Chanel Resort 2017: Lagerfeld Presents the Chanel Resort 2017 Collection in Havana Cuba.
At 82 years of age, Karl Lagerfeld continues to push the boundaries of fashion, both creatively and politically. Setting sail to the island metropolis of Havana, Cuba the iconic designer brings the international world of fashion to the controversial country’s front door (well, runway to be more exact) as he presents the Chanel Resort 2017 Collection.
With political tensions easing in Cuba following last year’s announcement that the previously closed country would once again open its boarders up to Americans as well as the rest of the world, Karl Lagerfeld took the opportunity to solidify the news in the best way he knew how, with fashion.
Transporting a front row full of top fashion editors, supermodels, and style influencers is no easy feat, unless your Karl Lagerfeld of course. The guests of the show arrived by plane and boat, amidst a twitter explosion of enviable updates as supermodels, fashion editors, and socialites announced their arrival in Cuba. Amidst the country’s robust backdrop of culture, Lagerfeld captured the life of Cuba as it appeared throughout the decades, particularly the late 1940′ and early 1950s, before the Castro regime.
Like any Lagerfeld runway, the Chanel Resort 2017 show was a production in every sense. Set against the backdrop of the vibrant streets of Havana, guests arrived to a scene filled with vintage Cadillacs and Oldsmobiles, with local honking their horns welcoming all of Chanel’s 700 guests. Models wore fedoras and wide ties while accenting the ambience as they smoked cigars. There were elements of androgyny: women dressed in handsome pin-stripped, wide leg trousers and suiting capturing the elegant ease of menswear in the early 1950s’ as well as strong femininity seen through such details as empire waistline dresses accented by feathers or sequins and a-line dresses with meticulous embroidery. Accenting the collection’s period motif, the designer incorporated oversized jewelry and layering of statement necklaces and stacked bracelets. Lagerfeld also found a way to modernize the collection utilizing more commercial textiles such as denim cut in popular silhouettes including the ‘boyfriend short’ and graphic tee-shirts that added a certain mood of street savvy to the collection.
See the images below for a few of our favorite looks from the Chanel Resort 2017 Collection in Havana, Cuba.