Carlos Souza knows how to live. He’s spent his life basking in the reflective glow of world-class everything: people, places, fashion, food, fame, and refinement. His is one of those only-in-the-1970s stories wherein a young Brazilian man’s magnetic beauty cuts through the crowd at Rio’s Carnival to catch the eye of a famous fashion designer, Valentino Garavani. Garavani promptly swept Souza up in his entourage, where Souza has remained a member of a most fabulous inner circle for four-plus decades.
Souza’s role as brand ambassador, VIP, and public-relations pasha at the house of Valentino—requiring him