For model Adriana Lima making the journey home to Rio is a pilgrimage. "I have to go to the Corcovado and look at the Christ and just thank him for everything I have," says the Brazilian supermodel. Below the Corcovado the city nestles into Mother Nature. Beach houses kiss the Atlantic while favelas rise up into forest-topped mountains, their peaks dwarfing the high-rises beneath. It's a far cry from Manhattan or Paris, but it's a happy hunting ground for the fashion world in the global south.
Alessandro Michele has excelled at cinematic — and subtly surreal — ad campaigns since he became creative director at Gucci early last year. He's captured his hip crew of young models everywhere from a crowded street, to a public bathroom and metro station in Berlin (alongside an actual peacock), to a tropical aviary with flamingos prancing about; and for fall, he headed to Tokyo, where the bright lights and chaotic cityscapes prove to be a dazzling complement to the colorful, busy, Eastern-influenced collection.