The famed fashion house Chanel turned a crumbling colonial boulevard in Havana into a brightly-lit runway Tuesday, throwing one of the swankiest and star-studded parties the island has seen since Fidel Castro took power in 1959.
Actress and model Tilda Swinton, actor Vin Diesel and supermodels ( from Gisele Bundchen to Pauline Hoarau) joined members of the Castro family to view the Resort 2017 collection, which saw the brand take over Paseo del Prado, one of the city’s central streets that was closed down for the event. Fashionistas and celebrities from around the world flocked beneath klieg lights on a grand Havana colonial avenue transformed into a private runway for French fashion house Chanel.
French and Brazilian top models were posing before the fashion show by German designer Karl Lagerfeld as part of his latest inter-seasonal Cruise collection for fashion house Chanel at the Paseo del Prado street in Havana, May 3, 2016.
Guests were whisked to the show by dozens of multi-colored 1950’s American cars rented for the evening. With the heart of the Cuban capital effectively privatized by an international corporation under the watchful eye of the Cuban state, the premiere of Chanel 2016/2017 « cruise » line offered a startling sight in a country officially dedicated to social equality and the rejection of material wealth.
« The rented over a hundred old cars, » said Victor, one of the drivers of the classic cars hired for the evening by Chanel. « There are not many cars like this left in the city right now. »
While tropical rain threatened to interrupt the event, both Cuban and international models showcased the latest clothes from Chanel head designer and creative director Karl Lagerfeld.
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Source : CNN