Made for the girl from Ipanema – tan and lovely. Worn over a bikini by the ocean or with a slip dress as you stroll towards the bar, Double Rainbouu is resort wear you can imagine living in. Inspired by the Hawaiian shirts worn by the Montague boys in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet, designer Mikey Nolan created the label for, in his own words, “beach babes and pool punks … a cosmic phenomenon that makes people smile.”
After a friend’s birthday brought him to Rio de Janeiro for two weeks, Nolan took to the iconic shorelines armed with Double Rainbouu shirts and an iPhone. Modelled by locals and holiday sun-seekers, he shot an impromptu campaign as authentic as you could hope for. If you’re feeling inspired to seek out the double rainbow, take Nolan’s advice on where to eat, drink, and get down in Rio de Janeiro.
Stay … Hotel Fasano, right across from Ipanema beach before it turns into Copacabana beach. The balcony rooms are awesome and there is a rooftop pool.
Eat … Brunch is great at D.R.I Cafe in Parque Lage. It’s in the courtyard of an old 1930’s mansion, which is now an art school. It’s set amongst 19th century-designed botanic gardens and is at the foot of the Corcovado so you can go for a long steep walk after if you like. For lunch there’s a little place called Bar do Mineiro in a hilltop suburb called Santa Teresa. They do simple street-style food and have a really interesting art collection and a great low-key vibe. My favourite dinner was on Ilha Grande in the main town Abraão at a little restaurant on the beach called Lua e Mar. I had a local dish called moqueca which is a coconut-infused seafood stew served in a clay pot.
For a good time … To be honest, I had the best time at the beach, but maybe that’s just me.
Drink of choice … For me it was about ice-cold Antarctica pilsner, and I was guilty of the occasional Piña Colada.
The ultimate way to spend a day in Rio … I think it’s all about a whole day at the beach. You rent your sun chairs and umbrellas and just let the passing parade and chorus line of vendors come to you. Or go check out Oscar Niemeyer’s architecture, particularly in Niterói across the bridge.
WORDS Victoria Pearson