Chanel’s Cruise 2017 Collection Channels Havana’s Colorful Culture

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Lagerfeld is keenly attuned to the colors, sights, and sounds of Havana.

On January 3, 1961, the United States and Cuba severed diplomatic ties, and for the next 54 years Cuba existed in relative isolation. Half a century later, Cuba and the United States have repaired relations to the point where travel is now allowed to the country, and tourists are beginning to flood its colorful streets once again. Cuba’s innate beauty and untouched-by-time nature have been something of a magnet for creative types, so it came as little surprise that Karl Lagerfeld would select Havana for Chanel’s Cruise 2017 show.

On May 3, 2016, models, editors, VIPs, and celebrities like Vin Diesel, Tilda Swinton, and Gisele Bündchen descended on Havana in fashionable droves, where they were driven around the city in a convoy of colorful vintage cars to local destinations like Ernest Hemingway’s home and the unveiling of Lagerfeld’s special photography exhibit called ‘Obra En Proceso / Work in Progress’.