Meet the newest face of the Chanel runway family

By Emily Kirkpatrick
Updated May 04, 2016 05:46 AM

Chanel Cruise runway shows take the Parisian-based brand all over the world. Last year the company traveled to Seoul, South Korea and now the team is venturing to Havana, Cuba for its 2017 resort collection, bringing a fresh, fashionable spirit to the country’s newly-opened borders.

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Turning Paseo de Prado, the dividing line between Old and New Havana, into a private runway, according to Vogue, a few of Karl’s favorite models such as Stella Tennant, Mariacarla Boscono, Lindsey Wixson and Soo Joo Park, all took to the catwalk showing off vibrant, patterned fashions as well as toned-down black and white styles that channeled the spirit of Cuba as the French fashion house presented its Cruise 2017 collection on Tuesday night.

Before the show, guest were given a cultural tour of the city with pitstops at places like Earnest Hemingway’s house and an exhibition of Lagerfeld’s photography held at the Factoria Havana, before being driven to the show courtesy of a fleet of 170 rainbow-hued vintage convertibles.

A handful of A-listers were in attendance, like model
Gisele Bündchen
, actor Vin Diesel and Tilda Swinton, and even Fidel Castro’s grandson Tony, all sitting in the front row on the actual park benches that line the city street.

And a suspiciously well rested “Anna Wintour” and “Grace Coddington” made an appearance, though based on the crop top on La Wintour, we’re guessing these are very well-dressed imposters.

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To support the show, Chanel has attracted many famous fashion faces to the formerly-isolated island, including Gisele Bündchen, model Stella Tennan and CR Fashion Book‘s Carine Roitfeld. Interestingly, Lagerfeld presented his line wearing a jacket designed by Hedi Slimane, who it’s rumored is being groomed as his heir, from Saint Laurent’s Spring 2016 Men’s collection.

For the show’s grand finale a troop of drummers moved through the streets, turning the catwalk into a giant dance party. Models invited fashion show attendees to join them in the festivities as the locals watched on from the balconies of their houses lining the street. Chanel’s guests were then invited to party late into the night and join Karl himself for a tango or two.

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