Chanel Cruise in Cuba

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¿Qué bolá Coco? The Chanel Cruise runway show took place in Havana on the island of Cuba. The American fashion press arrived in Cuba two hours before the first U.S. cruise ship docked in Havana, after nearly 40 years.

Runway Show Location
The show took place on the Paseo del Prado, Havana’s main street and symbol of the links uniting Cuba and France: the Prado was redesigned in 1928 by a French landscape architect who at every crossroads positioned eight spectacular bronze statues of lions, Mademoiselle Chanel’s favourite animal.
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The collection was an homage to Cuba. It was incredibly feminine and fluid, perfect for dancing! Motifs of tropical vegetation, abstract “cigar” motif and birds of paradise were also a nod to the Cuban culture. The stand out conversational print was the classic Buicks, Oldsmobiles and Cadillacs in candy shades.
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The palette was inspired by the vibrant baroque facades of the old town: yellow, pink, orange, turquoise, bright green sparkled over sequined and embroidered pieces. This was balanced out with smoky shades of shadowy blacks, tobacco browns and rich creams.

Ibeyi, the French Cuban twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Díaz set the tone for the incredible presentation, singing their way down the runway to open the show.
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The accessories were one of the best parts of the show. Panama hats, woven flip-flops and caged sandals worn over cheeky ankle socks. Crocheted backpacks, soft bundle bags with multi-coloured local snail patterns, and of course the ‘cigar box’ minaudiere, a nod to the Cohiba.

Front Row
Tilda Swinton, Vanessa Paradis, Gisele Bündchen, Alice Dellal and CHANEL ambassador Gaspard Ulliel.
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Karl Lagerfeld took his bow along side his God son, Hudson Kroenig

After Party
The party continued at the Plaza de la Catedral in Havana Old Town, the baroque and hedonistic heart of the city, in front of San Cristobal, one of the most beautiful 18th century churches in Latin America. The space had extraordinary tropical décor. Every item of furniture and decorative object was hand made by Cuban craftsmen and women.14_Cruise 2016-17 collection - Finale pictures by Olivier Saillant

Photos courtesy of Chanel