Our grand Cuban ad­ven­ture (with ALL the Chanel).

Karl’s Cuban takeover turns into the most glam­orous fash­ion party ever.

ELLE (Canada) - - #Storyboard - By Ju­liana Schi­av­inatto

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.

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