For one balmy day in May, all eyes were on Havana as the Cuban capital hosted its first global fashion event: Chanel’s Cruise ’17 runway show. A cacophony of music and horns from 170 candy-coloured vintage convertibles signalled the arrival of 600 guests from all over the world. Paseo del Prado, the city’s iconic 170m-long tiled promenade flanked by colourful mansions, was crammed with locals keen to catch the action on the world’s longest catwalk. Karl Lagerfeld presented Chanel tweeds reinterpreted with Cuban exuberance; a spin on the guayabera white shirts that are de rigueur to Havana; and the “Cuban tux”, seen on Stella Tennant and cigar-smoking male models alike. The carnival atmosphere carried on to the after-party at Plaza de la Catedral, where frozen mojitos flowed freely and French actress Cécile Cassel tangoed the night away with Karl Lagerfeld to the euphonic rhythms of a Cuban band.
Models dancing to cool Cuban beats
Gaëlle Pietri and Gaspard Ulliel
Tilda Swinton and Sandro Kopp
Karl Lagerfeld and Hudson Kroenig
Caroline de Maigret