September 2 2014

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Blasblog From Rio: Vanity Fair‘s Michael Roberts Takes His Book Tour To South America


As any seasoned traveler will tell you, bad sartorial decisions are not limited to New York City. Perhaps that’s why Vanity Fair fashion and style director Michael Roberts has been on such an impressive international book tour with his Fashion Victims: The Catty Catalogue of Stylish Casualties, From A to Z. (I myself have already been to parties for this highly amusing collage-and-verse satire in New York, London, and Paris.) Roberts’ most recent stop is Rio de Janeiro. The inveterate multitasker arrived early on Tuesday morning to not only sign copies of the fashionably slim volume at the Livraria da Travessa, but also catch the Rio swim shows, release his Rio-based book Saved, and work on another coffee-table book for Rizzoli, this one based on the decade he’s spent soaking up this wondrous South American beachy metropolis. “I first came here ten years ago,” said Roberts, clad in a seersucker suit (’cause it’s just spring down here). “Isabella Blow was the one to bring me, and I just fell in love with the place.” Despite a bit of jet lag from a trek to Australia he just wrapped up a few days ago, Roberts said he was happy to be back in sunny South America. “As soon as I get off the plane I’m happy I’m here,” said the Barack Obama absentee voter. “Besides, I was supposed to be watching the election at Calvin [Klein]‘s tonight. I would much rather be here.” Not that the Fashion Victims tour ends here. “Will I see you in Germany on the 20th?” Roberts asked. Not me, but Germans should mark their books.

Photo: Derek Blasberg



  1. galvan2819 says:

    I think Rio de Janeiro is an amazing place, I went there a few years ago and just feel in love with the place, so I understand when Michael Roberts says he is happy to be in the South America, because once you step foot there you never want to go back, it is such a warming place at well as the people, and food.

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