reddy, Sameer, Newsweek International
Byline: Sameer Reddy
Nothing induces the urge to shop more than attending top-tier fashion shows in glamorous cities. No wonder high-end retailers often choose Fashion Week as the time to open their new boutiques. I managed to check out a few in between events.
Rua Haddock Lobo, in the Jardins district, is one of the city's main shopping areas, already overflowing with fancy stores like Louis Vuitton, Armani and Dior. During Sao Paulo Fashion Week, it welcomed a new addition: the first Marc Jacobs store in Latin America. The shop stocks both the main line and Marc by Marc Jacobs; in a few months Jacobs himself will jet down to throw a big party for chic Paulistas (marcjacobs.com). Just around the corner sits the new Havaianas outpost, a flagship store for Brazil's most renowned brand. The shop stocks a full range of flip-flops--including glow-in-the-dark styles--and other beach accessories (Rua Oscar Freire; www.havaianas .com.br).
The Palais Royal is probably the chicest shopping arcade in the world, oozing faded charm that complements the expensive boutiques within. During couture week, two new shops debuted: Stella McCartney's first Paris outpost and Corto Moltedo, a high-end handbag line from the 26-year-old son of the former owners of Bottega Veneta. …