Our grand Cuban adventure (with ALL the Chanel).
Karl’s Cuban takeover turns into the most glamorous fashion party ever.
karl knows how to throw a party. #understatement The fiesta started the minute we stepped out of the hotel to find 170 candycoloured vintage cars waiting to drive us to Chanel’s Resort 2017 show. My heart was set on a pink convertible, but my travel mates—the irrepressible Beckerman twins—jumped in the back seat of an orange Oldsmobile. Let’s just say I had to repress my inner child’s desire to throw a minor fit. That’s so like Karl to make me feel this way—he’s a master at galvanizing a girl’s desires in unexpected ways. As we drove down the Malecón—Havana’s eightkilometre seaside highway—I soon forgot about the colour of the car and immersed myself in this cinematic-worthy moment. The sun was setting on the water, creating bands of colour worthy of any Van Gogh painting. There was a warm, humid breeze gently lifting my hair, and the soundtrack— street music, honking horns and locals cheering us on from their balconies—unfolded on cue. The show, which was held at Paseo del Prado, opened with a performance from Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz. (The French-Cuban duo were featured in Beyoncé’s Lemonade.) The 700-plus guests lined the outdoor walkway while models strolled the runway wearing Cuban-inspired yet quintessentially Chanel looks, like T-shirts layered under pastel tweed jackets and sparkly biker shorts topped with a Panama hat. After the finale, the scene morphed into a street party with drummers, dancers and guests—including Tilda Swinton, Vin Diesel and Gisele Bündchen—joining the models on the runway. Later that night—en route to the afterparty at a pop-up nightclub—I snagged a ride in a pink convertible. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day. Muchas gracias, Karl. #vivalacococuba
JS: “Sorry, Gisele, I’m as hot as hotcakes right now! I’m trying to keep this Chanel cardigan on.” GB: “Girl, take this off now.” [Gisele starts to undress me—well, she takes off my cardigan and unbuttons my shirt a little.] JS: “Gisele is undressing me?! We’re both Brazilians, so I guess this makes sense.” GB: “Listen, it’s about comfort. If anybody says anything to you, say it’s my fault.” JS: “Okay, you’re right. I feel better now.” GB: “Exactly. You’re sexy like that.” JS: [Did Gisele just call me sexy?!] “So what’s your first impression from the show tonight?” GB: “I just loved it. I love being in nature—that’s my thing. If I could just live in a tree, I would. I loved it when it started raining a little bit—it was like clearing the air. I was in heaven. The show felt very special, very different from every fashion show I’ve ever seen. It felt very relaxed.” JS: “It also felt like a very different approach to styling, right?” GB: “It was very Cuban— very colourful and very fluid.” JS: “What was your favourite piece?” GB: “I loved the flowy skirts and the men’s outfits.” JS: “Me too—I wanted to wear that robe one of the male models was wearing.” GB: “I was like, ‘Can I have that, please?’ Yeah, I thought everything was really, really cool. I loved the beige-on-beige look and the tweed and silk mixed together. It all felt very chic, ethereal—very beautiful. Oh, yeah—the pastel tweeds were also really gorgeous.” JS: “Did you like the mix-and-match of the T-shirts in the show?” GB: “It felt very young. And I loved the flat shoes and the yellow dress at the end. If you’re really tanned, that’s a good one. [Winks] It’s raining again, girl—let’s go! It’s time to dance!”
The big finale: An impromptu dance party got everyone shaking it off—à la Cuba, of course.
the cars A fleet of retro cars (170, to be exact!) in every colour of the rainbow picked up the 700-plus guests attending the show.
8 minutes with Gisele I’m drenched in a less-than-fashionable sheen when I sit down with Gisele Bündchen at Chanel’s afterparty (at a pop-up nightclub in Old Havana, which was built for Chanel, of course) for a quick chat about the show.
the runway The show was held at Paseo del Prado, a walkway that divides Centro Habana and Old Havana, designed by French landscape architect Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier.
Bright sequined dresses, retro-car prints and a fresh take on T-shirt layering felt new for Chanel.
the invitation Guests arrived at their rooms to find a beautiful Panama hat accompanying the invitation, which featured a watercolour illustration of Coco wearing one like it.