When it comes to staging mind-blowing fashion shows in destinations in random countries around the world, none can top Chanel and its cruise collections. From Seoul, Dubai and Singapore, this time round Chanel takes us all the way down to Havana, Cuba for the brand’s 2016/17 pre-collection.
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. What was just as extravagant as the venue was the collection itself; the show started with an opening passage affirming one of the major cruise silhouettes: masculine-feminine, terribly chic with a dash of scoundrel worn by Stella Tennant. A long masculine jacket over wide trousers with turn-ups, flat two-tone shoes, shirt belted with fabric, Panama hat by Maison Michel raffishly tilted over Stella Tennant’s haughty gaze.
Nods to Cuba went from subtle to all-out obvious. On the quieter front were a tiered flounced petticoat in a leaf motif embroidered organza, contrasting with a mess jacket worn over a white shirt with tie:
While on the louder side were incredibly feminine and fluid collection of jackets and dresses with scooped necklines that liberate the movement for a hypnotic rhumba, while legendary Buick, Oldsmobile and Cadillac feature as prints in candy shades. The palette is inspired by the vibrant baroque facades of the old town: yellow, pink, orange, turquoise, bright green that glitters over the sequined and embroidered short dresses as well as the chasuble-dresses in coral orange embroidered tweed.