Brazilian Beauty, Lais Ribeiro, Is The Muse for the Olympic's Couture Bottletop Catsuit
BOTTLETOP, a London-based luxe upcylcing fashion brand, has designed a series of hand-made couture outfits for the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics. The collaboration is modeled by brand ambassador and Brazilian supermodel Lais Ribeiro!
Crafted from thousands of hand painted ring pulls and up-cycled Swarovski crystals, these catsuits have been created between London, Salvador, São Paulo and Rio over a six month period.
A celebration of the designs will be exhibited on Tuesday August 16th, 2016 at a launch event in Rio alongside the F/W16 Collection. The presentation will take place at the historic Bhering Chocolate Factory in Rio, and will feature live performances from leading Brazilian and European artists with a stunning audio-visual display.
WHAT AN AWESOME CROSS-CULTURAL COLLABORATION!
BOTTLETOP began in 2002 through a design collaboration with the British luxury fashion house Mulberry. At the heart of the collaboration was a best selling handbag made from up-cycled bottle tops in Africa that was lined with Mulberry leather off cutsin Europe.
BOTTLETOP established an atelier in Salvador, Brazil, where it has developed custom production techniques and sustainably sourced signature materials using up-cycled metal and certified zero deforestation leather from the Amazon.
BOTTLETOP has launched design collaborations with Narciso Rodriguez in 2014 and DKNY in 2015 and was awarded the Green Carpet Challenge (GCC) brandmark by Livia Firth.
Luminaries from the fashion world who wear the brand include Jessica Alba, Donna Karan, Claire Danes, Anna Wintour, Behati Prinsloo, Gigi Hadid, Livia Firth and Candice Swanepoel.
The sale of BOTTLETOP designs fund the operation of the BOTTLETOP FOUNDATION, which supports health education projects in Ethiopia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Brazil and the UK.
The BOTTLETOP Fashion Company was founded in 2012 by Cameron Saul and Oliver Wayman. The BOTTLETOP FOUNDATION was founded in 2002 by Cameron Saul and Roger Saul.
CREDITS TO ACCOMPANY THE USE OF IMAGES:
Photographer: Grayson Hoffman. Instagram @graysonphoto
Make-Up: Timothy MacKay. Instagram @timmackaybeauty
Stylist: Michael Andrew Rosenberg. Instagram @michael_design
Hair and makeup: Nic Santoyo-Murdaca. Instagram @mistrnic
Artisan maker of the catsuit: Bertie Cotrell. Instagram: @Bertiebertinez