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Chanel’s Resort 2016/17 Collection in Cuba was Phenomenal! See All the Photos and Videos from the Runway Show

Eki Ogunbor

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HAVANA, CUBA - MAY 03: Karl Lagerfeld greets the audience after presenting the Chanel Cruise Collection 2016/2017 on May 3, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Thomas Concordia/Getty Images)

HAVANA, CUBA – MAY 03: Karl Lagerfeld greets the audience after presenting the Chanel Cruise Collection 2016/2017 on May 3, 2016 in Havana, Cuba.

The Chanel Resort 2017 collection was shown in Havana Cuba and it was a spectacular success and more so a meeting of cultures, leave it to Karl Lagerfeld to find a common thread linking Cuba and France through fashion. In this case, that link was the Beret, an accessory which is very french but also very Che Guevara, a Marxist revolutionary during the Cuban Revolution. This accessory was present in different variations throughout the collection with panama hats as well. The show also featured a living embodiment of the cultural link with French-Cuban musical talent Ibeyi, the twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Díaz performed at the beginning of the show after their appearance at Beyoncé‘s tour.

Seven hundred guests for the Chanel show including Vin Diesel, Tilda Swinton and were taken to the open-air street show in a multicolored convoy of the city’s open-top Buicks, Cadillacs, and Oldsmobiles. The owners tooted their horns through the streets of Old Havana, and the people of Cuba set a scenic display. People came out to line the streets, balconies and rooftops, waving and laughing. Despite the crowd, the Chanel show was kept a private event which was expected from the luxury brand and it’s elite following.

With eighty six looks between menswear and womenswear, the models were in flip-flops, slides and brogues. The collection was the perfect cruise/resort runway show and was true to the Chanel aesthetic with monochrome looks, a bit of androgyny, tweed dresses, lace, organza and full floaty dresses in a 50’s car print. The show later turned into a party after the runway bit had ended, dancers, guests and models all joined in the fun.

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Watch the Runway Show

Some Looks from the Show
See the entire collection here

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HAVANA, CUBA - MAY 03: A model walks the runway during Chanel Cruise Collection 2016/2017 on May 3, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Thomas Concordia/Getty Images)

HAVANA, CUBA – MAY 03: A model walks the runway during Chanel Cruise Collection 2016/2017 on May 3, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Thomas Concordia/Getty Images)

HAVANA, CUBA - MAY 03: A model walks the runway during Chanel Cruise Collection 2016/2017 on May 3, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Thomas Concordia/Getty Images)

HAVANA, CUBA - MAY 03: A model walks the runway during Chanel Cruise Collection 2016/2017 on May 3, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Thomas Concordia/Getty Images)

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HAVANA, CUBA - MAY 03: A model walks the runway during Chanel Cruise Collection 2016/2017 on May 3, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Thomas Concordia/Getty Images)

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HAVANA, CUBA - MAY 03: A model walks the runway during Chanel Cruise Collection 2016/2017 on May 3, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Thomas Concordia/Getty Images)

HAVANA, CUBA - MAY 03: Stella Tennant walks the runway during Chanel Cruise Collection 2016/2017 on May 3, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Thomas Concordia/Getty Images)

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HAVANA, CUBA - MAY 03: A model walks the runway during Chanel Cruise Collection 2016/2017 on May 3, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Thomas Concordia/Getty Images)

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Closer Details

HAVANA, CUBA - MAY 03: A model walks the runway during Chanel Cruise Collection 2016/2017 on May 3, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Thomas Concordia/Getty Images)

HAVANA, CUBA - MAY 03: A model walks the runway during Chanel Cruise Collection 2016/2017 on May 3, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Thomas Concordia/Getty Images)

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Party Time!

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Credits: Thomas Concordia/Getty Images, Fashionista.com, TheCoveteur.com, Vogue Runway, Sarah Mower | @sarahmower_

Eki is the Editor for BellaNaija Style and Lifestyle Editor for BellaNaija.com She has a Vogue Fashion Certificate from Conde Nast College of Fashion & Design and also attended Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion and the University of Kent. Eki headed the Design Operations at a top Nigerian womenswear fashion brand before finding love at BellaNaija Style. Eki loves all things creative. Follow her on Instagram @ekiogunbor BellaNaija Style: [email protected] | @bellanaijastyle BellaNaija Beauty: @bellanaijabeauty BellaNaija Living: [email protected] | @bellanaijaliving

4 Comments

  1. love

    May 5, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Love, love, love it! The pieces are sooooo wearable. Yes Karl! Genius for life!

  2. ISaidSo

    May 5, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Sooo much wrong with this! Smh….cuban are suffering in poverty and then you fly in models, clothes and feel of luxury to the city center to display for guests that were flown in as well. Smh

    Cuba does not jave a chanel store, so its a bit like…huh!! It wasnt even fashion week in havana sef.

    Karl you failed on this one! Next time use local only models and have the people of cuba be the guests. A blog did an expose on this- all the guests were flown in and govt officials seated on d plaza. What next, Chanel Desert collection show in Chibok???

  3. shakitibobo

    May 5, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Welcome to the real world as we know it today Cuba

  4. UNCLE GWE GWE GWE

    May 6, 2016 at 4:50 am

    Karl is a god!!!!

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