Hollywood has arrived in Havana! The Cuban capital has been transformed into a fashion runway as famous personalities and models attend Chanel’s street show. Previously, Barack Obama and The Rolling Stones had visited Cuba, and now the fashion world’s glitterati has descended on Havana for the Chanel show, making it the first major fashion house to showcase its models on the Communist-ruled island, highlighting warming relations with the West. Wealthy fashionistas and celebrities from around the world gathered beneath the spotlights on a grand Havana colonial avenue turned into a private runway on Wednesday night, with supermodel Gisele Bundchen and actor Vin Diesel also in attendance.
Prioritizing fashion: Chanel made history as the first prominent fashion house to showcase models on the catwalk in Cuba last Wednesday evening.
Currently trending: Karl Lagerfeld, who has been the creative director of Chanel since 1983, recently revealed that his latest inter-seasonal Cruise collection draws inspiration from the cultural wealth and newfound openness of Cuba.
Vin Diesel was warmly welcomed by the crowds in Havana before the Chanel show. Despite hundreds of security agents holding ordinary Cubans behind police lines blocks away, Gisele Bundchen joined Tilda Swinton, as well as Cuban music stars Gente de Zona and Omaro Portuondo to watch models sashay down Prado Boulevard in casual summer clothes inspired by the Art Deco elegance of pre-revolutionary Cuba. Chanel Fashion Chief Bruno Pavlovsky told Reuters that the label was uncertain at first if it could hold the show, but said Cuban authorities had been welcoming and helpful. However, as police swarmed the area in the hours before the show, virtually all residents of the capital were swept behind yellow barricades and unbroken lines of uniformed and plainclothes police at least a block away.
Our special guest for the upcoming fashion show is Antonio Castro, an up-and-coming model and grandson of former president Fidel Castro. He was spotted prior to the event.
Strike a pose! Fans eagerly await the appearance of Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen, who poses before a fashion show by Karl Lagerfeld as part of his latest inter-seasonal Cruise collection for Chanel.
Karl Lagerfeld was spotted walking with his godson, Hudson, on the streets of Havana after a show at the Paseo del Prado. The Havana nights seem to have been treating them well.
Designer Karl Lagerfeld takes photos with his longtime collaborator, model Brad Kroenig’s son, Hudson. The adorable youngster is following in his father’s footsteps and has already become a darling in the fashion world. Lagerfeld’s admiration for the Kroenig family is evident as he poses with the young up-and-comer.
Exiting with Flair: Individuals exit the event in a stylish manner, on the Paseo del Prado street in Havana, Cuba, riding in a classic American convertible.
It’s time to party! Models showed off their moves after the debut of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld’s latest “cruise” line for the iconic fashion house Chanel.
Party time: Models from the show groove to the beat of ‘congo’ after Chanel’s debut presentation in Latin America.
The debut of Chanel’s 2016/2017 ‘cruise’ collection showcased an astonishing visual in a nation that professes dedication to social equality and the rejection of material wealth. It was truly a spectacle to behold.
Models strut down the Prado boulevard in casual summer attire, taking inspiration from the Art Deco elegance of pre-revolutionary Cuba during a cruise.
The latest manifestation of Cuba’s rising prominence in the international art and cultural scene was showcased in an extreme way during the recent event. This event marked a significant milestone since Cuba’s declaration of détente with the United States in December 2014.