Chanel brings classic cars to the roadway and the runway in Cuba

Who knew a walk down the street could be so chic? Karl Lagerfield, of course.
Chanel led the fashion world to a place that’s been off limits for decades, better known as Cuba. Not only did Chanel take us to this culture-filled island, but the French clothing line stopped traffic for its 2016/2017 Cruise collection runway show.
Models strolled down the Prado, a colonial boulevard in Havana, wearing elevated ready-to-wear pieces in the classiest pastels, vibrant brights, blackest blacks and everything in between.

From Chanel.com
From Chanel.com

The Chanel Cruise collection dabbled in pinks, greys, turquoise, yellow, burgundy and a hint of black and white.
The show started with elegant evening wear. A glistening black A-line gown with feathered sleeves and a pink belt came down the catwalk, followed by some of the most understated yet fashionable black pencils skirts one might wear to work.
The highlight of the collection was the Havana Car Cruise pattern, which was a mixture of almost every hue in the collection with motifs of classic cars.

From Chanel.com
From Chanel.com

One model wore the pattern on an airy frock that would be perfect for a summer stroll through the park, while the pattern was also featured on a two-piece swimsuit, headband and even laidback menswear.
The Cruise collection also showcased the Panama straw hat, which almost every model, male and female, strutted down the street wearing with dresses, maxi skirts, trousers or sports coats.
Chanel stayed true to classic clean lines and tailored fit, but every piece looked relaxed enough to wear down the boulevard or on vacation when paired with classic flats.

The show ended with Lagerfield taking his own classy stroll down the Prado, followed by the band and the models.
According to the Associated Press, classic cars then shuttled celebrity spectators to an after party on Havana’s Cathedral Plaza.
The Chanel Cruise collection will be available in boutiques in November. Watch the full runway show at chanel.com.

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