Karl Lagerfeld presented the Chanel Cruise 2016 collection in Havana on the island of Cuba: a historic yet playful revolution that will go down in the annals of Chanel’s spring rites.
The show took place on the Paseo del Prado, Havana’s main artery 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 fetish animal. Chanel thus blended humbly into this predestined décor.
The underlying theme of the collection is a virtuoso interpretation of the guayabera, the traditional Cuban shirt with pockets, shoulder tabs and flat pleats. Karl Lagerfeld mischievously nicknames it the “Cuban tux”.