Chanel’s 2016/17 Cruise Collection Rocks Cuba!

                                                                                                                                                          Photo's courtesy of Chanel

On May 3, as the sun set in Havana, Karl Lagerfeld presented the Chanel 2016/17 Cruise Collection. Considering he had never been to Cuba, and not receiving permits from the Cuban government until March of this year, Lagerfeld sure put on one grand show!

Why Cuba? “It was like a private joke because I thought it was impossible,” Karl Lagerfeld told WWD. “Suddenly, Cuba is the most talked-about thing in the world and we’re the first with fashion.”

It was a party at the historic Paseo del Prado – Havana’s main thoroughfare, as Lagerfeld’s collection – a French twist on Cuban silhouettes, walked through the streets. Feminine dresses, jackets, and pencil skirts flowed down the runway, suits in denim and khaki marched among them, and extravagant dresses featuring feathers, sequins, and fringes in shades of yellow, pink, orange, turquoise and bright green playfully rounded out the show. There were strong, modern masculine/feminine blended looks, and the much talked about ‘guayabera’, which Karl Lagerfeld dubbed ‘the Cuban tux’ – a traditional Cuban shirt with pockets, flat pleats, and shoulder cuffs.

Let’s not forget about the caged sandals - worn with ankle socks, the woven flip-flops, and patterned bags which accompanied the looks. The Panama hat was the finishing touch for most of the looks, with a few wearing sequinned black berets instead.

Although there was a strong celebrity presence – including actresses Tilda Swinton, Marine Vacth, Alma Jodorowsky, Ana de Armas and Geraldine Chaplin, Chanel ambassadresses Vanessa Paradis, Gisele Bündchen and Alice Dellal and Chanal ambassador Gaspard Ulliel, the event may have been slightly overshadowed by Monday’s Met Ball – THE fashion event of the season. However, amidst all the buzz and press on the Met Ball, the Chanel Havana Cruise Collection shined right through – it was that good!