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For some reason – we're not sure why – we're thinking about Brazil a lot at the moment. Maybe it's just us, but South America's largest country seems so hot right now. Of course, everyone knows it's a lovely great melting pot of different cultures, not to mention the home of all that sun, samba and general sexiness, but for some reason it just seems the place to be seen in summer 2014. 

Read on for our best guesses as to what makes Brazil so very stylish (and no, its contribution to, um, personal grooming is not included).


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Ayrton Senna

Part rich playboy, part soulful driver poet, Ayrton Senna became a true Brazilian folk hero prior to his tragically early death in 1994. Watch 2010 documentary Senna for a flavour of the man's enigmatic style.


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Planned federal administration centres don't tend to be a byword for urban cool (hello, Canberra!), but – to look at, at least – Brasilia is a different kettle of fish. Designed in the 1960s by Oscar Niemeyer, the Brazilian capital is a glorious concrete utopia full of space-age shapes and elegant modernist spaces. It's like a comic book vision of a future Martian colony.


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City Of God

Director Fernando Meirelles' 2002 breakthrough film City Of God is a sizzling crime drama that fluctuates between making favela gangster life seem super cool – all 70s floral shirts, skinny tees and late-night warehouse parties – and impossibly grim.


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Brazil's signature contribution to the fashion world (along with supermodel Gisele Bündchen) is this take on the humble flip-flop. Since launching in 1962, Havaianas have smashed the beach sandal's ageing hippie stereotype with bright candy colours and a youthful vibe.


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The Caipirinha

Four teaspoons of sugar + half a lime + 50ml of cachaça (Brazilian sugar cane spirit) + a few cubes of ice = one glass of cool, summery deliciousness.